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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-09


Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down today for a great weekend ahead. Today starting with southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. As conditions improve on the weekend with lighter winds easterly and northerly’s around 10 knots be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and pelagic. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, 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, long tail and 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 big golden and giant 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. Golden Trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum 8 mile. Barramundi, threadfin salmon, whiting, flathead and bream throughout the straits. Whiting, flathead and garfish along the beaches between burrum heads and Urangan. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and still 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: 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, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Flathead, golden trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: 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: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrisMRSLFC Whiting

chris mrsl Trevally


Chris Bell and his wife Chrissie, from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in quality whiting, a nice trevally and released a shovel nose shark while fishing on their kayaks in the lower Maroochy River.

Peter Batey Bass Borumba

Excellent angler, Peter Batey with some more of his quality big bass, this time from Borumba Dam.

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor Dave Skipper

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor Dave Skipper Pair

Dave the skipper off Rainbow Escape Charters with a nice big red emperor taken recently on a charters.

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