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Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-10-03

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters through the morning and into the afternoon, with winds east to northeasterly 25 to 30 knots shifting northwesterly 10 to 15 knots from the east during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening with seas 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening. Then tomorrow yippee, good conditions with northwest to southwesterly below 10 knots, becoming south to southeasterly about 10 knots during the morning and seas below 1 metre. So get ready for the better conditions tomorrow to chase a few snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia to 50kg and snapper from the gneerings. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point has Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Plenty of trevally, also big flathead, cod and jacks the Maroochy Waters Canal and in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead on the between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Try for dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: When conditions improve go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Eli Thomas Tailor Happy Valley

Eli Thomas Tailor

Keen young angler Eli Thomas, fishing with his Dad Peter Thomas and family with a beautiful tailor, taken out from Happy Valley on Fraser Island

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-10-02

Offshore

Winds will be east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the early morning, and to 25 to 30 knots during the day, with 1.5 to 2.5 metre seas. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point has  Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Wild Thing 2’s crew fished North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and cobia. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef as well where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, big flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead on the between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Melissa Rowly Cobia 55kg Mooloolaba

Melissa Rowly with her personal best Cobia that weighed in at 55kg (149cm) and was caught out off Mooloolaba over on Saturday.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-09-30

Offshore

Reasonable conditions today particularly early with winds west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to southeasterly in the late morning and reaching up to 20 knots at times in the late afternoon and evening with seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow the winds will ease back to a southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the morning with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the morning. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point has  Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Wild Thing 2’s crew fished North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and cobia. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef as well where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Big golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point Noosa River Fishing Safaris, caught and released a 70cm around the river mouth on Wednesday morning using a whitebait. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks in Woods Bay, the back of Noosa Sound and in between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead to 82cm released, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead on the between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. from the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Bream and flathead from Shelly Beach. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks in Currimundi Creek. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Levi Turvey Whiting

Keen young angler Levi Turvey was pretty happy with his 24cm whiting and a few bream from Chambers Island, yesterday.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-09-29

Offshore

After recent windy conditions it looks as if it will continue to be choppy today but ease back in the afternoon. Today winds will be northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly in the late morning then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, so it might be better to stick to sheltered waters. Tomorrow and over the weekend conditions will be much improved, so make the most of the situation. Tomorrow the winds will ease right back to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending northwest to southwesterly during the morning then tending east to southeasterly during the day with seas below 0.5 metres. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point where the crew took Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently.

Out from Hervey Bay: School and broad barred mackerel and a few coral trout on the close in shallower reefs out from Rooney’s point and on the close reefs out from Burrum, Gatakers Bay, Coongul, the Arch Cliffs and around the shipping beacons. Broad barred mackerel the Burrum 8 mile and Urangan channel.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: There has been patches of weed in the gutters along the eastern beaches with less in the northern areas, combined with the strong and very pesky northerly winds has made fishing difficult. So best results will be in the cleaner areas without weed where there have been dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters. Chopper tailor have been plentiful north of the Maheno Wreck. Bigger jew near Yidney Rocks. A few keen anglers have been targeting a few quality Spanish mackerel well out behind the breakers using drones to deliver their rigged baits and have been landing some big fish. Hervey Bay: The next couple of months will have the flathead feeding from the Creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island and from the lower Burrum River. Flathead, tailor and cod from river heads. Summer whiting off the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan. Tarpon, mangrove jack, threadfin salmon, barra and trevally in upper Burrum river. Threadfin Salmon, good barramundi starting to feed and plenty of good quality flathead in the Mary river.

Rainbow Beach: 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 between rainbow and double Island Point. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Barramundi, mangrove jack and estuary cod in Kauri Creek.

Local Dams and Rivers: Healthy bass at Lake Macdonald, 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. Lake McDonald has also had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays along with Bass and saratoga in the timbers on surface lures. In Borumba Dam yellowbelly are taking lure and bait in the timbers. The odd saratoga and plenty of bass on surface lures. Quality bass in the timbers as well. Good bass and golden perch in the Mary River and its tributaries.

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Heath Robinson was fishing the channel on the corner of Branson Island and the ski run and a 54cm golden trevally nailed his Atomic Grub. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Cod, bream and good flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags and lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the Cod Hole, rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: With the lighter winds try for whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Dean Brook Motorway Bridge

The hot weather has had the jacks on the chew with Dean Brook landing this nice fish around the motorway Bridge pylons over the weekend.

Nick Bright Threadfin Salmon

Check out Nick Bright with this cracker threadfin salmon caught around Mary River heads recently

Peter Baker Golden Perch Mary River

Peter Batey with a nice fat yellowbelly taken in the Mary River around Gympie

Dean Tomlinson Flatty Maroochy

Dean Tomlinson with a nice dusky flathead caught and released like all his fish are, in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-09-29

Offshore

After recent windy conditions it looks as if it will continue to be choppy today but ease back in the afternoon.  Today winds will be northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly in the late morning then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, so it might be better to stick to sheltered waters. Tomorrow and over the weekend conditions will be much improved, so make the most of the situation. Tomorrow the winds will ease right back to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending northwest to southwesterly during the morning then tending east to southeasterly during the day with seas below 0.5 metres. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point where the crew took Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Big golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks in Woods Bay, the back of Noosa Sound and in between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead on the ebb tide between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. from the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Bream and flathead from Shelly Beach. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks in Currimundi Creek. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Ben Forgan Jack53cm

Ben Forgan managed to stop a mangrove Jack and the cranky fella went 53, such an awesome fish!!! but still got smoked a few times!!! And a few trevelly and flathead as well.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-09-28

Offshore

Conditions will be much improved today, so make the most of the situation because Thursday will be very windy again. Today’s lighter winds will be, Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, so conditions will be rough and it will be best to stay in sheltered waters with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots around midday. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the evening and seas 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Tomorrow the winds will ease back by afternoon and evening with wind a northwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening with seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the evening. Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point where the crew took Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Big golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks in Woods Bay, the back of Noosa Sound and in between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead on the ebb tide between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. from the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Bream and flathead from Shelly Beach. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks in Currimundi Creek. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Jake Rasby GT
Jake Rasby with a feisty GT taken in the south channel of the Maroochy River over the weekend

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-09-27

Offshore

Conditions will be much improved today, so make the most of the situation because Thursday will be very windy again. Today’s lighter winds will be, variable about 10 knots, tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and reaching up to 20 knots at times north of Noosa Heads. South of Noosa Heads will be east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon and reaching up to 20 knots at times in the evening with seas below 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre around midday, then increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. Tomorrow the winds will crank up yet again to northerly’s 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore at times with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point where the crew took Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, quality cobia, and snapper. Cougar One, ran a charter to North Reef where they caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod as well as a cobia weighing about twenty kilos. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point Heath Robinson was fishing the channel on the corner of Branson Island and the ski run and a 54cm golden trevally nailed his Atomic Grub. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Cod, bream and good flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags and lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the Cod Hole, rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: With the lighter winds try for whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Peter baker fished the mary river around gympie for yellowbelly sunday

Peter Batey with a nice fat yellowbelly taken in the Mary River around Gympie last week

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-09-26

Offshore

Winds will be north to northwesterly at 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning, shifting southeasterly with a change from the south in the late evening. Seas will be 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia, and snapper from Double Island Point. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. North Reef for pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod.  Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Cod, bream and good flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Tailor, trevally, flathead, cod and jacks in the Cod Hole. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags and lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the Cod Hole, rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases back try for whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Dean Brook Motorway Bridge

The hot weather has had the jacks on the chew with Dean Brook landing this nice fish around the motorway Bridge pylons over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-09-25

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, so more choppy too rough conditions but hopefully easing back tomorrow with winds inshore, today being north to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots and offshore, northerly 25 to 30 knots, decreasing to 20 to 25 knots north of Noosa and seas still up there at  2 to 2.5 metres. Conditions tomorrow easing back through the day with winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the evening. So it will be probably be okay to go offshore on Wednesday where you can try for tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. North Reef for pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Double Island Points had red emperor, amberjack, jew, grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and bagged out on snapper. School and spotty mackerel on the close reefs between Caloundra and Coolum. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Cod, bream and good flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: The odd tailor to 50cm yesterday near the Cod Hole and trevally back around the bridge pylons. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags and lower river. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Bream, a few sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases back try for whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Dean Tomlinson Flatty Maroochy

Dean Tomlinson with a nice dusky flathead caught and released like all his fish are, in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-09-23

Offshore

More choppy too rough conditions for the weekend with winds north to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots and seas rising from 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday. Even rougher conditions tomorrow with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots reaching up to 30 knots at times south of Noosa and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, so best to definitely stay in sheltered waters. So it will be probably be okay to go offshore by about next Wednesday when you can try for tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. North Reef for pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Double Island Points had red emperor, amberjack, jew, grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and bagged out on snapper. School and spotty mackerel on the close reefs between Caloundra and Coolum. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting throughout the lower river. Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released several good flathead in the Woods Bay. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks starting to feed throughout the river including Woods Bay and the back of the sound. Flathead along Tewantin stretch. Cod, bream and a flathead went 90cm was caught and released on live yabbies for bait in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Sand crabs from the lower river. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Jacks in Cornmeal Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead, queenfish, jew, estuary cod and hair tail in the Cod Hole. Bream, good sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: After Wednesdays New Moon the fish should be on the bite. Although it will be a bit windblown over the weekend, there have been whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Juvinile Mangrove Jack Release

Check out Harry Somlyay with a feisty juvenile Mangrove Jack caught and quickly released in the upper Maroochy catchment yesterday.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-09-22

Offshore

After recent windy conditions it looks as though there will be plenty of choppy conditions forecast offshore over the weekend, so just stick to sheltered waters or be prepared to take any window of opportunity that arises. Could be a bit choppy later today (Friday) with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. There have been catches of tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2 fished North Reef this week where they caught pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Double Island Points had red emperor, amberjack, jew, grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and bagged out on snapper. School and spotty mackerel on the close reefs between Caloundra and Coolum. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.
Snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar.
Out from Hervey Bay: School and broad barred mackerel and a few coral trout on the close in shallower reefs out from Rooney’s point and on the close reefs out from Burrum, Gatakers Bay, Coongul, the Arch Cliffs and around the shipping beacons. Broad barred mackerel the Burrum 8 mile and Urangan channel.

Warning to watch out for white spot disease in prawns. White spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans such as prawns, crabs and yabbies. It was first discovered in South East Queensland in 2016. Since the outbreak a the virus has been found in a number of wild crustaceans in the Moreton Bay area. So this means that raw prawns, yabbies marine worms cannot be removed from a restricted area extending from Caloundra to the New South Wales Boarder following a line 100m off the east coast of Bribie, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands. The restrictions are to reduce the likely hood of the disease spreading. Also, remember prawns brought from a supermarket for human consumption should not be used for bait and unwanted bait and seafood should be put in the bin and not discarded in the waterways. Imported crustaceans such as prawns could carry the disease. If you buy or catch prawns that you think have white spot disease remember to report by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: There has been plenty of weed in the gutters along the eastern beaches with less in the northern areas. So in the areas without weed here have been dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters. Chopper tailor have been plentiful north of the Maheno Wreck. Bigger jew near Yidney Rocks. A few keen anglers have been targeting a few quality Spanish mackerel well out behind the breakers using drones to deliver their rigged baits and have been landing some big fish. There is a little over a week of the annual closure to go, so please remember, that the annual closed waters area runs between Indian Head and Waddy Point from 1st August till the 30th of September every year. So, during the closure period, all fishing is prohibited from the foreshore within this area from 400m south of Indian Head to 400m north of Waddy Point and continues 400m out to sea from the low tide mark.

Hervey Bay: The next couple of months will have the flathead feeding from the Creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island and from the lower Burrum River. Flathead, tailor and cod from river heads. Summer whiting off the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan. Tarpon, mangrove jack, threadfin salmon, barra and trevally in upper Burrum river. Threadfin Salmon, barramundi and plenty of good flathead in the Mary river.

Rainbow Beach: 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 between rainbow and double Island Point. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Barramundi, mangrove jack and estuary cod in Kauri Creek.
Local Dams and Rivers: Lake McDonald has had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays along with Bass and saratoga in the timbers on surface lures. In Borumba Dam yellowbelly are taking lure and bait in the timbers. The odd saratoga and plenty of bass on surface lures. Quality bass in the timbers as well. Good bass and golden perch in the Mary River and its tributaries.

Noosa: A few quality whiting to 37cm on the flats throughout the lower river. Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released a 54cm flathead in the Woods Bay. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks in Woods Bays and the back of the sound. Flathead along Tewantin stretch. Cod, bream and a flathead went 90cm was caught and released on live yabbies for bait in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Sand crabs from the lower river. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags. Flathead 78cm released and a 72 cm kept from the Cod Hole, yesterday as well as good catches from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Jacks in Cornmeal Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead, queenfish, jew, estuary cod and hair tail in the Cod Hole. Bream, good sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and plenty of good dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake as well as dart off the beaches. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Ted Kuirk 31cm Whiting

Keen young angler, Ted Kuirk landed a nice 31cm whiting off Chambers Island yesterday.

squire barwon banks

The crews on Top Catch Charters did well on the Barwon Banks for snapper.

13kg cod caloundra 12nm
The crews on Top Catch Charters did well on Caloundra 12mile for big cod and nice pearlies.

Robert Whiting 62cm Dusky Flathead
Robert Whiting with a 62cm good eating size dusky flathead taken off Yinny Street near the Cod Hole.

Robert Whiting Queenfish Cod Hole
Robert Whiting holidaying here from England, landed this feisty Queenfish, between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole yesterday afternoon on the incoming tide

Peter batey fished borumba dam yesterday for bass
Peter Batey has recently been fishing for some quality Bass in the sheltered waters of Borumba Dam.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-09-21

Offshore

Better conditions  today with east to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then tending north to northeasterly in the evening with seas around 1 metre. Could be a bit choppy  tomorrow  with winds Northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. Tuskfish, snapper, pig fish and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2 fished North Reef where they caught pearl perch, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Double Island Points had red emperor, amberjack, jew, grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and bagged out on snapper. School and spotty mackerel on the close reefs between Caloundra and Coolum. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few quality whiting to 37cm on the flats throughout the lower river. Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released a 54cm flathead in the Woods Bay. Trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Grunter, flathead and whiting in Lake Cooroibah. Jacks in Woods Bays and the back of the sound. Flathead along Tewantin stretch. Cod, bream and a flathead went 90cm was caught and released on live yabbies for bait in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Sand crabs from the lower river. Whiting and flathead from around the sand bags. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Jacks in Cornmeal Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead, queenfish, jew, estuary cod and hair tail in the Cod Hole. Bream, good sand crabs and flathead along Twin Waters, Cotton Tree stretch and in Cornmeal Creek area. Mangrove jacks and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and dart in the surf from Bokarina and Wurtulla. Bream and cod from the rock walls. Mangrove jack in the Kawana Canals and from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting from the sand basin and the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Whiting in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting are wide spread throughout the passage, with best catches along golden beach. Jacks and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Blue swimmer crabs between the bar and Military Jetty.

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Ted Kuirk 31cm Whiting

Keen young angler, Ted Kuirk landed a nice 31cm whiting off Chambers Island yesterday.

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