Fishing good when conditions right
  |  First Published: November 2006

Another good run of weather and bar conditions and great fishing put plenty of smiles on faces.


We did a lot of offshore trips last month with excellent results. Every day was different, seeing us bag out on pearl perch, then snapper on the next, and getting our bag of hussar and a few reds on another day’s fishing. Other varieties coming onboard were Moses perch, cobia, coral trout and sweetlip.

At this time of year I start doing more live baiting, targeting quality over quantity. I don’t believe in fishing a particular spot to death. The results are many times more rewarding when you find a fresh patch.


We’ve had a good run of whiting again with quality summer whiting turning up around the full moon. I’m sure there will be plenty of these top table fish on the menu in November with the water temperature warming up and making them more active.

Plenty of dart are being landed but they are only small in the shallows. You need to cast out behind the breakers in the deeper water to get the larger fish.

Some good-sized flathead are being caught at the Oaks along Inskip Point. One fellow had a bucket full and was not about to reveal his secret, but I am sure I saw live potty mullet in a bucket in the back of his ute.


The bottom end of Fraser Island is fishing well for whiting as it does at this time of year. Yabbies and beachworms on a dropping tide are working well. Flathead are also particularly active in the same area and soft plastics are a proven success. Bullock Point has also produced good catches of flathead.

For a bit of sport mack tuna are quite thick on the Fraser Island side in mouth of the Wide Bay bar. Any type of live bait, and without a sinker cast into the schools will have great results.

Mud crabs have been a bit on the lean side but will come good with the warmer weather and some good rain.

The odd mangrove jack is being caught in Kauri Creek already (just make sure you know where the green zones are now as it’s a little complicated). This is particularly early for this species so we may be in for a ripper season.

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

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