Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bring on the Barra Estuaries Will Be Popular

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bring on the Barra Estuaries Will Be Popular

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A SPELL of great weather this week has seen some awesome pelagic activity out on the bay and beyond.

Reef fishing was fairly good over the new moon, though the estuaries were a tougher option with the big tides and cooler water.

This weekend is looking great for those planning to fish the rivers, with northerlies bringing hot days and warm nights that should fire up the barra, salmon and jacks amongst others. Whilst forecast to be only fairly light, the northerlies will make the bay a bit lumpy in the afternoons, so plan your trips for early in the day, particularly Saturday, as it is forecast to turn northwest Sunday.

The big news this week has been the sensational run of small black marlin both in the bay and offshore.

Over the Breaksea Spit, three different crews tagged 11-12 marlin each, either trolling skirts or switchbaiting, after raising multiple fish at times and seeing as many as 45 strikes in a day.

Only one sailfish has been reported, though some good wahoo are getting in the act outside as well.

Marlin are turning up all over the place throughout the bay as well. They are all small fish so far, mostly 10-25kg, but are providing awesome sport and are feeding hard, so get out there with the light game tackle and have some fun.

Just this week, marlin have been sight-fished off Station Hill, caught elsewhere in Platypus Bay whilst casting at longtail tuna, trolled up behind travelling vessels passing the Burrum 8 Mile, caught just 2 miles north of the Fairway and have been sighted between the Arch Cliffs 6 Mile and the Outer Banks.

Schools of longtail tuna are working bait schools in northern Platypus Bay.

Some big tuna to 30kg have been connected to working beneath surface schools of smaller fish.

Plenty of mack tuna are working the surface up that way as well, and mackerel are active on many of the reefs from Coongul north to Rooneys.

You will find golden trevally on many of these reefs, as well as the odd snapper, smaller squire, sweetlip and scarlets on the more northern reefs in that area. …

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