James with a small marlin caught during a Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing trip.
James with a small marlin caught during a Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing trip. Andrew Chorley

Weather playing havoc with Fraser Coast anglers

OPINION: Wild weather has played havoc with anglers over the past week with mid-week trips being the only way to get out among the action.

The jack fishing around the local creeks has been a popular way to escape the northerlies with the hot conditions stirring them up.


Burrum has been the place to be if you're chasing feisty jacks, the deep holes and snags have been working well with live baits and cut baits fished on dark doing the trick.

Flathead have also been active in the upper reaches with plenty coming from the ledges and around the islands.

Wide grounds

Outside Break Sea Spit has been popular for crews with larger vessels, fishing at night out there has turned up some big reef jacks along with big red emperor.

If you're heading out, please remember there is a coral fin fish closure in place from November 17-23, a no take for coral fin fish.

Urangan Pier

The Pier has been producing whiting as they move in to feed in the dirty water. Live worms have been the best option with yabbies also worth a try.

Out the end, the odd golden trevally has been taken on live baits with queen fish also about.

When the water clears, mackerel will be more aggressive, taking spoons and live baits.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been firing for pelagics with good reports of tunas and mackerel coming in, the recent big northerly blow would have pushed the fish wide, but they will come in again on the south easterlies.

Matching the hatch has been crucial as they have been feeding on small bait at present.

Dropping offerings to the bottom has been producing golden trevally, mackerel and scarlets.

Local reefs

Don't let the recent stirred-up water put you off the local reef fishing scene. If anything, it brings them on.

Fresh cut baits have been working well with hardy heads also an old favourite.

Sweetlip, blackall, coral trout, blue parrot and more have all been reported.

Sandy Strait

The straits have been a great place to escape the wind.

The creeks along the western side give some good shelter and the fishing can also be great at times.

Mangrove jacks, grunter, whiting, flathead and salmon have all been reported coming in on a range of techniques.