Snap into snapper
  |  First Published: June 2009

The weather has been great lately and the fish have been fish co-operating with good numbers of squire, snapper, kingfish and amberjack caught.

Squire have been widespread with the 33, 35 and 42 fathom reefs east of the south passage, Deep Tempest and The Cathedrals south of Point Lookout all producing good numbers of fish.

With all the doom and gloom on snapper stocks, it’s good news to see them in such pleasing numbers. Hopefully these numbers will continue for the reminder of the season. A lot of the old boys think fishing is a seven-year cycle and after a couple of average years, this might be a good one.

There’s no need to get fancy with techniques, float lining a pillie is the way to go. Just remember to keep your lead as light as possible. Fishing with a paternoster rig will also take good numbers of fish especially.

When buying pillies make sure you get the good local product. Home-grown pillies present better and lay on the hooks better than the imported stuff. Plastics are the gun artificial for snapper, with the bigger lures taking the bigger fish.

Fraser Island Expo

Toyota again turned it on for its 26th and final expo on Fraser Island and I’m sure everyone enjoyed the opening night when Mental as Anything turned on a great show.

The first couple of days saw average conditions but we still managed some good snapper, green jobfish and red throat but nothing to worry the leader board. After a couple of red flag days we headed out Thursday and again got some nice fish.

On returning into the gutter that afternoon, I attempted to sneak across the inner sand spit inside the gutter. I dragged bottom enough to slow me down and get caught by the shore break leaving me stranded on the beach. We nearly had the big Haines back out a couple of times but she was just too heavy to move. So with the help of plenty of onlookers and ‘Turtle’ with the winch on the front of his ‘Silverado’, we got the boat onto dry sand and then winched the trailer in under her. Thanks, to everyone who gave us a hand, but how as the saying goes: sh*t happens.

Haines Hunter certainly built a tough boat though. The only mark on the boat is a chip on the gelcoat where the winch hook went in the tow eye and not a drop of water got under the cowels of the Hondas, which haven’t missed a beat. It certainly wasn’t my week; just to top it off on the way home I blew a tyre on the track between Orchid Beach and Middle Rock!

But I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to fish the last ten Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expos. Fishing in such a pristine location, my crew and I had four winning fish, plus numerous seconds and thirds and we are sad it’s finally come to an end. But Toyota should to be congratulated for running such a wonderful event for so long.

So enjoy the good weather and take the chance to head out and bag a snapper or two, take care on the coastal bars and if you’d like to join me on charter (max 5 persons) give me a call on 38229527 or 0418738750.

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