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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-10-19


Yes, it's great to see the weather improving each day after last weekends and the first half of the weeks atrocious conditions. Today conditions will be much improved and workable with winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then tending northerly during the evening with seas below 1 metre, however still a bit of swell running so take care on the bar's, as swells will be easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning. Tomorrow, and over the weekend is looking pretty good with lighter easterly and Northerly winds into Sunday. With the improved conditions, try to get out and fish or troll along the line, where the dirty water meets the clean sea water and target a few sweetlip, snapper, mackerel, tuna or other pelagics like cobia and yellow tail kingfish! Prior to the crook conditions with heavy rains, rough seas and big swells there were some good catches on local reefs North and Sunshine Reef a few cod, cobia, snapper, big pearl perch and jewfish. Snapper, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point has consistently had good catches of snapper, red emperor, cod, a few trout, pearl perch, moses perch and tusk fish as well as been trout red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: A few bigger spanish mackerel and a few good tuna throughout the middle bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel were feeding throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. As the water clears try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. A few threadfin salmon, jacks, grunter bream and a few good barramundi are starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Worth a try for jew and a few greenback tailor in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: As the conditions settle go for dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: All the local dams a swollen with dirty flood waters so you will have to take extra care and watch for floating debris an submerged trees and stump. It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. Try some of these vegetarian baits, by using overripe rockmelon, kiwifruit and watermelon as well as pumpkin, potatoes and peas. Being omnivorous,they also prey on other aquatic organisms.They will eat dying or dead fish. Brine shrimp, worms, and bloodworms will also work. Redclaw are primarily nocturnal feeders, with the peak times at sunrise and sunset. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams and in the creeks that the dams flow into. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has had saratoga feeding around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin.

Noosa: Try for flathead and bream around the mouth. Flathead and trevally along Gympie Terrace. Flathead and trevally around Woods Bay area. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Still a good amount of dirty water flowing down along with a few catfish, pike eels and mud crabs making their way downstream. Flathead and bream along Oyster Bank Road. Whiting, bream, grunter bream and flathead feeding under cover of the dirty water in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and a few pike eels from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod and grunter from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Mud crabs in Currimundi Lake. Whiting, grunter bream and bream still feeding throughout and mud crabs in the creeks and flushing out into the Passage. Bream, flathead and crabs in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Brett Sheriff Dusky Flathead

Brett Sheriff did well recently in the lower river for a few nice eating size dusky flathead.

Tom Golden

Have a look at Tom with a beautiful solid and hard fighting golden #herveybaysportfishing #visitfrasercoast#lurefishing #goldentrevally #fishingfrasercoast

DIP Fishing Charters Snapper

The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters did well for snapper prior to the rough and wild weather, so be ready when conditions improve.

Red Emperor DIP Charter Fraiser

Check out he size of this solid red emperor taken by the crew aboard Double Island Point Fishing Charter wide of Fraser Island just before the bad weather hit.

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