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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-09-23


More choppy too rough conditions for the weekend with winds north to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots and seas rising from 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday. Even rougher conditions tomorrow with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots reaching up to 30 knots at times south of Noosa and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, so best to definitely stay in sheltered waters. So it will be probably be okay to go offshore by about next Wednesday when you can try for tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. North Reef for pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Double Island Points had red emperor, amberjack, jew, grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and bagged out on snapper. School and spotty mackerel on the close reefs between Caloundra and Coolum. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released several good flathead in the Woods Bay. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Flathead along Tewantin stretch. Cod, bream and a flathead went 90cm was caught and released on live yabbies for bait in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Sand crabs from the lower river. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Jacks in Cornmeal Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead, queenfish, jew, estuary cod and hair tail in the Cod Hole. Bream, good sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: After Wednesdays New Moon the fish should be on the bite. Although it will be a bit windblown over the weekend, there have been whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Juvinile Mangrove Jack Release

Check out Harry Somlyay with a feisty juvenile Mangrove Jack caught and quickly released in the upper Maroochy catchment yesterday.

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