The howling winds from north and south shut down fishing up the island and out wide for most of January. The most frustrating thing about this time of year is knowing the fish are there and not being able to get out and catch them!
However, when the wind has eased there have been plenty of species on offer on the Fraser Coast.
Mud crabs were potting in good numbers before Christmas but copped a flogging over the holidays. Some stretches of river had that many pots along the bank you could nearly walk on the floats. The crabbing has improved over the past few weeks but you have to sift through the females to get some keeper bucks.
Prawns have started to move but most have been in the small to medium size range, so let's hope they improve in the coming months. Jacks, flathead, salmon and cod are taking hardbodies and plastics cast and trolled and have kept locals sane during the big winds when everything else has been a write-off.
Golden trevally, queenfish, GTs, flathead and shovelies can be seen stalking baitfish at the moment. Look for bait schools like whiting, hardiheads and suchlike around the creeks and ledges. You’ll get the best results fishing prawn and baitfish imitations or live baits.
The bay fired up around the Christmas break and the action hasn’t let up, with spotted and Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, mac tuna, cobia and many species of trevally featuring in catches. All of these fish have been taking metals and plastics sight-cast in close and around the bait schools.
Black marlin have maintained their presence and will be here in numbers for the next couple of months at least. Live baiting, sight casting and trolling a spread of lures will get you amongst them before the water temperature drops and they move on for another year.
All up, if the weather gods are kind there is plenty of good fishing ahead for Hervey Bay anglers this month.Reads: 747