Sink your teeth into Snapper
  |  First Published: September 2009

Plenty of westerly winds and easy bar crossings have enabled many offshore trips in the past month.


Snapper are still biting well around the full moon with some good fish to 7kg caught. Soft plastics have easily been the best offering for snapper, out-fishing baits 20 to 1. Berkley Gulp and Guzzler plastics have been the favourites.

It takes a bit of time to get used to fishing with plastics, especially for the hardcore bait fishos, but the results are amazing.

Cobia have been really thick on certain reefs and wrecks around the area lately. We have had to leave them biting like mad as we reached our bag limits very quickly. Any live bait, particularly yakkas, are not lasting more than a couple of minutes.

Like the cobia, large cod are around in great numbers; again live bait is a must.

Moses perch are also on the chew, it has been a bumper season for them and most are quality size fish.

On the wider offshore grounds red emperor, spangled emperor and hussar are also biting well.


Tailor have been the main target for the beach anglers. Prominent westerly winds have been drawing them in very close for easy fishing, with small, silver Flasher lures doing the most damage.

Whiting are also on the increase and we should see some great catches of them soon.


Mud crabs are still going great guns. They didn't stop, even through winter, probably because it was a particularly mild winter this year. Now the weather is warming up, some rain is all we need to get them really fired up.

The bottom end of Fraser Island is producing quality whiting as well as some big flathead, which are falling to soft plastics, of course.

October is another great month for offshore fishing. We should see another good run of snapper around the full and new moons as well as some quality red emperor.

To book or for more information about my Keely Rose Fishing Charters phone 0407 146 151 or (07) 5486 3150or log onto www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au.

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