Huge catches for the hot month
  |  First Published: December 2016

We’re still having a fantastic run of weather, even this late in the year. Offshore, reef fishing continues to be outstanding with very consistent hauls on every trip. Snapper have been the dominant species on most occasions. The old fashion dropper setup is out-fishing plastics and the floater setup.

Maori cod are on fire. I don't know if I’ve seen a better year for these fish. With the help of live bait we have been well on our way to the bag limit. Red emperors have also been on the bite – live yakkas and mac tuna are the best baits for them. Tuskfish and hussar are still coming in by the bucket load.

On the beach, a great run of summer whiting has kept the beach fishos busy. The only problem is that we’re hindered by the arrival of weed. I hope it clears soon.

The Great Sandy Straits have been all about flathead fishing. We’ve had huge catches, particularly on the bottom end of Fraser Island. Soft plastics in white are doing the best, as there are also decent whiting in this area.

December is one of my favourite months – we usually see the first run of mackerel about now. I look forward to the sound of screaming reels every summer. Last December also produced some good reef fish.

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