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Local Fishing Report: Monday 2013-12-02

Offshore

South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Lighter southwesterly winds close inshore early. Easing back further tomorrow with, south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots shifting north to northeasterly during the afternoon. So there could be some windows of opportunity to fish early morning and close inshore for mackerel.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead, bream, whiting, trevally and jew at the Noosa River mouth, flathead and around the Frying Pan. bream, Whiting and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and flathead, bream and school jew along the Tewantin reach.

Maroochydore: Try for bream, flathead, dart and tarwhine along Mudjimba and Marcoola Beaches. Plenty of average flathead from the creek mouths. Whiting around Bli Bli and Goat and Channel Island. Sand and mud crabs and mangrove jack throughout the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches and trevally and bream in the upper reaches of the Mooloolah River. Bream and a few golden trevally from the mooring. Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. A few sand crabs in the lower river. Mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Bream and dart near the entrance to Currimundi Lake and whiting off the tip of Bribie Island and at Bells Creek mouth. Try for flathead around the Coastguard Jetty and Bulcock Beach and trevally and tarpon on small surface lures in the canals. Target mangrove jack in the creek and sand crabs in the channels.

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Jarvis keeper buck crabs Upper Reaches

Young Jarvis Henricks, was checking the crab pots for keeper buck crabs, in the upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2013-12-01

Offshore

Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. The strong winds and big seas forecast, it would be wise to check conditions and stay in sheltered waters today and it looks like the wind will ease further tomorrow. .

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead, bream, whiting, trevally and jew at the Noosa River mouth, flathead and around the Frying Pan. bream, Whiting and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and flathead, bream and school jew along the Tewantin reach. Mangrove jack in Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Bream, flathead, dart and tarwhine along Mudjimba and Marcoola Beaches. Plenty of average flathead from the creek mouths. Whiting to 30cm off Chambers Island. Sand and mud crabs and mangrove jack throughout the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches and trevally and bream in the upper reaches of the Mooloolah River. Bream and a few golden trevally from the mooring. Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. A few sand crabs in the lower river. Mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Bream and dart near the entrance to Currimundi Lake and whiting off the tip of Bribie Island and at Bells Creek mouth. Try for flathead around the Coastguard Jetty and Bulcock Beach and trevally and tarpon on small surface lures in the canals. Target mangrove jack, flathead and trevally in Coochin Creek and in the canals. Sand crabs in the channels.

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MarcoBrugnatti

The warm water temps have the golden trevally on the move in the Pumicestone Passage where Marco Brugnatti enjoyed his day off.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2013-11-30

Offshore

With strong winds and large seas forecast, it would be unsafe to attempt offshore fishing today.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead, big eye trevally and chopper tailor on top of the tide between the River mouth and Woods Bay. Mangrove jack in Lake Cooroibah. Whiting up to 40cm, flathead, the odd tailor and a few mulloway from the lower river. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and up to 60cm in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor to 42cm around Yinni Street. Sand and mud crabs in the middle river. School duskies from the creek mouths. Whiting to 30cm off Chambers Island. Jack throughout the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Bream and a few golden trevally from the moorings. bream and trevally on top of the tide in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah. Dart, whiting and a few bream along the beaches also a few flathead and whiting at Wurtulla. Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. A few sand crabs in the lower river. Jack and whiting in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Target mangrove jack, flathead and trevally in Coochin Creek. Flathead around Military Jetty. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Mangrove jack in the canals. Whiting around the Power Boat Club.

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The warm water temps have had the Dolphin fish move onto the banks chasing bait schools. This fish was taken on a Top Catch Charter.

Fishing Feature: Tackle up for Tough Fights 2013-11-29

It feels like only yesterday, that the popular summer species such as mangrove jack, jew and trevally were gracing us with their presence in large numbers. And now that Summer is only just around the corner, these die-hard fighters are back with vengeance, chasing anything that even resembles a fleeting baitfish.

Most predatorial fighting fish are attracted to living in, around or extremely close to the many types of dense protective structures with fast flowing water moving around it. Bridges, fallen trees, submerged rock bars, river mouths, rock walls and any bottle necks in the river that hold good structure and deep water are dynamite places to start chasing these powerful fish.

Predators have a preference to chase fast moving baits and at this time of year when schools of prawns, herring, small mullet and even hardy heads are on the move, an un-weighted bait will be perfect on the menu.

Best Bait: Whether you use a live bait or a dead bait is dependent on your cast netting skills and the quality of your aerator. Either way, there isn't a better feeling than knowing that you have a bait floating into the territory of a predatorial golden, big eye or giant trevally, gleaming red jack or iridescent silver jewfish which is ready to strike. If the tide is looking good, the water will be clear and you simply will have to breathe steadily in anticipation as it's just a matter of time before that strike of a life time.
Live herring are definitely high in the food chain as a lot of the time predators will be hanging around the same school of bait fish or on the same ground. Fresh prawns can be a great alternative when herring are hard to get, and prawns are slow sinking which catches attention quiet easily.

The best way to catch herring is by cast net and the will often be hanging around bridge pylons or deep holes along the bank. If a cast net is not your thing, then bring out your strongest arm for some herring jigging action. This is a gentle approach for the baitfish and they will stay alive for longer as their scales won't come off.

Talking Tackle: If there is a bit of run in the tide it would be best to use a small sinker, to keep your bait looking as natural as possible. Leader needs to be fine enough to be undetectable, but strong enough to withstand the brute force of a fiery Golden or Jewie. Anything under 10lb is pretty useless as a big teeth can be razor sharp, over 30lb for estuary fishing is getting too thick and can change the way the lure swims and can also put the fish off if your bait. Good quality fluoro carbon is essential as it has a better abrasion resistance than normal mono leader and it also becomes almost invisible in the water, which is an incredible advantage if you're floating unweighted bait.

If you are lure fishing the length of the leader can impede the action of the lure, normally the shorter the leader the truer or straight the lure will run. Although if you want to have that bit of stretch that a leader can give you, use about a rod length or a bit longer if you are fishing braid. If you are bait fishing, the best way is 2 foot of leader separated by a swivel and a running sinker between your hook and swivel. This way there is still plenty of movement for the bait to move around without twisting up your line (especially if you are using live bait).

Hooks and sinkers can make or break your day; there are many hook styles that you can use but as far as I'm concerned the Demon circle hook by Mustad are the most effective hook to use for live bait. A lot of the time your rod will be in a holder with the drag set to strike, the circle hook hooks the fish its self. The right sinker varies on the depth of water the tidal flow and how heavy your fishing line is. Your best bet would be trial and error, a starting point would be between size 2 and size 4 keeping in mind that you do want you bait to move around but not too much that your bait is able to tangle your lines.

So play your cards right over the next two months – get out when the tides are fullest and the green coloured water is beckoning, as no one loves a hunt more than a predator fish!

Mangrove Jack Ben Forgan BliBli

Mangrove jack are in good numbers and highly active with the hot days and stormy evenings. These fish hold up against structure and love live bait. Ben Forgan hook this five at Bli Bli on a live bait.

MitchBowTrevCodhole

Giant trevally love to ambush bait fish around bridge pylons, this fish took a soft plastic around the motorway bridge right before dusk.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2013-11-29

Offshore

Northwesterly 25 to 30 knots shifting southeasterly in the morning. Seas 1.5 to 2.5. Tomorrow however, check conditions as there will be a southerly change with an expected lull of light south-westerly winds in the morning ahead of the strengthening South-easterlys 20 to 25 knots, with seas 2 to 2.5 metres. With the strong wind warning it's best to stay in sheltered waters, there have been school and spotty mackerel on local reefs particularly from Currimundi Reef, Caloundra 5 and NW fairway beacon.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead, big eye trevally and chopper tailor on top of the tide between the River mouth and Woods Bay. Mangrove jack in Lake Cooroibah. Whiting up to 40cm, flathead, the odd tailor and a few mulloway from the lower river. Flathead throughout the Noosa River and up to 60cm in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor to 42cm around Yinni Street and a few mulloway moving in on the big high tide, ahead on the New moon next Tuesday. A few nice sand crabs in the lower river. Herring baitfish in the lower river and around Chambers Island. School duskies from the creek mouths. Whiting to 30cm off Chambers Island. Jack throughout the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Bream and a few golden trevally from the moorings. bream and trevally on top of the tide in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah. Dart, whiting and a few bream along the beaches also a few flathead and whiting at Wurtulla. Trevally, jacks and cod around McKenzies Bridge area. A few sand crabs in the lower river. Jack and whiting in the canals and mud crabs in the deep holes in the upper reaches.

Caloundra: Target mangrove jack, flathead and trevally in Coochin Creek. Flathead around Military Jetty. Sand crabs in the channels. Flathead on the drop offs in the northern end of the passage. Mangrove jack in the canals. Whiting around the Power Boat Club.

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Paul Anderson snapper

Our good mate Paul Anderson, from South Africa has been at it again, fishing in his kayak somewhere off Perigian! Well done Paul that is a good quality snapper.

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