Catches should improve in the coming few weeks

Peter Mueller and Sid Boshammer (rear) with the Simrad crew on a recent trip with Freedom Whale Watch and Charters.
Peter Mueller and Sid Boshammer (rear) with the Simrad crew on a recent trip with Freedom Whale Watch and Charters. Freedom Charters

THE past week brought mixed results for anglers - the large tides certainly affected the estuary fishing with reports from there a little quiet.

This week's smaller tides, however, should make for better fishing in our estuary systems.

Snapper were also a little quiet but catches should improve in the coming few weeks.


Queenies, trevally, bass and barramundi have been reported from the mid to upper reaches of the Burrum.

Flicking soft plastics around the holes, snags and rock bars has brought the most success.

Flathead are another great winter option for the Burrum and can be found along the banks, rock bars and deep ledges.

Out the front, a few tailor can be found and for those looking for a few reefies, the Burrum Eight Mile will be worth a look for some squire, blackall, cod and the odd grunter.

Wide grounds

The wide grounds have been a little hit and miss. The old saying, do the miles to get the smiles has been too true of late, with the Northern and African Gutters fishing better than the more southern grounds.

A few good snapper have been taken late in the afternoon around the 25 Fathom Hole but better snapper catches have come from the Gutters with plenty of two to four kilogram fish about.

Hussar, mosses perch, coral trout, sweetlip, cobia and big trevally have also been keeping both soft plastic anglers and bait fishermen busy.

The snapper should improve after next week's neap tides as we build towards the new moon.

There have been reports of some great sport fishing at Break Sea Spit with big GT's, spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish coming in from crews that fish out there regularly.

Platypus Bay

Snapper are the main target for most in Platypus Bay at this time of year.

As we see the whales move in we normally see another good run of snapper there, also.

Fishing the yakka schools is usually the most productive, but a good berley trail fished at anchor can also bring some nice fish around the boat.

A berley trail is not just for bait fisherman, on the tough days good results can be achieved by anglers using soft plastics and saltwater fly tackle when fished in a berley trail.

Scarlets, grunter, long tail tuna, cobia and spanish mackerel have been other captures in Platypus Bay.

Urangan Pier

The Urangan Pier and surrounding beaches have fished well for good quality summer whiting the past week, the bigger tides and dirtier water suited them nicely.

Yabbies and gulp worms fished at night got the best results.

Longtail tuna, golden trevally, tailor, flathead, bream and whiting have been reported from the pier.

Sandy Strait

This week's smaller tides will suit anglers looking to fish the estuary systems of the strait.

The larger tides of the past week made for a very short bite period but some good captures were reported.

Threadfin salmon have been in good numbers through the strait; small soft plastics have been doing the damage with many salmon being caught as a by-catch when targeting smaller species like bream.

Flathead, whiting, tailor and grunter have made up other captures in the strait with reports of a few mud crabs still about.

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