Better weather for Easter fishing now Ita’s gone

OPINION: After a week of horrid weather from Cyclone Ita it looks like the Easter break should bring some nice days.

It will be busy on the water so take care and be patient at the boat ramps.

Wide grounds

Good fishing here before the wild weather; red emperor, parrot, hussar, moses perch, coral trout and cod were reported.

Over the Break Sea Spit the fishing was productive with crews reporting good catches of mixed reef fish and pelagics.

There may be a big swell out there over the next few days but hopefully it will drop away next week.

Local reefs

These areas have produced some great catches with good trout, cod, sweetlip, golden trevally, blackall and blue parrot reported.

Fresh cut baits have been working the best with hardyheads being a favourite for anglers chasing sweetlip.

Around the islands queenfish, mackerel, squire and trevally can be found working the current lines.

Urangan Pier

The pier has produced some school mackerel, queenfish, golden trevally and longtail tuna.

The first channel has produced some nice whiting and flathead in the dirty water with yabbies working well.

The local beaches will also be worth checking out on the high tide with yabbies and worms being prime baits.

Platypus Bay

The pelagic action on the surface has slowed in Platypus Bay with the tuna schools being scattered throughout the Bay.

Micro jigging for species like golden trevally, mackerel, scarlets and snapper has been productive.

Longtails have been taken on soft plastics worked through the schools with poppers also working well.

If bait is your thing, cut baits fished into a berley trail has produced some scarlets, blackall, trevally and snapper.


The Burrum usually produces some nice whiting over Easter. Areas to look at are the flats out the front along with mouth of the Gregory and the islands.

Yabbies are prime bait but, with the current flow in the river, worms can be a better option. Golden trevally, queenfish and flathead have been reported taking live baits around the mouth of the Burrum River.

Out the front school mackerel can be found on the Woodgate reefs along with the Burrum Eight Mile.

Sandy Strait

As the weather cools, bread and butter species like whiting, bream and flathead will be the main targets for most down the strait.

Barramundi, salmon and grunter are still about with live baits working well. On the ledges blackall, sweetlip and cod have been reported with live baits working well on the cod. Mud crabs have also been about, so taking the pots will be a great idea when heading down that way.

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Malcolm Crane with a huge longtail caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Malcolm Crane with a huge longtail caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

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