Mike Leonard with a quality snapper caught on a recent charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Mike Leonard with a quality snapper caught on a recent charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Great weather but fish haven't responded the way we'd like

OPINION: We have had an absolute cracker of a week with a winter pattern of high pressure systems finally giving us a break from the past few months of average weather.

Unfortunately, the fish haven't quite responded the way we would like and most of our reefs have been quiet with average catches reported.

Urangan Pier

Steve and the crew from Anglers Den have reported some quality whiting coming from the pier and surrounding beaches, particularly at night.

The annual run of August longtail tuna has also begun with some great fish being taken on live baits.

Anglers have also been spinning up tailor and school mackerel on metal spoons.

The usual bream and flat-head can also be found around the pylons in the first channel.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been tough for most anglers in the past week with a few trevally, longtails and snapper reported.

Anglers have done the best by targeting the fish hanging off the yakka schools.

It certainly has not been easy with fish being marked on the sounder but they have been very hard to tempt.

As we move away from the new moon it will be interesting to see how things go up there.

Out towards Rooneys, grass sweetlip, cod, snapper, scarlets and spanish mackerel have been reported from the deep reefs.

Wide grounds

The Southern Gutters and 25 Fathom area has again been fairly quiet.

Crews have shifted a lot to find fish and flesh baits have certainly got the most attention during the tough bite periods.

Late in the afternoon, on dark, has produced some quality snapper on plastics and, with the winter afternoon glass-outs, it is a great time to be on the water.

Grass sweetlip, scarlets to 10kg, cod, coral trout, hussar and mosses perch have been the main captures out there.

It looks like we will have a good window of minimal swell offshore, so a trip over Breaksea Spit or the Wide Bay Bar will be worth it though if you are after some quality reef fishing.

Local reefs

On the local reefs, squire, blackall, golden trevally, scarlets and grunter can be found.

Fishing the tide changes has brought the best results.

Fresh baits are a must with live baits working well on bigger snapper and cod.

If you are after some sport fishing targeting the points and current lines around the by islands has been producing queenfish and various trevally.

Sandy Strait

August is a great time to begin to look for some flathead on our flats, as these fish begin to feed up to spawn they can be found all over the Bay.

Looking for weed beds, coffee rock patches, drains and drop-offs where food will come past are great areas to start your look.

A various range of methods work well but soft plastics are hard to beat.

The Z-man four-inch minnowz and curl tailz have been working well.

Grunter, tailor, bream, whiting can also be found on the flats and in the creeks of the sandy strait at the moment.

Burrum Heads

The Burrum has been fishing well for big summer whiting over the big tides; live blood worms are a favourite for whiting.

Flathead are also a great winter time option in the Burrum along with bream.

In the mid and upper reaches a few barramundi can be found for those who are keen along with the odd threadfin salmon.

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

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