GETTING OUT: Trevally keeps anglers busy
LET'S hope we see some good weather during the Christmas break.
The waterways can be very busy this time of year, so please be careful when on the water.
In the Mary River system, threadfin salmon continue to be a target for anglers.
Working the drains with lures or live baits has been effective.
Flathead, grunter and trevally, mud crabs and prawns have also been other catches.
Down the strait, whiting, flathead and jacks have come from the creeks, with a few blackall taken on the ledges.
Working the beacons has produced some nice school mackerel and there are some good specimens about.
Early morning tides are providing the perfect conditions to target blue parrot, with some good captures reported.
Live crabs and a 100lb hand line is certainly the most effective way to tangle with these bulldozers of the reef.
A few scarlets can be found closer to home, with a few areas north of Moon Point holding some legal-sized fish.
Coral trout, cod, blackall and GTs have also been found on the local reefs.
Platypus Bay has been a little hit-and-miss of late but should improve as we move further into our summer season.
School-size longtails will start to appear as we move into January and we should see some more good fishing for spotted mackerel.
Scarlets, golden trevally, brassy trevally and school mackerel have been reported on the reefs up there.
Our Christmas run of golden trevally should keep anglers busy off the pier.
Setting live baits out on the run-in tide will be the best time to target them.
Whiting will also be on offer off the pier and the local beaches with an early or on-dark session being the best for quality catches.
Queenfish, giant trevally, mackerel and tarpon have also been reported from the pier.
The wide grounds have produced a few pelagics, with yellow fin tuna and big spanish mackerel being reported.
Reef species like coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip and hussar have been reported from the southern gutters.
Big elbow-slapper summer whiting will be on offer in the next few weeks.
Live worms are certainly a favourite with the locals, but live yabbies will also get some good results.
Flathead, queenfish, golden trevally and grunter have also been reported.