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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-03

Offshore

Strong tidal movements with the King tides associated with this week’s Full Moon Phase. So it will be best to stay in sheltered waters. 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. Wind and conditions still today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the late evening and seas and swell still up around 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrows conditions be similar with more winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. and sea running from 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the evening.. When conditions improve which will hopefully, be into next week 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.

Estuaries and Beaches

Queensland anglers are should be gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened this week at midday on 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. “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
Barramundi
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.

Noosa: Still take care with the king tidal movements, also exacerbated by big seas. Golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good 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 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 flushed out and throughout the river system

Mooloolaba: 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. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: 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 the Creeks that feed into the passage.

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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. (Remember the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi season re-opened this week at midday on Thursday 1 February.)

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