April saw some great conditions for our guests, with glassouts and light winds for the best part of the month. May, on the other hand, brought some big south easterly blows and we lost a few days here and there to strong winds. We did get out a good majority of the days and the western side of Fraser Island was the perfect back drop for some great fishing.
April Longtail Madness
Longtail numbers were solid over the past few months with some quality fish up to 20 kg in the mix. The bigger fish can be a handful but our high quality Shimano tackle with silky smooth reel drags easily get the job done. Casting and hooking a trophy size longtail is a great challenge, with communication between angler and guide being key to landing them successfully.
School size longtails still were abundant, with mac tuna also adding the extras on the tuna tally.
School and Spanish mackerel provided guests with a bit of fun and a tasty feed. Spinning metals under the tuna proved successful when things were a little more difficult on the tuna with a mix of species getting caught this way. Queenfish, golden trevally, bludger trevally and more were all caught under the tuna schools.
On the reefs we enjoyed some great fishing for species like coral trout, sweetlip, cod, moses perch, hussar and more on plastics and jigs. Fishing the reefs is a ton of fun and winter is a great go to option if conditions allow.
Later in May we came across some great snapper bites with the blood moon late in the month producing the goods. Big snapper are a prize capture in the Bay and with their aggressive runs in the shallow water they are a show stopper. Quality snapper also release very well in shallow water which we often do if guests are not after a feed. It's been a reasonable start to the season so fingers crossed it continues.
We also have started to see our run of broadbar (or grey) mackerel that we get through winter. Broady's are an excellent feed and provide some great entertainment when they are on a hot bite.
Our regular guests enjoyed a 3 day mothership experience. Although the weather was playing a hard game, the fishing was still excellent with all anglers enjoying a mix of pelagic and reef species. We even had a good feed of local mud crab.
It has been a great Autumn season with all the guides really enjoying the fishing we had on offer. It certainly is a great time of year, but now we will start to focus on our winter species and fishing. A big thank you to everyone that joined us throughout the Autumn season and year so far. Covid has certainly made life challenging with many lockdowns and uncertainty with travel. We appreciate everyone's effort in getting up here and joining us.