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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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

The daily Fishing Report and Catch of the Day photo will be updated DAILY, this is the same information which features in the sports section of the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-10-20

Offshore

Finally conditions have settled down with winds blowing easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly at 10 knots during the afternoon, with seas around 1 metre. Still worth travelling with caution in small vessels as there is still 1.5 - 2m of swell in offshore waters.  A few good fish were boated before the crook weather, so as conditions improve you should try for amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems. Trevally and flathead the river mouth. Whiting from the frying pan. Flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals. Whiting and flathead in the lower river. Flathead and bream in the cod hole.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead and bream form the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, bells creek and canals.

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Nice to see a legal red emperor caught on a close inshore reef on the coast. This specimen taken from the Caloundra 12 mile on a recent Deep End fishing Charter.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-10-19

Offshore

Still choppy today as it will take a day to settle down with winds easterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Tomorrow should be okay with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas settled to below 1 metre. Saturday should be the best day hopefully with fairly light winds under 10 knots  .A few good fish were boated before the crook weather, so as conditions improve you should try for amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run off fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Grunter and school jew from Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Mud crabs are moving in the upper and middle river, creeks and canals and down into the lower river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Big bream from Cornmeal Creek and Cotton Tree. Golden Trevally from Twin Waters.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead and bream around McKenzie’s Bridge. Mud crabs in the middle River and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar and off the Northern tip of Bribie. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage with better catches from Lower Coochin Creek.

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Check out Danny Brooks with a catch and release jack taken in Eudlo Creek last Sunday on a 3.5” slider shad Sludgie .

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-10-18

Offshore

Winds will be blowing easterly at 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore at times, with 2.5 – 3m seas. Looks like conditions will be good finally by Friday and Saturday to get amongst them offshore. A few good fish were boated before conditions worsened include: Amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run off fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Grunter and school jew from Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Mud crabs are moving in the upper and middle river, creeks and canals. crabs moving throughout the river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Big bream from Cornmeal Creek and Cotton Tree. Golden Trevally from Twin Waters.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead and bream around McKenzie’s Bridge. Mud crabs in the middle River and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar and off the Northern tip of Bribie. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage with better catches from Lower Coochin Creek.

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Ben Forgan with a solid PB amberjack caught while fishing from Murphy’s Reef over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-10-17

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, winds east to southeasterly 25 to 30 knots and seas 2.5 to 3 metres. Tomorrow and possibly into early Wednesday will have little change with rough conditions and winds easterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. So best to stay in sheltered waters for a few days. Hopefully later in the week and certainly looking at the forecast and the New Moon Phase on Friday having the fish in the bite, next weekend should be worthwhile for offshore fishing.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run of fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Golden trevally, grunter, flathead along Tewantin Stretch. Whiting, diamond trevally and grunter in Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Plenty of flathead throughout the river system, with some big dusky flathead caught and released up to 86cm. With the good rains there are mud crabs moving throughout the river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: There have been dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, mangrove jack and trevally in Currimundi Creek and Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally, mud crabs, and a few sandies grunter and cod throughout the Passage, the creek and in Pelican Waters Canal.

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John Watts landed this nice golden trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-10-16

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, winds east to southeasterly 25 to 30 knots and seas 2.5 to 3 metres. Tomorrow and possibly into early Wednesday will have little change with rough conditions and winds easterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. So best to stay in sheltered waters for a few days. Hopefully later in the week and certainly looking at the forecast and the New Moon Phase on Friday having the fish in the bite, next weekend should be worthwhile for offshore fishing.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few good whiting throughout the lower river. Sand crabs along the Noosaville reach and in Weyba Creek. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Golden trevally, grunter, flathead along Tewantin Stretch. Whiting, diamond trevally and grunter in Lake Cooroibah. After the good rains put the crab pots in throughout the river.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring back in the rivers. Plenty of flathead throughout the river system, with some big dusky flathead caught and released up to 86cm. With the good rains there are good mud crabs throughout the river. Whiting and flathead between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: There have been dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, mangrove jack and trevally in Currimundi Creek and Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally, mud crabs, and a few sandies grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Matthew Planck fished the Cod hole on Friday, dropping 2 good flathead at the side of the boat, keeping these nice eating size fish and also being broken off after a hard run into the pylons.

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