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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-17

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities today or tomorrow, remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells throughout southern Queensland waters.  So large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. It will be best to stay in sheltered waters today even though the wind and sea conditions look okay for today with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre, BUT, the  swells will increase to an easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres making bar crossings, Dangerous. Tomorrow stay in port as winds seas and swells will increase all-round with winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning and swells easterly 2 to 3 metres. So if and when conditions are right, remember there have been quality cobia on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon there could be a few fish on the bite over the weekend and into next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres on our beaches this weekend. Big flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Bream 32 and up to 40cm over night in the lower river and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas throughout the river and in the creeks. Several catches of whiting up to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river. Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the upper and middle reaches of the river. A few reports of nice sand crabs in the lower reaches and around Channel and Goat Island.

Mooloolaba: Good bream and golden and giant trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Bev Clark MRSLFC GoldenTrevally

Bev Clark from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club caught a nice golden trevally and a bar tailed flathead in the lower river yesterday morning.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-16

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells developing through southern Queensland waters from late today and over the weekend. So large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. However today Friday, which is the New Moon Phase, the winds and seas will be easing back with a north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. however swells will increase later in the day to an easterly 1.5 to 2 metres. Wind and sea conditions look okay for Saturday with winds only easterly below 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon., however swells will increase to an easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Wind strength will increase on Sunday. So if and when conditions are right, remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs. Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef. Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi taken around the 25nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Longtail, mack tuna and golden and giant trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, nannygai, blackall, tuskies, mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Golden Trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum 8 mile. Barramundi, threadfin salmon, whiting, flathead and bream throughout the straits. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Best to travel the beaches on low tide this weekend with the forecast for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting and trevall along the eastern beach gutters. Plenty of whiting and catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: Big swells over the weekend will make beach travel difficult and dangerous around the Mudlo Rocks. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Try for flathead, trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and quality fighting saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Remember, the Freshwater Open is on the 24--25th of February @ Boondooma Dam. If you are interested, check out www.fishingfreshwater.com.au. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: With the New moon tomorrow there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres offshore and on our beaches this weekend. Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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AlexWhitley38cm whiting

Have a look at Alek Whitley with his 38cm elbow slapper whiting taken off Chambers Island.

Paul Blackwell 12kg Cobia Murphys

Paul Blackwell was ecstatic when with a 12kg Cobia he caught using floating pilchard at Murphys reef on Saturday the 10th February.

HarrisonMalia JohnstonBorumbaDamFridayafternoon79cm2ndcast onYellowCicada

Harrison Johnston and his daughter Malia caught and released this 79cm Saratoga in Borumba Dam last Friday afternoon. Taken 2nd cast on a yellow cicada and also got a feed of a couple dozen Red claw.

PeterBatey49.5kgJackTinCanBay

Peter Batey hit the ‘Jack Pot’ with this feisty Mangrove Jack in Tin Can Bay recently

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-02-15

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells developing through southern Queensland waters from late Friday and over the weekend.  Choppy conditions again later today particularly out wide, so probably best to stay in close or in sheltered waters, with winds blowing north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Winds tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, with seas 1 to 2 metres. Easing back  tomorrow on the New Moon with a north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly around 10 knots during the morning and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.  When conditions ease back remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon tomorrow there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres on our beaches this weekend. Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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HarrisonMalia JohnstonBorumbaDamFridayafternoon79cm2ndcast onYellowCicad

Harrison Johnston and his daughter Malia caught and released this 79cm Saratoga in Borumba Dam last Friday afternoon. Taken 2nd cast on a yellow cicada and also got a feed of a couple dozen Red claw.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-02-14

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large, long-period easterly swells will be developing through southern Queensland waters from late Friday and over the weekend.  Choppy conditions today particularly out wide, so probably best to stay in sheltered waters, with winds blowing north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Winds tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon and evening, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.. Easing back a bit tomorrow with a northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the day. When conditions ease back remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon this Friday there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells to be pounding our beaches this weekend. Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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AlexWhitley38cm whiting

Have a look at Alex Whitley with his 38cm elbow slapper whiting taken off Chambers Island Yesterday.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-02-13

Offshore

Pretty choppy to rough conditions today so stay in the rivers, with winds blowing northerly 15 to 25 knots, with seas 1 to 2 metres. Easing back a bit tomorrow but still with a northerly chop with winds northerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 20 knots at times and seas 1 to 2 metres. There are plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present. Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting predominantly in the lower river and from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Paul Blackwell 12kg Cobia Murphys

Paul Blackwell was ecstatic when with a 12kg Cobia he caught using floating pilchard at Murphys reef on Saturday the 10th February.

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