Greg Finney from Sydney with a longtail tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Greg Finney from Sydney with a longtail tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Weekend weather dazzles as anglers head out far and wide

OPINION: What A run of weather we have had. Easter was one of the best for weather I can remember with the whole long weekend in glamour conditions.

Local anglers made the most of this, heading far and wide to get to their favourite fishing grounds.

Burrum

The waterways were busy out at Burrum, some good catches were reported with anglers putting in the extra effort fishing at night getting the best results.

Quality whiting, bream and flathead have been reported.

Around the mouth golden trevally, queenfish and the odd school mackerel have been taken.

Out wider the Burrum eight mile produced the odd cod, golden trevally, blackall and squire.

Wide grounds

Anglers reported mixed results from the wide grounds; the southern gutters were a little patchy with anglers who ventured outside Fraser Island doing much better.

Coronation trout, hussar, red emperor, parrot, spanish mackerel and more were all reported from outside.

The gutters produced some good trout, scarlets and sweetlip.

Platypus Bay

Most of the tuna schools have now moved on from Platypus Bay, this week's building tides may see a few schools pop up here and there.

For bait fishermen autumn normally means scarlets and some nice fish over 50cm on the close island reefs. Out wider bigger specimens can be found in slightly deeper water.

Parrot, trevally, sweetlip, blackall and yellowtail kingfish have also been reported.

Urangan Pier

The Urangan Pier was a busy spot over Easter as holiday makers and locals made the most of the weather. Whiting were a popular target with a few about. Again the better whiting came after dark on live yabbies.

Further out the second channel has produced a few school mackerel, golden trevally and queenfish.

The local beaches will be worth a look for whiting over the building tides, Shelly Beach, Point Vernon flats and south of the harbour.

Local reefs

The local reefs have turned up a few broad bar mackerel, big blue parrot, coral trout and golden trevally.

Live baits have been working a treat on the trout with live crabs a must if you are chasing blue parrot.

Bouncing a soft plastic around the wrecks on the Artificial Reef should produce some golden trevally and maybe an early season snapper.

Sandy Strait

Down the strait whiting, mud crabs and prawns have been popular for many.

The whiting have been active over the run in tide with some good specimens coming from around the mangrove fringes at high tide.

Fathead, salmon and grunter have also been taken from the flats with soft plastics and baits working well.

The Mary and Susan rivers have turned up a few salmon and barra on live baits, soft vibes and hard bodied lures with some big flathead also coming in as bycatch.

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



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