Snapper up for winter
  |  First Published: July 2008

Winter is here and the snapper are streaming in. Lately the weather has been a little unstable but according to the long-range weather forecaster we are in for a long dry spell.


Our first good run of snapper have arrived and the good news is that they are in close to shore. One particular trip we bagged out in an hour. We caught a lot of 2-3kg fish, two at a time on dropper rigs with larger fish being caught on floaters. It was a great start to winter, and hopefully it will only get better.

Red emperor are coming onboard nearly every trip of late. This is especially rewarding for the anglers who are brave enough to use ridiculously big bait on their line.

Out wide plenty of parrot are on the chew and there are some corkers amongst them, around 4kg. Pearl perch have been a little scarce in numbers but the few we have caught are very good quality.

The northern grounds off Fraser Island are fishing really well with all species coming onboard in good numbers. This is my favourite area at the moment. But the downside of such great fishing at Fraser is the long trip to the destination and the weather restrictions. You need to choose a day with very light winds so you’re not punching into too much sea to get home.


The beach has recovered quite quickly from its bashing early in the year and is fishing very well too. Good numbers of dart, bream, whiting and tailor have all been caught from Double Island Point to Inskip Point. Some of the gutters near the Oaks at Inskip have been the hotspots.

I hope this fishing keeps up for the Rainbow Beach Fishing Competition.


There is still a lot of pelagic action between the bottom end of Fraser Island and Inskip Point. Striped and longtail tuna are breaking the surface everywhere. I saw a few young lads in their tinnies having lots of fun with them using small slug lures.

Bream are biting well around Carlo Point on dusk, with live yabbies without a sinker doing the damage. Flathead are still being caught around Bullock Point, soft plastics being the most effective.

July is always a great month for offshore fishing with good runs of snapper. Let's hope the weather cooperates.

For more information about my fishing charters you can log onto my new website www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au or phone me at Keely Rose Fishing Charters on 0407 146 151.

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