Kotaro Mutsuda with a yellowfin tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Kotaro Mutsuda with a yellowfin tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Ready to chase barra? Mary producing some great fish

OPINION: Building tides this week should make for some great fishing if conditions allow.

Fishing the estuaries will be popular and with the barramundi season opening February 1, barra will be high on the agenda for local estuary fisherman along with a feed of prawns.


Recent rains have dirtied the Burrum system in the upper reaches but on the flood tide some good lure fishing can be had for jacks, salmon, trevally and prawns for those looking at throwing the cast net around.

If you're looking for a feed of whiting try the mouth of the Burrum on the run-in tide with live worms.

Local reefs

The recent rains have seen the water dirty on the run-out tides on some of our reefs but don't let this worry you if you are planning a trip out.

The fishing has been consistent over the past month with sweetlip, blackall, blueparrot, golden trevally and cod making up most of the catches.

Pencil squid have pushed a little further north with areas like Sammy's and the outer banks holding good numbers.

Platypus Bay

The surface action in Platypus Bay has been patchy at best with no two days being the same.

Recent low pressure has played havoc with the spotty mackerel and has made them feed very erratically.

When they are in this mood try using flesh baits along with dropping metal lures to the bottom to get the bite.

Queenfish, trevally, grunter and a few other species have also been reported from Platypus Bay.

Wide grounds

The wide grounds have been hard to access of late due to a persistent swell but those who braved the conditions got some great results.

Fishing the grounds off Double Island Point to the south has turned up some good catches of amberjacks, pearl perch, red emperor, sweetlip and spanish mackerel.

Sandy Strait

In the Strait and the Mary system fresh has pushed into the mid and lower reaches and has dirtied the water in places.

The next few weeks will see anglers' attention focus on barra with the Mary producing some great fish this time of year.

If you are after salmon work the lower reaches in the drains and in the deeper holes as they move out of the system.

Whiting anglers have seen some nice fish coming from the island with walking the flats on the flood tide getting results.

If you are after a feed of mud crabs putting the pots in should prove fruitful with recent rains getting the crabs on the move.

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

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