The howling northerlies and little or no rain has Hervey Bay looking scorched and dry, which is a stark contrast to the usual tropical lush green setting we are used to at this time of year.
The good news is it hasn't affected the fishing much with world class sport and game fishing opportunities on offer every day on the Fraser Coast.
The local reefs have had the usual mix of blackall, cod, coral bream trout and trevally being caught at the Arty, Moon ledge, Bagimba and Mckenzies.
Blue parrot will be a prime target this month along Big Woody Island and the many shallow reefs along Fraser.
Live baiting and casting lures on the flats and the many creeks along Fraser Island will get you connected to golden trevally, queenfish and huge flathead.
Whiting and bream are worth a look on the bigger tides on artificials, worms and yabbies.
The Mary and Susan rivers have had some great king threadfin salmon action recently. Flathead have been consistent and barra will be on the chew as the closed season always seems to bring them on.
The creeks are a worthwhile option over the Christmas break when the bays shut down due to wind.
The bay has been choc full of baitfish from south of Wathumba through to Fergies Spit off Rooneys Point. Large schools of mac tuna can be found throughout the area along with longtails, Spanish and spotted mackerel, trevally and bonito.
Reports of marlin captures and sightings are on the increase with a couple of fellas sight casting 6 small blacks off Rooneys in late October.
Sight casting the shallows of Fraser Island for billfish is a truly unique fishing experience and there is nowhere better in the world to do it than in our own backyard; and you only need a tinny or 4WD to get there.
Casting flys, plastics, rigged gars and live bait is all you need to do if you want to join a very select few anglers that have pinned a billy off the beach.
So there are plenty of Chrissy fishing options in Hervey Bay. Have a very fishy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.Reads: 753