Anglers will have snapper on their minds with cool mornings
LOCALS of the Fraser Coast will have snapper on their minds now the cool mornings and south-westerly winds are arriving.
Not only snapper, but bream and diver whiting will also be targets as we move into winter.
As the winter pattern settles further, crews with larger boats begin to get excited and look to head over Breaksea Spit or the Wide Bay Bar in search of good fishing.
Steve, from Anglers Den, has reported some great fishing off the pier this week.
Big flathead have been taken on live baits in the first channel with golden trevally and longtail tuna to 11kg caught out the end.
Bream and whiting are also a favourite for locals off the pier at this time of year, particularly at night, when live yabbies and worms will get the best results.
Whiting have also been taken from Shelly Beach with small poppers worked on the run-in tide producing some nice results.
Areas like the southern gutters and the 25-fathom hole should fish well for coral trout, sweetlip, hussar, parrot and snapper.
Snapper have been reported from the wide grounds and should begin to move in to shallow grounds as they come in to spawn and feed on the yakka schools.
Big trevally have provided some sport on the wider grounds along with spanish mackerel up to 20kg.
Sharks have been a problem and moving around regularly seems to be the best way to avoid them.
Pelagics such as mac and longtail tuna, spanish mackerel and trevally can be found throughout Platypus Bay.
The longtails have been the best in the early morning and late afternoons.
Snapper will be worth a look in the coming weeks, concentrating your efforts around bait located on your sounder will be the best way to find the snapper.
Bouncing soft plastics lightly rigged around these schools is a deadly technique along with fishing light with fresh baits.
Areas like Six Mile, Wathumba, One Mile and Rooneys will be good areas to begin.
The local reefs have been producing sweetlip, cod, blackall, squire, golden trevally and black-spot tusk fish.
Fresh and live baits have been the most productive.
Soft plastics fished around the tide change are also a very useful technique which can eliminate the pesky pickers generally finding better quality fish.
Mac and longtail tuna can be found in small pods around the reefs and the shipping channels and have provided some good sport.
Islands in the northern strait have been producing some queenfish, trevally and kingfish and will be worth a try for a bit of sportfishing.
For the winter whiting anglers, reports have been coming from Gatakers and the inside of Big Woody.
Numbers have not yet arrived but the size of the fish has been good.
School mackerel, squire and blackall have been reported from the Burrum Eight Mile.
Prawns have been reported from Woodgate but are patchy. In the river, bream have been turning up in areas like Black Bank and the mouth of the Gregory River.
Whiting have also been reported from the mouth of the river with some good quality fish taken over the new moon tides.
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