Cracking cold weather
  |  First Published: August 2016

We are enjoying the best run of winter weather for the past few years and fishing to match.


The fishing offshore has been nothing less than brilliant, with many bag-outs on pearl perch. It is one of the best years we’ve experienced, just awesome! With the water temperature dropping, big snapper have started streaming in. We’ve had some great sessions on the snapper, especially with soft plastics or live yakkas for bait.

Coral trout are on offer again. One weighed in at a whopping 13kg – a horse of a trout! Plenty of mulloway are about, particularly around the build-up to the full moon. Live bait has been the winner on the mulloway and we have also had good catches of amberjack and huge cobia up to 30kg. All fish have been on fire.


There have been heaps of action between the swimming area at Rainbow Beach and all the way down to Double Island Point. Thousands of longtail tuna have come in chasing baitfish right on the beach. You only need to look for birds working just above the water and the splash of fish breaking the surface. Add a southwest wind and a good long cast, and fishos have been landing them off the beach. Fishers have been paddling out in their kayaks to get amongst the action and land a fish. Tailor have also been present in big numbers along the beach from Carlo Sandblow down to Middle Rock.

August was the best fishing month last year and if the run continues and the weather holds, it could be something very special.


Pearlies keep pouring in!


There are heaps of cracking coral trout lately.


Big snapper are being caught in close.

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