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Ask any tradie around about the importance of having the right tools for the job, same goes for fishing. It can become pretty tricky when selecting a rod and reel combination to do exactly what you want it to do for certain styles of fishing.
Nowadays the quality of gear on the market is unbelievable, with super smooth reliable reels, light graphite rods, super-strong thin braids, and fluorocarbon leaders. It’s incredible to feel the weight of a well-balanced graphite combo in action. It’s also unbelievable what some of these 4-6kg graphite spin sticks can handle.
Beautiful glassed out winters day at Tanga’s
Over the last few trips, I’ve put the 20lb combos through their paces on some nice 3-6kg snapper, 6-14kg Yellowtail kings and a heap of other mixed reefies. I’ll run a 10m plus wind on leader of between 30 and 40lb on my 20lb combos and on the 30lb combo’s I would usually run between 50-60lb leader. Over the last ten years or so I’ve mainly been targeting the nice pan size fish of between 1-4kg.
Most trips we usually end up with a good catch of beautiful eating reefies. It’s hard out there some days when you have already bagged out one species and all you keep on catching is that same species. The last two trips have been like that with Snapper. We ended up not being able to get away from the Snapper with 4 spots we fished all holding Snapper. It was a great day fishing with 3 of us fishing we caught and released over 40 plus Snapper all between 2-3kg.
Late afternoon school of tailor from the bunkers up near Caloundra
A lot of the ground we fish holds a variety of species including Snapper, Sweetlips, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Cod, Parrot, and Cobia. These species are all getting taken off the Caloundra and Moreton reef systems at present. Hopefully, the great weather continues over the next few months. Now’s the time to drift the Hutchies 45-70 m zone high-speed jigging metals for kingies, Aj’s and Samsomfish.
1 – 4kg beautiful eating reefies
Fishing plastics around the same line will produce some great Snapper and mixed reefies. Anchoring up around Brennan’s, Flinders, Roberts, Smiths, Hutchies, Tempest and setting up a good burley trail and float lining is another great way to enjoy the winters fishing offshore. This winter has seen higher levels of winter rainfall than in previous years. Meaning more windier days around due to all the rain squalls. The whales are out in full force so always be on the lookout for moving pods.
Generally, they are quite peaceful and slow-moving other days they are more inquisitive and fast-moving. When anchoring up at night offshore in the whale highway always stay alert or do what we do and move in closer to the break at Moreton or tuck in behind Flinders for the night.
Setting your drift alarm on your sounder/GPS combo is a must. In the passage, the weed still has been downright terrible. Dropped the pots out about 3 months ago and got completely weeded up. Dropped them out over school holidays and same story blanket weeded up hardcore.
Fresh winter sandies
Hopefully, it clears up out of the passage soon. There are some nice Sandies out there at present. The winter whiting is biting well also with all the usual spots fishing well. Cockle banks, Sandhills, The Aquaculture Centre and Deception Bay fishing well. Fresh squid, worms, peeled prawns and yabbies’ are the go. Drifting around covering lots of ground is a good way to find these tasty delights. In the passage, there’s been quality Bream, Squire, Jew, Tailor, and Cod getting taken.
Avon wrecks, Tiger rocks and up pretty much all the passage creeks are where the Bream are getting caught. Squire, Jew, and Tailor around the bridge. There’s also been some great big Tiger squid around the passage jetties, rock walls, and lighted areas. So hopefully you guys get out and enjoy the next few months of colder weather and beautiful winter days of fishing, camping, and boating.
And “don’t destroy what you came to enjoy”……. Happy fishing!