Cool Summer but Fishing’s Still Hot
  |  First Published: February 2007

This summer has been the coolest on that I can remember. Large high pressure systems have blasted us with E/SE winds every other day.

However, the offshore trips that we did manage were still very productive. I am still using live bait to target large fish amongst bait shows. This tactic has paid off with very good catches of nannygai, pearl perch, red emperor and cobia. Nannygai have been the pick of the catch with nothing much under 10kg caught.

Some of Double Island Point’s close in four-mile reefs have been fishing well for snapper, Spanish mackerel and pearl perch in the morning.

Spotty mackerel have well and truly arrived but are moving about a lot and not hanging around their favourite haunts. They usually do this each year and should settle down soon.


I found beach fishing a little odd last month, particularly whiting fishing. The conditions seemed perfect: no weed, good gutters and drains and plenty of live worms but there were no big catches.

Bream however were very active in the deeper gutters, as were good-sized dart and the odd flathead.

I have found a perfect spot for fishing with the littlies. I took my 3-year-old up to Double Island Point, on the Rainbow Beach side where it is usually very calm and protected. There are a couple of piles of broken coral in the water about 10m off the beach that are full of butter bream. I think Keely was having as much fun here with the very visual fishing as I do on a big patch of reds!


A few spotted mackerel have been caught at Big Mick beacon with quite a few undersize fish amongst them. This should improve this month as they arrive in the straits in numbers.

Nice whiting are being caught in Kauri Creek, and if you venture up that way take some soft plastics and a spin rod along as flathead and mangrove jack are hitting them freely.

Mud crabs are being potted in the Carlo and Bullock Point vicinities, but I feel we need more rain to stir them up.

If you would like to have a fish with Ed Falconer on his charter boat Keeley Rose, give him a call on 0407 146 151.

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