Author Archives: Smithys Fishing Charters

As I write this, amazingly the Sunshine Coast is in the middle of a hot light tackle bite.  We have not seen action this good for May or June since probably the super hot years of ‘90s. The negative is the blue marlin have been very hit and miss when everyone was expecting a goodContinue Reading

Weather is dominating most offshore fishos conversations at the moment.  Good weather is not lining up with weekends at all and it is only the guys getting out mid week who can get to the fish.  The fish are there though when you can get out.   Three tournaments were held during this time.  MooloolabaContinue Reading

We now come to that time of the year where the main conversation is about the weather and not the fishing.  Small weather windows a day or two at a time will allow anglers to get out and the fish should be plentiful.  The rough conditions give them a rest and time for new stocksContinue Reading

The juvenile blacks have finally hit town and everyone is rejoicing.  If you venture further out blues are still on the shelf and some little blacks and the odd striped marlin are with them.  This year has seen a massive run of mahi mahi compared to normal.  There was no run of early ones inContinue Reading

At the time of writing the light tackle season is yet to fully kick off.  The odd black has been caught in with some wahoo and mahi mahi but there has been no consistency.  Things have been all over the place with regard water quality, temperature and bait.  As things settle down into a normalContinue Reading

Gamefishers in South East Queensland are looking forward to another good season based on the fishing in North Queensland during their winter light tackle season.  It may not be as good as last year but it won’t be a non-event either.  The bonus may be a mix of year classes with the juvenile black marlin. Continue Reading

Lately the weather has been atrocious and the fishing reports very few and far between.  A lot of people give up on the game fishing over winter and go reef fishing instead.  The best options for the hard core game fishers is blue marlin fishing on the shelf where you are a chance of successContinue Reading

We now come into the slow time of year for billfish anglers in South East Queensland.  The options this time of year are sailfish off the Sunshine Coast, black marlin on the deep snapper reefs and striped marlin off the Gold Coast on any of the reefs deeper than 36 fathoms.  Blue marlin are anContinue Reading

The run of juvenile black marlin has continued for anglers off the Sunshine Coast but has slackened off for all other ports.  North Queensland is still getting them off Airlie Beach so they may well go into May.  The interesting thing has been the run of 3-5kg micro ones.  These may well be September –OctoberContinue Reading

All indications are we are looking at a one in ten year event, a bit like the floods, as far as the run of black marlin are concerned this year.  As an example, the Sunshine Coast Gamefishing Club has tagged over 400 billfish already this season.  Their best year was 800 though.  We realistically haveContinue Reading