Early birds having success out on the water
BREEZY conditions greeted anglers this week but there were a few windows of opportunity, particularly in the early mornings.
Local anglers working the reefs have been making the most of the warm water temps as they continue to enjoy some great reef fishing.
This week's full moon tides will also be good tides for the local reefs.
The Burrum has been producing a few nice barra in the upper reaches, working the snags with hardbody lures has been getting results.
As the water cools, the barra will slow up and we will see flathead, trevally, bream and whiting catches improve.
Out the front, golden trevally and blackall have been reported on the Burrum 8 mile along with a few tuna.
The local reefs have been producing some good size cod, blue parrot and coral trout of late.
Live baits have been working best with pike dynamite on the cod and trout and crabs working well on the blue parrot.
School mackerel and a few grey mackerel can also be found on the reefs, working metal lures around the reefs is the best method for finding a few mackerel.
The Pier has been producing some cracking big queenfish the past few weeks with fish up to 12kg being reported.
Golden trevally, mackerel and longtail tuna have also been reported.
In the first channel, whiting, flathead and gar have been reported.
Up in Platypus Bay mostly mac tuna have been active on the surface.
School mackerel and golden trevally can be found hanging deep around the schools.
For reef fishos, scarlets, sweetlip and blackall have been the main catches with best results after dark.
Crews that made it out to the wide grounds of the southern gutters and the 25 fathom hole have reported coral trout, sweetlip, hussar, cod, snapper and spanish mackerel.
As the water temps continue to fall we will see an increase in snapper catches, starting with the wide grounds.
In the Strait, prawns can be found in most of the creek systems, working the gutters at low tide has also turned up a few.
Barra, salmon and grunter have been reported from the Mary with some good whiting also caught.
Along the western beaches and flats of Fraser Island, whiting have been in good numbers along with flathead and grunter.
Broad bar mackerel will make an appearance shortly in the strait so having some chrome spoons and slugs handy would be a great idea.
Areas like Ungowa, Kingfisher jetty and south head see broad bar mackerel come through over the April/May period.