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2012 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Monday 26/11/2012

Noosa: A 10 kg red emperor was taken on one of the local reefs and quality barra was caught and released in the lower Noosa river over the weekend. 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: good catches of bully mullet around Chambers Island as well as a school of huge diamond scale mullet 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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Az, (dressed in pink) had his Buck's Party aboard a BBQ Pontoon Boat in the upper Maroochy River and the boys caught a few bream and whiting to boot.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 25/11/2012

Noosa: A 10 kg red emperor was taken yesterday on one of the local reefs. Also quality barra was caught and released in the lower Noosa river over the weekend. Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Whiting along the Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Good whiting and the odd bigger bream along the beach between the Pincushion and Marcoola. A few tailor from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island. 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: Tusk fish, black spot wrasse and pearl perch from the banks. 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 a few 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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Young Ryan McCall was pretty happy catching his first big whiting around 30 odd cm's around Chambers Island.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 24/11/2012

Noosa: A quality barra was caught and released in the lower Noosa river yesterday. Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Mangrove jacks between the lakes. Whiting along the Tewantin stretch. Threadfin salmon and jew along the ferry run.

Maroochydore: Good whiting and the odd bigger bream between Pin Cushion and Marcoola. A few tailor to 2kg from the river mouth over night. Whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals and a few to 30cm from Goat Island. 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: Tusk fish, black spot wrasse and pearl perch from the banks. 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 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 44cm from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach. Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk.

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The Cobia have been chewing at Murphy's Reef this week with plenty of quality fish caught by the Top Catch Charters, including this 9.5kg specimen held by Andrew.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 23/11/2012

Noosa: Whiting, bream, flathead and cod in Weyba Creek. Flathead from the frying pan and Noosaville stretch. Trevally from Sheraton Bridge and jacks in the sound. Mangrove jacks between the lakes. Whiting along the Tewantin stretch. Threadfin salmon and jew along the ferry run.

Maroochydore: Good whiting and the odd bigger bream between Pin Cushion and Marcoola. A few tailor to 2kg from the river mouth over night. Tailor and whiting in Maroochy Waters Canals. Tailor, trevally and flathead from the eastern ski run on Zerek live shrimp. Flathead from Bli Bli bridge and Petrie Creek mouth. Bream form all the bridge pylons in the middle and lower river. Jacks in the creeks and from the rocks bars at Bli Bli. Mud crabs in Eudlo Creek.

Kawana: Tusk fish, black spot wrasse and pearl perch from the banks. 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 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 44cm from the mouths of Bell's Creek and opposite Golden beach. Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk.

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Top Catch Charters had a trip to the Barwon Banks this week, with Seth boating a 3.5kg Gold Spot Wrasse and a Pearl Perch.

Local Fishing Feature: School Holiday Boating Tips 22/11/2012

Christmas is now one month away and don't start shaking your head in disbelief because a certain white-bearded man has been doing the rounds in local shopping centre for several weeks now. I hope you are reading this early enough to calculate the weeks, albeit even be it two dozen days until the onslaught of junior boaties, sandcastle builders, swimmers in your favourite gutters and of course hundreds of 6ft kiddie rods cast off every jetty, rock wall and beach between here and the shopping centre (where their very smart-thinking mothers buying Christmas presents in air-conditioning!).

As well, the influx of interstate and international tourists is evident given the glorious November we have been experiencing of late. Most local beaches and rivers have been full of eager visitors fishing, swimming and having fun in the sun. With this in mind, remember to play it safe on all waterways during the school holiday period.

The Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolaba and Caloundra waterways are always crowded with all types of water craft and swimmers during the school holidays and with schoolies in full swing, the ratio of beachgoer to square meter is very high. If we continue to have nice summery weather in the lead up, everyone will take advantage of this in great numbers I suspect. So be cautious and take extra care by considering a few of the safe boating regulations:

  • Abide by 6 knot zones as they are in place for safety reasons. I see a lot of boats speeding through the Cod Hole area even though it is a 6 knot zone. The slow zone 200m either side of the Motorway Bridge was put in place due to the quantity of boating traffic to pass through this area.
  • Stay 30m+ away from any swimmer or non-motorised craft. The number of injuries caused by getting a too close can easily be avoided by keeping a safe distance.
  • When using the boat ramps allow plenty of extra time in your schedule to launch as most major ramps will probably have a fair bit of congestion. Make sure your boat is completely ready for launching when you back down to the ramp to avoid holding others up.
  • Slow down to 6 knot within 60m of the ramp so that those launching their boats don't get bashed with a wave of wash.

 

Like they say in scouts – be prepared. Now is the time to be checking over your boat for safety and maintenance. Leaving things to the last minute can often mean not getting out on the water when you had planned. For instance – charge your marine batteries well before your trip just in case they need replacing.

The following is a pre-trip checklist of items needing to be operating soundly before you can safely take your boat on the water: bungs, safety equipment (oars, pfd's, anchor and anchor rope, first aid kit, water and sun protection. EPIRBS, flares, batteries and even lifejackets have expiry dates – so be sure to have them checked over or serviced prior. Obviously if your boat has been out of action or dry docked for more than a few months – make sure your outboard is serviced and running well.

On the day, whether you are staying in the river or heading offshore, have a pre-departure plan to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather has to offer.

  • plan the trip and fish within your boat's means
  • have an emergency plan and let the other people onboard know it!
  • fuel up with some reserve for emergency
  • load and check safety equipment
  • load first aid and sun protection supplies
  • get the latest weather observations and future predictions
  • limit alcohol consumption — 0.05% BAC on the water
  • tell someone where you are going

With these rules in mind and consideration of our fellow boaties and recreational anglers – everyone should have a relaxing and enjoyable time on our beautiful waterways! The team at Swan Boat Hire will be on deck throughout the Summer School Holidays to offer fishing tips, local information and supply all your tackle needs.

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Rob Whiting from the UK laps up the balmy Australian weather and enjoys a spot of Trevally fishing.

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Michael Wilkinson enjoys safe boating offshore to the Blinker for species like Estuary Cod.

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Local mushroom farmer Paul Anderson takes time out from the markets to hit Yaroomba Rocks for mackerel.

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