Harrison Miller sent through this great photo of him and an Australian bass he caught on the weekend on an Austackle lure.
Harrison Miller sent through this great photo of him and an Australian bass he caught on the weekend on an Austackle lure. supplied Freedom Fishing

Building tides will kick pelagic species into gear

OPINION: The past week has seen 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 have 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 the bait.

Sandy Strait

The strait fished well and the slightly dirty water from the recent rains pushed a few fish closer to the creek mouths and flats.

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

In the Mary River threadfin salmon have been reported coming from the deeper holes on thready busters and soft plastics.

Mud crabs will also be worth a look with the recent rains getting them moving.

Local reefs

These fished well for grass sweetlip, cod, coral trout, blackall and blue parrot.

Fresh baits worked well with hardy heads, squid and fresh strip baits the favourites.

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 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 be worth a look for a mackerel with school, Spanish and broad bar being reported from the beacons.

Wide grounds

These grounds were popular for crews with larger vessels, while the gutters were patchy with crews reporting mixed results.

The usual coral trout, grass sweetlip, hussar, parrot and big annoying trevally were about.

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

Various tuna and mackerel species can also be found wide spread from the 25 Fathom Hole to Roneys and beyond.

Platypus Bay

These waters have seen less pelagic activity in the last 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 of the pier.

Whiting and flathead can be found in the first channel.

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 Eight Mile with metal spoons and floated baits getting attention.

Golden trevally and cod have been taken on live baits out there.

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



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