At last we have had a break in the weather, which has let us out of the house and out to sea where we were treated to some fantastic fishing.
It has been the best mackerel season I have seen in years. Both spotted and Spanish mackerel have been in plague proportions. Every fisho's dream: more fish than water! They are taking pilchards and lures almost as soon as they hit the water, making bag-outs very quickly.
The reef scene has also fired up early. If you can get through the mackerel, the close reefs are producing good catches of sweetlip, Moses perch, small and large mouth nannygai and lots of squire.
Out a little wider and we have had good catches of Maori cod, parrotfish and pearl perch and we have also nailed some good reds.
Like offshore, the beach has had very good fishing. I have seen plenty of good whiting, bream and dart being caught along the entire beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point.
I have also had reports of spotted mackerel and chopper tailor caught off the beach at Double Island Point.
The inshore boaties have also had a treat of Spanish and spotted mackerel and tuna around Big Mick beacon to the mouth of the Wide Bay Bar.
Whiting and flathead are being caught in good numbers around the Bullock Point area.
With all of the recent rain it has been easy to pot a feed of mud crabs pretty much anywhere close to the mangroves.
June heralds the start of our prime reef fishing season. It has already got off to a great early start and if it’ll be anything like the way the mackeral have come on we will be in for a bumper year. So it’s time to dust off your soft plastics gear and get ready for some great reef fishing.
I have to throw in my two bobs worth in regard to Peter Garrets’ proposed shut down for our area: It would destroy myself and my family's business and nearly every other business in our small town.
I have said it before, charter operators, recreational anglers and a small fleet of pro anglers look after our area with utmost respect. So stop the closures!Reads: 1230