Good times in store
  |  First Published: May 2006

A run of unstable weather allowed only a few trips offshore this month, but catches were still quite consistent.

Of the few trips we managed offshore we caught a mix of some very nice sweetlip, parrot, snapper, pearl perch, red emperor and gold-spot wrasse.

Snapper and some good pearlies are biting well on the close offshore reefs. Wider offshore found some excellent quality reds and sweetlip, although not in big quantities. I feel this will change with the coming cooler months though, and we will find ourselves in for a big treat.


This month’s build up to the full moon provided outstanding fishing. Huge catches of bream and whiting have been coming in, particularly in the Inskip Point area. I saw plenty of bream around the 1kg mark, and whiting the length of a vehicle’s number plate. Very good fish.

The warm temperatures have also kept mangrove jack active. Good catches of these fish have been coming from Kauri Creek along with the odd surprise catch of barramundi, and the ever-present flathead are still an easy target in the Carlo Point area.

Mud crabs are being potted in good numbers around Bullock Point.


The beaches are fairly weed free with thanks to big swells and wind which has, most unfortunately, resulted in huge sand losses. The Mudlo rocks were exposed greatly, making them impassable.

Whiting, bream, dart and tailor have been serving up the action on both Rainbow and Teewah beaches. Great catches are being reported between Middle Rock and Double Island Point.

Driving along the beach was out but the real keen fishos took to the track through Freshwater to get amongst the action.


1) Good sweetlip like this are on the bite at Rainbow Beach.

2) Ed Falconer with a 6kg Maori cod.

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