Report 19/2/16

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 19/2/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:57 pm

A few prawns have begun to turn up around Woodgate. Reports have been limited due to the winds but there are whispers about that there is a bit of prawn there already. In the river mud crabs are a likely target along with a few grunter around the mouth. Out the front blackall, sweetlip and golden trevally will be active on the Burrum 8 Mile if weather allows.

Local reefs
The local reefs have been difficult to fish lately due to the wind. The more inshore reefs out from Point Vernon and Pialba have been the only place to hide from the wind. Fishing these shallow reefs generally requires early starts before dawn with fresh cut baits working well. Grunter, coral trout, blackall and sweetlip have been reported off the shallow reefs.

Platypus Bay
Various mackerel can be found on the reefs along with pencil squid. For sportfishers things have been tough with very little tuna action but over the next few weeks we should see more.

Urangan Pier
Off the Urangan Pier a few threadfin salmon and grunter have been reported in the dirty water. Recent rains flushed some of the estuary species out and often we get some different captures around the Pier and Urangan Harbour rock wall. Other species reported have been golden trevally, barra, queenfish and the odd mackerel when the water is a bit cleaner on the high tide.

Sandy Strait
Barra and salmon have been reported coming from the western side of Fraser Island and Turkey Strait. Grunter are always a good target on the flats after some rains along with summer whiting. Crabs will be on the move so take your pots if you are headed that way. In the Mary the fishing should improve this week if we don't see too much more rain. Targeting barra on the rock bars and deep holes should bring some results. If you are after a feed of grunter, try the lower reaches of the Susan and the Mary.

Andrew Chorley
Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing

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