Now that the silly season is in the rear view mirror, hopefully we get some decent weather for the remaining few months of summer and get out and do more fishing!
Even if the weather is average you can always shoot up a creek and chase a few threadies or drop a couple of pots in for a mud crab or two.
The many sheltered local reefs inside Fraser Island hold a good variety of estuary and reef fish and in the hotter months night fishing can help improve success. Many species of fish feed better at night and it's a lot more comfortable than being out in the hot sun all day. Cod, coral bream, blackall, flathead, whiting and grunter to name a few are prime targets for night fishing the small patches of reef that grow just off the sand ledges that make up the Sandy Straits.
The bay is still full of black marlin and there have been a heap of boats most out there on fishable weekends trolling the Wathumba/Rooneys run in search of them. Like any style of fishing, you have your quiet days and there have been a few but the good days make up for it and we still have a few months left before they are gone for another year.
Spotties, schoolies, Spaniards, mac tuna, longtails, queenfish and trevally make up the bulk of what else is available to anglers sight-casting the shallows or working the bait schools. It's hard to beat a day on the pelagics!
The Pier copped a battering from the northerlies last month making many days virtually unfishable. On the better days there have been plenty of school mackerel, a few queenies on the surface and flathead pouncing on live herring and lures around the pylons.
Whiting numbers and size were improving just before Christmas, so fishing the bigger tides this month with yabbies or worms should be the go and a few squid have been about so don't forget the jigs.
If we get some decent weather there should be a few longtails around the next few months and every year there are some monsters caught from the pier. High-speed spinning and live baiting are the best ways to tempt a longtail, just make sure you have plenty of line!Reads: 447