Written by Andrew Chorley
August fishing can be great here on the Fraser Coast with those chilly mornings reminding us that winter is still here. It won’t be long before we see things heat up and some of our summer species moving around.
The Burrum has been fishing fairly well of late casting soft plastics in the upper reaches has been producing flathead, bream, trevally, tarpon and queenfish. Around the mouth flathead can be found between the ramps with live baits getting the better fish. Out the front a few golden trevallies can be found on the 8 mile along with squire.
The wide grounds like 25 fathom and the southern gutters have been a good option of late, snapper, sweetlip, trevally, reef jacks, red emperor and parrot have been reported. The grounds over break sea spit have also been producing over recent weeks.
The fishing in Platypus Bay has been hard going, snapper have been hard to find over the past few weeks with fishing at night the best bet. Fishing in a berley trail has attracted a few nice snappers, but a lot of effort is required up there at present.
On the local reefs snapper have been taking cut and live baits on the Arty, with a berley trail also working well to bring in the fish. Sweetlip, blackall and cod have been other catches. For those chasing a feed of squid good numbers can still be found around the Islands of the straits and on the weed beds. Along the western side of Fraser Island.
Flathead are beginning to fire in the Sandy Straits, as we move into September, we will see some good fish move onto the flats, letting the bigger fish go is very important to our spawning of flathead so please handle with care when putting the bigger fish back. Whiting, bream, grunter, jew and trevally have been other captures in the Sandy Straits.
Off the Pier flathead can be found around the pylons with live pike getting the best results. Out the end longtail tuna have been reported hitting live baits floated under balloons. Bream, golden trevally and squid have been other catches from the Urangan Pier.