TOP CATCH: Ray from the Sunshine Coast hooked this top longtail tuna while out on Hervey Bay waters recently.
TOP CATCH: Ray from the Sunshine Coast hooked this top longtail tuna while out on Hervey Bay waters recently. ANDREW CHORLEY

Coast is full of top fishing spots

SCHOOL holidays have been busy on the water with anglers either on the Bay on good days or in the estuaries over the windier days.

If conditions don't allow you to get your boat out, don't forget we have some great land-based options around the Bay.

Sandy Strait

GRUNTER, whiting, flathead and bream have been consistent on the flats in the Sandy Straits. In the Mary River, threadfin salmon have been reported coming from the deeper holes on soft vibes and soft plastics.

Mud crabs will also be worth a look on the Mary and the straits.

Local reefs

the local reefs fished well for grass sweetlip, cod, coral trout, blackall and blue parrot.

Fresh baits worked well with hardy heads, squid and fresh strip baits working well. Around the rocky points of the islands queenfish, golden trevally and the odd mackerel should be about.

Spinning some metal lures around these points can be very productive. In the shipping channels longtail tuna can be found in small patches.

Soft plastics and metal slugs have been getting the bites. The local beacons will also be worth a look for a mackerel with school, Spanish and broad bar being reported from the beacons.

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Wide grounds

the wide grounds were popular for crews with larger vessels, the gutters were patchy with crews reporting mixed results. The usual coral trout, grass sweetlip, hussar, parrot and big annoying trevally were about.

Over Break Sea Spit the fishing was much better with good hauls of fish reported. Various tuna and mackerel species can also be found wide spread from the 25 fathom hole to Rooney's and beyond.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay has seen less pelagic activity over the last week, fishing the reefs deeper in the water column has been a better option. Soft plastics, baits and micro jigs have been getting some nice fish with a mix of cod, scarlets, parrot, mackerel and trevally.

 

Jake used a jig to reel in this small GT.
Jake used a jig to reel in this small GT. ANDREW CHORLEY

Urangan Pier

THE crew at Anglers have reported Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, queenfish and golden trevally coming from the second channel on the Pier. Whiting and flathead can be found in the first channel.

Burrum

OUT at Burrum, bread and butter species have been the pick at present, good quality whiting have been reported around the mouth with flathead being another option. Out the front school mackerel can be taken on the Burrum 8-Mile with metal spoons and floated baits getting attention. Golden trevally and cod have been taken on live baits out there.



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