Perfect weather frenzied fishing
  |  First Published: February 2010

I can't believe the amazing run of calm days we have had this summer and to top it off there has been plenty of action on the water.


It has been all about mackerel lately, probably one of the best seasons I have seen in a few years with calm days and clean water, perfect conditions to chase the mackerel.

I have done quite a few trips that were total mayhem with the fish in an absolutely mad feeding frenzy.

On one particular trip a huge ball of frog-mouth pilchards used my boat as some sort of a refuge from their ultimate fate. For about four hours this massive berley bomb had Spanish and spotted mackerel swarming around the boat taking any bait, lure, painted sinker and bare hook you cared to throw at them. It was a great day.

I have found the reef fishing slow and although we did not partake in a lot of it last month, we still managed to round up some good quality parrot, Moses perch, Maori cod and snapper.

Low barometric pressure throughout the month was a likely cause for the reef fishing lull.


Whiting are still the fish to target on the beaches. I have had reports of good catches around the full moon, especially at night.

Dart, tailor and bream are also being landed along the entire beach but I am told it is fairly slow going.


Again, like I reported last month, whiting are the best fish to target. They are in good numbers around the bottom end of Fraser Island and Kauri Creek.

Small spotted mackerel and school mackerel are being caught around Big Mick beacon and the mouth of the Wide Bay Bar, close to Fraser Island.

For crabbing, even though we have had little rain I have had reports of great catches of muddies.

The month of March brings about a change of season. Weather can be a problem, however the barometer usually lifts and brings on better reef fishing. And if we don't get any flooding rain Spanish and spotted mackerel will remain plentiful.

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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