Reds arrive with winter
  |  First Published: July 2006

Cold southerly winds, no swell and a drop in water temperature are a good mix to bring the fish on the chew, so I’m looking forward to the next few months.


Winter is here at last after a long hot season and the fishing has slipped into top gear.

A fairly late spotted mackerel run came through giving us some terrific sport. A lot of these fish were between 5-6kg and were great fun on light tackle. It didn’t take much time to reach the bag limit. We even had a go at experimenting with all of the fancy lures to see which one worked best. From rusty old spoons to soft plastics they were all winners!

The close reefs have been fishing well for sweetlip, pearl perch, Moses perch and squire. Not much tackle was needed to get a nice feed of reefies, which is the beauty of this time of year.

Out a little further on the reefs quality snapper, parrot and some mighty reds have come on to excite anglers. The temptation of a bit of livebait saw the reds stream onboard after I ran over a big bait show on the sounder. It is typical of red emperor to follow bait balls over very insignificant ground. The only problem is they can be gone the very next day.

My best tip here is to have your sounder set up to be able to sound at high speeds, and don’t overlook any sort of a fish show that comes up on your set.


Mackerel have also been present between Big Mick beacon and the mouth of the Wide Bay bar, although not as thick and as big as the offshore schools. Still, they’re a worthwhile feed and plenty of fun is to be had with them.

Flathead have been falling for soft plastic lures around the bottom end of Fraser Island, and biting well on drifted cut baits like mullet or whiting.

Tailor and bream are turning it on. In the mouth of Kauri Creek and around Teebah Ledge seem to be the pick of the hot spots.

Squid are also on the menu with Carlo Leeds and Teebah Creek fishing well for them.

The mud crabs have slowed down but are still being potted around Bullock Point if you want to get a late season crab and most have been full too, which is great.


Tailor are biting well at the Oaks near Inskip Point. There is a really nice gutter that has formed there as it does each year. Early morning and evening are fishing the best.

Middle Rock at Rainbow Beach has produced chopper tailor and some quality bream on the rising tide, along with the ever plentiful dart.

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.

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