Time for anglers to target barramundi and mangrove jack
OPINION: September has always been a great month for our bread and butter species, and as the water warms, tropical estuary species like mangrove jack and barramundi will become popular targets.
In the Burrum the usual suspects like bream, whiting and flathead are on offer.
Now is the time to start dusting off the barra and jack gear and start to think about targeting some early-season fish.
Hardbodies are always a favourite when fishing snags in the Burrum, but weedless rigged soft plastics are also getting some good fish.
A few barra around a metre in length have been reported along with some nice jacks for those who put in the time.
Out the front a few tailor should be about and the Burrum Eight Mile has been fishing well for golden trevally and blackall.
The local reefs have started to see a few grass sweetlip appear. The early mornings have been fishing the best with a few squire about as a bycatch.
Squid can still be found on the rocky points and on the weed beds.
If you find some nice clean water that's holding some bait it's a good chance there will be a few squid not too far away.
Golden trevally, blackall and the odd blue parrot have also been reported coming from the local reefs.
The pier has been fishing well at night for sand whiting of late and should continue to do so over the next month or so.
Big flathead can be found around the pylons with the crew at Anglers Den in Urangan telling me they have seen some quality flathead of late.
Bream, tailor and school mackerel have been other captures out on the pier.
The local beaches will be worth a look for whiting with small surface poppers providing a bit of sport.
Live yabbies and gulp worms have also been working a treat.
Up the island a few big cobia have been reported, various trevally species and the odd snapper have been the main catches.
Flathead can also be found along the beach up there along with some nice tailor. Further out towards Rooneys a few sweetlip and nannygai have been reported.
In the strait, threadfin and blue salmon have been taken in the holes and creek junctions as they work the bait schools.
Soft vibes like thready busters have been doing the damage with the odd barra being reported as a bycatch.
Whiting have been in good numbers on the flats with fishing the run-in tide being the most effective.
Flathead are always a great option for September and can be found right through the strait at present.
Working the drains, creek mouths, mangrove fringes, rock bars and weed beds will see the best results.
Tailor continue to be found working the ledges and around kingfisher jetty with lightly weighted pilchards and metal slugs working well.
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