What a difference to last month! We have had a great run of weather and plenty of fish.
May provided many glassy days at sea and the fishing moved into top gear. The close reefs from 2-4 miles produced quality pearl perch, squire, sweetlip and bucket loads of spotted mackerel.
On calm days like these it is possible to fish two rods each – one for bottom bashing and another for floating bait out the back for mackerel.
With such good weather I revelled in the opportunity to do a long steam up past the Maheno wreck on Fraser Island. In no time we had our bag limit of 3kg parrot along with snapper, pearl perch, coral trout and the mighty red emperor.
My highlight trip offshore last month was a patch of snapper I landed only 10 miles offshore.
I had a crew with no prior offshore fishing experience and boy did they have to learn fast! These 5-6kg snapper were slamming the baits half way down to the bottom and we bagged out in 20 minutes.
Quite a few spotted mackerel have been caught around Big Mick beacon. These fish are usually smaller than what is caught offshore, but are still a lot of fun on light gear.
There are still plenty of small tuna schools in the mouth of the Wide Bay Bar that can be quite entertaining on light gear and small slug lures.
Flathead are being caught pretty much everywhere, but the best quality fish are coming from the bottom end of Fraser Island using soft plastics.
Probably the best fishing report in the Great Sandy Straits was from local Glen Callender. Glen knows the Straits really well, but it blew me away when he and three of his mates bagged out on snapper in Tin Can Bay.
A few chopper tailor are around the Oaks, but not in good numbers. I am sure this will improve as it gets cooler.
Bream and dart are being caught at Middle Rock with live yabbies working the best.
There is a lot of exposed coffee rock near the swimming area at Rainbow Beach, where I’ve had reports of a few grassy sweetlip being landed off the beach, along with the odd squire.
We should see a good run of snapper come through in June. Hopefully the weather is kind so we can get into some great fishing.
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.Reads: 544