Golden trevally, tuna, school mackerel and queenfish biting

AFTER a week of strong winds, let's hope we see some better conditions over this weekend.

With the tides dropping away to the neaps (the smallest tide in the cycle), fishing offshore will be a good option, if weather allows it, as well as the upper reaches of the river systems.


With the heavy weather, the Burrum was a good spot to hide from the winds.

Fishing the mid- and upper- reaches produced some grunter, whiting, flathead and trevally.

The mouth was fairly blown out but few good bream and flathead were landed between the ramps.

Fishing off the Urangan Pier
Fishing off the Urangan Pier Karleila Thomsen

Urangan Pier

Off the Urangan Pier a few golden trevally, mac tuna, school mackerel, grey mackerel and queenfish have been reported from the second channel under the pier.

The usual suspects like bream, whiting and flathead have been available in the first channel along with the odd squid.

Local reefs

The local reefs saw some nice coral trout and cod taken before the big winds.

Live pike have been the best baits with golden trevally and Spanish mackerel also reported.

Working the close reefs off Point Vernon was popular for boaties looking for some calm water.

Sweetlip, school mackerel, grunter and golden trevally have been reported out of Point Vernon.

As we move into May, diver whiting will be popular with locals.

Some catches have already been reported coming from Point Vernon so if you are heading up there taking the whiting gear may be worth your while.

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Wide grounds

We have limited reports from the wide grounds, but coral trout, sweetlip, cod and the usual reefies should all be on offer.

Platypus Bay

Up in Platypus Bay mac tuna have been balling bait up on the surface.

Deeper in the water column school mackerel, blackall, golden trevally and tea leaf trevally have been taking micro jigs, soft plastics and live baits.

Sandy Strait


The Great Sandy Strait
The Great Sandy Strait Alistair Brightman


In the Mary River system salmon have been working the drains along with the odd barra.

If you are after a feed of whiting pumping some yabbies and working the banks and the flats around the south head has been getting some results. Flathead, grunter and bream have also been reported coming off the flats.

For the crabbers some nice crabs have been taken further down the strait around Ungowa and the Diamonds.

On the ledges jew, flathead, sweetlip and cod have been reported.

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