Local boys Steve and Adam showing off some of their catch. The largest snapper pictured is 4.5kg.
Local boys Steve and Adam showing off some of their catch. The largest snapper pictured is 4.5kg. Contributed

Plenty of fish taking the bait as weather patterns improve

OPINION: After a week of decent weather, anglers have finally enjoyed some good fishing.

The wide grounds along with the inshore reefs have been popular.

Burrum

OUT at Burrum some big bream and whiting have been reported.

Fishing areas like Black Bank and around the islands and sand bars has been producing the goods.

Barra are still an option up there, with hard bodies cast into the snags working well.

Out at Burrum 8 Mile a few mac and long tail tuna have been working the surface.

Golden trevally, cod, grunter and blackall have been reported coming in on baits.

Wide grounds

THE usual reef species have been on offer out wide.

Mixed reports have been coming in from areas like the southern and African gutters of some anglers doing well, and others struggling.

These areas see plenty of fishing pressure these days and using lighter gear than you would normally use out there will bring you some interesting results.

Sharks have been a problem, so moving on once the sharks have found you is a good idea.

Platypus Bay

LONGTAIL and mac tuna have been about giving anglers an exciting experience.

Everything from metal slugs to stick baits have been working well on the longtails, with smaller offerings doing the damage on the mac tuna.

Trevally can also be found working under the tuna schools.

Dropping metal jigs and soft plastics deep under the schools has seen captures of spanish mackerel, trevally, queenfish and yellowtail kings.

Scarlets and blackall have also been reported coming off the reefs at night on baits.

Further south the reefs around Arch Cliffs have been producing some nice spanish mackerel and school mackerel.

Trolling hard-bodied lures along with dropping metal jigs to the bottom with a high speed retrieve has been getting results.

Local reefs

THE local reefs have been fishing well for cod, coral trout, blackall and golden trevally.

Fishing with light braid on the tide change with some soft plastics is a great way to fish the reefs.

With a variety of species on offer it really can be a lucky dip.

Live baits have also been doing well on the cod and trout.

Urangan Pier

STEVE from Anglers Den has reported whiting, bream and flathead coming from the Pier.

The beaches have been fishing well with yabbies doing the best on the whiting.

To go fishing with Andrew Chorley, visit herveybaysportfishing.com.au or email fishing@herveybaysportsfishing.com.au.



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