GOLDEN CATCH: Ashley Golder was thrilled to hook this trevally will out on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
GOLDEN CATCH: Ashley Golder was thrilled to hook this trevally will out on a charter with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. ANDREW CHORLEY

Warm water keeps summer species in the Sandy Strait

AFTER another blowy weekend, we managed a few days of good weather.

The fishing over the past few weeks has generally been good with some of our summer species sticking around with the warm water temps.

Burrum

A few nice bream have been taken in the snags of the Burrum system with the mid reaches fishing the best.

Out the front, summer whiting have been taken on the beaches along with a few flathead.

Out wider the Burrum 8-Mile has produced some nice golden trevally and squire with a few diver whiting out the front of Dundowran.

Wide Grounds

The Wide Grounds were well in reach for many the past week, coral trout, sweetlip, hussar, parrot, snapper, cobia, scarlets and more all reported.

Fishing with live baits produced some nice trout with fish to 6kg reported.

Tuna were also about out wide and produced some great sport and fresh baits.

 

Hazal from Rockhampton took this longtail tuna while out on waters off Fraser Island.
GOTCHA: Hazal from Rockhampton took this longtail tuna while out on waters off Fraser Island. andrew chorley

Local reefs

The local wrecks have turned up some big jew of late; live baits fished at night have been productive.

Snapper have been reported in smaller numbers also from the artificial reef.

Fishing with cut baits has produced a few sweetlip and blackall along the ledges with golden trevally also providing some great sport.

Tiger squid will also be worth a look as we move further into winter. Casting squid jigs around the rocky points should produce a few.

Winter whiting have been in numbers off Point Vernon, Dundowran and south of Round Island.

Live blood worms from Anglers Den in Urangan have been dynamite.

Urangan Pier

The Pier has produced some big Spanish mackerel, golden trevally and the odd jew at night.

Closer to the mainland, the first channel has been a good option for anglers wanting to target bream and whiting with some good specimens about.

Sandy Strait

The strait has been fishing well coming into winter.

The flats have produced some nice flathead along with the rock bars and points.

Jew have been active around the ledges of the island and in the mouth of the Mary. Chopper tailor and bream can also be found throughout the strait with the tailor being taken on trolled minnows.

Platypus Bay

Snapper numbers have still not arrived mostly due to the higher-than-average water temps.

Yakka schools are not here yet but when they turn up the snapper won't be far away.

Some good snapper have been taken out wider but only a few per session.

Tuna can also be found throughout the bay feeding on small bait.