BIG ONE: William with a solid coral trout caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
BIG ONE: William with a solid coral trout caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Top 10 fishing spots on the Fraser Coast

THE Fraser Coast Chronicle's fishing experts have put together a list of the region's favourite fishing spots.

Andrew Chorley at Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing and Amanda Drury from Freedom Fishing Supplies in Maryborough have documented some of the Coast's best fishing spots and what is happening beneath the surface.

1. Burrum Heads

Out at Burrum a few prawns have been reported out the front and in the river, so taking the cast net with you is a great idea at present.

Other captures have been flathead between the ramps, whiting on black bank and some queenfish around the markers.

Off the beach is a great spot for families to wet a line.

2. Urangan Pier

A favourite and easily accessible fishing spot for the whole family

Out the end in the second channel, big GT's are taking live school mackerel for those after an epic battle.

In the first channel gar, whiting and flathead have been reported on the high tide with fresh baits best.

Urangan pier - User Contributed
Urangan Pier

3. Platypus Bay

Up in Platypus Bay we are seeing a fairly slow season for tuna and surface pelagics.

There are opportunities there to tangle with these speedsters but the presence of big bull sharks is a constant problem.

Other species up there that are worth targeting are sweetlip, scarlets and snapper at night on the reefs along with trevally.

4. Sandy Strait

The last moon saw salmon again turn up in numbers so the full moon tides this week should produce another bite, particularly in the Mary system.

Other captures in the strait have been flathead from the creek mouths, grunter in the holes and blackall and blue parrot on the ledges.

JUST CRUISING: Cruising the Great Sandy Strait in Hervey Bay. Photo: Sheryl Denham
The Great Sandy Strait Sheryl Denham

5. Point Vernon

A mixed bag of reef fish is almost always on offer off Gatakers boat ramp at Point Vernon.

Fishing the end of the ramp on a run-out tide can lure a decent catch too

6. Poona

It's protected; it's not very far, safe and there's a variety of fish there.

Whiting on poppers, tailor, bream and flathead.

We're very lucky to be able and get that variety.

7. Mary River

Best accessed by boat, the Mary River is a threadfin and barramundi country.

Fishing and prawning through the river is the best bet from Beaver Rock to River Heads.

Debbie Polley - Mary River tranquility - taken just before sunrise at Portside, Maryborough. Photo Contributed
Mary River Contributed

8. Local reefs

The local reefs between Big Woody and Fraser Island should fire up over Easter.

Fishing with fresh baits like pencil squid and hardy heads will see the best results.

Sweetlip, blackall, grey mackerel, school mackerel, cod and blue parrot have been reported from the local reefs.

9. Wide grounds

The wide grounds north of Moon Point are accessible with light winds.

Coral trout, sweetlip, hussar, parrot and cod were the main catches inside. Outside crews reported Spanish mackerel, wahoo, coronation trout, red throats and the usual mix of reefies.

10. Tinnanbar Ledge

Located off the western side of Fraser Island, the Tinnanbar Ledge holds an amazing species of fish.

The great reef fish sit on the ledge which offers great protection that the fish use to their advantage.

It's the spot to be.