Terry O'Loughlin from Brisbane with a longtail tuna caught fishing with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
Terry O'Loughlin from Brisbane with a longtail tuna caught fishing with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing Andrew Chorley

Variety of fish on the bite as anglers make most of weather

OPINION: Finally the break in the weather so many locals have been waiting for has happened.

Anglers last week ventured far and wide in search of fish and reports have come in from all corners of the Bay.

Sandy Strait

The strait has been firing with the creeks running with prawns.

This has seen salmon, barramundi, grunter and flat-head very active along the ledges and creek mouths.

Prawn style imitations have been dynamite along with soft vibes like thread busters.

Mud crabs continue to be active through the strait so taking the pots will be worth your while.

In the Mary the run of salmon still continues to be strong with soft plastics, trolled hardbodies and live baits all getting results.

If you are after a feed of whiting, trying the banks around the mouth of the Mary and Susan will be worth a go along with the Booral flats.

Local reefs

The reefs have produced some sweetlip, cod, coral trout, blackall, fingermark and golden trevally.

In recent weeks longtail tuna have moved into the shipping channels and can be found as far south as Little Woody.

The birds will take you to the schools and throwing soft plastics, slugs and stick baits under them has been working well.

The points on the islands have also been fishing well for queenfish and golden trevally.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been fishing well over the past few weeks.

This week's smaller tides will see the action drop away but sport fish like mac tuna, longtail tuna, golden trevally, queenfish, cobia and others have all been active.

If you're looking for some table fish the wider reefs toward Rooneys have produced some scarlets and grass sweetlip.

Urangan Pier

Again the pier has been fishing well over the past week.

Barramundi, fingermark, queenfish, mackerel, golden trevally, whiting and flathead have all been reported.

Live baits have been working the best as always with livies fished under a balloon also attracting attention from longtail tuna.

Wide grounds

With the break in the weather last weekend crews reported some mixed results with a big swell outside most were restricted to fishing west of the Breaksea Spit.

The southern and northern gutters produced some nice hussar, parrot, grass sweetlip, coral trout, scarlets, red emperor and spanish mackerel.

Live baits are always the best option out there if you are after a big trout or scarlet.

Tuna schools were also prolific and provide some great fresh bait along with a bit of sport.

Burrum

The river fished well for jacks over the hotter days this week, barra and salmon have also been reported.

Some good whiting catches have come from around the mouth and out wider on the Burrum Eight Mile school mackerel, sweetlip, cod and blackall have been reported.

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



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