Derek and Caleb had a top day out on the water with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing after hooking these broad bar mackerels.
Derek and Caleb had a top day out on the water with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing after hooking these broad bar mackerels.

OPINION: Time to hit estuaries with waters cleaning up

OPINION: After a windy weekend, conditions this week have been much better, with anglers making the most of the window.

With the waters now cleaning up nicely down the strait, it's time to hit the estuaries for some lure fishing for barra, jacks, salmon and more.

Burrum

THE Burrum has seen some nice queenfish about near the mouth and between the boat ramps, taking lures and live baits.

Further up the system, mud crabs have been reported, along with barra on the rock bars and snags.

If you're after a few mackerel, try the Burrum 8-mile for school and broad bar mackerel using metal slugs and spoons.

Wide grounds

Terry was happy with this big cobia caught on a charger with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Terry was happy with this big cobia caught on a charger with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.

Sweetlip, coral trout, cod, red emperor and hussar have been reported.

Good catches of Spanish mackerel have been coming from the northern end of the island, with some good catches coming wide of Sandy Cape.

If you are looking at doing some trolling wide, yellow fin tuna have also been taken on Lazer Pros, along with mac and longtail tuna.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay is more like shark bay at present - big bull shark have really come in thick again this year, and it's the worst I have seen them. It is hardly worth even putting a line over the side up there at present due to the high numbers of big sharks.

Tuna can be found working bait, along with trevallies and scarlets on the reefs.

Local reefs

THE local reefs have been fishing well and with building tides it will make for some great fishing this weekend.

Dropping live baits down on the arty has seen some coral trout and cod being caught on the tide change.

Spanish mackerel are also about, taking live baits and metal jigs on the arty.

The channel hole has been producing sweetlip, along with the reefs around Round Island and the top of big woody.

School mackerel can be found on the beacons, with the run-in tide getting the best results.

Urangan Pier

OFF the Urangan Pier, broad bar mackerel have been taken on live baits and spoons, with golden trevally and queenfish also in the mix.

In the first channel, fathead have been taken on live baits, along with whiting coming in on yabbies.

Fishing the local beaches should also turn up a few whiting, with the better fish coming in after dark.

Sandy Strait

SOME good barra have been coming from the Mary River system, with fish being reported through the lower and mid reaches.

Working the drains, deep holes, rock bars and snags has been getting some results. Salmon can also be found in the lower reaches, with the flats around the mouth also worth a look.

Flathead, whiting and grunter have been other catches, with the straits also fishing well for them.

Mud crabs are in abundance, and with bigger tides this weekend, it should make for good crabbing.

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