The calmer conditions have finally given Fraser Coast anglers the chance to get out and wet a line on a regular basis, making many anglers breathe a sigh of relief.
Typical for this time of year the yakkas, herring and pike have moved in on the bay’s reefs and the predators are right there with them.
Once again, snapper, bream and squid are in town to spawn. The clusters of boats can be seen from Gatakers Bay to the Harbour, signalling that winter whiting are schooling up out the front.
A few school mackerel and golden trevally have been responding to lead slugs and soft plastics around the fairway buoy and most other channel markers in the bay.
Mac tuna have been schooling up throughout but have been a little hard to approach.
Trolling lures in the shallows off Big Woody Island has produced flathead, trevally and a few cod.
The Arty is still fishing well for cod, blackall and coralies, and some better quality snapper have started to turn up as well.
Bagimba ledge has been hot and cold but on a good day has produced blackall, coralies, trevally and cod up to 5kg.
The gutters have been turning up the usual suspects with quality snapper, trout, coral bream, cobia and cod. There have been some good scarlets around and a few red emperors around the Rooneys Pt/ Coral patch area.
The pier has fished well for bream, flathead and whiting around the pylons and the first channel.
Garfish are responding to small pieces of yabby fished under a float, especially when in conjunction with a little berley.
Mackerel, trevally and mac tuna have been smashing livies off the end of the pier and there are plenty of herring and bonito around, so finding bait hasn’t been a problem.
These systems have had good numbers of muddies and a few prawns are on the move as well.
Bream and flathead have been all over plastics, while whiting and sole are being caught on yabbies. A couple of jacks have been taken on yabbies as well, testing the limits of whiting anglers and their gear.
There are plenty of fish and options this month around Hervey Bay.Reads: 747