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Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-12-17

Offshore

The winds will be North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the morning. Winds tending northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 knot in the afternoon and evening and reaching up to 25 knots at times offshore. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday, then decreasing to 1 metre later in the evening. Boats should be able to get out there early this morning. Spots like Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks fished well for red throat emperor, gold spotted wrasse, mahi mahi, yellowtail king, amberjack, tuskfish and pearl perch.

Estuaries

Noosa: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Mangrove jack in Woods Bay. Big whiting to 33cm in Weyba Creek. Quality golden trevally and flathead at Tewantin and in Noosa Sound. Scattered catches of bream throughout the river. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Maroochydore: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Whiting on the banks in the lower reaches particularly the Black Bank. Flathead from Picnic Point. Sand crabs in the mouth of Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and the canals.

Kawana: Some big bream and morwong on the beach at Mooloolaba. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Trevally inside the Caloundra bar and around the jetties. Bream also around the jetties and the boardwalk. Grunter bream in Pelican Waters Canals. Whiting off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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Have a look at Eric Frei's beautiful spangled emperor taken on a secret spot 32km out from Mooloolaba.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-12-16

Offshore

The winds will be North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots reaching a choppy 20 knots at times offshore. Seas should be 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Boats should be able to get out there early this morning. Spots like Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks fished well for red throat emperor, gold spotted wrasse, mahi mahi, yellowtail king, amberjack, tuskfish and pearl perch.

Estuaries

Noosa: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Mangrove jack in Woods Bay yesterday. Big whiting to 33cm in Weyba Creek. Quality golden trevally and flathead at Tewantin and in Noosa Sound. Scattered catches of bream throughout the river. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Maroochydore: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Whiting on the banks in the lower reaches particularly the Black Bank. Flathead from Picnic Point. Sand crabs in the mouth of Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and the canals.

Kawana: Some big bream and morwong on the beach at Mooloolaba. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Trevally inside the Caloundra bar and around the jetties. Bream also around the jetties and the boardwalk. Grunter bream in Pelican Waters Canals. Whiting off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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Andrew Freeman, after catching and releasing several bream and a just undersize flathead, was pleased with his 30cm whiting from Twin Waters area.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2014-12-15

Offshore

Southeasterly 10 to 15 knot winds will become 15 to 20 knot northerlies by early afternoon. Seas should be under a metre but will increase to 1-1.5 metres by early this evening. Boats should be able to get out there this morning. Spots like Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks fished well for red throat emperor, gold spotted wrasse, mahi mahi, yellowtail king, amberjack, tuskfish and pearl perch last week.

Estuaries

Noosa: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Sand whiting to 33cm in Weyba Creek. Trevally and flathead at Tewantin and in Noosa Sound. Scattered catches of bream throughout the river. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Maroochydore: Chopper tailor at the river mouth. Whiting on the banks in the lower reaches. Flathead from Picnic Point. Sand crabs in the mouth of Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and the canals.

Kawana: Some big bream and morwong on the beach at Mooloolaba. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Trevally inside the Caloundra bar and around the jetties. Bream also around the jetties and the boardwalk. Grunter bream in Pelican Waters Canals. Whiting off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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Matthew Planck Moses Perch Rainbow

Matthew Planck with a moses perch caught at Rainbow Beach.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-12-14

Offshore

Winds will reach up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning and swing from southerly to southeasterly in the late afternoon. Seas will decrease to 1 metre during the morning and the 1.5 to 2 metre southeasterly swell will decrease by half a metre during the afternoon. The chance of rain is greatly reduced and we should be in for a mostly sunny afternoon. Conditions should further ease tomorrow, so getting offshore is looking possible again.

Estuaries

Noosa: Chopper tailor and whiting along the northern beaches. Plenty of bream, flathead and trevally throughout the river, in places like the river mouth, Noosa Sound, Weyba Creek, Noosaville and Tewantin. Sand whiting on the banks in the lower reaches of the river. Try for mangrove jack along the Tewantin and Noosaville stretches and there should be some muddies and sandies moving around.

Maroochydore: There's still plenty of trevally in the river, particularly around the bridges. Bream and flathead in the Cod Hole and Petrie Creek. A few whiting on the banks between Chambers and Goat Island. Mud crabs in the creeks and upper reaches of the river.

Kawana: Mud crabs throughout the river. Sand crabs towards the river mouth. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Grunter bream off the boardwalk, around Military Jetty and in the canals. Flathead around the coastguard jetty. Sand whiting on the banks near the Power Boat Club. Sand and mud crabs throughout the passage.

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Hugh Ciereszko with a chopper tailor to 40cm caught at Bullock Point, Rainbow Beach.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-12-13

Offshore

Most offshore charters were cancelled yesterday due to strong winds and rain. Keen anglers stuck to the protected parts of the rivers and creeks to cast a line. Today we should see the wind ease slightly to 20-25 knots south to southeasterly and swell decrease to 1.5-2.5 metres. Large and powerful surf conditions are expected, so bar crossings and rock fishing could possibly be hazardous.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream and trevally at the river mouth. Whiting on the banks in the lower reaches of the river. Flathead and bream in the Tewantin area. Flathead, bream, moses perch and estuary cod in Weyba Creek and Noosa Sound. Mangrove jack amongst the mangroves at Noosaville and Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 48cm from around the motorway bridge pylons. Bream caught off the bank upstream from the Cod Hole boat ramp. Plenty of mud crabs and big, sweet sand crabs upriver from the canals, but particularly around the creek mouths. Flathead taken in the Cod Hole and Petrie Creek.

Kawana: Mangrove jack in Lake Kawana, Mountain Creek and the McKenzies Bridge area. Bream at night around the boat moorings and mud crabs in the canal system.

Caloundra: Golden trevally inside the bar. Whiting on the banks across from the Power Boat Club. Flathead on pilchards near the coastguard jetty. Trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Grunter bream along the boardwalk and around Military Jetty. Sand crabs throughout the Pumicestone Passge.

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Mark Planck Sand Whiting Inskip Point

Mark Planck with a sand whiting caught along a weedy stretch of beach at Inskip Point.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-12-12

Offshore

A strong wind warning for today with wind strength reaching up to 30 knots Southeasterly.. Seas are 2-3m and swell is 1.5m to 2m early in the day.  With the strong wind and large swell, it’s suggested that anglers rethink offshore trips today.

Estuaries

Noosa: Bream, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead at the Noosa River mouth. Bream, moses perch and flathead along the Tewantin stretch. Mangrove jack and trevally in Woods Bays. Sand whiting in the Frying Pan and between Lake Cootharaba and Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Trevally, tailor, flathead released to 90cm in the Cod hole. Trevally and school jew from Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters weir area. Bream, moses perch and sand whiting off Picnic Point and Chambers Island. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Mangrove jacks in Lake Kawana, Mountain Creek and McKenzies Bridge area. Bigger bream at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin and Mountain Creek. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Max Madden Bream Maroochy

Max Madden, 6yrs old from Brisbane with his first fish; a catch and release bream (helped from Dad) in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-12-11

Offshore

Winds are Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southeasterly in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening. Seas are increasing to 2-3m in the afternoon with swell increasing to 1-1.5m by evening.

Estuaries

Noosa: Bream, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead at the Noosa River mouth. Bream and flathead along the Tewantin reach and flathead at Noosaville. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in Petrie Creek, from Bli Bli and the islands. Trevally, tailor to 60cm, flathead released to 90cm in the cod hole. Trevally and school jew from Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters. Whiting and bream from Chambers Island. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches. Sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Kawana: Mangrove jacks in Lake Kawana, Mountain Creek and McKenzies Bridge area. Bigger bream at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin and Mountain Creek. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth and tarpon around Pelican Waters Bridge. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Neil Gordon with a 66cm dusky flathead taken on a pilchard from Bli Bli.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-12-10

Offshore

Winds are northerly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the late evening. Seas are increasing to 1-2m in the afternoon with 1m of easterly swell. There have been a few good Spanish and spotty mackerel between Coolum and Pt Cartwright. Also mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach.

Estuaries

Noosa: Bream, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead at the Noosa River mouth. Bream and flathead along the Tewantin reach and flathead at Noosaville. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in Petrie Creek, from Bli Bli and the islands. Trevally, tailor to 60cm, flathead released to 90cm in the cod hole. Trevally and school jew from Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters. Plenty of whiting on hawk and atomic poppers in the middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches and the odd one in the canals.

Kawana: Mangrove jacks in Lake Kawana, Mountain Creek and McKenzies Bridge area. Bigger bream at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin and Mountain Creek. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth and tarpon around Pelican Waters Bridge. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Trent from Top Catch Charters took some time off from work to chase jacks in Lake Kawana and landed a 48cm specimen.

 

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-12-09

Offshore

Offshore waters: Things are looking good with winds at 10 knots variable winds during the day, swell and seas around the 1m mark. There have been a few good Spanish and spotty mackerel between Coolum and Pt Cartwright. Also mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach.

Estuaries

Noosa: Bream, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead at the Noosa River mouth. Bream and flathead along the Tewantin reach and flathead at Noosaville. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in Petrie Creek, from Bli Bli and the islands. Trevally, tailor to 60cm, flathead released to 90cm in the cod hole. Trevally and school jew from Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters. Plenty of whiting on hawk and atomic whiting in the middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches and the odd one in the canals.

Kawana: Bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bigger bream at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin. Whiting, trevally and mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies bridge. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth and tarpon around Pelican Waters Bridge. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Drew Partridge Maroochy River flathead

Drew Partridge with a solid Maroochy River flathead taken over night this week.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2014-12-08

Offshore

A bit choppy in the afternoon with northerly 15 to 20 knots, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots inshore during the morning before increasing to 15 to 20 knots again in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. There have been a few good Spanish and spotty mackerel between Coolum and Pt Cartwright. Also mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach.

Estuaries

Noosa: Bream, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead at the Noosa River mouth. Bream and flathead along the Tewantin reach and flathead at Noosaville. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Plenty of good herring bait fish in the lower Maroochy at present. Giant, golden trevally and the odd tailor between the Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters on trolled SureCatch Ace Jerk and Zerek long trail lures. Flathead and whiting around the Black Banks. Good numbers of quality whiting in the lower river around Goat and Channel Islands and from Bli Bli on the high tide. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches and the odd one in the canals.

Kawana: Early be for the afternoon sea breeze try for whiting and flathead along the beaches. Bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bigger bream at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin. Whiting, trevally and mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and around McKenzies bridge. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth and tarpon around Pelican Waters Bridge. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Harrison Bowden 48cm Trevelly

Local angler Harrison Bowden, landed a 48 cm Trevelly around Twin Waters over the weekend, on live herring.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-12-07

Offshore

Winds are northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.. There have however been mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Big flathead, tailor, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Trevally, mangrove jack from Dunethin Rock. Giant, golden trevally and tailor between the Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters on trolled SureCatch Ace Jerk and Zerek long trail lures. Flathead and whiting yesterday around the Black Banks. Flathead, whiting, tailor and bream from Picnic Point. Good numbers of quality whiting in the lower river around Goat and Channel Islands and from Bli Bli on the high tide. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches and the odd one in the canals.

Kawana: Before the wind cranks up try for dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin. Whiting and mangrove jack in Mountain Creek. Trevally and Jack from McKenzies bridge. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Daniel West fished the lower Noosa River on Saturday night with a Gladiator Hunter lure for this feisty Mangrove Jack.

Fishing Feature: Rain Stirs up Crabs 2014-12-05

It's that time of year again – school holidays upon us within days and gorgeous hot sunny weather with late afternoon storms gracing the coastline with it's presence on odd days. With the rain a week back, schoolies were cringing with the thought of rearranging their beach plans, but crabbing folk were rubbing their hands together. Big full tides coupled with tomorrow's full moon are two of three top conditions for crabbing. Add to that a touch of rain to flush out the upper reaches, creeks and mangroves and you have the recipe for crabbing success!

The benefits of these big tides and some added rain are plenty – it will give the rivers and estuaries a great flush out, often bringing jews, jacks, cod, crabs and even some of the bigger flathead out of hiding from up river. The flushing effect is an ideal time for crabbing. Crabs caught during months with the letter 'r' (e.g. December) tend to be much fuller than those caught during the winter months. This is generally due to the belief that mud crabs hide in their holes during winter and malt their shell. They tend to remain empty during these months until they get a chance to grow into their new larger shell. Partially full crabs tend to have a greenish ting to their shells and full crabs have a darker more browny-blue colour. The best way to tell how full a buck is, apart from observing its colour is to press down on the under side of the crabs carapace, beneath the point. If the shell indents then the crab is only partly full, and if it does not, then it should be full of meat. Bucks around 1.2kg have been common catches in the channels surrounding Chambers and Channel Islands. Muddies have also been potted in the creeks, the Cod Hole and along the Maroochy Wetlands reach. Good numbers of sand crabs having been moving through the river on the daily tide as far up as the Bli Bli bridge, but unfortunately many are still undersize.

Being able to distinguish between male and female crabs is a very important way for anglers to play a role in sustainable fisheries. The mud and sand crabs though very different in appearance, both have the same protective cover on their under body. On male crabs this cover is in the shape of a long narrow, pointed flap. The females have a broad, more rounded flap that covers more than half of their underside. All female crabs must be returned to the water after capture. Male mud crabs must measure 15cm from spine to spine on the spines closest to the back swimmer legs. Male sand crabs have to measure 11.5cm from notch to notch on the notch closest to the spines. Each angler can keep 10 male mud crabs and unlimited male sand crabs, but it is important to stress the need to only take enough for your own immediate use and leave some there for the future.

All crab pots and dillies must have an I.D. tag attached to it with the owners surname and address printed. All traps that aren't attached to some sort of structure must have a light coloured float, no less than 15cm in dimension on the end of the rope.

Like fishing, night time is the best time to crab. Crabs are nocturnal and are therefore more active after dark. Moon phases and tide sizes will also affect crab numbers. I find crabbing on the big tides, either side of the full moon phase, or in the middle of bucketing down rain (due to the lack of other people around) to be the most productive.

Mud crab measure carapace

Measuring your mudcrab across the carapace is tricky but essential to obey the rules.

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