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Christmas Eve Fishing Report: Thursday 2015-12-24

Offshore

Fantastic conditions for Christmas eve so get out and enjoy it as winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon then tending east to southeasterly in the late evening. Seas will be around 1 metre. There were a couple of quality jew taken at North Reef. Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef taking cobia, sweetlip, squire, Maori cod, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish, as well as good spotty and Spanish mackerel. Top catch Charters report good catches on The Barwon Banks, Murphy’s reef and the Gneerings, with the banks has had mahi mahi, wahoo and some little yellow fin and blue fin tuna. The bottom fished well for red throat emperor, maori cod, moses perch, fusilier, amberjack, spangled emperor, squire, tusk fish and the odd big cod. In closer we have been getting squire, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, coral trout, sweetlip, maori cod and spotted mackerel.  Caloundra 12 mile has had spotty mackerel, snapper, parrot and sweetlip. Small back marlin and dolphin fish have been taken on the 50m mark off Mooloolaba.

Estuaries

Noosa: Yesterday morning in Weyba Creek there were a number of flathead caught and released, using pilchard baits, with Noel's Mason's 69cm fish kept as the best of four, for the dinner table. A few good mangrove jack being caught throughout the river. There's been plenty of good trevally, a few whiting around 32 to 34cm using live worms and flathead to 70cm caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Yesterday a huge barra around 10kg was caught and released in the Maroochy Waters Canal. Also good mangrove jack and 35cm bream in the Maroochy Waters canal. Whiting in the lower river at dawn and dusk. Plenty of herring bait fish around Chambers Island and in the mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Flathead, bream and jacks Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and creeks. Sand crabs in the southern channel. Jack and trevally in Twin Waters.

Kawana: The Full Moon phase on Christmas Day will have the fish feeding, so be ready! Whiting, golden trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack, trevally and flathead caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks. Jacks and cod in Parrearra channel.

Caloundra: There should be some great fishing in the Pumicestone Passage over the Christmas Break. Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally near the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing a few good whiting, with flathead and jew in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Jacks and flathead in all the creeks particularly Coochin Creek. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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big 24kg black spot estuary cod from the banks

The Tait Keys on Top Catch Charters with a 24kg black spot estuary cod out on the Barwon Banks lately.

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