HOOKED: Dave, from New Zealand, with a whopper queenfish.
HOOKED: Dave, from New Zealand, with a whopper queenfish.

Good variety being caught on the region's reefs this week

ANOTHER week of persistent northerlies has frustrated anglers.

Hopefully there is change on the way allowing anglers to access the bay with ease. The creeks have been the only place to find shelter and with the hot conditions mangrove jacks have been the most popular target.


The Burrum has been a great place to escape the winds with mangrove jacks being a favourite species to target.

Casting zerek prawns, rapala x raps and z-man four inch swimmerz have been getting the bites. For the bait, a live mullet or herring has been getting the job done on the jacks. In the deep holes, trevally and queenfish have been taking soft plastics and soft vibes.

Local reefs

On the local reefs, grass sweetlip, blackall, blue parrot and cod have been the main targets, with cut baits doing well on sweetlip. As usual, live crabs have been doing the trick on the blue parrot with starts at dawn a must.

Lures anglers have been doing well on are big golden trevally jigging micro jigs and plastics over reefs including the outer banks, the Arty and around the beacons.

A few mac tuna can also be found locally as they work the bait in the shipping channels.

Urangan Pier

The Urangan Pier has had catches of queenfish and golden trevally out towards the end on live baits.

The beaches and channel have been producing a few whiting on the bigger tides.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been very hit-and-miss of late. Most surface activity has headed wide with very few schools of mackerel and tuna being found inside Rooney's point. On the reefs things have been tough also, with the odd grunter, golden trevally and queenfish reported.

Sandy Strait

The straits have fished well for bread and butter species grunter, whiting and flathead.

For those who are willing to put up with the sandflies, the creeks of the island have been producing some great jack fishing.

Mullet strips fished on the runout tide have been the most effective as the jacks move out of the mangroves. Some nice cod have been coming from the ledges along with a few blackall.

Threadfin salmon have been on the move down from the upper reaches following the recent and welcome rains.

Mud crabs will also be a great target and taking a few crab pots should be worth your while.