Aly Findlay with a golden trevally caught of Arch Cliffs with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Aly Findlay with a golden trevally caught of Arch Cliffs with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Smaller tides will suit estuary anglers

OPINION: Recent big tides produced some great fishing on our inshore reefs last week and this week the smaller tides will suit estuary anglers, especially those targeting barramundi and mangrove jack on lures.

Let's hope the weather improves and we can enjoy the great fishing that is on offer.


In the Burrum, mangrove jacks proved to be tricky over the big tides as the water was fairly dirty.

Over the smaller tides, it should clean up and working the snags on tide change with hard body lures, soft plastics and live baits has been producing jacks and barra of late.

Whiting have been taken around the mouth with some flathead and queenfish also on offer.

Out on the 8 Mile, school mackerel and golden trevally have been taken on live baits and soft plastics.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been hit and miss for pelagics with mainly mack tuna about on the surface at present.

On the reefs, a few scarlets can be found along with sweetlip and grunter.

Local reefs

On the local reefs, sweetlip, golden trevally, blackall and cod can be found with live baits working best on the cod.

School mackerel can be found around the beacons and on the reefs with metal lures worked fast from the bottom working well.

If you are after some sport, small GTs, queenfish and other trevally can be found around the picnics with small soft plastics getting results.

Urangan Pier

Off the pier, the odd barra has been taken along with some quality flathead and the odd queenfish from the second channel.

In the first channel, whiting can be found at night on worms with flathead also around the pylons.

Sandy Strait

Down in the Mary, barra are high on the agenda. Working soft vibes deep around the snags has been getting results with both salmon and barra getting in on the action.

Flathead and whiting have been reported coming from the mouth of the Susan with the Booral flats also worth a look.

In the strait, whiting have been in good numbers along the island with a few prawns starting to be reported in the creeks.

On the ledges, blackall, barra, cod and sweetlip can be found with a range of cut baits and live baits getting some good results.

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