Estuary anglers will soon dust off their gear and cast out
IT HAS been another week of fairly steady weather, which is welcomed by Fraser Coast anglers.
Water temps continue to be above average making it a poor snapper season with catches down from previous years.
Looking ahead we should see some school mackerel start to move in to Point Vernon along with some mac tuna schools for the sport fisherman.
With spring not far away estuary anglers will start to dust their gear off in preparation for salmon and barra.
The Burrum 8-Mile has seen a few snapper of late with fish to 6kg being reported.
Live baits such as pike, yakka and herring have worked best.
Longtail tuna have also been taken under balloons along with school mackerel.
In the river flathead can be found between the ramps and some good bream and whiting have been reported from black bank at night.
On the local reefs sweetlip, squire, blackall, cod and coral trout have been reported.
Squid have been caught around round island and the picnic islands with the clean water making ideal conditions for targeting squid.
Winter whiting numbers are down of late with the season looking like it is almost over.
Working the artficial reef, outer banks and the shallow reefs off Point Vernon with cut baits has seen the most activity.
On the wide grounds coral trout, cod, sweetlip, parrot and scarlets have been the main reports from inside the Bay.
Outside good catches of snapper were reported off Break Sea Spit along with the usual species.
Minimal swell of late has made ideal conditions for heading outside the bar and getting into some great fishing.
Things have been fairly quite up the Island with snapper catches down and water temps high.
The usual winter patterns and species are hard to crack.
Golden trevally can be found on the reefs up there along with blackall, sweetlip and the odd scarlet.
Snapper have been hard to find with best results coming at night up there.
The crew at Anglers Den have reported squid, flathead, gar, whiting and the odd tailor coming in off the pier.
Whiting have been best at night with live yabbies.
In the strait, some good light tackle sportfishing has been had of late with angers reporting salmon, flathead, diamond trevally, grunter,queenfish,whiting and tailor coming from the Sandy and Turkey
Working soft plastics has seen best results on light braid and leaders.
In the Mary River system flathead have been found around south and north head with plastics again working best.
For bait fisherman live baits have been working well on salmon, flathead and the odd barramundi.