No run, no fun on the reds
  |  First Published: July 2016

This past month has been a real mixed bag, as far as the weather and fishing is concerned. On most trips, the snapper numbers have been encouraging. The only time they were hard work was when there was no current or wind moving and we were sitting stationary – no run, no fun!

We’ve been working the 33, 35, and out on the 90m line. There seems to be good numbers starting to show on most lines of reef and, as the water cools even more this month, they should really come on the chew.

We’ve also spent a couple of charters working the shallow grounds around Point Lookout and we scored nice mixed bags of parrot, Moses perch, juvenile snapper and pearl perch.

When there’s no current on, and snapper fishing is tough, try using paternoster rigs in that 30-40m of water. It can often be the difference in whether you go home with a nice feed of fish. So never discount that shallow water.

With the winter westerlies around for the next few months, other spots over-looked are the coffee rock reefs in 10-15m of water dotted along Moreton Island. If there’s a fair bit of westerly blowing and you can’t get out wide you can fish in the protection of Moreton Island and still pick up some nice fish. I find the best way to fish this area is on the anchor but be prepared to move around a bit as the fish spook easily in this depth.

Fishing with a mixture of paternoster rigs and floating baits on bait runner style outfits will normally get you a good mixed feed and don’t be afraid to put a live bait out for a late season Spanish mackerel. Out on the 42 Fathom line and on some of the wider wrecks, yellow kingfish and amberjack have been keen to nail live bait. Lately, live bait have been fairly inconsistent, so you might have to do a bit of hunting around to find them and it should be well worth the effort.

Over the past 12 months or so, the South Passage Bar has changed a lot with channels moving around and sand islands appearing. If you haven’t been out for a while just don’t go charging through on your old track, have a good look and even see the channel other boats are using until next month.

Enjoy your fishing, take care on the coastal bars.

• 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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