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Pelagic invasion on the cards
  |  First Published: October 2015



With the northerly winds increasing in regularity through September we can only hope that this month isn’t a total blowout like October has been in some years.

Last month we had all the tell tale signs that summer was on the way with increasing numbers of pelagics surface feeding in the bay. There were some big cobia caught, too, and both bottom bashing and trolling worked. There were a few late season snapper still kicking around the 25s and the gutters last month.

IN THE BAY

Estuarine species are shaking off their winter lethargy, especially flathead, which really fire up with the rise in water temperature.

Bream are still feeding freely after their spawn and summer whiting numbers are increasing, so look for the bigger tides in the coming months to secure a feed of succulent fillets.

Our local reefs are producing the usual suspects with cod, blackall, coral bream, squire and tuskies being regular catches at the Arty, Bagimba, Mckenzies and Moon Ledge.

Golden trevally and mackerel are also working the reefs so a live bait or pilly on a gang is always worth a try.

Out wide the gutters and the 25-fathom line is fishing well with plenty of hussar, Moses perch, coralies, scarlets, cobia and tuskies making up the bulk of the catch.

ON THE TROLL

The fishing like the weather is starting to heat up as we welcome back our annual run of juvenile black marlin. The past 5 years have been crackers and with good numbers of fish being caught along the East Queensland coast already, things are shaping up nicely.

From now through to March is the most productive months for blacks inside Fraser Island coinciding with our run of longtails, mac tuna, spotted, school and spanish mackerel, and a host of other pelagic species that frequent our waters in the summer months.

You can sight cast, troll a spread of lures or simply drift a few live baits. Whatever you choose you can experience a world-class fishery that is as unique as the Fraser Coast itself!

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