WELL it's that time of year, persistent south-easterlies, showers and low pressure systems.
All this is part of our usual seasons but can be frustrating for those who want to get out on the Bay. With rivers in flood it has been a difficult week to wet a line.
The Burrum is running fresh at present but a few catches from around the mouth have been reported. Whiting, bream, flat-head and trevally have come from the flats out the front and off the boat ramps.
Whiting have been a reliable target off the pier with a few fish also coming from the second channel. Queenfish and golden trevally have been reported taking live baits out the end of the pier along with the odd grunter.
Platypus Bay has been quiet of late with only a handful of pelagics being reported. Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and the odd school mackerel have been taken on the reefs with golden trevally and pencil squid also in the mix. The surface has been slow with only the odd longtail and mack tuna being reported.
Don't let the dirty water over our local reefs fool you; there has been some great fishing of late. Sweetlip, blackall, blue parrot, cod and coral trout have all been reported coming from our local reefs. Working soft plastics and vibes has been effective along with fresh baits. Some big blue parrot have been reported. These prized fish have been taking live crabs fished with heavy hand lines.
With the recent rains expect to see some crabs on the move both on the island creeks and the mainland systems.
Along with crabs, prawns will be on the hit list and as we move closer to March we should start hearing reports of banana prawns coming from the local waterways. With all this activity barra will also be a good target, particularly in the Mary River system.
If you are after a feed of whiting or grunter, try the flats along the western side of the island.
The ledges down the Strait will also be worth a look, fishing with cut baits on the tide change should bring some catches of sweetlip, cod, grunter, moses perch and blackall.
Need a break?
Let Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing Charters guide you on a fishing trip out on to the pristine waters of Hervey Bay.
Phone 0407627852 or visit www.herveybaysport.fishing.com.au.