Written by Andrew Chorley
December has rolled around again and the fishing is heating up!
The pelagic action has been great this year and should continue into the New Year. If you are after table fish there has been plenty inshore on the reefs in estuaries. The Barra closure is in full effect now so please be mindful when fishing in tidal waters.
The Burrum has been a great place to escape the winds with mangrove jacks being a favourite species to target. Casting Zerek prawns, Rapala X Raps and Z-Man 4-inch Swimmerz have been getting the bites.
For the bait fishos, a live mullet or herring has been getting the job done on the jacks. In the deep holes, tarpon, trevally and queenfish have been taking soft plastics and soft vibes.
On the local reefs grass sweetlip, blackall, cod and coral trout have been reported. Lure anglers have been doing well on big golden trevally jigging micro jigs and plastics over reefs like the outer banks, the Arty and around the beacons. A few mac tuna can also be found locally as they work the bait in the shipping channels.
The Urangan Pier has seen some catches of queenfish and golden trevally out towards the end on live baits. The beaches and channel have been producing a few whiting on the bigger tides.
Things have been tough with the odd grunter, golden trevally and queenfish reported. Working the surface has been more productive with tuna, mackerel and trevally found around the bait.
The strait has fished well for bread and butter species like grunter, whiting and flathead. For those who are willing to put up with the sand flies the creeks of the island have been producing some great jack fishing.
Mullet strips fished on the run-out tide has been the most effective as the jacks move out of the mangroves.
Some nice cod have been coming from the ledges along with a few blackall. Threadfin salmon have been on the move with the recent rains as move down from the upper reaches. Mud crabs will also be a great target, taking a few crab pots should be worth your while.