Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Head Wide and Cast Deep

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Head Wide and Cast Deep

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SMALLER tides this week will suit those heading wide, making presenting baits and lures a little easier in the deeper water.

For inshore anglers, working the river systems for species like bream, flathead and whiting will be a good option.


On the wide grounds plenty of cobia have been about with specimens to 30kg being reported. Knife jigs, soft plastics and live baits have been working on the cobia.

The yellowfin tuna have been harder to find since the recent spell of bad weather but keeping an eye out for birds while wide may reward you with some fresh sashimi.

For reef fisherman, coral trout, snapper, scarlets, red emperor and sweetlip have been coming in from 25 fathoms and the gutters area.


Snapper are still a bit slow up in Platypus Bay but should improve over the coming week.

Last week's full moon produced a few catches on the wider reefs.

The yakka schools are yet to arrive inshore but should come any day.

Tuna can still be found on the surface which is a little unusual for this time of year.

Grunter have been taken on the bottom on baits along with scarlets.


Out off Burrum, the 8-Mile will be worth a look for a snapper and a few grunter.

Baits drifted in a berley trail have been effective on the snapper.

Golden trevally, longtail tuna and mac tuna have also been reported from out there.

In the river, flathead, bream, tailor and whiting have been reported around the mouth along with a few small queenfish. Towards Toogoom, a few diver whiting have been reported but are fairly patchy.


Diver whiting can be found off Dundowran, Point Vernon, Shelly Beach and the Nu2 marker.

Drifting is the best way to locate the schools but the toad fish can sometimes plague anglers which can be a problem. …

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