Seeing red before Christmas
Luke Griffiths

Craig with a nice red emperor that managed to avoid the sharks!

We are quickly approaching the final stages of another year once again, and some diehards are already setting up their Christmas decorations. With spring in full swing, we wind down the previous month with some great catches and look forward to the final month of spring as things look to heat up.

The persistence of the large gold-spot cod has been surging on through the last month around the islands, which is great to see, as these guys put up a great fight and fare well on the table. For those who took my advice… told you so! They taste great.

Another fish that we have been seeing plenty of is the grassy sweetlip. Fantastic numbers of these critters have been caught over the past month and should continue. As mentioned in my previous articles, they are arguably one the tastiest fish in our region and you can find sweetie throughout the Whitsunday Islands with a running ball sinker rig. Most rigs work on them, including micro-jigs! Micro-jigs have accounted for some thumper sweetlip to 60cm and seem to be the go-to lately, with many other species loving the look of them.

Another species that you should give a go this month is the longtail tuna. We have seen them on the increase and they should be quite thick this month. The Whitsunday Passage has been loaded with bait and tuna, so finding a school or two closer in shouldn’t be an issue.

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