GETTING OUT: Whiting and flathead populate the flats
FREEDOM FISHING SUPPLIES
THE full moon, big tides, hot days and the threat of afternoon storms were the combined elements that got both fish and fisher-folk fired up over the last week.
Let's take a look at the report.
Sports fisho's have been in their element with the pelagic action between Wathumba and the Breaksea Spit.
Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and GTs taking a variety of lures from Deep Divers to poppers and everything in between.
The first of the black marlin have started to show up in the shallow waters between Rooney's Point and the lightship.
They are only small at the moment with the average size fish around 20kg, but still big enough to get your adrenaline pumping when using light gear.
Trolling skirted lures has had the best results.
The Burrum 8-mile is loaded with spotted and schoolie mackerel.
Casting and retrieving metal slugs or blades on a rapid retrieve has produced fish, however dropping the same lures to the bottom and jigging them back to the boat had an awesome effect with most anglers landing their bag limits.
The inshore reefs such as the Gables, Sammie's and the artificial have been producing a mixed bag of quality fish including black spot tusk fish, estuary cod, grassy sweetlip and blackall and reports of GTs in numbers throughout Hervey Bay waters.
Into the Sandy Straits now where the reports have been coming in thick and fast with everything from threadfin and blue salmon, grunter, barra, mangrove jack and estuary cod throughout the entire estuary system.
Large summer whiting and flathead are populating the sand flats.