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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-10-18

Offshore

Yes, it's great to see the weather improving each day after last weekends and the first part of the weeks atrocious conditions. Today conditions will be much improved and workable with winds will be east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.with seas around 1 metre, however still a bit of swell running so take care on the bar's, as swells will be easterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.Tomorrow, conditions will be good with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then tending northerly during the evening, with seas below 1 metre, but still a solid swell. Over the weekend is looking pretty good as well 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.

Estuaries and Beaches

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.

Flathead Ben released

Ben Forgan with a nice flathead caught and released recently before the dirty water.

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