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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2015-12-19

Offshore

Conditions will be okay with a bit of chop as winds will be southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the late morning and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the morning.  There were a couple of quality jew taken at North Reef. They went for live slimey mackerel and whole squid baits, also couple of good pearl perch taken on a Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. Quality jew or mulloway on a Cougar One charter to Chardon's Reef. Top catch Charters report good catches on The Barwon Banks, Murphy’s reef and the Gneerings, with the banks has been reliable as always especially for the pelagic species like 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.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few good whiting along the Noosa north shore. A good 48cm mangrove jack was caught yesterday at the Tewantin Ski Run. Quality flathead to 78cm caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been plenty of good trevally, a few whiting around 32 to 34cm using live worms and flathead 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: Try for whiting up to 34cm in the early mornings Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Plenty of herring bait fish in big numbers around Chambers island and in the mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Mangrove jack and 35cm bream in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and a few sand crabs in the lower and middle reaches.

Kawana: A few whiting and dart along the beaches and you could try for jew over night. 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 yesterday, trevally and flathead caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: 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. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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JakeRasby64cmflathead off Goat Island 2

Jake Rasby took this lovely 64cm dusky flathead from around Goat Island in the lower Maroochy River.

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