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Pier into the water
Phil James | December 2016

Hervey Bay’s iconic Urangan Pier

Before taking a look at the prospects for January, a quick review of the past year along Fraser Island’s beaches and inshore Hervey Bay would seem appropriate.
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The right places to fish in Gladstone
Liam Jones | December 2016

Local guide Justin Nye with a Lake Awoonga barra.

Over December, we saw great catches coming from Awoonga Dam, which is great to see.
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Reef action is getting reel
Scott Lynch | December 2016

Charlie Hohn with a Yeppoon mangrove jack.

Just about any species caught offshore around here is very active at the moment. Mackerel, cobia, tuna and other pelagics have been caught and will be about for the rest of the month at least. Coral trout, tuskfish, cod, sweetlip and various red fish dominate the majority of reef captures. Big large-mouth nannygai have moved into the closer rubble patches just behind the islands.
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The early bird gets the worm
Jason Medcalf | December 2016

Early starts are the go at this time of year. You want to be on the water as the sun is rising.

January holidays are great fun, but with crowds, heat and family holiday commitments it can be frustrating for the obsessed angler.
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Summer species will heat up soon
Scott Bradley | December 2016

Summer is officially here. For the next few months, dawn and dusk fishing sessions really come into play, especially to avoid the hottest part of the day. For many species, these are the most productive times to fish, which is a bonus. 
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Weeding out the Fraser blackspot tuskfish
Phil James | December 2016

A juvenile blackspot tuskfish.

As I write, the dreaded weed continues make its most unwelcome presence felt along Fraser Island’s ocean beaches. During the latter weeks of October, there were periods of optimism followed with despair. Hopefully this month will be the end of it. In response to many enquiries about the dreaded weed, and in an attempt to find some answers, I have written a short article. Look out for it at the end of this area report.
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Dreaming of a calm Christmas
Liam Jones | December 2016

When the wind has dropped, anglers have been getting good catches of sweetlip and trout.

This month’s report has been compiled by Les Jones.
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Hot summer fishing has jacked up
Scott Lynch | December 2016

Mangrove jack, even small ones will smash a plastic cast right in under the overhang  

Grunter are showing up in all the estuaries and are not a bad sized fish at present. Connors Creek through to the Narrows and Port Alma area of the river are doing very well. Pirates Point to Nerimbera is also turning out quality fish, and the trick here is to find the big white channel line markers on the banks, and watch your sounder as you come over the undulating bottom when you head towards the next marker.
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Hot holiday schools of fish
Eve Malone | December 2016

Nannygai are certainly in the chew – Tom Bennett caught this nice specimen in deep water at Sykes Reef.

Last month brought us hot humid days and great fishing opportunities. Butterflies flew in and for most fishos this is the tell-tale sign of some pretty mean mackerel and tuna action. No one has been disappointed – mass schools of spotties, schoolies, mac and long tail tuna run lines in all directions around the headlands, coastal areas and the inner and outer reefs.
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