Seafood Delights in Sandy Straits
  |  First Published: April 2006

Our run of great weather has finally come to an end with strong SE winds and cyclone conditions threatening further north.


Snapper have been biting particularly well with many offshore anglers bagging out.

Parrot, pearl perch, cod and red emperor have made up the rest of a normal day’s catch lately. We have also caught our fair share of amberjack with some weighing around 25kg. The majority of these fish have been taken on livebaits.


Whiting have made up the bulk of the catch for the beach angler. I saw a bucket full of nice whiting caught next to the swimming area here at Rainbow Beach, early morning on an outgoing tide.

Other good areas to try are The Oaks toward Inskip Point, and Middle Rock which has also been producing bream, tarwhine and dart. Look for tailor in these areas around the full moon.


Muddies have been on fire! I saw a couple of young kids throw a pot straight off the boat ramp at Carlo Point which was full of nice bucks when they retrieved it.

Big schools of prawns have been around in Tin Can Bay and Carlo Point. A local fellow ran a bait net around one school and caught so many prawns that it blew the net out. Gar, flathead, mangrove jack and whiting have also been coming to the party in the Straits.

Mono Vs. Braid

Many anglers have asked my opinion on braid and nylon – just keep in mind that I am talking about offshore fishing. Braid has next to no stretch and allows you to feel every nibble. I have seen many people use it and have noticed most respond to the bites straight away, pulling hooks out before the fish has had much of a go at the bait.

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Nylon has plenty of stretch and you’re more likely to only feel proper mouthing of the bait, which I think helps you get a better hook-up.

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When braid lines get tangled it’s usually a cut job to save frustration.

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Tangled nylon is usually easy to undo.

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A lot of drag is required when using braid which can be trouble on sharp reefs. Too much drag lets the fish play you, and if you lock the drag up on braid all it takes is a touch on a sharp bit of reef for it to blow.

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Nylon can be locked up tight and still have some give – even on sharp objects. You’ll see a lot of scuffed up nylon and very little on braid, as it usually breaks first.

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Approximately 90% of big fish lost on my boat have been on braid. Braid and nylon lines on the same vessel really don't mix either. When there is a double or a quadruple hook-up on the braid if it runs across the nylon it will cut it clear off.

Braid can be used is in very strong currents where nylon would be useless as it has too much stretch. It may also prove better in depths over 100m to magnify the fish biting. In this area we rarely fish in waters over 50m.

I have had no success on braid at all, and seen very few of my customers do any good on it. Local pro fishermen to my knowledge haven’t rushed out and converted to braid either.

I think nylon has far more advantages when reef fishing in this area.

If you would like to have a fish off Rainbow Beach with Ed Falconer on his charter boat, Keely Rose, give him a call on 0407 146 151 to make a booking.

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