Phil holds a big longtail caught in Platypus Bay on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Phil holds a big longtail caught in Platypus Bay on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Fishing in Bay a little slow with change of seasons

OPINION: Finally, we have had a decent run of weather in the past week.

Fishing in the Bay has been a little slow as we move between the seasons.

Our run of school mackerel is a little late with hardly a schoolie to be found anywhere.

Inshore has been fishing a little better with some excellent whiting catches about.


The Burrum will be a good place to start chasing jacks this weekend, small tides will allow for some good conditions to work the snags, soft plastics, zerek prawns and x wraps have been the go-to lures at present.

Whiting, bream and flathead will be on offer around the mouth with a few blackall, squire and golden trevally taken on the 8 Mile.

Urangan Pier

A few spanish mackerel have been taken off the pier again this week, whiting have been in good numbers at night along with bream.

If you are after a flathead a live pike fished close to the pylons has been deadly.

Wide grounds

The wide grounds have been quiet of late, a few snapper, sweetlip, cod, parrot and the odd coral trout being reported from the 25 fathom and the southern gutters.

Yellow fin tuna and mac tuna can be found working the surface for those looking for some sport while out wide.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been a little slow of late with the bulk of our snapper migration now moved on along with the yakka schools.

We will soon see small bait fish move in along with our pelagics not far behind, the next few weeks I would expect the mac tuna to arrive with trevally and other species also getting fired up, creating some great sport fishing fun.

If you are after reef fish, a few parrot, coral trout and sweetlip have been taken on the small reefs up there.

Local reefs

The local reefs have produced a few cod, sweetlip and blackall of late. As the water warms the local reefs will begin to pick up. A few squid can still be found on the rocky points of the islands and off Point Vernon with light leaders working the best when the water is clear.

If you are after a few winter whiting a few have been taken south of Round Island on blood worms.

Sandy Strait

Summer whiting catches in the strait were excellent over the full moon period; numbers will pick up again next week as we get closer to the new moon.

Fishing at night has got the best results with fish to 40cm reported.

Flathead are always a favourite this time of year working the weed beds, creek mouths, drains, rocky points and mangrove fringes is a sure way to find a feed of flathead.

Stand out lures have been z man minnows, curl tails and the smaller zerek prawns.