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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-06-15


After Yesterdays New Moon an the cooler conditions particularly Sunday and Mondays cold snap the fish should be on the bite! Today there will be good conditions with perhaps a bit of northerly chop with the afternoon sea breeze as winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon, with inshore afternoon seabreezes developing and seas below 1 metre.The weekend is looking great with tomorrow having excellent conditions with winds westerly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the day. with seas below 1 metre and Sunday will be okay as well with a 15 to 20 knot South Westerly early morning settling down in the afternoon. Local kayak angler Warren Norup, fished Sunshine Reef and got a nice winter Spanish mackerel, it went 127cm or 11kg on a trolled bonito. Sunshine and North Reef has had coral trout, Spanish mackerel, yellow tail kingfish, snapper and grass sweetlip and also a few cobia. Snapper, pearl perch, nice tusk fish and cod from local reefs out from Mooloolaba and Caloundra . Jew and sweetlip from Currimundi. has had good snapper and cobia showing up. Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and big tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point theirs tusk fish,Maori cod, a rare Blue Maori Cod, big grassy sweetlip and spangled emperor. pearl perch, big snapper, gold band snapper, moses perch, nannygai and trevally. There have been good catches of coral trout, quality snapper, pearlies, sweetlip, nannygai, moses perch, Maori and big estuary rock cod and still a few mackerel around the 12nm reefs East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: There are good bay size snapper, cobia, mackerel, coral trout and a few and squid being taken on the inshore reefs with the snapper are moving into the inshore waters and hanging around structures, so places like Moon Ledge, Channel Hole and Three Ships are worth a try. Tailor and school mackerel in some of the deeper channels off River Heads and in the Straits. Bream and chopper tailor in the lower reaches of the Burrum River and a few sand crabs to be taken around Burrum Heads and Woodgate areas. Great Sandy Strait, is still producing, threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and plenty of bream showing up throughout. The winter whiting numbers are increasing and they are starting to congregate in schools so try around Gatakers Bay, towards Toogoom and around the Woody islands. There’s good bream at night, trevally and squid off Urangan Jetty. For more information on fishing the Bay do yourself a favour and check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: As the seas have settled down there are some great gutters and deeper holes forming along the beach. Target dart, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and quality jew moving through the gutters at night along the eastern beach. You still need to be cautious travelling around the rocky outcrops along the Eastern Beach. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good grunter bream, flathead still a few mud crab and the promise of a few sand crabs on offer.

Rainbow Beach: Remember, the 2018, Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo is on from the 20th to 28th of July. The jew have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try for chopper tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, plenty of good bream, flathead andtrevally and still getting a few good muddies.

Local Dams and Rivers: Borumba Dam has been host to quality Bass and a few good Yellowbelly. Generally there are quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding in the Dams at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly particully on Jackall tn60 lures. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. Remember, the Southern Queensland Fishing team are having their Social Weekend fish at Borumba Dam this weekend. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report.

Noosa: The first catches of luderick or blackfish have been caught at the car park rocks at the river mouth. Flathead around Munna Pt and good golden trevally around the sand bags. Noosa River Fishing Safaris crew members Peng released a 70cm fish on prawn and Charlie caught and released this 76cm flathead in the lower estuary on whole whitebait. Try for chopper tailor, whiting a few quality bream and trevally from the River mouth. School jew and a jew went 91cm, threadfin salmon and still good mud crabs in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Remember, 'The Cod Hole Fishing Comp Winter Classic' is on from the 5 - 8th July. Registrations now open via phone (07) 5443 3033 or online at A few good bream feeding after yesterdays New Moon phase. Some really nice gutters along Mudjimba and Marcoola Beach's to try for a few dart, bream and jew at night. School jew in the middle river with a few big fish taken in the Cod Hole. Big flathead caught and released in the lower reaches over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Dart in the gutter between Kawana and Wurtulla. Average size grass sweetlip and big bream off the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the lower river. Quality bream feeding around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Golden and giant trevally in the middle river and canals. Its worth trying for some sand crabs around the high tide.

Caloundra: Bream off the rocks outcrops and headland between Dicky and Shelly Beaches. Tailor and bream for the NE tip of Bribie. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. A few nice jew in the deeper holes throughout the passage. Some good catches of sand crabs throughout the Pumicestone Passage

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Harry Long out on a Rainbow Escape Charter with a quality Jew.

Check out Renee Sanderson with a beautiful eating size flathead measuring 67cm taken last weekend off Teewah Beach.

Cod Hole Fishing Comp and Winter Classic.

Bev Clark Bream 34cm MRSLFC

Bev Clark from the Maroochy RSL Fshing Club has been out catching a good feed of bream to 34cm.

6. The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters have been getting some great quality Snapper off DIP.

Warren Norup 127cm 11kg

Local kayak angler Warren Norup, fished Sunshine Reef and got a nice winter Spanish mackerel, it went 127cm or 11kg on a trolled bonito.

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