With the good weather behind us and the unwanted scattered showers around, the wind and swell will drop gradually from Friday and through the weekend. New moon is on Wednesday 17th so we are hoping it will all drop off and give us some great fishing sessions onshore and off.
The weather is playing its part in off shore activities with wind above 10 knots for the weekend. The swell will gradually drop and I suggest that if you have a bigger boat still stay in close at the inner reefs as weather can be un-predictable.
When the weather was calmer the hotspots for offshore boaties were at most of the marks. The ones to note were Coolum, North end Barwon Banks and Caloundra Wide all producing a fantastic variety of fish. A few solid Amber Jack, Snapper, Pearlies, Tusk Fish and many more were all boated out in those wider reef marks. The inner reefs kept everyone really entertained with Snapper and Pearlies. Most boats that did head out got their quota. The cooler weather is here and that means so are the squid. Dangling a jig over the side while fishing for your reef fish has worked a treat for most boats picking up a couple each trip.
More and better sized bream are being caught and with that hopefully we will get a good run of Garfish soon too. The Mooloolah River Mouth and The Basin have been the hotspots so far for land based anglers. Out off the rocks at the mouth there is a fantastic variety with school Mackerel, Grunter and big Bream the fan favourites. Floating Pilly’s and light sinkers are the preferred choice to land these fish. There have also been reports of some squid off the headland so it most definitely won’t surprise me to see some squid in a few buckets this winter. Buddina beaches haven’t been fished with great regularity due to the gutters not forming deep. Although so far we have two good gutters forming between Pt Cartwright and the Kawana Surf Club. For onshore the number one bait has been the small sized Pilchard rigged whole or in half cut on an angle. Let’s hope this new moon comes with a spate of good weather and great gutter to bring in some beautiful Jew Fish.
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