Anglers reef them in with great summer weather

Toowoomba resident Mark Stevenson caught this golden trevally while out on charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportflishing.
Toowoomba resident Mark Stevenson caught this golden trevally while out on charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportflishing. Andrew Chorley

OPINION: Finally anglers have enjoyed some great summer weather.

This has seen the local creeks and reefs get lots of attention with reports of fair fishing coming from most areas.

The local reefs have been fishing very well with good reports of sweetlip, pencil squid and other reef fish.

Let's hope the weather can hang in there for a little longer.


The Burrum has seen lots of attention from locals and holiday makers.

Salmon have been the big news as they experience a good run at present.

Working the deep holes with live baits has been effective.

Jacks have also been active with hard bodied lures and soft plastics working well.

Around the mouth whiting and flathead have been taking baits along the flats.

Local reefs

The local reefs have been firing with good catches of sweetlip, blackall, squire, golden trevally and pencil squid.

Working the tides has brought success for those who are putting in the effort, with soft plastics an hour either side of the tide being the best.

Wide Grounds

The wide grounds have been producing some big sweetlip to 5kg with whole squid baits working very well.

For those after coral trout there have been some great fish coming from the southern gutters and the 25 fathom hole. A few summer snapper have also turned up and have been taking live herring and soft plastics.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has mostly been quiet of late but should start to fire in the coming weeks.

This time of year scarlets and sweetlip can be caught on the reefs with fishing at night working the best.

A few longtails can also be found deep on the bait schools.

Sandy Strait

The Strait was a little quiet over the big tides with the Mary River system fishing much better. Salmon can be found working the banks along with holding on the rock bars and deep holes.

Trolling, casting saltwater fly, lures and soft plastics have all been getting results.

Flathead can also be found up the creeks of the Mary with the drains being a favourite hangout for flathead this time of year.

If you are after a feed of whiting try Turkey Strait and Booral Flats on the flood tide with some live yabbies.

To go fishing with Andrew Chorley, visit herveybaysportfishing.com.au or email fishing@herveybaysportsfishing.com.au.

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