Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Best of Winter Arrives

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

The Best of Winter Arrives

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GREAT weather is set to continue for the week ahead. Cold mornings, light winds and sunny skies are forecast, so don your woollies and get out and target your favourite winter species.

Snapper, bream and whiting really fired up this week, particularly during the evening flood tides under the rising moon.

Tailor, winter whiting, trevally, queenies, flathead and bonito have also been active.

Bag limits of snapper have been easily achieved by many with the afternoon/evening sessions continuing to prove most productive.

Some of the best reports have come from the western side of the Bay this week, as many locations including the reefs wide of the Burrum, the Fairway, and isolated reefs throughout the central bay fired up with their best runs of snapper so far for the season.

A couple of boats made the journey to the Gutters and scored well on snapper, with the odd coral trout, red emperor and reef jack being taken along with the usual mixed bag of sweetlip, spangled emperor, hussar, cockies and moses perch.

Fishing the big flood tide at the 25 Fathom Hole during the early evening is a pretty sure bet for snapper, with scarlets and reef jacks also possible over the turn of tide.

There hasn't been much reported from the eastern side of the bay, possibly due to the dominating southwesters this week.

Good snapper have been caught from reefs wide of Rooney after dark but many flicking plastics in closer during the day reported mostly squire and goldies.

The grounds off Wathumba are alive with baitfish and are producing a variety of trevally species on all manner of plastics, vibes and blades.

Late afternoon snapper sessions are the go up that way, particularly while the southwesters keep most boaties away during the mornings.

Bonito are prolific throughout the Bay, turning up anywhere from the inshore reefs to Rooney and the central Bay. …

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