Pearlies packing a punch
  |  First Published: June 2016

Finally, the weather patterns have changed and the fish are really on the chew.


It’s probably been some of the best pearl perch seasons I’ve seen, with bag-out after bag-out of these beautiful fish. They’ve not been picky, and have been happy taking all types of baits and all types of soft plastics. Snapper, Moses perch, tuskies and sweetlip have also been an easy target and are not being fussy with the bait they are taking either. 

We’ve also picked up some nice red emperor and coral trout, mainly on the glass-out days offshore. 

Spanish mackerel have been a lot of fun lately, with live yakkas providing a lethal result. We’ll probably continue to catch the Spaniards all the way up until August.


There have been some good flathead caught off the beach with unweighted pilchards on a small set of ganged hooks. Double Island Point has been one of the hotspots and in the same vicinity, quite good catches of whiting have been rewarding the afternoon angler.

There are still big patches of longtail tuna coming in very close to the shore at Inskip Point, which have provided the beach fishers with some reel-screaming, arm-stretching action.


The highlight of the Straits fishing has been the squid. There have been some big catches from Carlo Point and all the way to Tin Can Bay. There’s plenty of fun to be had and some delicious calamari to enjoy.

The Straits have also been producing some nice flathead and bream on hardbodies and soft plastics and some big whiting on poppers.

June is definitely one of my favourite months. Pearl perch and coral trout are on the menu throughout the whole winter season and generally, fishing is excellent.

• To enjoy a day on the water with Keely Rose Fishing Charters phone Ed Falconer 0407 146 151 or visit www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au.

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