Written by Andrew Chorley
Things are warming up this month with Barramundi, salmon and mangrove jacks on the target species list for many local anglers.
There are some great weeks ahead targeting those species! Let’s hope for some great weather now so we can get out and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Fraser Coast.
With things heating up, hitting the snags and deep holes with lures and live baits for barra and jacks is a great option.
Whiting will also be about in the lower reaches of the Burrum and if you can get some live blood worms or yabbies it will be well worth the effort.
Walking the flats out the front will be a good option for whiting also. Flathead can be found between the ramps on live baits with the odd chopper tailor also being reported.
Out the front mac tuna and school mackerel can be found on the Burrum 8-Mile providing some great sport and have been in good numbers.
On the local reefs blue parrot, sweetlip and blackall have been the main catches. School mackerel have been active on the reefs on the western and central bay.
In the shipping channels mac tuna can be found working, targeting them with small slugs and soft plastics has been effective. A few late season snapper will also be a worthy target.
In Platypus Bay, a few mac tuna and longtail schools have been trickling in.
For the reef fishos a few sweetlip, scarlets and blackall have been reported. Snapper are still about with one here and there but generally the snapper season is now finished.
For those that ventured over Break Sea Spit, bar cod, pearl perch, job fish and snapper have been reported in the deep water over the past few weeks.
Around the 50m line parrot, hussar, red throats and coronation trout were reported. Closer to home the Southern Gutters has produced sweetlip, coral trout, hussar and trevally.
Some great catches have been reported off the pier recently. Jew and flathead to 2kg and some good mackerel have been the best catches. Big elbow slapper whiting has been taken in the first channel with live yabbies working best.
In the strait, Salmon have been active in the Mary River and Turkey straits with soft vibes, soft plastics and live baits working well.
Barra have started to become more active with the mid-reaches of the river seeing the better fishing. Around the mouth flathead have been abundant when conditions have suited with soft plastics working well. Along the western side of Fraser Island whiting, fathead and grunter have been reported.