Offshore is going off
  |  First Published: October 2009

What a great run of weather we have had here. Calm days with no swell on the bar. Just paradise.


We have had an excellent run of snapper and haven't had to travel too far for them. They have been in big numbers from 2-12 miles offshore, which has been great as we have had to contend with a lot of strong current out further. A little bit of current is particularly helpful when fishing for snapper in this area. It allows you to berley them up from quite a distance around you. There is a right and a wrong way to use berley. Offering just one big dump of berley and expecting results is not going to work.

In a fishing spot where it seems to be dead or just a bit slow, very small handfuls delivered every 1-2 minutes over an hour will create a long and attractive trail for the fish to find. I have bagged out many times using this method.

Soft plastics are doing the most damage, but light line (20lb with no trace) and pilchards are running a close second. Cobia are another species really on the boil. Large bait balls, sharp, high bommies and wrecks are the hot spots. Although they are biting on all frozen baits, any live bait, particularly yakkas, will give you amazing success.

Moses perch are in real good numbers too. Other fish that have made up our catches are parrot, red emperor and quality pearl perch around 4kg so it has been an eventful few weeks of fishing.


I have had good reports of chopper tailor in big numbers around Teebar Ledge and the mouth of Kauri Creek. There are also school mackerel mixed up with them.

Both summer and winter whiting are being caught from Bullock Point to the bluff on the inside of Fraser Island. I am told live beach worms and yabbies are both catching well.


Tailor are biting well around the Oaks at Inskip Point and around Middle Rock towards Double Island Point. Late evening seems to be dishing up the goods.

Some nice summer whiting are being caught just north of the swimming area at Rainbow Beach, along with ever present dart.

November should see snapper still on the chew. In the past, some of the biggest snapper I have caught have been caught in November in close to shore. We may also see a start of spotted mackerel towards the end of the month.

If you’d like to experience some of the sensational fishing Rainbow Beach has to offer, give me a call at Keely Rose Fishing Charters on (07) 5486 3150 or 0407 146 151. Alternatively, visit www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au.

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