As expected, there is not much to report this month – everyone seems to go into hibernation over winter. Most anglers are concentration on reef fishing instead of chasing billfish this time of year. The gamefish are out there – it’s just a matter of finding them. The best place to start is to get out of South East Queensland and start heading out towards the top of Fraser Island or 1770.
The Sunshine Coast is unfortunately also devoid of any billfish activity. Captain Andrew Yeh aboard Outside Edge has been ploughing the paddock on charter with David Granville’s Decky School pupils aboard for one catch of sailfish.
He has, however, been finding some massive tiger sharks for his customers on shark charters on the shelf. It is one form of fishing that would be worth a shot over the next couple of months. Mako shark fishing has everything marlin fishing has large, powerful fish with the added danger of handling them boat side. There is an inshore spot on the Sunshine Coast that mako sharks visit quite regularly, especially this time of year when the snapper are on.
On the Gold Coast, Daniel Carlson who decky’s for Matt Johnson’s Fish the Deep Charters on the Gold Coast reports seeing quite a few free-swimming black marlin and striped marlin. Most of the Gold Coast charter fleet report hooking the odd billfish in recent weeks despite no-one specifically targeting them. The Gold Coast Gamefish Club and the Sunshine Coast Gamefish Club have put up trophies for the first billfish of the season as yet, no club members have submitted any captures.
Most of the Cairns charter boats based on the Gold Coast are making the move north this month. Captain Jim Dalling’s Reel Chase along with Tim Richardson’s Tradition have already shipped-out and I guess similar boats like Viking II, Kekoa and Shakaare on their way.
Time to give a plug to my new business, South Queensland Charter Services. I have just bought a Stabicraft 609 Hard Top in Queensland 2C survey and will be offering game/reef/sport/jigging and soft plastics trips between Bundaberg and the Gold Coast. I will be centrally located on the Sunshine Coast but give me a ring on 0407 574 868 to customise a trip for you anywhere in this region.Reads: 1534