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Getting back to normal
  |  First Published: April 2011



A little normality in the weather has returned and hopefully it will continue as the cooler months approach. The fishing has improved and is giving every indication of staying great throughout winter.

IN THE BAY

The inshore reefs are still producing plenty of cod, blackall, sweetlip, parrot and coral trout on live and dead baits. Plastics are pulling the better quality fish with Squidgy flick baits, Berkley Gulps and Atomic Prongs all working well.

Sharks are still a problem in most areas, not only taxing fish but also making it hard to keep a live bait in the water long enough to attract more desirable species.

Out wider the southern and northern gutters have had good numbers of coral trout, sweetlip, cod, hussar and scarlets on baits and plastics and trolling these reefs have turned up a few school yellowfin, Spaniards and longtails. Rooneys has fished similarly for reef fish but the sharks have been so thick at times making it impossible to get a bait or fish past them.

From Rooneys South to Wathumba small black marlin, longtails, mackerel, mac tuna and trevally have been working the bait schools from the sand flats to the deep water, taking trolled and cast lures and live bait.

DOWN THE STRAITS

Maroom and Boonaroo have had good numbers of muddies and the odd sand crab.

Prawns have been thick and of good size, flathead and cod are taking live bait and there have been summer and winter whiting out the front.

River heads has fished well for flathead, bream and whiting on yabbies and threadfin, grunter, cod and barra on live bait and lures up the creeks.

ON THE FLATS

Golden trevally, flathead, shovel-nosed shark, bream and whiting are working the shallows. Goldies can be quite visible ‘tailing’ while they feed. Live bait, plastics and fly are all working well but the sharks keep you honest so heavy braid is recommended.

Plenty of angling options this month on the magic Fraser Coast.

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