Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Sun Attracts New Species

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Sun Attracts New Species

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WHITING fishos have enjoyed a great run of fish this week. The big full moon tides really fired up the spawning run of asummeriesa from throughout the strait to Urangan.

The Turkey Strait and the banks and gutters east of River Heads have been popular, as have the lower reaches of the Mary and Susan rivers.

Bag limits of nice big whiting have been achievable over the past week though expect them to be a lot less active over the coming neap tides.

Good catches of whiting have also been reported from the beach end of the Urangan Pier, from Shelly Beach and the southern wall of the harbour.

Thumping big flathead were again a feature from many locations throughout the strait, the lower reaches of our rivers and along Fraser's western shore.

Fishing around creek mouths, drains and adjacent banks during the ebb tide and first of the flood with soft plastics, blades and small hard-bodies has been deadly. For those that can't work out lures, then the good old pillie on a set of gangs still works, as do live baits.

Kingfisher Jetty continues to produce nice fish, mainly big flathead on livies from the pier or on lures walking the beach. A few good tailor have been turning up in schools on sunset and into the early evening, plus the odd jewie after dark on livies.

There have been a few small, but legal, school mackerel taking spoons this week and tuna continue to bust up out in the shipping channel. A few big squid are hanging around at times, so pack a jig or two if heading over there.

Neap tides and warm northerlies spell barra and jacks in our local rivers and creeks. Sinking Prawnstars and weedless-rigged soft plastics deep into snags during the ebb tide has been working a treat of late.

Threadfin salmon are scattered throughout the upper strait and in the lower-mid Mary system. Blue salmon can also be found in the Susan and Bunya, particularly where you can find schools of small herring. …

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