Gale Warning for Today (Saturday) for Sunshine Coast Waters, so stay in port, as winds will be blowing southerly 35 to 45 knots. Winds dependent on the movement and development of tropical cyclone Oma, with seas 4 to 6 metres, increasing to 6 to 8 metres offshore and swells easterly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 4 to 5 metres offshore. Tomorrow will be even tougher, with possible heavy rain and similar wind, seas and swells to boot. So caution will be required anywhere near the ocean, as there will be large and powerful surf conditions which will be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. Better to spend time at home looking after yourself, family and the home or start cleaning and working on your fishing gear to get ready for better conditions.
Conditions in all estuaries will most likely become unsafe over the weekend and early next week, so be cautious and stay at home with the prediction of gale force winds, tidal surge, possible flood waters and floating debris!
Noosa: There has been trevally, with a few bigger whiting and flathead from the river mouth. Been several quality mangrove jack to 50cm and the odd jew between the lakes and in the canals. Mud crabs throughout but mainly in the upper river system.
Maroochydore: Several whiting to 40cm overnight drifting the tide out and around Picnic Point this week. Matt Planck went out with Scotty Hillier and crew, filming a segment for Ch7's Creek to Coast and caught a 46cm jack and released 2 legal size dusky flathead from Petrie Creek and a 17cm mud crab potted just near Chambers island on Wednesday.
Mooloolaba: Bream, grunter and trevally from the moorings. Jacks and flathead in Mountain Creek an around McKenzies Bridge. Muddies throughout the Mooloolah River.
Caloundra: Sand crabs in in the deeper channels and sea grass beds of the northern passage and a few good buck mud crabs there as well as in the creeks. Flathead and whiting from Golden Beach and the entrance to Bell's Creek. Mangrove jack and trevally in Pelican Waters.
Keen local angler, Vic Guse caught 20 fish drifting around Chambers Island on Tuesday evening using yabby's for bait, with this solid 40cm whiting being the standout