William with a snapper caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
William with a snapper caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. andrew chorley

Bread and butter species are biting well down the Strait

AFTER a windy weekend anglers have enjoyed more stable conditions this week.

Again, targeting winter species will be the best way to get amongst a few.

Looking down the strait will be a good option with bread and butter species biting well down there.


Burrum is always a reliable area to target a feed of bread and butter species.

Bream, whiting and flathead have been caught from the Gregory River mouth down to the mouth with black bank producing some quality fish. Out the front diver whiting can be found along with the odd tailor and school mackerel.

The Burrum 8 and 12-mile have been producing the odd snapper with after dark getting the best results.

If you are after a feed of sand crabs putting a few pots out the front should prove fruitful with good numbers of sand crab being reported out there.

Wide Grounds

On the wide grounds reports are starting to trickle in after the recent bad weather, coral trout captures have started to drop away but there is sweetlip, hussar, cod, red emperor, snapper and scarlets on offer.

Over Break Sea Spit good catches of mixed reef fish have been reported there has also been a good run of small black marlin outside with crews in larger vessels getting amongst the action.

Local Reefs

The local reefs of late have been fairly tough with clear conditions getting the fish to bit has been difficult.

Using light fluorocarbon leaders has helped to get the bites.

Sweetlip, snapper, cod and blackall have been reported.

Squid can also be found on the shallow reefs with the rocky points also holding squid.

For those chasing a feed of winter whiting the grounds on the inside of Big Woody and off the Nu2 beacon should hold fish.

Urangan Pier

Things have been steady off the Pier with whiting, bream, squid, flathead making up most of the catches.

As August approaches, longtail tuna will be a worthwhile target species with live baits fished under a balloon being the preferred method.

Platypus Bay

Up in Platypus Bay snapper have been found rounding up the yakka schools.

Longtail tuna have also been found throughout the water column.

Grunter, sweetlip, trevally and blackall have also been reported in Platypus Bay.

Sandy Strait

In the Strait a few chopper tailor and small GT's have been harassing bait schools around Ungowa and Fig Tree ledges.

Jew, cod and grunter have also been reported.

On the flats, flathead, whiting and bream have been in good numbers on the flood tide.

Blue salmon have also been about in the creeks of the straits and in the Mary River system.

The blue salmon have been taking soft vibes and soft plastics.