Summer Species Galore
  |  First Published: December 2010

Another year gone and I’m shaking my head in disbelief that it’s Christmas already, but on the upside, it’s not long until holidays and a chance to wet a line.


The Urangan Pier and Fairway Bouy are producing good numbers of bonito, trevally, mackerel and tuna on slugs, plastics and live baits fished sub surface.

Bagimba, Moon Ledge and Maringa bommie are all fishing well for cod, sweetlip, blackall and golden trevally on squid, mullet fillets and live herring and pike.

The wider grounds, Wathumba, the eight mile and 25 fathom hole have had snapper, javelin fish, sweetlip, blackall, cod and a few trout taking a mixture of flesh baits, squid, live bait and plastics.


Summer and golden lined whiting have been on the chew during their spawning season and the lead up to the full moon on a night tide has produced some big numbers.

Yabbies and worms are the best baits to use and the effort or expense required to get them is worth it and still a lot cheaper than buying a feed of whiting.

Flathead are thick throughout the Straits and trolling minnows and bouncing plastics around rocky areas and the flats will soon locate a few fish.

Out deeper javelin fish, cod, parrot, blackall and sweetlip are taking squid, yabbies, mullet and plastics along the coffee rock ledges.


Tuna, billfish, mackerel, mahi mahi and most other pelagics are up for grabs, if the weather allows a bar crossing. The 13 mile south to the shoals is the most accessible area to work if the weather is uncertain.

Black marlin have been working the inside of Fraser Island and can be found along with tuna, mackerel, trevally and queenfish working from the flats to the wider reefs and anywhere there is bait in Platypus Bay.

A couple of outfits that can hold 600m of 8-10kg line is all you need to subdue gamefish inside Fraser Island and you can chase gamefish in up to 25 knots of southeasterly wind, in relative comfort from a small boat. It’s also a nice way to break in that new outfit we all hope to get for Christmas!

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