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The Weekly Fishing Feature will be updated by THURSDAY along with the top fish photos of the week.

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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-12-16

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre.  Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds Easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch.  Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of  cobia,  red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew,flathead and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth particularly overnight. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston with a nice Borumba Dam Bass taken on a Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-15

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper to 80cm, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch.  Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. Wide of  Double Island Point has had quality catches of  Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of  cobia,  red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Local Dams

All the local dams are producing plenty of good top quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly at present inspit of the heavy rainfall in some of the areas. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1068130693214873/permalink/1967425273285406/ . Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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RainbowEscape Cod Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew member got solid cod wide of Rainbow beach.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-14

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper to 80cm, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch. Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. Wide of Double Island Point has had quality catches of Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of cobia, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Out from Hervey Bay: A few good grassy sweetlip, blackall, cod, school mackerel and the odd good trout on the inshore reefs and Spotty mackerel and tuna in Platypus Bay. Still numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser this week. After the recent heavy rains and storms there will be plenty of flood waters and floating or submerged debris in all our coastal streams, so take extra care when boating and fishing. Nice threadfin salmon, grunter and jacks in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting and a few garfish feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Trevally, long tail tuna, broad barred mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Banana prawns are running in most river systems at the moment.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  The odd tailor still feeding along the gutters and headlands, so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been good tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, bream, mackerel and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. . Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: All the local dams are producing plenty of good top quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly at present inspit of the heavy rainfall in some of the areas. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068130693214873/permalink/1967425273285406/ . Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Ryder Johnston bassBorumbaDam 

Ryder Johnston Borumba Dam Bass on Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water.

Xavier Chong Flathead
Xavier Chong is enjoying his school holidays and landed this 60cm flathead from a jetty in Southern Channel of the lower Maroochy River.

Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston Borumba Dam Bass on Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water. 

RainbowEscape Cod Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew got solid cod wide of Rainbow beach.

Rainbow Escape Snapper Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew caught good snapper wide of Rainbow beach.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-12-13

Offshore

Winds will be blowing southeasterly at 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore north of Maroochydore in the afternoon and evening. Winds turning easterly in the late evening, with 1–1.5m seas. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloudnra 12 mile. Wahoo and mahi mahi from the banks. There have been good catches of moses perch, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, slate bream, trevally, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.  Cougar one fished North reef for pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead released to 80cm and barracuda in Woods bays. Grunter along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli and oyster bank road. Bream and whiting throughout the lower river. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Dart, flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Mahi Mahi Barwon Banks DeepEnd

The warmer water has had the Mahi Mahi feeding at the Barwon Banks with this specimen taken on a recent Deep End Fishing Charter.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-12-12

Offshore

Winds will be blowing south to southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1–1.5m seas. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloudnra 12 mile. Wahoo and mahi mahi from the banks. There have been good catches of moses perch, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, slate bream, trevally, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.  Cougar one fished North reef for pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead released to 80cm and barracuda in Woods bays.Grunter along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Grunter bream, flathead, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew, cod and mangrove jack near the Cod Hole on the high tide. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Xavier Chong 110cm Shovel Nose

Young Xavier Chong caught this 110cm shovel nosed ray on whiting tackle in the lower Maroochy River last week.

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