Pier hot spot for squid
Good numbers of pencil squid have turned up throughout the bay, with the Urangan Pier being one of the hot spots.
Small jigs like Tataki and Yo-zuri squid jigs have been working best.
The first channel of the pier has also been producing whiting, gar and flathead. The second channel has seen catches of queenfish, giant trevally and the odd school mackerel.
Night has been pretty quiet with most catches consisting of catfish and sharks.
Mangrove jack have been very active due to the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing.
The creeks along the western side of Fraser Island along with the Burrum River systems have been fishing particularly well. Live bait, strip baits and lures have all been working with fish being caught both day and night.
Throughout the straits the creek mouths have been fishing well for flathead on soft plastics and live baits. You can expect cod and grunter around the deeper holes and ledges, with the odd jewie being caught as well.
Salmon are still an option throughout the Mary and Susan river systems but have been pretty scattered. Toogoom fisho’s have also been reporting some nice flathead, grunter, bream and big whiting.
The inshore reefs have been producing the usual species relative to the time of year, with grass sweetlip, coral trout, cod, blackall and a few late season snapper. Squid are also on offer whilst fishing the shallow reefs, so don’t forget the squid jigs.
Spotted mackerel have been a good target over the last week with fish up to 5kg being reported. You can expect to find the schools between Coongul and Rooney’s. Metal slugs around 40-50g are ideal, if the fish are a bit finicky try switching to soft plastic baitfish imitations. Some big long tail tuna, up to 20kg are also being caught around the Rooney’s area on 20-40g slugs and soft plastics. Out wider there’s also been a few schools of yellow fin tuna up to 15kg.
The reefs around Rooney’s have produced a mixed bag including scarlets up to 3kg, plenty of grass sweetlip, a few blackall and spanish mackerel. Sharks have been a bit of a problem as well. Fishing the outer reefs (across the bar, the shoals etc.) when the weather allows has been productive with catches of big red emperor, red-throat, tusk fish and maori cod.
The bass have started to fire out at Lenthalls over the last week. A variety of lures have been working well including: Slider’s, Squidgy fish, spinnerbaits (red, purple, white etc) blades and an assortment of diving minnows. During the morning and afternoon sessions surface lures like Cultiva Zip n Ziggys and Gobo poppers have been doing the trick.
Barra are still being caught in consistent numbers, with most fish averaging 60-75cm. For all the latest on what`s biting and where see the team at Tackleworld.