Lately we have had a bit of unsettled weather, which is typical for this time of year, but fortunately we are still squeezing a few trips in.
There has been a lot of pelagic activity recently with some good catches of spotted mackerel. These fish are prime specimens weighing in at around 6kg.
Spanish mackerel are also around in good numbers on all of the close grounds around the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island Point. The only problem is there are also plenty of sharks haunting these areas ready to take the fish off your hooks, so beware.
On the reef scene we are landing some good snapper and sweetlip in close. These fish are a little timid so light gear is a must. Anything else and you will be wasting your time.
Due to strong currents, travelling too far to the north or east is almost out of the question. On the odd occasion when the weather allowed us to fish a bit wider there were plenty of quality parrot, Moses perch, pearl perch, snapper and red emperor. Let's hope the current backs off in the coming months as usual, when the water temperature drops.
If you’re into marlin fishing then Rainbow Beach is the place to be. The little black marlin are everywhere at the moment, hanging around on just about every bait school you come across. It seems every local angler you talk to has a story of hooking up with these little acrobatic speed machines, so ask around at the boat ramp if you need some pointers.
There are some good dart pretty much all the way along Rainbow Beach with some quality bream among them. Pippis and beach worms are the best baits for dart and bream on the beach.
Whiting are still going strong around the Oak's at Inskip Point and down in the shallows at Double Island Point. Anglers are also still pulling some good golden trevally out the front of the camping area at Inskip Point, but you do need live bait and a little patience to nab these fish.
Thanks to the few good downpours we have had recently, mud crabs have been very active. Bullock Point has produced some big bucks and I am told there are a lot of crabs in Kauri Creek too.
Whiting are on the bite around the bottom end of Fraser Island and there are some really big ones being caught in Kauri Creek.
Big Mick beacon near Inskip Point is producing spotted and school mackerel and the odd Spaniard in the mix as well. April should see an increase in spotted mackerel and as it cools down a little, and all reef fishing should be firing. We just need the strong winds to be short and sweet.
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