Report 4/12/15

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 4/12/15

Post by Nicole Penfold » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:19 pm

Persistent on shore winds have created some difficult conditions of late for boaties. The jack fishing around the local creeks has been a popular way to escape the northerlies with the hot conditions stirring them up.

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.

Burrum has been the place to be if you're chasing 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.

Platypus Bay
Platypus Bay has been firing for pelagics with good reports of tuna and mackerel. 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 bai. Dropping offerings to the bottom has been producing golden trevally, mackerel and scarlets.

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 queenfish also about. When the water clears mackerels will be more aggressive taking spoons and live baits.

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 strait has been a great place to escape the wind, and the creeks along the western side give some good shelter and the fishing can also be great. Mangrove jack, grunter, whiting, flathead and salmon have all been coming in on a range of techniques, from soft plastics and harbodies to live baits.

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Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

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