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Calm weather proves productive
  |  First Published: July 2014



With the continuing calm weather there has been plenty of opportunities to wet a line this past month. Local reefs have had plenty of pressure from anglers and on some days the Arty looks like a floating city.

On tough days like this it can pay to get away from the crowds and find some new ground. Fraser Island has a series of ledges that weave along it incorporating spots, including Moon, Bagimba and McKenzies ledge.

These ledges have bommies, soft coral and coffee rock that all hold fish and by studying charts or using GPS map technology to find and scan these areas new ground can be found. Doing this has helped me find small pockets of reef that receives little pressure and produces fish.

IN THE BAY

The local reefs have been tough but on the good days mackerel, trevally, juvenile snapper, blackall, trout and cod have made up the bulk of the catches.

Baitfish in the form of herring, pike and yakkas are increasing at most spots and pencil squid have started appearing, which is a good sign.

Trumpeter are still being caught at the Fairway, 25 Fathom, Burrum 8 Mile, Rooneys 6 Mile and the estuaries on live herring, prawns, squid and plastics. The flats is still firing on all cylinders for flathead on hardbodies and plastics. Sole, bream and winter whiting have been taking yabbies, squid and prawns.

Prawns have made a comeback after going quiet for a while and reports of good hauls have been common the past few weeks. Mud crabs are still potting well with most creeks and rivers holding enough crab to make it worthwhile, a few are a bit on the light side and are best returned.

A MAGIC PLACE

Hervey Bay with Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits has such a unique fisheries that includes amazing diversity in both habitat and fish species. Because of this it attracts many anglers from across Australia in search of an awesome fishing adventure.

One such angler was Craig Martin who recently bought a boat and made the trip from Toowoomba to the bay to catch a beauty. Armed with his brother-in-law Brett who is a local and a few GPS marks, they pointed the boat Rooneys bound for a day on the water.

Reef fishing was a bit slow so Craig fired a pilly on a gang out to see if he could change his luck. A short time later he came up tight on a big fish that turned out to be a sailfish. After many jumps, laps of the boat and sharks on its tail he managed to land his first billfish in his new boat. Congratulations Craig on another angling dream made true in Hervey Bay!

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