Golden run offshore
  |  First Published: September 2016

We’re having a dream run with the weather and once again the fishing is on fire. It’s been a fantastic winter this year.


Pearl perch and snapper have been as thick as thieves with numerous bag-outs on both species. We just seem to be having a golden run. Soft plastics, particularly the ZMan shads, are a sure fire weapon on both species, especially when you’re targeting larger fish.

Mulloway have been in big numbers as well and live yakkas are proving irresistible to them. They have all been a consistent size around 90cm, as if they were all hatched the same day.

Another species that have been thick are Moses perch. They’ve been on our bag-out list and a lot of these fish have been around 45cm, which is large for a Moses perch.

We’re still picking up some beautiful coral trout. Other fish that have filled our basket include Maori cod, tuskfish, cobia, amberjack and a few nice red emperor.


There’s been a fair bit of pelagic action in the Straits. Long-tail tuna have been hitting small silver slugs on the inside of Fishermans Gutter at Inskip Point. There are awesome tailor mixed up with them, which are also hitting the slugs and unweighted pilchards.

Winter whiting are in huge numbers, especially around the Tinnanbar area. The calmer the water and the slower the drift, the better. A sea anchor is a very handy piece of equipment to have aboard.

The bottom end of Fraser Island has been producing excellent summer whiting and flathead.

Everyone loves September. It’s one of those months when reef fishing is in its prime and the weather is stable, as it begins to lose the winter chill.

We’ve had some fantastic sessions on snapper in past Septembers – it’s one of their spawning months. They usually get super hungry after they do their thing.


Check this out for a cracker pearly! Josh caught this 68cm weapon.


Plenty of grins lately with snapper pouring in.


Mulloway have been suckers for live yakkas.

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