Matt Showler with a golden trevally caught on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Matt Showler with a golden trevally caught on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Great new moon tides to target spawning snapper

OPINION: This coming week will bring some great new moon tides for the target of snapper.

Please keep in mind these fish will be spawning - once you have a feed it is a good idea to move along and target other species so the snapper can spawn.

Burrum

Reports of a few bream, whiting and flathead have been coming in with most of the fish being found from the mid reaches of the system.

Queenfish, threadfin salmon and trevally have also been taken in the Burrum.

Out the front, tailor will be on offer and will be an easy option if you want to entertain the kids.

Trolling lures and spinning with metal slugs is a great way to find the tailor schools.

Platypus Bay

Up the island and in the central Bay, snapper have been taken around the yakka schools and on the reefs.

Some big longtail tuna have also been found feeding on the deep bait balls; golden trevally and mackerel have also been hanging around the bait.

Local Reefs

On the local reefs a few snapper have been reported.

The arty has produced some good snapper with bait fishing in the evening getting the best results.

Out of Gatakers, a few coral trout can still be taken on soft plastics fished over the shallow reefs, squire, sweetlip, tailor and blackall are other targets while fishing out there.

Urangan Pier and beaches

It is worth a try for a few whiting as tides build to the new moon on the local beaches. Live yabbies will be the best bait.

Good bream will be on offer with the bigger fish coming on the chew after dark on the rocky points.

The guys at Anglers Den have reported some tailor, bream, whiting and flathead from the Urangan Pier.

The tailor have been coming in on strip baits and metal slugs.

Sandy Strait

For land-based anglers, spinning off the rocks at River Heads can be very productive this time of year with tailor and mackerel both within reach.

Further down the strait the creeks have been fishing well for bream, grunter, flathead, threadfin salmon and small trevally over the past few weeks, and will be worth a try if you are heading that way.

Using light braid with small hard bodies, blades and soft plastics can be a ton of fun in the creeks.

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



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