Summer species will heat up soon
Scott Bradley | December 2016

Summer is officially here. For the next few months, dawn and dusk fishing sessions really come into play, especially to avoid the hottest part of the day. For many species, these are the most productive times to fish, which is a bonus. 
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Mackeral Christmas and a snapper New Year
Keith Day | December 2016

Matt Trott successfully worked a small rock bar to score this nice mangrove jack in Constant Creek.

December in Mackay is hot, humid and a great time to be on the water! There’s a great variety of species and spots. December is a good time for early morning starts for a few hours of fishing, and night fishing can be very enjoyable and productive with no baking in the hot sun.
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Freshen up for summer time action
Jason Ehrlich | December 2016

Golden perch are very active at the moment. They can be caught trolling diving lures or hopping vibes.

We’re in the middle of the barra closed season, but things are looking great across the stocked barra lakes where we can fish all year round. The northern lakes around Mackay are always a good option and even Tinaroo up in the Tablelands west of Cairns has shown it can still deliver exceptional fish.
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Huge catches for the hot month
Ed Falconer | December 2016

We have been catching heaps of quality snapper at Rainbow Beach.

We’re still having a fantastic run of weather, even this late in the year. Offshore, reef fishing continues to be outstanding with very consistent hauls on every trip. Snapper have been the dominant species on most occasions. The old fashion dropper setup is out-fishing plastics and the floater setup.
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Cracker lead up to Chrissy
Grayson Fong | December 2016

David Simmons with some healthy Redcliffe bream.

With the sights and sounds of a nearing festive season flooding our eyes and ears, in the back of our minds we know this can lead to one very important scenario, days off work!
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Mark Frendin with a big blue marlin.

December usually marks the arrival of the warm East Australian Current on the inshore grounds off the Gold Coast and with it the arrival of mahimahi, juvenile black marlin, mackerel, tuna and wahoo. It’s always hard to predict the abundance of certain species, and the news from more northern ports as far as the run of juvenile black marlin is concerned is not encouraging.
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Last minute Christmas sportfishing
Luke Griffiths | December 2016

Luke and Matteo with a beaut marlin. There’s plenty of cracker sportfish to get into before Christmas, and after!

This year has come and gone. We’re in the final stages and Christmas is only a few weeks away. People are already in beast mode, giving the bank cards a flogging. If you’re like me, you’ll wait until Christmas Eve to do all the shopping. As we wind up to the silly season, one thing is for certain, it’s going to get hot. This is a good reminder to look after yourselves and others by taking plenty of water, less beer, sunscreen and shade if you intend on heading outdoors this month.
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The consistent fish for consistent fishers
Lynton Heffer | December 2016

Dragon Lady Charters cutting the leader on an estimated 1000lb fish at the boat.

With a slow build up to the big black marlin season, things started to gather pace towards the end of October and early November. The bite further north along the Ribbon Reefs was starting to wane, so a lot of the fleet ventured back south to the grounds of St Crispins, Agincourt, Opal Ridge and the famous Linden Bank.
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Choose the right gear to suit your fishing
Dave Hodge | December 2016

A close up of the lure doing damage right now.

The fishing has really started to pick up over the last couple of weeks. Even though the weather has been lumpy for smaller boats, it’s been good enough for more regular outings. The offshore fishing has produced great sessions on trout and reds, and the redthroat have really kicked into gear now. Cuttlefish have been the number one bait – this thicker and tougher flesh is great for when the pickers are around. The smaller models are a great bait for big reds whole, and two hooked...
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