Early pearlies still coming in
  |  First Published: June 2017

The weather has been a bit up and down lately, but the fishing has been brilliant. Offshore has been nearly a repeat of the month before, again with fantastic fishing. There have been even more bag outs on pearl perch on quite a few trips. It’s still early for these fish, but we’ll take that.

Snapper have also turned up early in good numbers. We could be in for a great run of these magnificent fish too. Other fish on the chew are sweetlip, cobia, tuskfish and lots of big cod.

For the Great Sandy Straits, the standout has been squid. It has been easy to round up a bucket of these guys and orange prawn jigs are the choice weapon.

Flathead have been the dominant species again in the straits. Also, an early show of winter whiting has turned up.

Crabs are still being potted. More of these are sand crabs than muddies. June is also the prime winter fishing month. In the past, June has produced the best pearl perch fishing for the year. Red emperor and snapper also go well this month.

• To enjoy a day on the water with Keely Rose Fishing Charters phone Ed Falconer 0407 146 151 or visit www.keelyrosefishingcharters.com.au.
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