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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2019-01-03

Offshore

Choppy conditions forecast with winds East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore later in the evening.Tomorrow's conditions will also be a bit choppy with winds easterly 15 to 20 knots, with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Wild Thing 2 crews fished Chardon's Reef and found a patch of warmer water and sure enough some mahi mahi. We ended up landing three on pilchard floaters and caught snapper, pearl perch and venus tusk fish on the bottom. Also at Sunshine Reef they took coral trout, pearl perch, tuskfish, jew and cobia. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Mahi mahi and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had a few good goldband snapper, cobia, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch, grass emperor and snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead sand whiting and bream from the canal bridges and towards Noosa Sound. Whiting also from the Yacht Club and near the ferry stretch. A 53cm golden trevally taken and a few good tailor in the lower river. A 44cm jack on Tuesday on a Zerek Fish Trap at the start of the run in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Good whiting throughout the lower reaches. Tailor to 55cm in the Cod Hole. Lots of average bream and flathead along the sand bank edges from the Maroochy Waters Canals and Chamber's Island, through to Godfrey's Rd. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole. Mud Crabs potted througout the river. 

Mooloolaba: Fish 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 to 69cm from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, mangrove 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 throughout the Passage. Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Bill Conn 55cm Tailor

My mate Bill Conn with a nice 55cm Tailor caught and released at the Cod Hole this week in the Maroochy River.

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