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Local Fishing Report: Christmas Eve Monday 2018-12-24

Offshore

The crew at Swan Boat Hire would like to wish all our loyal readers, a safe and Merry Christmas and a great 2019 ahead. Still choppy to rough conditions today,with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Maroochydore during the morning with seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Christmas Day is looking better with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Boxing Day should be pretty good as well so, get out and try for some quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Trevally, mangrove jack and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. There have been several catches of quality Mangrove jack throughout the river. The rains have flushed the crabs out, so try even in the lower river.

Maroochydore: There have been several solid buck Mud Crabs potted througout the river. Some good quality whiting throughout the lower river system. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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 John Innes. Amberjack Cobia Rainbowjpg

My good Maroochy High School mate John Innes, hasn't lost his touch taking quality Amberjack and Cobia in his new boat off Rainbow beach this week.

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