Perfect weather has seen anglers out on the water

BIG CATCHES: Nathan and Jack's smiles almost matched the size of the Snapper they caught earlier this week.
BIG CATCHES: Nathan and Jack's smiles almost matched the size of the Snapper they caught earlier this week.

THE Fraser Coast has certainly been trying to put on some beautiful weather of late, even a few showers couldn't dampen our anglers' enthusiasm.

Let's check out this week's fishing report.

Ryan and his dad Jay show off the thready they caught.
Ryan and his dad Jay show off the thready they caught.

The water temperature is heating up as are our Summer Species with the Mangrove Jack already in quality and quantity.

They are smashing baits aggressively whether it be a suspending lure around the rock ledges or snags, live baits or mullet strips.

Key locations from them this week have been Kauri, Poona and Kalah Creeks in the Straits, the Burrum River and Buxton.

Jesse stands proud holding his barra
Jesse stands proud holding his barra

Plenty of pelagic action happening throughout the Sandy Straits and Hervey Bay waters with reports of Grey, Spottie and Schoolie Mackerel in numbers.

Anglers fishing from the Urangan Pier have been doing well with soaking a pilly, while others have been trolling 90-120mm medium diving lures in the deep water channels from Moon Point to Inskip.

The Mary River is firing on all cylinders at the moment with Threadfin Salmon up to 12 kilo being landed as far up as Copenhagen Bend.

Anglers have had plenty of opportunities to take home some big catches.
Anglers have had plenty of opportunities to take home some big catches.

A few quality Barra up to 90cm have been taken on live baits throughout the river system, however the big girls have been taking lures on the troll between Dundathu strait and River Heads.

Large Jew have also been landed between Bevor Rock and River Heads, along with Grunter, Flathead and black and silver Bream.

Quality reef fish including Blackall, Estuary Cod, Purple tusk fish, Squire and Scarlett sea perch have been landed at Tinninbah, Fig Tree, Moon Boon ledge and Deep Creek.

Ky's son Jax couldn't believe what he had caught!
Ky's son Jax couldn't believe what he had caught!

Black Spot Venus Tusk fish up to 9 kilo have been landed at the Hole in the wall using fresh Crabs as bait and the gravel banks are producing Grassy Sweetlip up to 4 kilos.

Fishing the Sandy Straits just keeps getting better with the flathead numbers so high you can avoid to be fussy with your keepers.

Some anglers have reported that they have caught and released up to 30 fish within a two-hour period. Fishing the last hour of the out tide and the first of the in, has had the best results and again, the Yo-Zuri 3D crystal Shrimp has been the weapon the choice.

Still on the sand flats, the summer whiting are starting to thicken up now and have been taken either worms or yabbies with the best outcome from fishing the flats on the flood tide.

Landing this grunter was plenty of work for Tyson.
Landing this grunter was plenty of work for Tyson.

If you're fishing for them in an area where there are lots of mangroves, simply put on a bobby float, weighted with a small split shot sinker, and the trace only long enough so your hook doesn't snag up on the cobbler pegs. This tactic also works very well for gar, just changeover to a smaller hook.

The back beach of Fraser Island is also fishing well with Green Back Tailor in numbers, and large Spanish Mackerel are still being landed off the beach and fishing the gutters at low tide for the entire stretch of beach between Hook Point and Indian Head has produced some monster summer whiting, flathead, Trevally and Dart.

Now for this weeks brag board and the Thready's are running hot

Ryan landed this beautiful Thready that went just over the 10 kilo mark

Nixon also with 1 of 2 thready's landed, this one being the biggest at 1.15m

Next in line for the Thready's is Ky showing off his Mary River Beauty

And Ky's son Jax looking very pleased with himself after landing a fish

Tyson landed a monster Grunter measuring at 60 cm and tipping the scales at 3 kilo

Reef with his first Grunter weighing in at a respectable 1.8 kilo

Robbie Hewitt with a monster of a summer whiting measuring 42cm

Jesse with a 8.75 kilo Barra landed at Lenthals Dam using a Berkley Frenzy Lure.

And Nathan and Jack landed a few late season Snapper at Moon Ledge

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