Watch out for flood debris if you go out fishing
OPINION: After a wet and windy week it looks like we should have some good weather ahead of us.
Floodwaters have been pushing down the Mary and into the Sandy Straits, so please show caution when on the water as some big logs and debris have been floating in the main shipping channels.
THE Burrum has been tough with the recent rains, but in the long term it will mean a great prawn season, with barra also responding well to the run-off conditions.
Whiting don't mind the dirty water and can be caught along the flats on the incoming tide.
Further up the system, barra can be caught in a few locations on hardbody lures but have been difficult in the dirty water.
Out wide, try the Burrum 8-mile for a school mackerel or golden trevally.
THE local reefs will fish well even in the dirty conditions as the salt beneath the fresh is generally still very clear.
Strip baits, hardy heads and squid have been producing some good catches of sweetlip, blackall, grunter and golden trevally.
THE water around the pier is very dirty at present, so the pelagics will be difficult for some time, but other interesting captures have been taken of late.
Threadfin salmon, barra and grunter can be caught off the pier at present thanks to floodwaters pushing them out of the straits.
Whiting will be a reliable target also, with blood worms being great bait in dirty water.
UP IN Platypus Bay things were a little quite directly after Cyclone Marcia, with lots of weed and dirty water in close to the island.
Out wider, tuna can be found, with mac and longtail tuna working bait.
Deeper in the water column, trevally and scarlets can be found on strip baits and jigs.
THE wide grounds have been left untouched over the past month, so venturing out there, if conditions allow, should turn up some very good catches.
Sweetlip, coral trout, hussar, snapper, parrot and cod should be on the chew out at the southern gutters.
IN THE straits the floodwaters have been affecting the fishing in good and bad ways.
With the Mary in flood, fishing will be difficult but fishing the mouth, the Booral flats and the ledges of the island should turn up a few quality barra and salmon.
Mud crabs will be on the move in the coming weeks.