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2013 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2013-11-18

Offshore

West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northeasterly in the late morning and early afternoon then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening. so conditions look good for today. Mackerel, pearl perch and sweetlip from Caloundra 9 mile. Spotty and spanish mackerel from Coolum, currimundi and the 5 and 9 mile. Sweetlip, red throat and trout from Sunshine.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Whiting, flathead and school jew from the river mouth. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and in Weyba Creek. Jacks and the odd threadfin between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Trevally and bream in the cod hole. Whiting in the canals and off Chambers Island. Mangrove jack at dawn and dusk in the in both canal systems and around the rock bars and bridges throughout the river. Flathead and school jew along the Bli Bli reach.

Kawana: Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting in Mountain Creek reach. Bream and trevally form the moorings.

Caloundra: Queenfish out from the boardwalk and the mouth of Coochin Creek. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Whiting off the sand banks in the top end of the passage. Jack in Coochin Creek.

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5kg 70cm Mangrove Jack Mooloolah

This Monster 5kg, 70cm Mangrove Jack was caught in the Mooloolah River Sunday night by my nephew Deklan Riley and son Jake Penny. The biggest Mangrove Jack we have seen and caught and were so very impressed that I thought I had to send this one in.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2013-11-17

Offshore

Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day, so conditions look good for today. Sweetlip, parrot and snapper from Murphy's and the Blinker. Mackerel, pearl perch and sweetlip from Caloundra 9 mile. Spotty and spanish mackerel from Coolum, currimundi and the 5 and 9 mile. Sweetlip, red throat and trout from Sunshine.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Whiting, flathead and school jew from the river mouth. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and in Weyba Creek. Jacks and the odd threadfin between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Trevally and bream in the cod hole. Whiting in the canals and off Chambers Island. Mangrove jack at dawn and dusk in the in both canal systems and around the rock bars and bridges throughout the river. Flathead and school jew along the Bli Bli reach.

Kawana: Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting in Mountain Creek reach. Bream and trevally form the moorings.

Caloundra: Queenfish out from the boardwalk and the mouth of Coochin Creek. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Whiting off the sand banks in the top end of the passage. Jack in Coochin Creek.

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Alan Webster Dusky Bli Bli Maroochy RSL Fishing Club

Alan Webster from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club landed this nice dusky flathead at Bli Bli.

Fishing Feature: Fishing with the Times 2013-11-16

As the influx of summer species continues in coastal waters and throughout estuaries, as does an increase in the number of anglers patch of water, drop off and jetty space. At this point, patience is necessary as space will become precious and fish will be harder to trick as boating traffic increases.

As the saying goes; the early bird...predawn is ideal to hit to water if heading offshore or to the beach, plus often if coupled with a rising tide in the estuaries. Some people like to wait for the fish to come to them, but times have changed with increase infrastructure, habitat destruction, and increased boating/jetski traffic to spook fish - meaning today you must go actively hunting. When chasing big prizes like snapper and mahi mahi, you need to constantly be on the move, using a fishfinder to help you, and stay for 20 minutes before moving if you don't get a bite. Remember, patience is a virtue.

Fishing gurus nationwide will tell you to think outside the square as there are no set rules in fishing yet many seasoned anglers are set in their ways and avoid change. Fishing is luckily a sport and recreational pastime we can change, develop and learn new things along the way.

Embracing technology and using it as a tool to your advantage is one easy way to adapt - if only for local information, fishing reports and checking out the rogues gallery of recent catches. These days we have fishing forums, online weather updates and even the ability to see sea surface temperature charts at our fingertips.Junior anglers are increasingly reliant on smart phones for realtime weather reports and even Facebook for fishing updates. Technology is here to say stay and it's a godsend for anglers. If you're not confident with a computer, talk to someone a little tech savvy or you will be left behind.

Learn how to reading the signs of the sea. It is not as unpredictable as your mother would have you believe The trick is to take time to study your surroundings and familiarize yourself with landmarks and patterns, you will start to see subtle signs everywhere. One of the most obvious is the birds - interpret their behaviour and lead yourself to fish. Seagulls, for instance, enjoy flying around drop-offs looking for baitfish. Birds of prey, will follow a large school of fish. While if fishing in an estuary on the run out tide, watch for gutters and holes which have the most herons or egrits hanging around.

Do your homework. The more research you do before you hit the water, the better your chances are of hooking up. Fishing mates aside, the Internet chat forums, charterboats and local tackle shops are excellent sources of information most these days have a website with local catch reports. For a great starting point, check out www.swanboathire.com.au as we have daily reports on fishing from Noosa to Caloundra, links to a youtube channel full of local angler catches and even an online webstore with locally made lures and specialised tackle products.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2013-11-15

Offshore

Winds are going to be 10 knots east to northeasterly with seas below 1m, so another cracker forecast for today. Sweetlip, parrot and snapper from Murphy's and the Blinker. Mackerel, pearl perch and sweetlip from Caloundra 9 mile. Spotty and spanish mackerel from Coolum, currimundi and the 5 and 9 mile. Sweetlip, red throat and trout from Sunshine.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Whiting, flathead and school jew from the river mouth. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and in Weyba Creek. Trevally and tailor on top of the tide in Woods Bay. Jacks and the odd threadfin between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 1,5kg and bream to 34cm in the cod hole. Sand crabs in the lower reaches. Whiting in the canals and off Chambers Island. Mangrove jack at dawn and dusk in the in both canal systems and around the rock bars and bridges throughout the river. Flathead and school jew along the Bli Bli reach.

Kawana: Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting in Mountain Creek reach. Bream and trevally form the moorings.

Caloundra: Queenfish out from the boardwalk and the mouth of Coochin Creek. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Whiting off the sand banks in the top end of the passage. Jack in Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters canals.

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Eric Frei was fishing Murphy's for this nice jewie.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-11-14

Offshore

Winds are going to be 10 knots variable with seas below 1m, so perfect conditions to get amongst them. Mackerel, pearl perch and sweetlip from Caloundra 9 mile. There have been good snapper, Cobia, Jew from Murphy's and the Blinker. Spotty and spanish mackerel from Coolum and the 5 and 9 mile.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Whiting, flathead and school jew from the river mouth. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and in Weyba Creek. Trevally and tailor on top of the tide in Woods Bay. Jacks and the odd threadfin between the lakes.

Maroochydore: A few tailor, trevally and sand crabs in the lower reaches. Whiting in the canals and off Chambers Island. Mangrove jack at dawn and dusk in the mid to upper reaches particularly at Bli Bli. Flathead and school jew along the Bli Bli reach.

Kawana: Try for dart, flathead, whiting and bream on the beaches. A few trevally feed along the rock walls and from McKenzies Bridge area. Jack in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches. Whiting from the yabbie banks in middle river.

Caloundra: Queenfish out from the boardwalk and the mouth of Coochin Creek. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Whiting off the sand banks in the top end of the passage. Jack in Coochin Creek and Pelican Waters canals

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mackerel spotty

Spotty mackerel are starting to move onto the Sunshine Coasts reefs with several captures on Top Catch Charters.

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