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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-12-16

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre.  Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds Easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch.  Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of  cobia,  red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew,flathead and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth particularly overnight. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston with a nice Borumba Dam Bass taken on a Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-15

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper to 80cm, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch.  Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. Wide of  Double Island Point has had quality catches of  Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of  cobia,  red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Local Dams

All the local dams are producing plenty of good top quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly at present inspit of the heavy rainfall in some of the areas. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. ttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1068130693214873/permalink/1967425273285406/ . Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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RainbowEscape Cod Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew member got solid cod wide of Rainbow beach.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-14

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing and fish feeding activity, particularly with the lead up to the New Moon phase on Monday the 18th. Great conditions today with winds easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. Now that conditions have improved get out to these local reefs for some good fishing action. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. North reef has had snapper to 80cm, grass sweetlip, cobia, mulloway, pearl perch and moses perch. Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish. Wide of Double Island Point has had quality catches of Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of cobia, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack. Pearl perch, red emperor, tuskfish, snapper, moses perch and scarlet sea perch about 15nm east of the Wide Bay Bar. Wild thing 2 fished wide of Double Island Point for venus tusk fish, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish.

Out from Hervey Bay: A few good grassy sweetlip, blackall, cod, school mackerel and the odd good trout on the inshore reefs and Spotty mackerel and tuna in Platypus Bay. Still numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser this week. After the recent heavy rains and storms there will be plenty of flood waters and floating or submerged debris in all our coastal streams, so take extra care when boating and fishing. Nice threadfin salmon, grunter and jacks in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting and a few garfish feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Trevally, long tail tuna, broad barred mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Banana prawns are running in most river systems at the moment.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  The odd tailor still feeding along the gutters and headlands, so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been good tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, bream, mackerel and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. . Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: All the local dams are producing plenty of good top quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly at present inspit of the heavy rainfall in some of the areas. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068130693214873/permalink/1967425273285406/ . Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Mondays New Moon will have the fish on the bite so be ready to go. A few good quality tarwhine, whiting and dart in the gutters along Teewah Beach. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead, GT’s, spotted grunter and barracuda in Woods bays. Flathead, jacks and grunter along Tewantin stretch. Big bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: The river water is becoming very clean in the lower river on the incoming tide. Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart and big trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Ryder Johnston bassBorumbaDam 

Ryder Johnston Borumba Dam Bass on Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water.

Xavier Chong Flathead
Xavier Chong is enjoying his school holidays and landed this 60cm flathead from a jetty in Southern Channel of the lower Maroochy River.

Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston Borumba Dam Bass on Vortex Spinner Baits in about 2-3m of water. 

RainbowEscape Cod Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew got solid cod wide of Rainbow beach.

Rainbow Escape Snapper Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters crew caught good snapper wide of Rainbow beach.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-12-13

Offshore

Winds will be blowing southeasterly at 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore north of Maroochydore in the afternoon and evening. Winds turning easterly in the late evening, with 1–1.5m seas. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloudnra 12 mile. Wahoo and mahi mahi from the banks. There have been good catches of moses perch, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, slate bream, trevally, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.  Cougar one fished North reef for pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead released to 80cm and barracuda in Woods bays. Grunter along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Bream from Bli Bli and oyster bank road. Bream and whiting throughout the lower river. School jew, bream and grunter in the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Dart, flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Mahi Mahi Barwon Banks DeepEnd

The warmer water has had the Mahi Mahi feeding at the Barwon Banks with this specimen taken on a recent Deep End Fishing Charter.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-12-12

Offshore

Winds will be blowing south to southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1–1.5m seas. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloudnra 12 mile. Wahoo and mahi mahi from the banks. There have been good catches of moses perch, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, slate bream, trevally, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.  Cougar one fished North reef for pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead released to 80cm and barracuda in Woods bays.Grunter along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Grunter bream, flathead, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew, cod and mangrove jack near the Cod Hole on the high tide. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Xavier Chong 110cm Shovel Nose

Young Xavier Chong caught this 110cm shovel nosed ray on whiting tackle in the lower Maroochy River last week.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-12-11

Offshore

Winds will be blowing southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1–1.5m seas. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloudnra 12 mile. Wahoo and mahi mahi from the banks. There have been good catches of moses perch, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, slate bream, trevally, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.  Cougar one fished North reef for pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Big flathead released to 80cm and barracuda in Woods bays.Grunter along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Jew and shovel nosed sharks from the river mouth over night. Grunter bream, flathead, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew, cod and mangrove jack near the Cod Hole. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew in the deeper holes of northern passage. Whiting on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Venus Snapper Deep End Fishing Charter Barwon

Quality venus tusk fish and a snapper that were caught on a recent Deep End Fishing Charter trip to the Barwon Banks.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-12-06

Offshore

Great conditions with winds west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon with seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Tomorrow pretty good as well with winds north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly in the middle of the day with seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, grass sweetlip, cobia, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai.  Wide of  Double Island Point has had quality catches of  Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting, tailor and a few grunter in the lower river. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Big flathead and trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove Jacks in the canals and along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Few good tailor off the sand bags at the river mouth. Grunter bream, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew between the cod hole and Twin Waters. Flathead from Cotton Tree, Chambers Island and the Picnic Point. Good reports of good mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting from Mountain Creek and above the twin bridges. Jacks and golden trevally in Kawana Waters. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor around the bar at dawn and dusk. Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek through to Roys Road stretch. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Shaun Francis Maroochydore GreenBack Tailor 60cm

Shaun Francis Maroochydore GreenBack Tailor 60cm Alvey

Shaun Francis, I recently went out off the bags at Maroochydore with my new avley reel I received only this week after waiting patiently for my order. The third cast got me a green back tailor in the muddy water in the surf. You have to love an alvey. I ended up with a catch of three all around 60cm.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-12-05

Offshore

Winds will be north to northeasterly at 15 to 20 knots offshore, tending southerly 10 to 15 knots inshore. Winds shifting southerly 10 to 15 knots throughout early in the morning, reaching up to 20 knots at times, before becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day with seas around 1 -1.5 metre. North reef had moses perch, grass sweetlip, cobia, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai.  Wide of  Double Island Point has had quality catches of  Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting and a few grunter in the lower river. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Big flathead and trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove Jacks in the canals and along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Grunter bream, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew between the cod hole and Twin Waters. Flathead from Cotton Tree, Chambers Island and the Picnic Point. Good reports of good mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting from Mountain Creek and above the twin bridges. Jacks and golden trevally in Kawana Waters. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek through to Roys Road stretch. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Check out the size of this solid red emperor caught by this young fellow on a recent Rainbow Escape Charter off Double Island Point.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-12-04

Offshore

Winds will be North to northeasterly at 10 to 15 knots with seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, grass sweetlip, cobia, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai. Wide of Double Island Point has had quality catches of Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi, pearl perch, cod, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting and a few grunter in the lower river. Big flathead, bream and golden trevally from the river mouth. Big flathead and trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove Jacks in the canals and along Tewantin Reach. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Grunter bream, bream and whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and school jew between the cod hole and Twin Waters. Flathead from Cotton Tree, Chambers Island and the Picnic Point. Good reports of good mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Cod, bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and grunter bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting from Mountain Creek and above the twin bridges. Jacks and golden trevally in Kawana Waters. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek through to Roys Road stretch. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Xavier Chong 40cm Jew Released

Xavier Chong caught and released this 40cm Jew fish while fishing for whiting in the channel between Chambers Island and the cod hole this week.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-01

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing with the lead up to the Full Moon on Monday, except for the possibility of more showers and rain early next week. Excellent offshore conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the evening with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar conditions early with winds ENE 10 to 15 knots maybe strengthening a little with a northeasterly sea breeze in the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch and scarlet sea perch. Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai. Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had saddle tailed sea perch, snapper, moses perch, coral trout and gold band snapper. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of pearl perch, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack.

Out from Hervey Bay: Good numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser this week. Few good broad barred mackerel and mac tuna in Platypus Bay. Nice threadfin salmon, grunter and jacks in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Big Threadfin salmonand flathead from River heads. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Trevally, long tail tuna, broad barred mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Banana prawns are running in most river systems at the moment.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The tailor are still around so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been good dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, bream, mackerel and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. . Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. November is often the best month of the year to chase fish in the stocked impoundments as they cannot breed behind the dam walls so they are able to be fished for with a fishing Permit. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches:

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Tailor and trevally from the river mouth over night. Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole boat ramp. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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J BongertmanGrunter Bream50cm

John Bongertman’s 50cm grunter bream or (barred/spotted javelin-fish or spotted grunter fish, legal size 40cm) taken on Monday between the Motorway Bridge and Chambers Island.

Ray Nichols Buck Crabs

Old timer Ray Nichols, has had his pots out in the creeks this week scoring a few keeper buck crabs.

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor

This week’s extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters east of the wide bay bar produced good numbers of Red emperor.

Rainbow Escape Maori Cod

Another extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters targeting fish with vertical jigs produced plenty of amberjack, a few pearl perch and plenty of bust offs.

Sharky Schembri Lake MacDonald Bass

Sharky (Tony) Schembri as usual had a good time at Lake MacDonald last weekend, where he took home his bag limit of quality Bass.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-12-02-

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing with the lead up to the Full Moon on Monday, except for the possibility of more showers and rain Sunday and early next week. Good offshore conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly in the morning seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar conditions with winds North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch and scarlet sea perch. Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai. Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had saddle tail sea perch, snapper, moses perch, coral trout and gold band snapper. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of pearl perch, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Heaps of dirty flood waters in the river system so fish the lower river and get the crab pots in throughout the river. Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead caught and released went 78cm, grunter, whiting and trevally in Woods bay and in Noosa Sound.Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Heaps of dirty flood waters in the river system so fish the lower river and get the crab pots in throughout the river. Grunter bream feeding throughout the river system. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Plenty of reports of good mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Michaela Slegers Grunter BliBli

Michaela Slegers with a couple of nice grunter bream yesterday near Bli Bli .

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-12-02

Offshore

Looking like a reasonable weekend ahead for fishing. Today’s conditions will become choppy through the morning with south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Tomorrow will be similar with choppy conditions as winds will be southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Recently there have been good catches on local reefs with Cougar One fishing North Reef for snapper,  moses perch, tusk fish, gold spot cod, maori cod cobia and quality pearl perch. Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, tusk fish, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor and red throat emperor from Sunshine Reef. Sweetlip, venus tusk and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and snapper from Caloundra 12 mile. Moses Perch, Tusk fish, snapper to 60cm and a 4kg spangled emperor, pearl perch, mulloway and big  teraglin jewfish  taken from the middle of the Barwon Banks. Saddle tail sea perch, snapper, moses perch, aerolate cod, gold band snapper and pearl perch from Trekka 2’s recent trip to Double Island Point. Rainbow escape Charters caught big red emperor and Maori cod east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish around the lower river. Big flathead, barred grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge, the sand basin the lower river and in Mountain Creek. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach on the banks and the few dart odd, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek and in Pelican Waters Canal. There are a few good quality muddies flushed into the Passage and throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Sharky Schembri Lake MacDonald Bass

Sharky (Tony) Schembri as usual had a good time at Lake MacDonald last weekend, where he took home his bag limit of quality Bass.

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