Summer species still on the bite in estuaries

IT WAS a mix of wind and rain this week, but those who braved the elements and wet a line reaped the rewards.

With the water temperature about 20 degrees we are still seeing a lot of our summer species on the reef and in our estuary systems.

Casting medium suspending lures around rock ledges and snags throughout the Burrum River system has produced some quality grunter up to 58cm and mangrove jack.

Barramundi and threadfin salmon have been landed further up the river trolling medium diving lures.

Black spot and purple tusk fish, estuary cod, grassy sweetlip and blackall have been on the bite at Sammy's, Moon Ledge, Mickey's and the Artificial Reef.

The deep water out from Moon Point has been boiling with mack tuna.

Metal slugs 20g and 40g have been the weapons of choice, with fish up to 5kg

giving anglers a run for their money on light gear.

Chicken strips soaked in garlic have been the craze in the Mary River catching huge mulloway, threadfin salmon, black and silver bream, grunter and large summer whiting up on the sand flats.

Mud crabs are still on the move in the creeks, but there are a few rattlers amongst them.

To check if the crab is full, press underneath the body to test it. If it's soft, it's best to let the crab go because the flesh will be watery and flavourless.

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