Venture out and have a pearler
  |  First Published: July 2016

We have had another absolutely fantastic run of weather and fishing in the Rainbow Beach area.


Fishing offshore has been nothing short of excellent. Another huge run of pearl perch of both excellent quality and quantity, which has kept us on our toes.

All baits are working on the pearlies, but pilchards are the number one – even better than soft plastics.

We’ve had a great run of spotted and school mackerel. It wasn’t as good a season as we’ve seen previously, but when they were on they were red-hot.

Other reefies that are biting well are estuary cod and some huge coral trout, which are great for the table.

Snapper have been a little on the quiet side, but we have bagged out on the odd occasion and they will get better as the water temperature drops further.

We also haven’t had to venture too far to pick up a nice red emperor, which is a treat and a real bonus.


Flathead are on fire at the moment in the straits. Soft plastics have been cleaning them up in the mouth of Kauri Creek and along the bottom end of Fraser Island.

The end of Fraser Island has also produced some quality summer whiting and just across the way around Big Mick and Bullock Point, winter whiting have been putting on a good show for those making the effort and venturing out.

July is right in the thick of the premium fishing months. Usually the westerly winds will generate nice calm seas and all species of reef fish should start to kick into top gear.

Our local Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic is on again from 1-9 July. There will be offshore and beach categories for all ages and skill levels and heaps of prizes. Contact Rainbow Beach Sports and Recreation Club for more information.

• 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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