Damo scored this brassy trevally on a fishing trip with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Damo scored this brassy trevally on a fishing trip with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Conditions good enough for early morning outing

OPINION: Terrible conditions early in the week have made way for some better weather.

Local estuaries were the pick of the places to hide from the wind, with the smaller systems being a popular choice.

This weekend better conditions are expected - not perfect, but good enough for an early morning outing.

Burrum

The Burrum River has produced loads of tarpon for light tackle sport fishermen.

They have been taken on the surface and down deeper in the water column on vibes, plastics and hard body lures.

A few fingermark have been reported with live baits working best.

Out the front mackerel have been taken in the 8 Mile with the odd squire also about.

Urangan Pier

The Urangan Pier has seen a run of spanish mackerel of late in the second channel.

Live baits have been working well under balloons, with the odd one taking a metal spoon.

Golden trevally, tailor, whiting, flathead to 3kg and bream have also been reported.

Wide grounds

Limited reports have come from here due to the weather, but all the usual suspects should be on offer.

Spanish mackerel have been taken out wide with good numbers over Break- sea Spit.

Black marlin are also about with slow trolled live baits working the best.

Local reefs

As we move into the warmer season our local reefs will begin to come to life with the usual summer species.

Grass sweetlip, blue parrot, coral trout and cod are highly popular.

The grounds around the channel hole, outer banks and Sammy's are good areas to start looking.

The shallow reefs around Point Vernon will also be worth a look for reef species.

Lightly rigged cut baits fished early work well.

Sandy Strait

The strait has produced some chopper tailor in the shipping channels and around the beacons.

Spinning lures have worked well with strip baits also effective on fussy fish.

Whiting have been in good numbers over the recent big tides with Booral Flats and the western side of Fraser Island both producing.

Flathead can be found on the weed beds and mangrove fringes.

Soft plastics are working well.