Cold westerly winds were the norm for last month, flattening the Wide Bay Bar and allowing many successful offshore trips.
As per usual, this time of year brings the best offshore fishing. Good runs of snapper had many boaties full with their bag limit as the fish seem to be just about everywhere. For the best results, try to hang off the back of bommies.
Parrot, pearl perch, Moses perch, sweetlip and plenty of red's have also moved in the area and are in fine form. On one day we landed 17 red's up to the 10kg mark and bagged out on snapper to 6kg just one of those ripper days.
The Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic had another great week with some monster fish weighed in. Local lad, Greg Pierce, took out the heaviest in the red emperor category. Gutted and gilled it weighed over 15kg a whopper!
Many anglers fished the Classic and lines of people weighed in tailor, bream, whiting and dart. It makes you realise just how many fish are out there to be caught.
One of the hot spots for chopper tailor was in the lagoon at Double Island Point. Nice sized dart and bream were caught on the beach between Inskip Point and The Oaks.
The same story continues in the straits with lots of boats on the hunt and many fish came into the weigh-in. I don’t think I have ever seen so many flathead landed in one day. I was told by one of the fisher's that many were released as they were over size. Letting these big breeders go has made a big difference to the fish stocks in this area that continues to improve each year.
As expected, the mud crabs have slowed down to nearly a stop with the particularly cold-water temperatures. However, squid love the cold and the clear conditions have found them in abundance.
The up-coming months continue to be prime for offshore fishing and with favourable weather there will be a lot of fun to be had.
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: 563