There has been a fair bit of unsettled weather lately, allowing only a few trips offshore.
Low pressure systems to the north and constant highs down south have given us a blasting. The few times we did get offshore were productive with fishing more consistent than the earlier part of this year. We are getting a particularly good bite on our eastern grounds where snapper, parrot and sweetlip have been caught in great numbers. Quality Maori cod, red emperor and pearl perch are also in the catches.
On the close reefs Spanish mackerel are being caught in reasonable numbers. It seems the Spaniards are running a bit behind schedule this year, but be patient as I have caught huge numbers of them towards the end of May in past years.
The beach has taken a bit of a pounding and there are many rocks exposed hindering access. I am told there are some huge bream being caught in these rocky areas near the swimming area.
Good whiting are being caught further down towards Double Island Point – but you don't have much time to get back due to beach erosion. Inskip Point is still producing large golden trevally as well as small Spanish mackerel.
With the recent rains I have had good reports of plenty of nice big mud crabs being potted, particularly around the Carlo Point and Bullock Point areas.
Spotted and school mackerel are being caught around Big Mick Beacon near Inskip Point. They are quite finicky (as they are offshore) and you need to use plenty of berley to get them on the chew.
The bottom end of Fraser Island is still fishing well for whiting and flathead, with the last of the outgoing tide the best time to target these species.
May should see a good run of snapper and going by my last couple of trips, it's looking promising. I will be focusing on targeting snapper this month. With many soft plastics trialled with great success on last years run of snapper I will be well and truly ready for them. Let's hope the weather god is kind.
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