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Local Fishing Report: Australia Day Saturday 2019-01-26

Offshore

Australia Day conditions will be great but with a northerly chop later in the day as winds will be northeasterly below 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day, with seas around 1 metre. Tomorrows conditions are looking good as well with a bit of northerly chop with winds Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Some good catches of spotty mackerel from the close in reefs between Caloundra and Noosa. Quality Spanaish mackerel up to 14kg on trolled baits close in shore in Luguna Bay and from Sunshine Reef. Cobia and Dolphin Fish from the Mooloolaba 8 mile and Caloundra 12 mile. Solid Cobia, sweetlip and tuna and some quality spanish mackerel from North Reef. Spanish and spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Also cobia, trout, sweetlip and pearl perch from Sunshine Reef. On Double Island Point reefs here's been a few good catches of scarlet sea perch and some quality pearl perch, gold band snapper, amberjack and nice cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The lower river is producing quality GT's, golden trevally, some reasonable bream, grunter bream and flathead. Flathead, bream and whiting in the Frying Pan. The Woods Bay fishing well for flathead, bream and trevally Whiting also from the Yacht Club and near the ferry stretch. A few good catches of mangrove jack in the creeks, canals and around the bridge structures and up between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Bream and a few flathead from Cotton Tree. A few big whiting throughout the lower reaches. Some big trevally to 60cm early yesterday morning, a good estuary cod and bream to 30cm from the Cod Hole. Few quality Mangrove Jack to 50 cm in the upper estuary. Flathead from the creek mouths. Mud Crabs potted mainly in the upper river. 

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the moorings. Trevally from La Balsa park. Jacks, flathead to 60cm, trevally, from McKenzies Bridge. Cod, mangrove jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah. 

Caloundra: A few bream, whiting and dart from along the beaches. Bream and sweetlip from Moffat head. Some quality flathead, a few big hard fighting mangrove jack and mud crabs in the Creeks that flow into the Pumicestone Passage. Worth a try for a few good whiting around the sand banks throughout the passage. 

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Check out keen angler, Benny Forgan with a 50cm mangrove jack caught and released in the upper Maroochy River recently

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