Crews head far and wide to hook a catch on Fraser Coast

THE past week brought some spectacular weather with Saturday and Sunday being the pick of the days.

Crews headed far and wide in search of fish and mixed results were reported.

This week we had building tides and this will kick the pelagic species into gear as they use the push in the tide to their advantage to round up bait.

Sandy Strait

Grunter, whiting, flathead and bream have been consistent on the flats in the Sandy Strait.

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 Strait.


The Great Sandy Strait
The Great Sandy Strait Alistair Brightman

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 also doing the trick.

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.

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 Breaksea Spit the fishing was much better with good hauls of fish reported.

Various tuna and mackerel species can also be found widespread from the 25 fathom hole to Rooneys and beyond.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has seen less pelagic activity over the past 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.

Urangan Pier

The crew at Anglers Den 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.


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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