5. This blackall was caught by Alan Gibbs on Sunday over along the island - it fell victim to a fresh prawn.
5. This blackall was caught by Alan Gibbs on Sunday over along the island - it fell victim to a fresh prawn.

Fishing's good in saltier waters

AFTER last week's full moon things are salting up again nicely and our local anglers had been very keen to hit the waters of the Fraser Coast.

The fishing has been quite surprising with multiple species being landed.

Let's check out this week's fishing report.

With the Great Sandy Strait right on our doorstep the channels and ledges along the western coast of Fraser Island give us protection from the elements, making fishing in most conditions do-able.

Lately, with some fish running to the deeper, saltier waters, fishos have been catching everything from cod, blackall, threadfin and some good size grassy sweetlip, trolling medium to deep diving lures along the shelves.

Prawns, herring and flesh baits have been best if trolling or luring isn't your thing.

With a couple of breaks in the weather there was reef fishing to be had with the inshore reefs including Makenzie's, Sammies and the Artificial producing some cracking tusk fish, trout, nannygai and cod not to mention the pelagic action with tuna of every colour taking a mix of lure displays.

Most popular has been trolling through schools or sight popping as they're feeding.

For the land-based anglers walking the flats for whiting has been an option or heading to the fresh, fishing the steep banks for a few bass now that there's plenty of water running.

And we'd like to predict in the coming week/week-and-a-half the river will start firing again with some grunter and thready action already starting to return.

It would be nice to see some more carbs and prawns return just in time for the Easter break.

Now we've gotta check out this week's local catches - it's time for our brag board.