This nice broad bar mackerel was the catch of the day for Ockie Herman.
This nice broad bar mackerel was the catch of the day for Ockie Herman. Andrew Chorley

OPINION: Bull sharks wreak havoc on fishing near Fraser

OPINION: A fantastic week of weather has resulted in some great fishing opportunities.

But the big bull sharks are in plague proportions, mostly due to recent floods.

This weekend looks to be breezy so look for some sheltered waters or head up the estuaries.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay is a total waste of time for anyone looking to land a fish.

Sharks have played havoc over the new moon period with up to six or more big sharks sitting at the boat.

Moving around does not seem to help as they just keep turning up.

On the surface a few tuna can be found but they are super fussy. Small slugs and salt water fly have been working.

Through the water column the odd trevally can be found along with sweetlip and scarlets.

Wide grounds

THE past week has seen crews head wide out to the southern gutters and beyond to chase a feed of reef fish, sweetlip, coral trout, blackall, hussar, cod and parrot.

Live baits have done the job on the coral trout with zerek prawns also working a treat.

Burrum River

THE Burrum was tough last week on the big tides.

The main catches reported were whiting, bream and flathead.

This week's tides will suit lure anglers with barra, salmon and jacks on offer.

Fishing the snags, rock bars and holes should produce results.

Local reefs

LOCAL reefs have been producing a few school of mackerel, queenfish, golden trevally, blackall and cod.

The school mackerel have been taking metal lures along with trolled hardbodies.

Urangan Pier

OFF the Urangan Pier whiting and bream have been taken in the first channel with the odd flathead in the mix.

Out in the second channel golden trevally and queenfish have been taking live baits.

Sandy Strait

DOWN the strait some big queenfish have been reported along with the usual mix of flathead, bream, whiting and grunter.

Fishing the mangrove edges on the run-in tide has produced some big whiting.

In the Mary River salmon, flathead and barra can be found around the drains with gold bombers working well.

Deeper in the holes and deep rock bars try using soft vibes.

The extra vibration they put out is deadly on salmon and barra in dirty water.

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