The author with a nice whiting taken from a low tide gutter.

Short trip to Fraser and Eurong

Taking it easy in between tide changes and fishing sessions at nearby Eli Creek.

With beach fishing sessions in full swing, myself and a few friends did a short trip staying at Eurong Beach Resort in late July. This was somewhat of a bonus, with our big trip of 10-nights planned for late August. Fraser Eurong

For four nights, the Eurong Beach Resort was a perfect location for our sortie. Not only is this resort central to several popular spots to visit, such as Eli Creek, Central Station, Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) and more, but it also takes a lot of the hassle out of a short trip. Instead of loading vehicles and trailers full of camping gear and Eskies, you just turn up, unpack and either take advantage of McKenzie’s Restaurant, bring a few meals to re-heat or cook in the self-contained apartments yourself.

One of the many huge worms available for bait along the beach.

You can also do as we did and get some pre-made sandwiches to go before hitting the tracks to the western side of the beach during the day. The other bonus is at the end of a long day’s fishing, you can shower off, have dinner at the restaurant or order takeaway pizza and sit back with a couple of drinks watching the football on the huge television in the king-sized apartments. What more could you want? Fraser Eurong

Best of all, Eurong Beach Resort is also running a few deals, including accommodation, ferry, buffet breakfast and more. To find out more, click here.

Matt the chef with a lovely flathead released for another day.

The fishing

As I’ve spoken about many times before, being prepared for a fishing trip will allow you to hit the ground running – or the beach in this case. What this meant for us was that we had our whiting rods rigged up and in the back of the four-wheel-drive, and we had our shoulder bags, spare rigs, bait bucket and live worms ready to go.

This meant that even before we unpacked the 4WDs, we could fish the beach between Dilli Village and Eurong for whiting from the peak hour before to the hour after low tide. What we were looking for were very shallow gutters with a blind or closed end and a back bank that ran diagonal to the shore, along the back of the gutter.

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About Sean Thompson

Sean caught the fishing bug bad one very cold Canberra day 20 years ago when he was bored and picked up and read Angler's Almanac by the fireplace. Since then he has filled his mind with knowledge from fishing magazines, books, the internet, TAFE fishing courses, guiding fishing charters (estuaries, beach, bay and mountain lakes) and of course 'on water' experience. He and a group of mates formed a social fishing club and soon started to share what they learnt and caught online. Sean is the admin for Ontour Fishing Australia on Facebook, which is a page that shares information, reports and sponsor giveaways and welcomes all to the site. He plans to move into blogging on his new website when time allows.

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