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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2016-12-23

Offshore

Conditions lumpy early but winds decreasing and becoming southeastly later in the afternoon with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrow should be okay with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening and seas around 1 metre. So be ready to go with each window of opportunity both days. Cougar One was drifting off the headland and outer Laguna Bay this morning, targeting the mackerel and tuna schools, when Leigh Johnstone's deep floater was taken by a quality large mouth nannygai. Try for Northern bluefin or longtail tuna at Big Hall's, while North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. A 60cm grunter bream or javelin fish was taken on a live biddy in the lower estuary and a 78cm flathead was caught and released in the Woods Bay on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally to 1.6kg in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack to 2.4kg in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and big flathead on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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Louie 9.5Kg Cod Caloundra 12 mile

Old Boy, ’Louie’ Irwin Allen took this 9.5kg cod out on the Caloundra 12 mile this week.

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