Weather change brings on pelagics

Fishing in the bay has been pretty quiet over the last week; however as weather conditions improve the fishing should start to fire up particularly those chasing pelagics and fishing the shallow reefs.

The ledges and holes around Ungowa have been producing some nice grunter of late, with the odd jewfish and cod caught as well.

Whiting and flathead can be found on the flats and around the creek mouths.

Whiting and flathead are being caught in the lower reaches and around the mouth of the Mary River system.

Live yabbies and worms have been the go for whiting, with soft plastics and live baits working well on the flatties.

Throughout the mid reaches there’s been a few threadfin salmon and grunter caught.

We anticipated prawns to move over the larger draining tides of the new moon. No significant reports as of yet, however some gun anglers are managing a feed so it’s worth a look.

Lack of rain would suggest higher salinity levels which will see the prawns in the upper reaches.

The Burrum River system has been fishing well for mangrove jack over the last week as the fish start to become more active.

A variety of soft plastic and hardbody lures have been working throughout the day, with good fish being taken on live and strip baits at night.

Catches have been reported from Black Bank to all the way upstream.

Buxton hole has been quite crowded lately so searching for quieter waters should bare better results.

The lower to mid reaches have provided a mixed bag consisting of bream, whiting, flathead, grunter and cod.

Good numbers of tuna can be found from Arch Cliffs to Rooneys. Most of the schools consist of mac tuna with the odd long tail tuna mixed in.

Small metal slugs between 25-40gm, snapbacks and sliders have been the lures of choice.

School mackerel are also still on the chew around the outer banks, beacons and anywhere that holds large congregations of bait.

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