Weather Breaks and Fish Are On
  |  First Published: June 2008

At last we have had a break from the wind and rain, even a couple of glass-out days that were just perfect for getting offshore and into some great fishing.

The weather pattern has changed and as it has cooled down the fishing has hotted up.


The close and wider reefs have been fishing well and we’ve been lucky to hit the water on a few occasion with great results. I can’t remember seeing as many cod caught in close waters for years. Both estuary and Maori cod species have been regular catches and I think this is a great sign for the fishing. On one particular day we caught 14 in one hour – now that’s some serious numbers. Sending down a live yakka almost anywhere in close proved a sure fire way to have cod on the table for dinner.

Other species that have been biting well in close are sweetlip, squire and Spanish mackerel, making a close in trip well worth the effort.

Out a little wider almost all reefs and bommies are fishing very well. Quality pearl perch around 5kg, some good size red emperor and lots of plate fish like hussar, Moses perch, parrot and squire have kept everyone really busy on trips of late. And I can tell you it’s been great fun watching the clients pull in some quality fish after the weather blow outs of the early part of the year.


The beach is still recovering from the pounding it endured, but the calmer weather is returning sand to our shores.

Bream and dart have been the flavour of the month with some bream matching the size of quality of the squire caught offshore. The deeper gutters just north of the swimming area are fishing well with beach worms and live yabbies doing the trick.

Like last month, chopper tailor are present but the big schools are yet to make an appearance. I am sure they aren't too far away and fun will be had by beach anglers when the tailor arrive in large numbers and sizes.


Like the beach scene, bream are here in good numbers and size. Bullock Point has been very reliable on the flooding tide, especially at night.

There are lots of winter whiting in the same area and, as you head north on the inside of Fraser Island their numbers get thicker.

Flathead are particularly active between Carlo and Bullock Point. Soft plastics will get you amongst the action with some reasonable fish coming aboard for those who target flatties.

With fresh water still filtering into the Straits the mud crabs are easily potted. A couple of locals confided they were sick of eating them, but failed to send any my way! So pack the pots if you’re heading this way.

June is a good month for offshore fishing. If the weather remains stable we should see a good run of snapper. All other species will be biting well too.

Just a reminder, the Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic kicks off on July 18 with a grand finale close on the July 26. I will be heading out every day over the competition and can take up to 10 people on my new vessel. You will have to book early as officials are expecting record numbers this year with over $100,000 in prizes on offer.

I have recently upgraded to a bigger vessel and have retired my smaller boat. If anyone would like to experience the offshore fishing out from Rainbow Beach give me a call at Keely Rose Fishing Charters ph 0407 146 151 or 07 5486 3150.


This is Garry, Bart and Les with some ripper scarlet sea perch caught on the Keely Rose.


Husband Greg shouted his wife Christine a deep sea fishing trip on the Keely Rose for her 60th Birthday. She had an awesome time catching lots of fish including this 5.5kg pearl perch.

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