Ivan Cornwell pulled this 13kg red over the side on a recent fishing trip away up at Lady Musgrave. Photo Freedom Fishing Supplies
Ivan Cornwell pulled this 13kg red over the side on a recent fishing trip away up at Lady Musgrave. Photo Freedom Fishing Supplies Freedom Fishing Supplies

GETTING OUT: whiting on the flats, anglers caught by storms

SOME mixed weather this week certainly made for some tough conditions.

Storms earlier in the week certainly kept us on our toes, with a few anglers getting caught out.

Urangan Pier

THE Pier has been fishing well for whiting, particularly over the full moon period.

Catches will drop away this week but expect them to improve when the tides build.

Flathead, bream, school mackerel and queenfish have all been reported.

Burrum

THE Burrum has been a great option for those with smaller boats.

Mangrove jacks have been turning it on in the upper reaches.

Live baits and small hardbodies have been getting the bites.

Around the islands, whiting have been on the flats on the run-in tide, with live bloodworms doing the trick.

Wide grounds

THE wide grounds have been great for those chasing a feed.

Over Breaksea Spit has been fishing well for red throats, coronation trout, rosy job fish, Maori cod, hussar and more.

Closer to home, coral trout have been on offer at the southern gutters, along with some big sweetlip.

Some big marlin up to 1000 pounds have also been taken, which is great for the local game fishing scene.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay has been active with tuna schools of late as they move in on the abundance of baitfish.

Small metal slugs have been needed to get the bite.

Small black marlin have also been about, taking trolled gars, skirted lures and live baits.

Reef anglers have reported parrot, blackall, golden trevally and sweetlip on baits.

Local reefs

THIS week's tides will suit anglers looking for blue parrot.

Blue parrot respond well to live crabs and can be a real handful as they go like a freight train once hooked.

Cod, coral trout, squire, sweetlip and blackall have been reported coming from the artificial reef, the channel hole, Sammys and the outer banks.

For those fishing closer to home, try the reefs of Point Vernon for school mackerel, sweetlip, coral trout and blackall.