Offshore a treat
  |  First Published: January 2010

We have had a great start to the new year with both the weather and fish cooperating.


The weather has held quite stable over our tourist season giving visitors a treat with some great fishing.

Spanish and spotted mackerel have been on fire around Double Island Point. The only downside is the sharks are also thick waiting for an easy feed, so there is a bit of give and take. Mahi mahi have been providing some spectacular action at Double Island Point as well.

All species are biting well further offshore for this time of year. Bottom dwellers like parrot, Moses perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse have proven an easy target just using the old bottom droppers baited with squid, mullet and pillies.

Snapper have been a little finicky, but using very light line, a pea sinker and small strip baits has encouraged them to bite. For some reason fresh baits out fish soft plastics offshore at this time of year.

Spangled emperor are still being caught in good numbers along with some quality red emperor.


Whiting are still the dominant species along the beaches. Shallow drains are what to look out for.

Flathead are also being caught in great numbers on the beach. Unweighted blue pilchards and soft plastics are both working well.


Whiting are also biting well in the Straits with the bottom end of Fraser Island the hot spot.

Schools of small tuna are providing a lot of fun on small slug lures around the mouth of the Wide Bay bar. There are also a few school mackerel mixed up with them.

Mud crabs are potting well, but unfortunately some inconsiderate people are checking them for you. Keep a close eye on them.

February is probably the peak month for pelagics, especially spotted mackerel, so long as there is not too much rain.

Going on the last month, reef fishing should remain stable. Let's hope the weather god is kind to us.

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, or visit www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au

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