Regular Sydney visitor Malcolm Crane with a longtail caught on a recent trip with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Regular Sydney visitor Malcolm Crane with a longtail caught on a recent trip with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Anglers waiting for inshore reefs to fire up

OPINION: Finally, a break in the weather - spring is here, the days are warming up and so is the fishing as local anglers wait for our inshore reefs to fire up, along with pelagic action up the island.

With the swell dropping away outside, heading wide over Breaksea Spit or the Wide Bay Bar will be worth a look for crews with larger vessels.

Inshore, the bream, whiting and flathead have made up most of the captures.


SPRING in the Burrum usually sees anglers dust off their mangrove jack gear - as temperatures rise the jacks will start to come on the chew. Working the snags is always a great way to begin looking for jacks, with barra also a welcome by-catch. Whiting are a great option if walking the beaches around Burrum, particularly at night.

Bream have been taken in the mid-reaches of the Burrum River and there has been great flathead caught between the boat ramps. Out at the Eight Mile a few school mackerel have shown up.

In the coming weeks we should see more arrive as they congregate to spawn.

Wide grounds

OUT wide on the southern gutters and beyond a few nice red emperor have been caught at night on hussar fillets. Reef jacks, big sweetlip and snapper have made other captures for those who put the effort in on the wide grounds after dark. Over Breaksea Spit a few small black marlin have showed up which is great for local game anglers. Trolling pushers has been the most effective method, but staying connected is always a problem.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay has been turning up the usual suspects - snapper, golden trevally, blackall and sweetlip have been reported coming off the reefs up there. Mac tuna have been seen here and there as they push bait to the surface. Longtails have also been feeding with them, hanging deeper in the water column.

Urangan Pier

STEVE and the crew at Anglers Den reported the pier has been producing whiting, bream, flathead, tailor and the odd longtail tuna.

Whiting have been responding well to live blood worms as have quality bream.

Sandy Strait

THE strait has been fishing well for flathead, with the creeks on the western side of the island producing quality fish. Soft plastics are always a favourite, but hard-body lures have been very effective of late.

Whiting, bream, salmon, grunter and mud crabs have also been reported from the strait.