It keeps getting better
  |  First Published: May 2005

Over the past month, although the weather was unstable, fishing was especially good around the new moon.


We're starting to get into the good time of the year – not too hot or too cold, a little rain and a lot less weed on the beach. Whiting are still very active, with very good catches taken just past Middle Rock towards Double Island Point. There have been very nice gutters down that way for quite some time now.

In the same area plenty of dart are also easy targets, although a little on the small side.

Heading up the other way towards Inskip Point at the Oaks, quality tailor are being caught in the late evening. The fishing at Teewah Beach has been similar to Rainbow Beach in terms of the species caught, but Rainbow is the pick at the moment.


Good old reliable flathead are still around, not in big numbers but you can get a good feed of them all the same. Soft plastic lures have been working the best when the flatties aren’t around in big numbers. Live yabbies and drifted cut baits are working OK on them as well.

School mackerel and the odd Spanish mackerel are being caught between Big Mick beacon and the Bluff on Fraser Island. Livebait has been doing the trick on these fish. You can collect a few livebaits around Big Mick beacon on small bait jigs.

Although the water temperature has dropped, good catches of mangrove jack are still being reported from Kauri Creek. This will slow up a bit in the coming months though.

Mud crabs are still being potted in Carlo, Kauri and Teebah creeks, with some very nice quality ones in amongst them.

Squid are also having an early run. They are being jigged around Carlo Point, Leeds, and being so early I think we will have a good season on them throughout the winter months. Orange and pink prawn jigs always work the best in this area.


Offshore fishing has been very reliable of late with all areas producing plenty of mixed reef fish. Even some of the really close reefs which I use only for livebait collecting are producing some nice eskies of reefies.

There has been a good run of sweetlip from four to seven miles offshore, along with some big schools of pearl perch. Other species being taken are parrot, Moses perch and snapper. The only problem we’ve been having lately is the big spawn of sharks – black-tipped and bronze whalers around 4-6kg – annoying us. If you like eating flake this is definitely the place to be right now.

Wider offshore has been providing excellent fishing, with plenty of parrot, Maori cod, big pearl perch and red emperor. One recent trip I did on a private charter saw only two of us bag out on red emperor. We had 10 of these fish on board, the smallest being about 8kg and plenty around 12kg, all caught in around about an hour. Very good fishing.

In the next coming month I can see the fishing only getting better as it does in the winter months, especially for snapper.

Ed Falconer’s charter business, Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters, makes regular trips to the reefs off Rainbow Beach. If you’d like to go on a trip with Ed you can contact him on 0407 146 151.


1) Wayne and Josh Shadbolt and Dougie Taylor with a couple of quality reds caught on a recent trip.
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