Don’t throw caution to the wind

Written by Andrew Chorley

We have had some typical spring weather of late with November being one of the favourite months of the year for pelagics.

This time of year can also catch people off guard with the northerly winds often picking up in the afternoons.

Planning your trip carefully and keeping an eye on the weather is very important. If the pesky northerlies are blowing, try the inshore waters off the Sandy Strait and rivers and creeks.


The Burrum has been a great option for those with smaller boats.
Mangrove jacks have been turning it on in the upper reaches with live baits and small hardbodies have been getting the bites. Around the islands, fishing for whiting on the flats on the run-in tide with live blood worms is doing the trick.

Wild Grounds

Over the Break Sea Spit has been fishing well for red throats, coronation trout, rosy job fish, Maori cod, hussar and more. Coral trout have been on offer closer to home at the southern gutters, along with some big sweetlip.

Some big blue marlin have also been taken outside Breaksea Spit which is great for the local game fishing scene.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been active with tuna schools of late as they move in on the abundance of baitfish. Small metal slugs have been needed to get the bite. Reef anglers have reported parrot, blackall, golden trevally and sweetlip on baits.

Local Reefs

Cod, coral trout, squire, sweetlip and blackall have been reported coming from the Artificial Reef, the Channel Hole, Sammys and the outer banks.

For those fishing closer to home, try the reefs of Point Vernon for school mackerel, sweetlip, coral trout and blackall.

Urangan Pier

The Pier has seen some good garfish and whiting in the first channel. Golden trevally, giant trevally, jew and flathead have also been reported coming from in from the deeper water.