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Local Fishing Report

January 

Let’s hope the new year brings plenty of fish to everyone and some good times on the water. This week we are coming off the new moon so there will still be some run in the water to fire up the local reef fish.

Burrum

Out at Burrum mangrove Jacks, salmon, grunter, whiting and flathead have been taken from the mid reaches of the system. Working the sandbanks with softplastics on the flood tide has been productive on the flathead. Closer to the mouth whiting can be taken of the beaches with the odd golden trevally being taken from the ramps on live bait.

 

Out Wide

Out wide schools of yellow fin tuna can be found both inside and outside Fraser Island.  The fish inside can be found around the northern gutters. Trolling skirted lures, casting stick baits, soft plastics and metal lures has all been productive. Around the southern and northern gutters the reef fishing has been fairly productive with plenty of grass sweetlip, coral trout, red emperor parrot and hussar but sharks have been a problem.

Platypus Bay

Platypus Bay has been verry hit and miss of late. The spotted mackerel season has not been very good with only a few fish here and there. On the reefs grunter ad scarlets have been reported with the odd golden trevally in the mix.

Land Based

The crew at Anglers Den has reported some GT’s, queen fish, mackerel, flathead and whiting coming from the Urangan Pier. Off the local beaches chasing whiting on small poppers has been popular, the size has been a little small but over the bigger new moon tides some better fish were around.

Local Reefs

 Grass sweetlip have been around in good numbers the last few weeks but sharks have been a problem on the deeper reefs stealing your well earnt prize. Fishing the shallow reefs can be just as productive and generally sharks aren’t a problem. Coral trout, cod, blackall and grunter have also been reported from the shallow and the deeper reefs.

 

Sandy Straits

Big threadfin salmon can be found scattered through the creeks of the Straits and in the Mary River system at present. Fish have been taken at all stages of the tide on lure and bait,  the drains have been popular around the low tide period and the flats producing on the high tide. The deeper holes would also be worth a look, soft vibes have been getting some good results in the deeper holes.  Grunter have also been fairly active with both baits and soft plastics getting a few fish, bream and flathead have made up the other catches down that way.