Lauren Ward with his first longtail tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Lauren Ward with his first longtail tuna caught with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing. Andrew Chorley

Anglers hoping for respite from strong winds

OPINION: Recent strong winds have made things tough, with limited reports from recent days. Before the blow we saw some good fishing.

Let's hope that we get good weather, and anglers can get out and enjoy the waters of the Fraser Coast.


THE Burrum has been a great place to hide from the wind. With the barra season now open many have been targeting this iconic sportfish.

Casting into the snags has been fruitful, with live baits fished at night on the full moon also working well.

Whiting have been taken also at night on the bigger tides, with blood worms doing the best for bait.

For anglers looking for flathead, try the flats around the islands with some soft plastics on the run-in tide.

Platypus Bay

PLATYPUS Bay has been fishing well for pelagics and after the recent patch of bad weather I would expect the longtails to be moving in now.

Deeper in the water, column trevally, scarlets and mackerel can be found. Sharks have been terrible, with many anglers giving up as sharks steal all their fish.

Local reefs

THE local reefs should fish well once the weather settles.

Sweetlip, blackall, cod and golden trevally have been taking freshly cut bits of squid and mullet fished lightly on the bottom.

School mackerel have been taken on the reefs, with floating pilchards out the back and spinning metals getting the bites.

Sandy Strait

IN THE straits, again bread-and-butter species have been the go to target as big winds make anything else difficult.

Barra are again a main drawcard over the coming weeks for many in both the strait and the Mary River system.

Looking for deep snags on your sounder and targeting them with soft vibes like transams or trolling hard-body lures are great techniques.

Live baiting is another option and is popular.

Whiting, bream and flat-head will be on offer, with live yabbies working best.

Urangan Pier

OFF the pier, barra have been taken around the lights at night, with fingermark also making an appearance taking live baits around the pylons at night.

Spanish mackerel, queenfish and golden trevally have been active, with whiting and flathead in the first channel.

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