Inshore reef fishing

Written by Andrew Chorley

November see’s a good rise in water temps, and with this our inshore reef fishing will heat up along with pelagics on the bay. Please remember Barramundi season is now closed from November 1 and are strictly off limits apart from stocked impoundments.

Platypus Bay
Platypus Bay has seen tuna schools move in with mostly mac tuna carving up the bait. Under the tuna golden trevally, school mackerel and tea leaf trevally can be found. Bait fisherman have reported scarlets, snapper, blackall and sweet lip on the reefs.

Wide Grounds
Scarlets, snapper, hussar, cod and coral trout will be on offer. Over Break Sea Spit reports of some good small black marlin sessions have been reported. With low numbers inside, looking wide will be a good option.

Local Reefs
The local reefs fished well this week with sweet lip, blackall, coral trout, grunter and cod being reported. In the shipping channels school mackerel and mac tuna have been reported. The odd longtail is in the mix with a few schools about on dawn.

Urangan Pier
The Urangan Pier has been a little quiet but will improve in the coming weeks. Spanish mackerel, queen fish and golden trevally have been reported from the second channel. In the first channel whiting, gar and bream have been reported on the high tide.

Sandy Straits
In the Straits the fishing has been good over the past weeks. Whiting were good over the full moon with the night tides fishing the best. Grunter and flathead have been around the creek entrances, salmon can also be found working bait schools. In the Mary River system salmon can be found in the lower reaches. Putting the pots in will be a good option with some good numbers of mud crabs reported this week.

Whiting have been active with specimens measuring up to 42 cm being caught in the Burrum River. Queenfish have been found herding up bait around the flats out the front along with school mackerel. On the Burrum 8 mile tuna schools can be found working. Live baits have produced golden trevally, cod and the odd late season snapper on the 8 mile.

Hayden Lack with a solid giant herring his new personal best caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.