Catch a festive feast

Written by Andrew Chorley

Seafood is a staple part of Christmas lunch for many and there’s nothing better than heading out and catching your very own local seafood.

Pelagics are out in force. Keep a look out for the birds and you shouldn’t be too far away from the action!

In the rivers, concentrate your efforts on targeting species like grunter, threadfin salmon, mangrove jack, bream, whiting and flathead.

All the best for the festive season and please stay safe on the water. Merry Christmas!

Ollie with a snapper caught off Arch Cliffs


Out the Burrum working the mouth of the river for queenfish, trevally and flathead have been productive.

Whiting fisherman have seen a few good catches over the bigger tides. The flats out the front have been producing some good specimens on live yabbies. Out on the 8-Mile, blackall, school mackerel and golden trevally have been reported.

Local Reefs

Blackall, cod, sweetlip and trevally have been reported on the local reefs.

Fishing the shallow reefs has been very productive with grunter, sweetlip and cod coming from the reefs off Point Vernon and around Big Woody Island.

Queenfish and GT’s have been taking surface lures around the rocky points with early morning and late afternoon being the best time to target them on the surface.  

Platypus Bay

In Platypus Bay mackerel have been the main target for most. Other species about are mac and longtail tuna, scarlets, blackall and golden trevally.  

Urangan Pier

Off the Urangan Pier, big GT’s have been a target species for those wanting a trophy fish.

School mackerel, queenfish and golden trevally have also been reported.

Whiting have responded to the dirty water in the first channel and have been a good target on the early tides.  

Sandy Strait

Salmon can still be found in the upper reaches and will continue to hang around up there until we see some really good rain.

Flathead and grunter can be found in the mid-reaches with soft plastics working best.

The ledges have been fishing well in the straits with grunter, mangrove jacks, school jew, cod and sweetlip being reported.