Weather and tides.

Looks like the boaties may get a chance to sneak out to some inshore reefs early Saturday morning and with a nice early morning tide change it should be ideal to chase a mackerel or two. Be sure to check the forecast before heading out.

Species on the move

With the warmer water turning up this will bring in the good numbers of bait and in turn the mackerel, tuna and billfish will all start to show up.

Some good spanish mackerel and smaller school mackerel have been taken over the past weeks.

PIC OF THE WEEK: Declan Wolfinden holds up a couple of mackerels he caught trolling whole rigged gar at six knots. Picture: Scott Hillier
PIC OF THE WEEK: Declan Wolfinden holds up a couple of mackerels he caught trolling whole rigged gar at six knots. Picture: Scott Hillier

Targeting Spaniards

These fish love good schools of bait and good run in the tide so if you can locate this is always a great start. Be out there on first light for that tide change. Trolling live yakkas through these areas works well along with rigged whole gar and ribbonfish or hard body lures trolled at about six knots.

Another popular method is to have a floating pilchard or live bait out the back of the boat when bottom fishing. Be sure to use a small wire trace when trolling baits, with the lures Monofilament is better to obtain the bites.

Best baits and lures

I like to troll live yakkas on a bridle rig, with the hard body lures, Halco laser pros and Rapala deep divers seem to get the job done.

Spots worth a look.

Murphys, The Blinker, 8 and 12 Mile, Caloundra.