Offshore Brisbane offshore are swell
  |  First Published: April 2016

The past four to five weeks have again served up fairly average weather here in the South East corner with some big seas coming off the pair of cyclones out in the Coral Sea.

We’d manage to sneak a few charters in, we has good solid catches of squire and mahimahi. The last few trips we did, we saw some nice quality squire in the 2-5kg range get boated. Squire numbers have eased a little out in the deeper water after the New Year, but it looks like their numbers are on the rise heading into the cooler months.

From all reports, Spanish mackerel have been very hit and miss, but it’s still not too late to have a solid run just after Easter and into May. I’ll be doing a bit of mackerel fishing down off the Gold Coast in the next few weeks, so I’m hoping their numbers pick up.

We’ve had a couple of short sessions trolling high-speeds in the Point Lookout area, and both mac tuna and sharks were plentiful and losing gear and coming in with heads was common.

Late March and early April usually sees large wahoo move into the Point Lookout area, so it’s well worth dragging some hardbodies or skirted lures around, especially on the tide changes.

Slow trolling live baits such as large slimy mackerel or small mac tuna can also be very effective on large wahoo, usually in excess of 20kg. When you chase this size fish, make sure your gear is in good shape, as smooth drags are paramount.

As I mentioned last month, the shallow reefs around Point Lookout fish well for mixed reefies at this time of year, and fresh strip bait such as mullet, tailor or squid will do the trick.

The channels on the South Passage Bar have changed around a lot lately, so have a good look before you go charging out. The middle channels have moved around a little and the northern entrance is virtually right on the beach, so take plenty of care.

• Until next month, enjoy your fishing, take care on the coastal bars and if you’d like to join me on charter (max. 8 persons) give me a call on 07 3822 9527 or 0418 738 750 or visit my new website www.outlawcharters.com.au.

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