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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-01-26

Offshore

Hope you all have a safe and happy Australia Day. Good conditions with winds north to northeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will reasonable too with an easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. Spanish mackerel up to 10kg, cobia and sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Trekka 2 fished North Reef for pearlies, moses, tuskies, sweetlip, a few tuna and this chunky Maori cod taken on live bait off Sunshine Beach. Cougar One fished North Reef and caught gold band snapper, snapper, sweetlip and pearl perch Hall's Reef has had Spanish mackerel and grass sweetlip. Spotty mackerel and bonito in the bay at Mooloolaba. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try the beaches for dart, bream and whiting. A 68cm flathead caught and released along the Noosaville stretch on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. There’s catches of bream, good flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. Mangrove jack and a few flathead and whiting feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: The New Moon Phase on Saturday will have the fish on the bite. Still good schools of herring bait fish in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting off Chambers Island and in the southern channel. Jacks in the upper reaches particularly from the Coolum creek stretch. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Trevally and jacks in Maroochy Waters canal.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A fewquality flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Whiting and bream in Currimundi lake. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons and jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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Warren Norup Spainard

Warren Norup fished Sunshine in his kayak trolling slimy mackerel, and hooked an awesome sailfish. After a short fight and some amazing aerial displays next to the kayak it was safely released. Not long after he landed this 10kg Spaniard (inset) and a cobia.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-01-25

Offshore

Good conditions with winds variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will reasonable with north to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then becoming east to northeasterly about 10 knots during the evening and still calm seas below 1 metre. Spotty mackerel and bonito in the bay at Mooloolaba. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy. Trekka 2 fished North Reef on Monday morning for pearlies, moses, tuskies, sweetlip, a few tuna and this chunky Maori cod taken on live bait off Sunshine Beach. Cougar One fished North Reef and caught gold band snapper, snapper, sweetlip and pearl perch Hall's Reef has had spanish mackerel and grass sweetlip. Spanish mackerel, cobia and sweetlip from Sunshine Reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: Now it has quietened down try the beaches for dart, bream and whiting. There’s catches of bream, good flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting up to 37cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting off Chambers Island and in the southern channel. Jacks in the upper reaches particularly from the Coolum creek stretch. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Trevally and jacks in Maroochy Waters canal. Barrcuda and flathead from Maroochy Waters canal entrance. Reports of female crabs which must be released that are loaded with eggs carried under their carapace.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A fewquality flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Whiting and bream in Currimundi lake. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons and jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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marc horton stephens flathead noosa river released

Marc Horton-Stephens caught and released this quality dusky flathead in the Noosa River

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-01-24

Offshore

Okay conditions with winds back to the northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be similar with north to northeasterly about 10 knots becoming easterly during the day then increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon, and still calm seas below 1 metre. Cougar One fished North Reef and caught gold band snapper, snapper, sweetlip and pearl perch Hall's Reef has had spanish mackerel and grass sweetlip. Spanish mackerel, cobia and sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Spotty mackerel and bonito in the bay at Mooloolaba. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Now it has quietened down try the beaches for dart, bream and whiting. There’s catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting off Chambers Island and in the southern channel. Jacks in the upper reaches particularly from the Coolum creek stretch. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Trevally and jacks in Maroochy Waters canal. Barrcuda and flathead from Maroochy Waters canal entrance. Reports of female crabs which must be released that are loaded with eggs carried under their carapace.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi lake. A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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Ben Forgan Jack Released

Here’s Ben Forgan having some fun catching and releasing mangrove jack in the upper reaches.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-01-23

Offshore

Winds will be southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the early afternoon, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Hall's Reef has had spanish mackerel and grass sweetlip. Spanish mackerel, cobia and sweetlip from Sunsine Reef. Spotty mackerel and bonito in the bay at Mooloolaba. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish and a few squid in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting off Chambers Island and in the southern channel. Jacks from the Coolum creek stretch. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Trevally and jacks in Maroochy Waters canal. Barrcuda and flathead from Maroochy Waters canal entrance.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi lake. A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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Alexander Milne Barracuda

Barracuda Teeth

Alexander Milne caught this toothy Barracuda at the entrance to Maroochy Waters Canal over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-01-21

Offshore

Looks like you will have to stay in close shore or in Port, with choppy to rough conditions offshore with northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southeasterly in the early afternoon, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening. . Tomorrow there’s  similar choppy to rough conditions with winds southeasterly 15 to 25 knots, with seas 1.5 to 2 metres. There’s a few mackerel at Hall's Reef, best went 12kg Spaniard, which went for a pilchard floater, al spotty, a random 60cm (and very healthy) flathead and a 30cm flounder also grassy sweetlip around 3kg. In the bay off Mooloolaba, close in there have been catches of bonito and spotty mackerel. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish and a few squid in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting to 40cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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Nicole imogen ella mcdonald petrie creek

Have a look how happy Nicole, Imogen and Ella Macdonald are with their big whiting taken in Petrie creek

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-01-20

Offshore

Looks like good conditions through the morning and then winds increasing for the afternoon with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming northerly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day, with seas around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow  will probably a day to stay in close or in Port, with choppy to rough conditions offshore with winds northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon, with seas 1 to 2 metres. There’s a few mackerel at Hall's Reef, best went 12kg Spaniard, which went for a pilchard floater, al spotty, a random 60cm (and very healthy) flathead and a 30cm flounder also grassy sweetlip around 3kg. In the bay off Mooloolaba, close in there have been catches of bonito and spotty mackerel. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth and lower river. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of quality fish up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish and a few squid in the lower river and moving through the system on the tides. Whiting to 40cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk and around jetties. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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John Bongertman Whiting

Keen angler John Bongertman fished the lower Maroochy over night for a few whiting to 40cm.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-01-19

Offshore

Looks like choppy conditions including a southerly change with winds northwesterly 15 to 20 knots ahead of a south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knot change in the late morning, with seas increasing from 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrow could be a bit better in the morning and then chopping up again with winds west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending northwesterly during the evening. In the bay off Mooloolaba, close in there have been catches of bonito and spotty mackerel. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.  Trekka 2 Fished halfway to The Banks and took a good bag of snapper, pearlies, tuskies, moses perch, Maori cod, rosy jobfish, a few small dollys and a very lost rainbow runner. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fishand a few squid in the lower river and moving through the system on the big tides. Whiting to 39cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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DannyBrooksReleased Jack

Danny Brooks with a catch and release mangrove jack from the upper Maroochy River

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-01-18

Offshore

Looks like good conditions early then becoming choppy later in the day and evening with winds northerly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the late evening, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow could be a bit choppy in the morning and easing with the change in the afternoon with winds north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Trekka 2 Fished halfway to The Banks and took a good bag of snapper, pearlies, tuskies, moses perch, Maori cod, rosy jobfish, a few small dollys and a very lost rainbow runner. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Nice golden trevally, caught around the river mouth in the morning using whole prawn baits. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish in the lower river and moving through the system on the big tides. Whiting to 39cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Good flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Rod Brook Hairtail

Rod Brook caught this good eating Hairtail overnight in the Cod Hole in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-01-17

Offshore

Looks like good conditions with a bit of chop later in the day with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Winds tending north to northeasterly in the late evening, with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be pretty good as well, but becoming a choppy sea breeze in the afternoon with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending northerly 15 to 20 knots during the day. east to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending east to northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas around 1 metre. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few dart and whiting along Teewah beach. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still schools of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting to 39cm over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Good flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Blake Hodges Buck Crab

Blake Hodges with a nice buck crab potted in the upper Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-01-16

Offshore

Looks like good conditions with a bit of chop later in the day with winds northeasterly about 10 knots, tending easterly and increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening, with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be pretty good as well, with winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending east to northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas around 1 metre. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Apart from the heavy traffic there are a few dart and whiting along Teewah beach. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still schools of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting to 39cm over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Flathead with several in the 50 to 60 cm range along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Joshua Page 39cm Elbow Whiting

Check out Joshua Page who took this 39cm elbow slapper whiting in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-01-14

Offshore

Looks like hot conditions with a bit of northerly chop later in the day with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots, with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Tomorrow will be similar but a lighter seabreeze in the afternoon, with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty mackerel and northern bluefin or longtail tuna in Laguna Bay and Big Hall's reef. Pearl perch, tuskfish, maori cod and a10kg spanish mackerel on Sunshine Reef. Mahi Mahi and mackerel on the Caloundra 12 mile reef. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy. Spanish mackerel off Point Cartwright, on the Gneering Shoals and Coolum Reef, snapper and mahi mahi at the Hards.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s good flathead throughout the river system but particularly around the river mouth and lower river, as well as trevally in the lower estuary around the top of the tide. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. The heat wave has the mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin on Tuesday night. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: There are plenty of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. The big full moon tides and hot conditions have the mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Flathead with several in the 50 to 60 cm range along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Summer Whybrow Whiting Trevally

Summer Whybrow caught quality whiting and a feisty trevally in the Mooloolaba Canal System.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-01-13

Offshore

Yesterday’s Full Moon will have the fish feeding for the next few days. Looks like hot but reasonable conditions with early light variable wind turning northwesterly 15-20 knots early afternoon and then easing to be light in the late afternoon with seas around 1 metre. The Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef yesterday, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty mackerel and northern bluefin or longtail tuna in Laguna Bay and Big Hall's reef. Pearl perch, tuskfish, maori cod and a10kg spanish mackerel on Sunshine Reef. Mahi Mahi and mackerel on the Caloundra 12 mile reef. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy. Spanish mackerel off Point Cartwright, on the Gneering Shoals and Coolum Reef, snapper and mahi mahi at the Hards.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s good flathead throughout the river system but particularly around the river mouth and lower river, as well as trevally in the lower estuary around the top of the tide. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. The heat wave has the mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: A few herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs are being caught throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Flathead with several in the 50 to 60 cm range along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Josh10kgTrev

Josho Christie fished off Double Island & Fraser on Tuesday for some hard hitting trevally, best was around 10kg and was released to fight another day.

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