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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-11-10

Offshore

Be prepared to stay in sheltered waters for the next couple of days or more as winds and conditions will be rough for today (Friday) with southeasterly 20 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrow wind conditions will ease back slightly with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas still up there at 1.5 to 2 metres. When conditions improve maybe next week the way things are going with the blocking weather pattern you will need to be ready to go and try local reefs like, North Reef for snapper, Coral trout, moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. Double Island Point has had had good Cobia, pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway. Sunshine Reef there’s pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. 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. Big red emperor, cod, coral trout, pearl perch, hussar and tusk fish 20nm east of wide bay bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Big mac tuna around Roonies Point, along with threadfin salmon, a few grunter bream, flathead and whiting throughout the Straits. The queenfish, trevally and bigger grunter bream are feeding around the rocky outcrops. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. It is worth fishing for trevally and a for a few mackerel off the Urangan Pier and recently there have been catches jew and Tuna and sharks. School mackerel are still throughout the central bay and up along Fraser Island, with the Burrum 8 mile fairway beacon, Six-Mile an Red Neds producing quality fish. Spanish mackerel, mac tuna and long tail tuna are feeding throughout platypus bay. Blackall, cod, giant trevally and trout have also been caught throughout the Bay. But remember not to target the Barramundi, as the Barramundi East Coast Closed Season is in force, through to 1st February. (Also note: It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.)

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: There’s been reasonable tailor still around Poyungan Rocks, Indian Heads and the Maheno and with plenty of dart in the gutters. The tailor will keep feeding this month and for that matter you can often catch small numbers (ones and twos) of big solid tailor right through the year, so now that the seasonal restricted area around Indian Heads to Waddy Point is over it will be worth targeting these areas for a few good tailor. There have been quality dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters and around the headlands.

Hervey Bay: The season for Mangrove Jack is starting off with a bang as the jack are now defending their territories with a fight as well as good flathead in the Creeks along the western side of Fraser Island and the estuaries feeding into the Great Sandy Straits. Plenty of jacks and a few thread fin salmon in the Burrum river. Grunter and flathead from Beaver Rock. Flathead and cod from River heads. Plenty of mud crabs on the move in most of the creeks and rivers including those on the western side of Fraser. Threadfin Salmon and grunter in the lower Mary river. Summer whiting along the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan. Cod and coral trout off Point Vernon.

Rainbow Beach; Still the odd big tailor, kingfish, mackerel, bream and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Spotty mackerel and long tail 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. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek

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. Try the full Moon phases for the best results particularly for the bigger fish. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has a good bass and saratoga in the shallows and timbered areas around the Dam. Quality bass and yellow belly from the narrows and the boyne arm of Boondooma Dam. The Tiaro stretch of the upper Mary River has been producing good bass numbers. Lake McDonald still has a lot of bass in the main basin and in the bay near the botanical garden and along the weed edge.

Noosa: Cobia to 11kg off the national parks rocks. Try in the shelter of headlands for tailor, jew, bream and trevally. A few good quality flathead caught and released up to 80cm, around the lower river. A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water clearing up on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems..

Maroochydore: A quality tailor taken at the Cod Hole and a 62cm flathead at Chambers Island. Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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lachlanKrechtingJackCurrimundiLake

Have a look at 9 year old Lachlan Krechting who caught his first feisty, mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake.

Dean Tomlinson Flathead Lower Maroochy

Dean Tomlinson caught a good eating dusky flathead in the lower Maroochy River.

RainbowEscapeCharter Estuary Cod

The crew member on Rainbow Escape with a quality estuary cod.

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Rainbow Escape Charter Got a great bag of quality reefies last Sunday. 

RainbowEscapeCharter 10kg Red

One of the highlights going to 12 a year old crew member with a nice 10kg Red which he fought and landed on his own.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-09

Offshore

Be prepared to stay in sheltered waters for the next couple of days or more as winds and conditions will be rough for today with southeasterly 20 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrow wind conditions will still be southeasterly 20 to 25 knots with seas 1.5 to 2 metres. When conditions improve maybe next week the way things are going with the blocking weather pattern you will need to be ready to go and try local reefs like, North Reef for snapper, Coral trout,  moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. Double Island Point has had had good Cobia,  pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway.  Sunshine Reef there’s  pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. 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. Big red emperor, cod, coral trout, pearl perch, hussar and tusk fish 20nm east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Cobia to 11kg off the national parks rocks. Try in the shelter of headlands for tailor, jew, bream and trevally. A few good quality flathead caught and released up to 80cm, around the lower river. With the water clearing up on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems..

Maroochydore: A quality tailor taken at the Cod Hole and a 62cm flathead at Chambers Island. Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

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Dean Tomlinson Flathead Lower Maroochy

Keen angler, Dean Tomlinson caught a good eating dusky flathead in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-11-08

Offshore

Be prepared to stay in sheltered waters for the next couple of days or more as winds and conditions will be rough for today with southeasterly 20 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrow wind conditions will be similar with winds southeasterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 2 to 2.5 metres. When conditions improve maybe next week the way things are going with the blocking weather pattern you will need to be ready to go and try local reefs like, North Reef for snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. D.I.P has had good pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway.  Sunshine Reef there’s  pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Try in the shelter of headlands for tailor, jew, bream and trevally. A few good quality flathead caught and released up to 80cm, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan, Gympie terrace, Weyba Creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Try for mud crabs throughout the river system

Maroochydore: A quality tailor taken at the Cod Hole and a 62cm flathead at Chambers Island . Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river. Whiting up to 38cm taken of the sand banks around Bli Bli. Plenty of reports good mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, a few decent cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Few jack showing up in the upper river and around the structures in the canals,Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach on the banks and the odd tailor still feeding around the bar. Mud crabs and Mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and around structures and snaggy areas and moving throughout the passage, the creek and canals.

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Have a look at 9 year old Lachlan Krechting who caught his first feisty, mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-11-07

Offshore

Be prepared to stay in sheltered waters for the next couple of days with a Strong Wind Warning for today for Sunshine Coast Waters as winds and conditions will be rough for today with northerly 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then shifting southeasterly in the middle of the day. Winds briefly reaching up to 30 knots in the early afternoon and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Tomorrow wind conditions will be not much better with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots  and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. When conditions improve maybe next week be ready to go and try North Reef for snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. D.I.P has had good pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway.  Sunshine Reef there’s  pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Dart, whiting and bream off the beaches before the windy conditions. A few good quality flathead caught and released up to 80cm, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan, Gympie terrace, Weyba Creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Try for mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: A quality tailor taken at the Cod Hole and a 62cm flathead at Chambers Island yesterday. Also a golden trevally to 1.5kg and few 28cn bream in the Cod Hole. Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river. Whiting up to 38cm taken of the sand banks around Bli Bli. Plenty of reports og good mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, a few decent cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Few jack showing up in the upper river and around the structures in the canals,Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and thre odd tailor still feeding around the bar on the banks. Mud crabs and Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas and moving throughout the passage, the creek and canals.

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 JoelSwonsen62cm flathead

American guy, Joel Swonsen landed a nice 62cm dusky flathead yesterday off Chambers Island.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-11-06

Offshore

Winds and conditions for today particularly early, are probably okay for offshore with east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow wind conditions will be choppy with northerly’s 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly during the morning then shifting southeasterly during the day and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Maroochydore. Trekka 2 crews fished North Reef and caught snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch to 61cm. They also fished The Hards for snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. Also the crews on Wild Thing 2 fished D.I.P on Thursday where they caught pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. There still picking up good quality red emperor along with coral trout, snapper, tuskies big amberjack, cobia, a few hussar and nice pearl perch 25nm NE of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, whiting and bream off the beaches. A few good quality flathead caught and released up to 80cm, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan, Gympie terrace, Weyba Creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Try for mud crabs throughout the river system

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead to 67cm, grunter, golden trevally to 1.5kg and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting up to 38cm taken of the sand banks around Bli Bli. Plenty of reports og good mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, a few decent cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Few jack showing up in the upper river and around the structures in the canals,Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs and Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas and moving throughout the passage, the creek and canals.

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Robert Whiting Cod Cod Hole

Robert Whiting caught this nice eating cod at the Cod Hole on Saturday.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-11-04

Offshore

Looking like great fish feeding activity with today’s Full Moon. Winds and conditions for today particularly early, are looking good for offshore fishing with winds North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Light winds inshore early and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow and right through the weekend will have fantastic conditions with lighter winds and seas with winds, easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. variable about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre.  North Reef has had few jew to14kg, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish.  The crews on Trekka 2 fished The Hards caught snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. Also the crews on Wild Thing 2 fished D.I.P on Thursday where they caught pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. There still picking up good quality red emperor along with coral trout, snapper, tuskies big amberjack, cobia, a few hussar and nice pearl perch 25nm NE of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The Full Moon today will have a few fish feeding. A few dart, whiting and bream off the beaches. Noosa River Fishing Safaris, caught and released an 80cm flathead. near the river mouth using a whitebait. A few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan, Gympie terrace, Weyba Creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Try for mud crabs throughout the river system

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead to 67cm, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting up to 38cm taken of the sand banks around Bli Bli. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, a few decent cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Few jack showing up in the upper river and around the structures in the canals,Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs and Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas and moving throughout the passage, the creek and canals.

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John Kaparic Flathead

Keen angler John Kaparic landed this quality flathead to 67cm off Chambers Island this week.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-03

Offshore

Looking like great fish feeding activity with Saturdays Full Moon phase having the fish feeding and on the bite right through the weekend and into next week. Winds and conditions for today are looking excellent for offshore fishing with winds variable 5 to 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then tending east to northeasterly in the late evening and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow and right through the weekend will have fantastic conditions with lighter winds and seas with winds, variable about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre, so be fuelled up and ready to go! North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish.  The crews on Trekka 2 fished The Hards caught snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. There still picking up good quality red emperor along with coral trout, snapper, tuskies big amberjack, cobia, a few hussar and nice pearl perch 25nm NE of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The Full Moon over the weekend will have a few fish feeding. A few dart, whiting and bream off the beaches. A few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan, Gympie terrace, Weyba Creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Try for mud crabs throughout the river system

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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David Magrove Jack

Keen angler, David Schouwenburg was fishing the local creeks by stealth in his fishing kayak for this feisty Mangrove Jack using a Zman soft plastic.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-11-03

Offshore

Looking like great fish feeding activity with Saturdays Full Moon phase having the fish feeding and on the bite right through the weekend and into next week. Winds and conditions for today are looking excellent for offshore fishing with winds variable 5 to 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then tending east to northeasterly in the late evening and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow and right through the weekend will have fantastic conditions with lighter winds and seas with winds, variable about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre, so be fuelled up and ready to go! North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish. The crews on Trekka 2 fished The Hards caught snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. There still picking up good quality red emperor along with coral trout, snapper, tuskies big amberjack, cobia, a few hussar and nice pearl perch 25nm NE of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Mac tuna around Roonies Point, along with threadfin salmon, a few grunter bream, flsthead and whiting throughout the Straits. The queenfish, trevally and bigger grunter breanm are feeding around the rocky outcrops. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. It is worth fishing for trevally and a for a few mackerel off the Urangan Pier and recently there have been catches jew and Tuna and sharks. School mackerel are still throughout the central bay and up along Fraser Island, with the Burrum 8 mile fairway beacon, Six-Mile an Red Neds producing quality fish. Spanish mackerel, mac tuna and long tail tuna are feeding throughout platypus bay. Blackall, cod, giant trevally and trout have also been caught throughout the Bay. But remember not to target the Barramundi, as the Barramundi East Coast Closed Season has begun this week and will be enforced from the 1st of November through to 1st February. (Also note: It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.)

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: It’s good time for fishing now that conditions have settled down and back to normal. There’s been reasonable tailor around Poyungan Rocks, Indian Heads and the Maheno and with plenty of dart in the gutters. The tailor will keep feeding this month and for that matter you can often catch small numbers (ones and twos) of big solid tailor right through the year, so now that the seasonal restricted area around Indian Heads to Waddy Point is over it will be worth targeting these areas for a few good tailor. There have been quality dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters and around the headlands.

Hervey Bay: The mangrove jack are now defending their territories and flathead from the Creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island. Flathead and cod from River heads. Plenty of mud crabs on the move in most of the creeks and rivers. Threadfin Salmon and flathead in the Mary and Burrum rivers. Summer whiting along the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan.

Rainbow Beach; Still the odd big tailor, kingfish, mackerel, bream and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Spotty mackerel and long tail 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. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek

Local Gympie Dams and Rivers: All local dams and rivers are still bursting at the seams after the flood runnoff. Borumba Dam has a few good bass and saratoga in the shallows and timbered areas around the Dam. Quality bass in Boondooma Dam. The Tiaro stretch of the upper Mary River has been producing good bass numbers. Lake McDonald is full and has had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays along with Bass and saratoga in the timbers on surface lures. The healthy bass at Lake Macdonald, are not too big but fun on light gear, try spinnerbaits and jig spinners rigged on paddle tail soft plastics such as Nories Inlet Shads. Casting in close to the lily pads is has been producing good fish.

Noosa: A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water clearing up on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems..

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Rainbow Escape

The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did very well off DIP recently with quality Reef Fish including a red emperor, mangrove jack, amberjack and a nice coral trout.

Jonny Baker Saratoga

Jonny Baker at Borumba Dam with a feisty saratoga caught last week.

David Magrove Jack

Keen angler, David Schouwenburg was fishing the local creeks by stealth in his fishing kayak for this feisty Mangrove Jack using a Zman soft plastic.

Jeff Vere mangrove jack eudlo

Our mate, Jeff Vere with a nice mangrove jack taken from the upper reaches of Eudlo Creek on Wednesday.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-02

Offshore

Excellent conditions today with winds, Variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas  below 1 metre. Winds today are looking pretty good for offshore fishing with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending north to northeasterly during the evening and seas below 1 metre. North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish.  The crews on Trekka 2 fished The Hards caught snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water clearing up on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and from the frying pan. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. A few fighting Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems..

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack showing up in the upper river around 48 and 54cm. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Jeff Vere mangrove jack eudlo

Our good mate, Jeff Vere with a nice mangrove jack taken from the upper reaches of Eudlo Creek yesterday.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-11-01

Offshore

Winds today have eased to an east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly in the late morning with seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow will be good conditions particularly early with variable winds about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending northeasterly during the evening.  North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish.  The crews on Trekka 2 fished The Hards caught snapper, sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, whiting and bream off the beaches. Flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth, frying pan and in Woods bay. There have been some good quality bream and grunter and the odd elbow slapper whiting caught between Tewantin and Munna Point. Mud crabs throughout the upper and lower river, especially in all of the canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting, grunter, bream and school jew feeding throughout the lower river and Cod Hole, particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the. Heaps of undersize bream and just legal flathead from Chambers Island and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally and whiting from the Black Bank and Twin Waters area. Mud crabs are moving throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Have a try for trevally, grunter bream and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge area and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting, grunter and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Johnny Erb Bream

Our good mate Johnny Erb had a good day when he landed a nice grunter bream.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-10-31

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for this morning in Sunshine Coast Waters. Winds today will ease back throughout the day with a north to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Maroochydore before dawn. Winds tending west to southwest 15 to 20 knots late morning then shifting southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Winds tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Tomorrow winds will ease back further to be southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly during the afternoon with seas around 1 metre. After the rough and windy conditions it will be worth trying North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish.  The crews on Cougar One fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning where they caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. 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 Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, flathead and bream off the beaches. Flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth, frying pan and in Woods bay. The crews on Noosa River Fishing Safaris recently caught and released a 67cm flathead near the river mouth using a whitebait and a 68cm flathead caught in the Tewantin ski run using a prawn bait. Mud crabs throughout the upper and lower river, especially in all of the canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting, grunter, bream and school jew feeding throughout the lower river and Cod Hole, particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the. Heaps of undersize bream and just legal flathead from Chambers Island and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally and whiting from the Black Bank and Twin Waters area. Mud crabs are moving throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Have a try for trevally, cod, grunter bream and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting, grunter and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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David School Jew Released

On Saturday, David Schouwenburg fishing from his kayak,caught and released this school jew near the mouth of Eudlo Creek

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-10-30

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. Winds increasing today with a north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to northerly 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots at times offshore south of Maroochydore in the late evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow, will still be rough with winds northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southeasterly during the morning and 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore. Now, after the rough and windy conditions it will be worth trying North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish. Also quality 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 Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, flathead and bream off the beaches. A few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth, frying pan and in Woods bay. The crews on Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released a 67cm flathead near the river mouth using a whitebait and a 68cm flathead caught in the Tewantin ski run using a prawn bait. Mud crabs throughout the upper and lower river, especially in all of the canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting, plenty of grunter with the dirty water, bream and tarwhine feeding throughout the lower river yesterday particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and just legal flathead from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally and whiting from the Black Bank and Twin Waters area. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod, grunter bream and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting, grunter and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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David Schouwenburg Flathead

David Schouwenburg was delighted to take these nice size dusky flathead off Chambers Island on Saturday.

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