Alston with a quality grunter caught in Platypus Bay on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Alston with a quality grunter caught in Platypus Bay on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Winds will pick up so stick to local reefs, estuaries

OPINION: Ideal conditions greeted boaties on most mornings with locals making the most of the window.

This week we have a bit more wind so fishing the local reefs and the estuaries will be the best option.


After recent rains, prawns and mud crabs are on the minds of many anglers who fish the Burrum.

Barramundi are also worth a look with some good specimens being taken off the rock bars in the Gregory and on the snags further up the system.

Those looking for a few mackerel, try the Burrum 8 mile and around the beacons on the run-in tide.

On the flats, whiting have been taken on yabbies with some specimens up to 40cm being reported.

Local reefs

A few of the local reefs have been producing school mackerel of late.

Try the fairway, moon ledge and the arty with metal slugs and floated baits working well.

Spanish mackerel have been taken on live baits with the odd coral trout and cod also being taken.

Platypus Bay

Up in Platypus Bay, tuna have been the main focus for sport fisherman with slugs and plastics working well.

A few black marlin have been reported but only by those willing to put in the time. Deeper in the water, column scarlets and blackall have been taken on strip baits along with squid.

Wide grounds

The wide grounds have been very popular with crews that have larger boats.

Coral trout, big sweetlip, hussar and parrot have been the main catches from the gutters and further beyond.

Big cobia have also been taken off the wrecks out wide with sharks a problem for those after bigger fish.

Sandy Strait

Down the Straits, whiting have been active after the recent fresh with good catches reported along the flats and creek mouths of Fraser Island. Barramundi have been a good option around the mouth of the river.

Working vibes deep in the water column has been getting results.

For boaties after mud crabs, try the flats out the front of Booral along with the island creeks.

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