Report 1/12/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 1/12/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:01 am

November was gone in a flash, and this year we saw another fantastic run of small black marlin.

Our guests enjoyed targeting these great fish, with many caught on the flats in shallow water It has been an absolute pleasure to guide my guests onto their first Black Marlin and to do it in my native waters makes it special for guide and angler. Other species also fished well with big golden trevally, mac and longtail tuna, spotted mackerel and others in the mix using both spin and fly tackle.

In more recent news, we’ve had some good weather lately, and both the local reefs and wider grounds have fished well.

The Burrum has seen some good jack fishing in the warmer conditions. Working the snags with deep divers has been producing some good fish. Trevally, queenfish, tarpon and grunter have also been encountered. Out towards the mouth try the beacons for a school mackerel or queenfish and the Burrum 8 mile for golden trevally and blackall.

Local Reefs
The local reefs have been fishing well. Sharks are a problem already so you'll have to be prepared to move around. Sweetlip have been taking fresh cut baits along with whole hardiheads. Blue parrot have been responding well to live crabs with the channel hole, Moon Ledge, the arty and the outer banks producing specimens to 8kg. If you’re after a feed of mackerel, try using spoons around the beacons for schoolies.

Platypus Bay
The odd spotted mackerel can be found in Platypus Bay, with slugs and soft plastics catching their share. The bottom fishing has been a bit slow with a few scarlets about. Longtails can be found early in the morning under the birds, along with mac tuna.

Out Wide
The wide grounds have been fishing well for hussar, parrot, scarlets and sweetlip. Those who ventured outside encountered good numbers of mahimahi east of Sandy Cape Shoals along with small black marlin, wahoo and the odd Spaniard.

Sandy Strait
In the Strait there are some flatties deep in the creeks taking soft vibes and soft plastics. Working the mangrove edges has produced whiting, bream, grunter and the odd queenie. In the Mary, a few salmon have been reported working in the mid reaches and have been taking trolled hardbodies and soft vibes worked deep.

Tight Lines
Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing
John from The USA with one of his Black Marlin on fly.

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