Estuary fishing is angler’s best bet due to northerlies

Hervey Bay's Myles Nautu was stoked to hook his first mackerel off the Urangan Pier this week.
Hervey Bay's Myles Nautu was stoked to hook his first mackerel off the Urangan Pier this week. Chad Runnalls

OPINION: Recent strong northerly winds have hampered fishing for many anglers, the estuaries being the only place to hide from the persistent winds.

Let's hope we have a break from them soon.


The Burrum has seen a few flathead along the foreshore along with quality whiting taken at night. Further in the system mangrove jack have been very active, small hardbody lures worked in the snags has been very effective.

Please remember that the barramundi closure will be in effect from November 1 so any fish caught must be released unharmed as quickly as possible.

Trevally has also been found in the deep holes along with queenfish running the flats.

Local reefs

The local reefs should fire when the wind settles. Sweetlip, cod, coral trout, blue parrot and school mackerel should be about.

Platypus Bay

School mackerel have begun to show up in Platypus Bay with some good quality fish found on the isolated reefs.

Longtail tuna have appeared along with small black marlin.

Deeper in the water column big golden trevally have responded to micro jigs and soft plastics.

Urangan Pier

Mackerel were a big drawcard off the pier before the northerlies arrived.

The dirty water will push them away but once it cleans up some good fishing will be had out in the second channel.

Broad bar, Spanish and school mackerel were all being reported.

Big GTs will also be active, with live school mackerel being a favourite bait.

Sandy Strait

Salmon have been going crazy in the Mary system at present, good captures of big fish have been reported from the mouth of the Mary all the way to the town reach's in Maryborough.

Deep divers trolled along the rock bars have been effective along with working the shallows and drains with shallow running lures.

The odd barra has also been in the mix as well as grunter, blue salmon, flathead and whiting taking soft plastics and baits.

Down the strait, salmon can be found in the creeks of the island and around Turkey Straits.

Cod, parrot, sweetlip and the odd jew have been reported.

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