Booming Bays
  |  First Published: February 2010

This month is traditionally a hot and wet time of year that is a piscatorial playground for pelagic and reef species thriving from all the run-off over the wet season.

As it seems to be these days the weather is an unknown factor and history doesn’t play an important role in predicting the month ahead. Hopefully we have a nice drop of rain as we head into our drier months to relieve the impending winter drought.


The local reefs have been fishing well for coral bream, spangled emperor, blackall and greasy parrot on live yabbies, squid and crabs.

The 6-14m ledges along Fraser Island have had cod, trout and golden trevally on live pike, herring and plastics.

The creeks have had good numbers of mud crabs recently and the quality has been exceptional with most bucks well over legal. Poaching has been a bit of a problem with reports of amateurs and pros pulling other peoples’ pots.

Summer whiting have been on the chew. Yabbies and frozen beach worms have been working well on the lead up to the full moon around Christys gutter, Mckenzies and Ungowa. Bagimba is worth a try if chasing big flathead and golden trevally on cast lures and live bait this month and the ledge has had a few reef species and pelagics working the area.


Platypus Bay is a special place to be at any time of the year but right now almost every pelagic available in these waters are up for grabs. There is a huge assortment of tuna and mackerel, several species of trevally, queenfish, billfish, cobia and even bonefish have all been found working the bait during March.

The saltwater fly fishers have been having a ball with some huge Longtails that work from Rooneys right through to the Sandy Straits at this time of year.

Casting metal and plastic baits and trolling conventional lures and pushers are all successful methods for targeting pelagics.

Learning to read the birds is a helpful skill to find the fish too. Spending time on the water soon gives you an idea of what does and doesn’t work and when the bait goes deep the birds are the best way to keep track of where the fish are.

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