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Turn up the heat
Damian Parker

This month, our local water temperatures increase and so do the fish numbers. We’re spoilt for choice as the pelagic fishing fires up towards December.

Anglers will be dusting off their mackerel and tuna lures in anticipation for another cracking summer season. Currently there are good numbers of marlin, sailfish, school mackerel and tuna all on the chew.

Our deeper, reefs and wrecks wide of Caloundra and the Barwon Banks are producing good quality snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch, cod and kingfish. There are good numbers of cobia about and you know how much I love to rave on about these brutes. Take the time to gather live bait. Whether you’re on a reef or a wreck, work the moon phase and tide changes and you’ll be connected in no time at all.

The close inner reefs around Mooloolaba, Gneerings, Currimundi and Caloundra are producing a mixed bag of species including snapper, sweetlip, kingfish, cobia and mackerel. Provided you fish sun up or sunset periods of the day, you’ll no doubt have bends in rods. As the water temperature increases, so does the day temperature – the good old “Slip Slop Slap” is a must.

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