Tamura Tetsuro with a mac tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Tamura Tetsuro with a mac tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Contributed

Tourist snares a big tuna in Fraser Coast waters

OPINION: Confronting a week of tough weather has forced anglers to concentrate their efforts on the estuaries and the inshore reefs of the Fraser Coast.

This week's bigger tides for the new moon will see an increase in whiting catches along our local beaches, with the closer inshore reefs also worth a look.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has seen longtail tuna numbers slowly drop away over the past few weeks. The bulk of the school fish have moved on, migrating south as they do every year.

Schools can still be found taking soft plastics, slugs and stick baits, while Mac tuna are taking smaller offerings.

Spanish mackerel are found on the reefs, with some big models about. Plenty of 8-12kg fish have been landed on building tides.

Please remember that Spanish mackerel in Platypus Bay are a no-take species due to ciguatera poisoning. Trevally, scarlets, yellowtail kings and other sport fish have been reported there.

Urangan Pier

Steve, from Anglers Den, has reported school mackerel, queenfish, and golden trevally coming from Urangan Pier.

Whiting have been taken on live yabbies from the local beaches off Urangan, with small surface poppers also getting some nice whiting.

Sandy Strait

In the Sandy Strait, queenfish can be found around the islands, along with golden trevally and yellowtail kingfish.

Mac and longtail tuna can be found in small schools in the northern straits but have been a little harder to find with the lack of birds around.

Flathead, bream, whiting and salmon have been active on the flats with some good specimens about.

Crabbing remains great from most of the estuaries, but it's sad to hear the same old stories about share farming and pots being stolen.

Prawns are hit-and-miss.

Some locals find a few but others find nothing.

The lower strait is still dirty and has been painfully slow to clear from floods.

Fish have started to move back in with good catches of grunter, flathead, trevally and winter whiting coming from those areas.

Local Reefs

The local reefs, particularly the deeper reefs, have started to see the odd snapper move in. Working soft plastics in the early mornings has been the most productive.

Live baits have been effective on coral trout and cod with strip baits and hardy heads getting a few sweetlip.

School mackerel and golden trevally can be found on the reefs with metal jigs and soft plastics working well.


Burrum should fish well for summer whiting over the new moon tides, with fishing after dark getting the better quality fish.

There have been reports of prawns coming from Woodgate again and it might be worth a look for a feed.

School mackerel have been reported from the Burrum Eight Mile along with golden trevally and blackall.

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

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