Happy New Year to all on the Fraser Coast and with the Traverston travesty behind us it looks set to be a beauty! Here’s what’s been happening on the water lately.
The fairway buoy has been consistent for school and Spanish mackerel, golden trevally and cobia. These fish have been taking live baits, Flasha lures and slick rigs.
The Urangan Pier is still producing GT up to 30kg on live bait, school and Spanish mackeral on baits and lures, and shovel-nosed shark off the deep end.
In the first channel the whiting have been taking worms; flathead are scoffing baits and plastics; and good numbers of garfish are being caught on worms fished under a float.
A few squid have also been around at night and are great bait fished live for queenfish around the edges of the lights.
The grounds wide of the lightship have fished well for cod and red emperor to 40kg. There have also been good numbers of mangrove jack caught in the 8-12kg range.
The shoals have had plenty of parrot, sweetlip, cod and green jobfish on the bottom and wahoo, Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna and cobia on the troll.
When trolling areas with plenty of toothy critters the best way to rig lures is on a short leader of single strand wire about 1m long running to a wind on leader. This stops the teeth cutting you off and won’t spook the fish like traditional multi strand wire traces can.
The tournament was held on 13-15 November and more than 100 anglers competed. The seas were relatively calm for the strong field of 32 boats to reach the preferred destination of Breaksea Spit and beyond.
This year the usually productive light tackle juvenile black marlin and sailfish grounds were slow with only four light tackle marlin being tagged for the tournament.
But the light tackle guys did have plenty of mahi mahi, yellowfin tuna and large numbers of wahoo up to 30kg to keep them busy.
As luck would have it the heavy tackle scene was running hot and as a result, 19 blue marlin and two big blacks were tagged, with many more fish lost over the duration of the weekend.
The end results were 224 strikes for 154 hook-ups and 105 fish tagged. Of the tagged fish, 25 were billfish.
Paul and Jimbo Rosman with a wahoo trolled up on the shoals.Reads: 1245