Steve Davis hooked this cod while out on charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Steve Davis hooked this cod while out on charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Working the local reefs has been fruitful for anglers

OPINION: Another week of great weather has helped anglers get among some great summer fishing.

Working the local reefs has been fruitful, along with the estuaries targeting salmon, flathead, grunter and bread and butter species.

Burrum River

The Burrum should fire for big whiting this week with the bigger tides; targeting these whiting with live worms will bring results.

If you are after a feed of flathead, try working the flats with some soft plastics.

Further up the system, jacks and salmon can be found in the holes on live baits along with Zerek prawn soft plastics doing well.

Local reefs

The local reefs have been firing on the building tides, cod, coral trout, sweetlip, golden trevally and pencil squid have been keeping anglers busy.

The shallow reefs off Gataker's Bay have turned up a few school mackerel along with grunter.

Fishing with lightly rigged soft plastics over the reefs has produced some good catches.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been producing a few tuna, with mac and longtail tuna feeding on the surface at present.

Deeper in the water column, pencil squid, trevally, grunter, scarlets and sweetlip can be found and have been taking fresh baits.

Sandy Strait

The Great Sandy Strait has been producing good whiting, flathead, salmon and grunter on the flats and in the estuaries.

Fishing the mangrove edges on the high tide has been producing some great fish on both the flood and ebb tide.

On the ledges, some good cod have been taken along with sweetlip and blackall.

In the Mary River system Beaver Rock has been firing well for salmon, with live baits working well.

Salmon can be found right through the system, with the deep holes and drains producing some good fish.

Grunter, whiting, pike, bream and flathead can also be found in the Mary system.