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Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2019-03-27

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters Conditions, will be rough today particularly in the afternoon, so stay in sheltered waters with winds easterly below 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots before dawn. Winds increasing to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon, briefly reaching up to 30 knots south of Maroochydore in the late afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. Tomorrow conditions will improve throughout the day with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 from mid morning. Light southwesterly winds inshore early and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Sunshine Reef had pearl perch, tusk fish, grass emperor, Moses perch, painted sweetlip, gold spot cod, snapper and coral trout. Double Island Point had some good catches of gold band snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, grass emperor, tusk fish, gold spot cod, frying pan snapper and spotty mackerel. Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner fished North Reef on Saturday and caught grass sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and gold spot cod. North Reefs had a 10.5kg cobia yesterday as well. Spanish mackerel, yellow fin and long tail tuna, plenty of cobia, and snapper off Coolum Reef. Spanish and spotty mackerel, long tail tuna and cobia from Caloundra 12 mile. Reports of schools of good long tail tuna and spotty and spanish mackerel on the close inshore reefs north of Caloundra and some Spanish Mackerel off Coolum and Sunshine. Local yak angler Warren Norup off Sunshine Reef took a 17.5kg Spanish mackerel on trolled bonito bait over the weekend.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Off the rocks at Hells Gates yesterday, Manuel was casting out lures when a small surface boil erupted less than 50 metres from them. He quickly flicked a 70gm Halco for a nice 7.5kg longtail tuna. A few tailor up in the ski run diamond trevelly in the Woods Bay on a plastics. Cod, jack and trevally in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack and flathead between the lakes. A few mud crabs still on the move throughout the river.

Maroochydore: Try for trevelly, the odd tailor, flathead and queen fish and bream around the motorway bridge and along Bradman Av. Few good whiting in the lower river and whiting and grunter in Eudlo Creek. Mangrove jack in all the creeks. Reports of several good buck crabs throughout the river particularly in Petrie Creek.

Mooloolaba: Bream, trevally and cod from the boat moorings. Jacks and flathead in Mountain Creek. Jack, cod and flathead from the rocks bars in the upper river. Muddies throughout the Mooloolah River, particularly in the Kawana and Mooloolah canals.

Caloundra: There still getting jack, cod, bream and trevally in Pelican Waters canals and in the creeks that feed the Passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along Golden Beach flats. Make sure you have your crab pots out, there are still good quality crabs feeding.

Rob Stokes 51cm dusky flathead 

Check out Rob Stokes with a nice eating 51 cm dusky flathead taken yesterday morning off the bank along Bradman Avenue, on a 4’ pumpkin seed soft plastic.

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