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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2019-02-13

Offshore

Calmer conditions early ahead of a gusty change today, with a Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters with winds north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, tending east to northeasterly below 10 knots offshore during the morning. A gusty southerly change 20 to 25 knots will move north along the coast during the morning, reaching Bribie Island mid-morning and extending north to Noosa Heads by midday. Winds throughout then becoming southeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon, reaching up to 30 knots at times inshore south of Noosa Head and seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday. Tomorrows conditions are looking similar with strong winds and big seas, so be prepared to stay in Port with winds Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Wind speeds reaching up to 30 knots at times in the afternoon and evening and seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening. The windy conditions look sticking around into the middle of next week, but for something to look forward too, before the winds there's been some good catches of yellow fin tuna, and spotty mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Spotty mackerel from Halls Reef. Cobia, sweetlip and tuna and some quality spanish mackerel from North Reef. Spotty mackerel from the NW fairway beacon. Spotty mackerel, yellow fin tuna, cobia, and sweetlip off Coolum Reef. Cobia, sweetlip, wahoo, spotty mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, whiting and flathead in the lower river. Mangrove jack between the lakes and in the canals. Bream and flathead along Gympie Terrace. Plenty of mud crabs throughout but mainly in the upper river system.

Maroochydore: Flathead and bream from the river mouth. Bream and trevally at the Cod Hole. Small spotted grunter, flathead and the odd chopper tailor from Bli Bli. Cod and Mangrove Jack from the rock bars in the middle river. Mud crabs in the middle river.

Mooloolaba: Bream, grunter and trevally from the moorings. Jacks and flathead in Mountain Creek an around McKenzies Bridge. Cod, mangrove jack and and muddies from the middle and upper Mooloolah River.

Caloundra: Try for sand crabs in in the deeper channels and sea grass beds of the northern passage and for mud crabs there as well as in the creeks. Flathead and whiting from Golden Beach and the entrance to Bell's Creek. Jacks and trevally in Pelican Waters.

 LukeOpeltYFTuna Off Mbar

Have a look at Luke Opelt, with a hard fighting Yellow fin tuna caught and released close in off the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

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