Stirring up offshore
  |  First Published: April 2008

There is continuing unstable weather again this month, but we still managed a few great trips offshore.


Even though we have had only short breaks in between windy conditions we were lucky enough to score a couple of glassed-out days. I was itching to get right up north of Fraser Island and with some good regular customers onboard we had a corker of a trip.

Beautiful weather and with a new moon on our side it wasn't long before the crew and I had our work cut out for us. It was on as soon as the lines hit the bottom. Nearly all the rods bent over and there was plenty of yahooing when around 14 good-sized nannygai hit the deck within 10 minutes. And that was just the beginning!

Amongst the rest of the catch were coral trout (12kg), red throat emperor, red emperor, snapper, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse and also lots of hussar, Moses perch and dolphinfish. It was just one of those brilliant days on the water!

On other trips, our fishing was restricted to around 12-miles, but we managed a nice catch with a couple of good reds, sweetlip, cod and parrot.


The beach has suffered a real pounding and with the lack of northerly winds it is having a hard time recovering. However, there are nice whiting being caught in the more sheltered parts around Inskip Point. Live beach worms are doing the trick.

Dart and bream are now on the chew from the swimming area at Rainbow Beach all the way down to Double Island Point. An early start before the wind gets too strong is the way to go.


The great thing about living in this area is you can always get out to fish in and around the Straits, even when the weather is not favourable.

There has also been good fishing around the bottom end of Fraser Island with whiting and flathead in close to the beach. A 100m off the beach, fishers have been having fun with lots of tuna and a few school mackerel using light spinning gear and small slug lures.

Winter whiting have also turned up early this year. I have had reports of these tasty little fish on the western side of Fraser Island.

The long-range prediction is for more wet weather leading up to winter. This is generally a good thing as it really stirs up the offshore scene. A little less wind and we will be in for some great fishing.

I have some very good deals for group bookings on my new charter vessel at the moment, including accommodation, but you need to book early. For details please call Ed Falconer, Keely Rose Fishing Charters, phone 0407 146 151.

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