I hope everyone got through the festive season okay and Santa got you that rod and reel you wanted. At the moment on charter we’ve still been pulling good numbers of quality squire with the odd snapper tossed in, from both the wider grounds in the 70-90m and also the Shallow Tempest area.
Snapper are a viable option all year round off the South Passage Bar – you just have to be prepared to move a few kilometres to find them. Last January and February were very productive months, but fish were isolated to a few areas, so as I said, be prepared to put in the time to find them.
As far as pelagic species are concerned, there’s been a few Spaniards and wahoo kicking about, but the next few months are normally when their numbers are at a peak. Earlier last month, there were reports of many spotted mackerel in Hervey Bay. By now they should’ve filtered into Moreton Bay and further down into the shallow reefs off the Gold Coast, like Mermaid and Palm Beach reefs.
For the next couple of months when you’re trolling across Moreton Bay, it will pay to have a spin stick handy, if you come across a school of working spotties. I spoke to a few people who fished the Palm Beach Reef in late November and early December and they got their bag limit, but the sharks were bad.
Judging by the chat on the radio, gamefishers are doing well with plenty of marlin tagged and released, which is good to see. Cape Moreton has long been a well-known fishery for small black marlin and sailfish, but the larger blue marlin is a more recent one and very successful by the amount tagged. If you’re keen on catching a marlin or two, now’s the time to get out there and have a go.
If you need advice on tackle and lure selection, have a chat to your local tackle shop. I’m sure they’ll point you in the right direction. There’s huge competition for the fishing tackle dollar, so if we don’t support our local tackle shops, they won’t survive or be there when we need them. You might be able to save a few dollars online or at bulk outlets, but you don’t get that service or hands on experience like at the local shops.
East of the South Passage this month, anglers have the best of both worlds. They’re able to target a few pelagics and put a bit of colour in the box with some reefies. Enjoy your fishing and take care on the coastal bars. 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 website – www.outlawcharters.com.au.
• 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.Reads: 401