With the back end of winter on our doorstep, now is the time to chase many of the cooler species on offer at the Fraser Coast.
Snapper are still a viable option and some of the biggest fish are caught later on in the season. Tailor are schooling in their usual haunts and winter whiting, squid and a few prawns are still worth the chase.
On shore, fishing plastics and poppers along the rocky/sandy patches found in places like Point Vernon, the harbour wall and River Heads has produced plenty of medium-sized trevally, queenfish, flathead and bream on the incoming tide.
Trolling hardbodies and blades along the ledge at Ungowa has accounted for plenty of tailor, trevally, cod, spotted and broadbar mackerel and some cracker flathead.
Dead baiting on prawns and squid is catching flathead, blackall, coral bream and bream to 40cm. Live baiting the old jetty on the smaller tides has had a few cod and some quality jewfish on pike, mullet and herring fished tight to the structure.
It is a similar story at River Heads, McKenzies, Kingfisher Bay and Bagimba with good reef and estuarine fishing on baits and plastics.
Snapper are being caught at the Arti, Moon ledge, Arch and Wathumba, but if you’re chasing quality further out at the 25 fathom, the Southern Gutters and Rooneys are still your best shot.
Bream are at their peak having spawned or spawning and fishing bait and lures is producing some of the healthiest fish seen for years. Rock bars, creeks, sand flats and any form of structure are points of interest and are worth at least a few casts before moving on.
Most of the bay’s reefs are fishing well for all the winter species both above and below the thermocline with live or fresh baits and plastics taking the better fish. Most beacons are holding solid schools of baitfish and are like a signpost for pelagics, with cobia, trevally, tuna and mackerel all cruising the area.
The beacons have at least a bit of ground around them and hold a few decent bottom fish so it is always worth a try if all else fails. Make the most of the chilly mornings before they disappear for another year.Reads: 1212