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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2016-12-02

Offshore

Choppy to rough conditions particularly out wide and very hot weather with north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning. Winds becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Tomorrow will be okay early and then become choppy with the afternoon sea breeze with a northerly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. When you get the window of opportunity try for, coral trout, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch, cobia, pearl perch, Maori cod and a few small longtail tuna and cod on Sunshine Reef. Snapper, pearl perch, maori cod and moses perch on North Reef. Sweetlip and tuskfish at Murphys Reef and sweetlip, moses perch and small snapper at Currimundi Wide. Spanish mackerel, yellowtail king cod, sweetlip and maori cod off Coolum. School mackerel on the Outer Gneerings and Arkwright Shoal, mahi mahi and sailfish near the FAD, (fish attraction device). School mackerel, tuna and sweetlip from Currimundi reef and Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneerings. Small sailfish and marlin on the 50m mark off Mooloolaba.

Estuaries

Noosa: The northerly’s can be very uncomfortable winds for fishing the beaches. Quality flathead throughout the river particularly in the lower reaches. Golden trevally and whiting in Woods Bays. Mangrove jack, flathead and trevally in Noosa Sound and in Weyba Creek. Whiting feeding off the sand banks throughout the Noosa River. Worth putting the crab pots in the upper reaches and creeks.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring around Chambers Island. Flathead, trevally, whiting and bream in Maroochy Waters Canal. Jacks in the creeks and Bli Bli Islands. Bream, trevally and the odd grassy sweetlip around the Motorway Bridge. A few good whiting in the lower river and up around the Bli Bli Islands. The mud crabs are moving throughout but mainly in the middle river and Maroochy Waters Canal.

Kawana: There’s trevally, flathead and bream on the incoming tide along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Flathead upstream from McKenzies Bridge and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach and mangrove jack at night around the bridge pylons, moorings and pontoons. Mud crabs in th creeks and deep holes in the canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few good whiting and the odd grassy sweetlip showing up throughout the Passage particularly at the creek mouths. Whiting in Currimundi Lake and along the Golden Beach stretch. Bream and flathead off the boardwalk particularly at night. Pelican waters canals are good for bream, mangrove jack and trevally. Reports of good catches of mangrove jack and plenty of mud crabs on the prowl particularly in Coochin and Bells Creeks.

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Grassy Sweetlip Released Cod Hole

Rylan Newnham couldn’t believe his eyes when he caught and released a grassy sweetlip in the Cod Hole.

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