Fraser Coast anglers finally had a good patch of weather through September but with the fires on Fraser Island, the conditions for fishing had echoes of Deep Purple ringing in my ears with all the ‘smoke on the water’.
Fishing has been tough at times with calm seas making surface species timid and reef fishing slow. The extra traffic on the water has made many local hot spots look like small communities with barely enough room to cast a line between boats. I can never understand why some people pull up so close to other boats instead of finding a less populated spot to fish, after all, don’t we go out fishing to get away from it all?
From Arch Cliffs to Rooneys tuna, mackerel and trevally are thick and working the many bait schools scattered throughout the bay. Other species often encountered include black marlin, cobia, queenfish and wahoo all of which can be found in very shallow water along Fraser Island. This makes it perfect for the small boat fishers in slight seas or a moderate southeaster.
The reefs have been up and down and as it warms up a dawn and after dark approach can help improve strike rates and reduce sunburn. Cod, trout, hussar, snapper, coral bream and red emperor have been caught on the Rooneys, Southern Gutters and 25 fathom reef systems on mullet, squid, plastics and live bait.
The Burrum, Mary and Susan rivers are all fishing well for flathead, bream and whiting on a mixture of soft plastics, poppers and live yabbies. Barramundi, jacks, threadfin, grunter and queenfish are all responding to live herring and mullet, plastics and hardbodies.
The Scarness/Point Vernon reefs have been producing coral bream, parrot, shark and blackall over 6kg recently and cod have been all over live baits and plastics bounced over the structure.
The beaches have had good numbers of whiting and flathead taking plastics and live yabbies on the building tides from Tooan Tooan Ck to the groins at Urangan.
Hopefully the wind doesn’t howl like it usually does in November, but if it does the creeks and beaches a worth a shot.Reads: 1317