Written by Andrew Chorley
The past month’s wild weather has seen many days in the shed doing maintenance for Fraser Coast boaties. Let’s hope things settle for March and we get out amongst a few fish.
The Burrum is running fresh at present and working the lower reaches will see the best results. Queenfish, barramundi, whiting, flathead and trevally have been reported. Tuna have been about around out the front of the Burrum and the Burrum 8-Mile, along with the odd spotted mackerel.
Platypus Bay has seen tuna move in the bay over the last few weeks. Working stick baits, soft plastics and metal slugs has seen the best results. Spotted and school mackerel have been found under the tuna along with golden trevally. Anglers looking for a feed can find good numbers of scarlets at night on cut baits.
Recent flood waters from the Mary River system have fired up the inshore reefs. Grass sweetlip, parrot, cod, coral trout and blackall have been reported. Soft vibes and prawn imitation lures have been working well on the reefs.
The dirty water will suit anglers looking for whiting off the Pier and local beaches. Live yabbies have been the best baits for the whiting. Bream, barramundi, GT’s and flathead have been other captures from the Pier.
The strait has seen a big influx of fresh water over the last few months. Reports of some good barra fishing have come from the Mary River and strait, with fish over a meter being captured. Salmon have been reported down the strait around the Diamonds and Ungowa. Whiting have been caught on the western flats along Fraser Island with grunter and flathead also about.