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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-02


You can expect to still have the massive strong tidal movements after Wednesdays Full Moon Phase. So please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. More windy conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas still up there to 1.5 to 2 metres and swells southerly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore. Easing back a bit over the weekend but still similar conditions, so it may be better to plan to stay in sheltered waters for next few days. When conditions improve be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: There have been reports of locals getting some good catches of prawns in the bay and in the rivers. Longtail, mack tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, spangled emperor, blackall, tuskies, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Still good catches of threadfin salmon, grunter, and plenty of mangrove jack and banana prawns and mud crabs in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as plenty of threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. It’s worth targeting some good whiting and a few garfish that are feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Take extra care with driving on the beach with the King tides. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters where there is no weed. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: After this week’s Full Moon it is worth targeting jew, at night in the gutters or the rocks at Double Island Point. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: Queensland anglers are gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened at midday yesterday, Thursday 1 February. So with the start of the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi open season for wild barramundi, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations. So what are you waiting for here they are. “The minimum size limit for barramundi is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is 5 fish per person. See table below. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol relies on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations. "People who suspect illegal fishing activity during closed seasons should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116."

Table: Size and possession limits

Species Size limit Possession limit
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)* 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.

There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and in the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston and his fishing partner Zoe Morrison got stuck into some nice bass, all between 35-40cm in the early morning.

We picked them up on a White/Gold TT Lures Vortex a Red/Black Bassman Spinner Bait.

Zoe Morrison Redclaw

Harry Johnston Yellow belly

Also got a feed of Redclaw and picked up a PB Yellow Belly that went 47cm.

Jack Witek Barramundi Released

Jack Witek was targeting mangrove jack in the upper Maroochy River in the last few days of the closed barra season when he caught and safely released this Barra after a quick photo.

Lachlan Salmon Queenfish

Lachlan Reedy caught his salmon & queenfish in the front gutter at River Heads and also a ½ bucket of good size prawns came from the gutter as well.

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