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2012 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Friday 30/11/2012

Noosa: Snapper on the Coffees, cobia, pearl perch, cod and tusk fish from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and cobia on Jew Shoal. Quality dart and a few whiting on dusk off the beaches north of Peregian. Whiting and bream in Weyba Creek. Flathead and tailor from the frying pan. Jacks in the sound and Eenie Creek Bridge. Whiting and a 5.5kg giant herring caught along the Tewantin stretch. A few decent yellow belly at Lake MacDonald.

Maroochydore: Spotty and Spanish mackerel from Coolum Reef and Currimundi Reef. A few tailor from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island and Black Bank. Flathead from Bli Bli bridge and Petrie Creek mouth. Jacks in Petrie Creek and from above Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in Eudlo Creek.

Kawana: Snapper, Cobia and sweetlip from Wide Currimundi Reef. Cobia to 9.5kg, mackerel and snapper from Murphy's Reef. A few whiting and dart along the southern beaches. Bream and golden trevally from the rock walls. Golden trevally along La Balsa and Minyama Island. Jacks, cod and bream from Parrearra Weir. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Spanish mackerel to 8kg and a few big 4kg spotty mackerel from the 5 mile. Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Creek. Flathead from the drop offs between the bar and Bell's Creek entrance. Mangrove jack in Coochin Creek and the canals. Big whiting from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach.

Andy Gunn mackerel

Schools of spotty and Spanish mackerel are moving into the water off the Sunshine Coast with average catch between Noosa and Caloundra. Andy Gunn caught these two fish on pilchards on Wide Currimundi reef this week.

Local Fishing Feature: Brilliant Beaches this Summer 29/11/2012

With Christmas holidays in full swing, many people are starting to look forward to catching up with friends and loading up the family four wheel drive to take off on the annual camping trip up the beach. With the Queensland camping experience comes the swarms of march flies, roaring campfires, sizzling snags, fantastic scenery and of course the most fabulous of beach fishing.

Summer time on the beach brings a variety of fish species to our beaches such as dart, bream, mackerel, jew fish, the odd tailor and the big summer whiting. Just like all types of fishing you need to look for the structure that's luring in and appealing to the fish. With beach fishing you don't need any fancy electronics such as depth sounders or GPS to find the fish just a good pair of polarised sunglasses and a keen eye. The key structure and most common on our beaches are long gutters formed by the swell and water runoff. The key things to look for in a gutter are deep water with plenty of movement, signs of bait such as diving birds, bait fish in the surf or pipis on the beach, visual sightings of fish riding or moving through the waves and any extra structure such as exposed rocks.

When fishing in the surf you want to be able to cast your bait as far out as possible or into that ideal gutter and the best way to do that is to use a surf rod. The extra length in the rod helps you cast much further than your conventional estuary rod and it keeps your line nice and high off the water which allows you to feel the bites due to less white water washing your line around. Alvey reels are ideal in the surf. You can cast further with them, they're easy to service and less prone to corrosion making them ideal in the surf. Spin Reels are also Quite popular in the surf because of their long casting abilities whoever they are much more prone to corrosion and seizing so be prepared to spend a bit of time servicing them.

Beach fishing can be challenging due to the swell washing your bait around gutter. The best way to keep your bait in one spot is to use a star sinker with a paternoster rig and a surf sinker with your conventional running sinker rig. These types of sinkers allow your bait to stay out in the gutter in the strike zone and not get washed back to your feet by the waves. Having your bait anchored in the one spot has many advantages it will help you keep your line tight which in turn will allow you to feel more bites increasing your hook up rate.

Bait wise there are a few baits that stand above the rest depending on what you are chasing. If you after whiting, dart or bream you can't go past lives sand worms or pipis. Worms and pipis are a staple food source for most coastal species and can be caught fresh from the beach but best of they are a tough bait which can withstand the powerful swell. For your other beach species that prefer a flesh bait the humble pilchard is a winner especially for tailor, mackerel and the odd jewfish however pilchards do tend to soften up a bit when being thrashed around in the surf. This is where strip baits such as mullet or bonito work wonders they provide a strong oily scent and are very tough.

For those who own a 4x4, beach driving can be quite challenging and dangerous if driving carelessly but with a bit of knowledge it can be very enjoyable. Firstly, before you have even reached the beach, remember to check the tides. If you can plan our drive around the low tide, it will be much easier on your car and less time consuming. When driving on the beach the most important rule of thumb is tyre pressure it can be the difference between spending your day digging your bogged 4w4 out of the sand or fishing your favourite gutter for that cracker whiting. At some time you will have to drive through soft sand whether it be a small soft patch or a beach cutting. When driving a soft patch of sand make sure to keep your revs up, drive in a previous track or ruts were the sand has already been compressed, don't steer against the ruts because doing so will only slow you down and most important factor is to keep up your momentum the second you stop in soft sand can result in a bogging. When driving on the beach always check with your local national parks about camping permits, driving permits and any fire restrictions that are in place to ensure that you have trouble free time.

Talking tackle: Surf Rods
Surf Rods are a essential part of beach fishing they give you many advantages over shorter rods, such as casting distance and line clearance in the swell. The Wilson range of surf rods have been around for decades and they offer a wide selection of surf rods that range in price and quality. Their live fibre range is nothing but excellent quality with a graphite blanks that are sensitive enough to let you feel even the slightest of bites but at the same time give you that confidence to lean right back to slow down a big jew. They weigh next to nothing so you can hang onto them all day without having the sore shoulders and back at the end of the day. They retail for around the $200 mark so if you are someone who spends a lot time knee deep in the water and demand a quality surf rod - you can't go past a Wilson Live Fibre surf rod.

 

Jake Dale 2 5kg tailor Cod Hole
Jake Junior fished Mudjimba North Shore for tailor with his dad and returned with this nice tailor.

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Danny does it again with a trip offshore to the Gneerings for these sweetlip on WorkEm plastics.

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Ross with a one piece Wilson Live Fibre surf rod which is a winner for summer whiting at Teewah.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 29/11/2012

Noosa: Quality dart and a few whiting on dusk off the beaches north of Peregian. Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead to 74cm from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Whiting and a 5.5kg giant herring caught along the Tewantin stretch. A few decent yellow belly at Lake MacDonald.

Maroochydore: Spotty and Spanish mackerel from Coolum Reef and Currimundi Reef. A few tailor from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island and Black Bank. Flathead from Bli Bli bridge and Petrie Creek mouth. Jacks in Petrie Creek and from above Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in Eudlo Creek.

Kawana: Snapper, Cobia and sweetlip from Wide Currimundi Reef. Cobia to 9.5kg, mackerel and snapper from Murphy's Reef. A few whiting and dart along the southern beaches. Bream and golden trevally from the rock walls. Golden trevally along La Balsa and Minyama Island. Jacks, cod and bream from Parrearra Weir. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Spanish mackerel to 8kg and a few big 4kg spotty mackerel from the 5 mile. Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Creek. Flathead from the drop offs between the bar and Bell's Creek entrance. Mangrove jack in Coochin Creek and the canals. Big whiting from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach.

Andy Gunn snapper spangled emperor floated pilchards Wide Currimundi Reef

Andy Gunn is at it again with his bag limit of snapper and a nice spangled emperor on floated pilchards from Wide Currimundi Reef.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 28/11/2012

Noosa: Quality dart on dusk off the beaches north of Peregian the last few days. Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead to 74cm from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Whiting and a 5.5kg giant herring caught along the Tewantin stretch. A few decent yellow belly at Lake MacDonald.

Maroochydore: Spotty and Spanish mackerel from Coolum Reef. An 8.5kg snapper taken on Murphy's Reef. A few tailor from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island and Black Bank. Flathead from Bli Bli bridge and Petrie Creek mouth. Jacks in Petrie Creek and from above Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in Eudlo Creek.

Kawana: Quality snapper on Currimundi Reef. Cobia to 9.5kg, mackerel and snapper from Murphy's Reef. Jew at night and a few whiting and dart during the day along the Kawana Stretch. Tailor, bream and flathead from the rock walls. Golden trevally along La Balsa and Minyama Island. Jacks, cod and bream from Parrearra Weir. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Spotty mackerel from the NW fairway beacon and try for spanish mackerel from the Caloundra 9 mile. Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Creek. Flathead from the drop offs between the bar and Bell's Creek entrance. Mangrove jack in Coochin Creek and the canals. Big whiting from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach.

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Tate Keys was fishing on Top Catch Charters at Caloundra Wide this week and got into a couple of Wahoo

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 27/11/2012

Noosa: Quality dart on dusk off The beaches north of Peregian the last few days. Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead to 74cm from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Whiting and a 5.5kg giant herring caught along the Tewantin stretch. A few decent yellowbelly at Lake MacDonald.

Maroochydore: Schools of good size herring on yesterdays high tide as well as catches of bully mullet around Chambers Island. A few tailor from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island and Black Bank. Flathead from Bli Bli bridge and Petrie Creek mouth. Jacks to 40cm in Petrie Creek and to 55cm from Bli Bli. . Mud crabs in Eudlo Creek.

Kawana: Light to moderate northerly winds for most of the week, means get out early for good results on local reefs. Quality snapper on Currimundi on Sunday morning and cobia to 9.5kg from Murphy's Reef. Jew at night and a few whiting and dart during the day along the Kawana Stretch. Tailor, bream and flathead from the rock walls. Golden trevally along La Balsa and Minyama Island. Jacks, cod and bream from Parrearra Weir. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Spotty mackerel from the NW fairway beacon and try for spanish mackerel from the Caloundra 9 mile. Flathead from the drop offs between the bar and Bell's Creek entrance on drifted pilchards. Mangrove jack in Coochin Creek and the canals. Big whiting to 40cm from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach.

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Well look at this Andy Gunn has been to Currimundi and taken his bag limit of snapper after being broken off by a couple of big fish!!

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