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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-09

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters Todays conditions will also be choppy to very rough with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Conditions over the weekend will still be pretty choppy through into next week with winds southeasterly from 15 to 25 knots. When conditions improve be ready to go for some snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper. There's been jew, trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Yesterdays New or Black Moon Phase will certainly have the fish feeding right through the weekend, so be ready to go. Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. 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.

A few bigger spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality golden trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack as well as good flathead, bream and grunter bream starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The New moon will have the jew cruising in the gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. Still the odd tailor to be caught in the deeper gutters. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: The strong and choppy northerlies have made fishing the beaches difficult this week. The southerlies for the next few days will be better for chasing dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: Dave Towner from Team Wicked Fishing. Spent last week camping up near Gympie and managed to get out for a canoe one arvo. The river was up and still had a fair run so the fishing was tough. Whilst targeting the bass on surface in the late afternoon a beautiful Mary River Cod smashed my pompadour. The fish was retained in the water, the lure removed, a quick photo and swam away strong. So good to see these native fish doing so well and in great condition. Please Note; This is a protected. No Take Species!! Such special fish should always be handled with extreme care and released if ever caught.

If you are heading up to Monduran Dam over the next month or so, remember there have been some fantastic Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing live weekly Report. Borumba Dam had some quality bass and saratoga caught and released in last weekends Mary Valley Fishing Classic. Try around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Noosa; Yesterdays New or Black Moon Phase will certainly have the fish feeding right through the weekend, so be ready to go. Good flathead, the odd tailor and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally, the odd tailor and school jew up to 65cm released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Tyler Stirling Dusky Flathead

Tyson Stirling, caught a nice eating size dusky flathead on a red head silver body, Trollcraft Pelagic Lure.

Fisheries App

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Mary River Cod Dave

Mary Cod David

Dave Towner from Team Wicked Fishing. Spent last week camping up near Gympie and managed to get out for a canoe one arvo. The river was up and still had a fair run so the fishing was tough. Whilst targeting the bass on surface in the late afternoon this beautiful Mary River Cod smashed my pompadour. The fish was retained in the water, the lure removed, a quick photo and swam away strong. So good to see these native fish doing so well and in great condition. Please Note; This is a protected, No Take Species!! Such special fish should always be handled with extreme care and released if ever caught.

Rainbow Escape Charters nice Jew DIPSunday4th

The Crews on Rainbow Escape Charters, caught some good quality fish last Sunday north of DIP, like this Jew or mulloway.

Rainbow EscChSpangled4th

The Crews on Rainbow Escape Charters, caught some good quality reef fish last Sunday north of DIP, like this spangled emperor.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-11-08

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. So, pretty choppy to rough conditions for today including a blustery southerly change late in the afternoon so be prepared to stay in sheltered waters with winds north to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Maroochydore in the morning. Winds shifting southwesterly to southeasterly in the late afternoon and increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the late afternoon seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres by early evening.Tomorrow will also be choppy to very rough with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Conditions over the weekend will still be pretty choppy through into next week with winds southeasterly from 15 to 25 knots. When conditions improve be ready to go for some snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Fishing offshore Noosa fished Double Island Point on Saturday for snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch, tusk fish, cobia, gold band snapper and moses perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead, the odd tailor and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally, the odd tailor and school jew up to 65cm released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Dusky Flathead Tyson Stirling

Tyson Stirling, caught a nice eating size dusky flathead on a red head silver body, Trollcraft Pelagic Lure.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-11-07

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. So, pretty choppy to rough conditions for today with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots at times south of Maroochydore in the afternoon. Winds inshore tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the early morning and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrow will also be choppy to very rough including a blustery southerly change in the afternoon so be prepared to stay in sheltered waters with winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southerly 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon and seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening.  When conditions improve certainly by the weekend be ready to go for some snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Fishing offshore Noosa fished Double Island Point on Saturday for snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch, tusk fish, cobia, gold band snapper and moses perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead, the odd tailor and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally, the odd tailor and school jew up to 65cm released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Bronwen Ebert

Bronwen Ebert with a nice tailor caught in the Maroochy River yesterday. So well done Bronwen!

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-11-06

Offshore

Choppy to rough conditions look like sticking around till Thursday morning, in time for a blustery southerly change, so be prepared to stay in sheltered waters with winds today northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the afternoon and evening, with seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrow more of the same with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. When conditions improve certainly by the weekend be ready to go for some snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Fishing offshore Noosa fished Double Island Point on Saturday for snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch, tusk fish, cobia, gold band snapper and moses perch." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishingoffshorenoosa.html 

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally and school jew up to 65cm released around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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MattHinks55cmMiddleRiver

Check out an excited Matt Hinks, with a nice eating 55 cm dusky Flathead taken in the Middle reaches of the Maroochy River. Well done Matt!

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-11-05

Offshore

Winds will be northwesterly at 15 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly at 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon and evening. Seas are 1.5 to 2.5 metres with 1m of Easterly swell. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Fishing offshore Noosa fished Double Island Point on Saturday for snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch, tusk fish, cobia, gold band snapper and moses perch." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishingoffshorenoosa.htm

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead and tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Bream to 35cm off Chambers Island. Trevally and school jew up to 65cm released around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead in the 42/50 cm to 60 cm range throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Tailor and trevally out from the jet ski run. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Rhys Crowhurt his first trip offshore

Rhys Crowhurst did well for his first trip offshore of Mooloolaba with several nice snapper.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-11-03

Offshore

Offshore: More choppy northerly's today but may be workable inshore in the morning, with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Similar choppy to rough conditions tomorrow, with hot north to northwesterly winds 15 to 20 knots and seas increasing further 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore. When conditions are okay again keep in mind there have been some good catches of snapper, coral trout, spangled emperor and yellow tail kingfish from Sunshine Reef. Snapper, and some good quality pelagic fish on the move right along the coast, like, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna and some good mackerel as well as tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Deep End Charters out of Mooloolaba got onto some quality Cobia on the weekend, there was plenty more out there as we all experienced screaming reels, also good snapper, Coronation Trout, Sweetlip, Red throat, Tuskfish, Wrasse, Cod, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Trevally and hussar from the Barwon Banks.  Double Island Point has consistently had good catches, there's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead and tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Bream to 35cm off Chambers Island. Trevally and school jew up to 65cm released around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead in the 42/50 cm to 60 cm range throughout the river. Mangrove jack to 50cmand trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Tailor and trevally out from the jet ski run. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and whiting from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Daniel Broadhurst just landed this 35 cm

Daniel Broadhurst just landed this 35 cm bream off the Chambers Island Bridge on the start of the runout tide. Good work Daniel!

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-02

Offshore

More good conditions in offshore waters today, with just a little northerly chop with winds Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly during the day and seas around 1 metre. More warm northerly winds over the weekend around 10 to 15 knots on Saturday with winds increasing a little on Sunday with choppy conditions in open waters. Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini, did a trip to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Conditions were still a bit bumpy after Monday’s weather but more than good enough for a trip to the locals. We caught snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, painted sweetlip, tusk fish, spangled emperor and coral trout." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishingoffshorenoosa.htm . North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper. There's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday Yesterday, 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. 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. https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/fisheries/recreational/rules-regulations/closed-seasons-tidal-waters.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information. Now that conditions have settled down the fishing will be good. A few bigger spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality golden trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack as well as good flathead, bream and grunter bream starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Remember, that the Mary River is home to some of the largest threadfin salmon on the east coast and it is shaping up to be a good season ahead for this great sportfish. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Try for jew and tailor in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: Try for dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: If you are heading up to Monduran Dam over the next month or so, remember there have been some fantastic Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has had saratoga on the surface on fly feeding around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin. Remember, the Mary Valley Fishing Classic, which returns to Borumba Dam this weekend after being cancelled at the last minute in 2017. More than 120 competitors are expected at "fish it out” this weekend with good weather conditions forecast.

Noosa: Good catches of bream and golden trevally in Woods Bays. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, still a few nice tailor, trevally and bream around the mouth. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.
Maroochydore: Flathead to 71cm, trevally and bream near the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack defending their territories in Petrie Creek and the upper Maroochy River. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Flathead to 58cm and bream from picnic point. Bream and dart from the sand bags. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and whiting from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of quality Red Emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches including big spangled emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of quality Red Emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

Check out Casie Webb from Gympie with a nice Red emperor taken on Big Dolphin Fishing Charters off Fraser Island.

Check out Casie Webb from Gympie with a nice Cod taken on Big Dolphin Fishing Charters off Fraser Island.

Alex enjoyed some great fishing this week with some great fish in the mix. Here he is with Muz after a epic battle on this black kingfish#herveybaysportfishing #visitfrasercoast #cobia #fishingfrasercoast #fishing#fishingaustralia #sportfishing

Hard pulling golden trevally are always popular with guests #visitfrasercoast#sportfishing #fishingaustralia #herveybaysportfishing #goldentrevally#lurefishing

Our friend from Maroochydore, Luke McCombe also fished out on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of reds, big cod including this quality snapper, out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-11-01

Offshore

Winds will be northeasterly at about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Seas and swell are around the 1 metre mark. Snapper, coral trout, spangled emperor,and yellow tail kingfish from Sunshine Reef. Snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Deep End Charters out of Mooloolaba got onto some quality Cobia on the weekend, there was plenty more out there as we all experienced screaming reels, also good snapper, Coronation Trout, Sweetlip, Red throat, Tuskfish, Wrasse, Cod, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch, Trevally and hussar from the Barwon Banks.  Double Island Point has consistently had good catches, there's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead and tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Bream to 35cm off Chambers Island. Trevally and school jew around the motorway bridge pylons. Flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Tailor and trevally out from the jet ski run. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and whiting from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Kim Mass MRSLFC 49cm Dusky

Kim maas from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in this 700g 49cm dusky flathead from Picnic Point on Monday.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-10-31

Offshore

Good conditions today with winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow looking pretty good as well with winds east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre. A few good snapper and sweetlip and big yellow tail kingfish feeding out off Noosa and at Sunshine Reef. Snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks.  Double Island Point has consistently had good catches, there's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good catches of bream and golden trevally in Woods Bays. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, still a few nice tailor, trevally and bream around the mouth. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Flathead to 71cm, trevally and bream near the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack defending their territories in Petrie Creek and the upper Maroochy River. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Flathead to 58cm and bream from picnic point. Bream and dart from the sand bags. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and whiting from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Matthew Sukkarieh, John Innes and Shaun Pilcher, had a nice day out of Mooloolaba last week for a few good reef fish.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-10-30

Offshore

Better conditions today with winds easing back to east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly in the evening and seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow looking workable with winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre. Snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks.  Double Island Point has consistently had good catches, there's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good catches of bream, queenfish and trevally in Woods Bays. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few small jewies in the ski runs. Flathead, still a few nice tailor, trevally and bream around the mouth. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Flathead to 71cm, bream and tarwhine near the Cod Hole. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Flathead to 58cm and bream from picnic point. Bream and dart from the sand bags. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream to 32cm and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, whiting and grunter from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting, grunter bream and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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James and Rebecca Ebert with a 52 cm dusky flathead and a 36 cm tarwhine caught in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-10-29

Offshore

Winds will be southeasterly 15 to 25 knots, with 1-2m seas and an increasing 1.5-2.5m of offshore swell. Snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks.  Double Island Point has consistently had good catches, there's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip  20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good catches on Noosa River Fishing Safaris this week of bream, queenfish and trevally in Woods Bays. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few small jewies in the ski runs. Flathead, tailor, trevally and bream around the mouth. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Flathead to 71cm, bream and tarwhine near the Cod Hole. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Flathead to 58cm and bream from picnic point. Bream and dart from the sand bags. Mud crabs in the middle and upper river

Mooloolaba: Bream to 32cm and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, whiting and grunter from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting ar ein good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting, grunter bream and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Joshua Tully- Smyth with a nice Maroochy River Whiting taken in lower end over the weekend.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-10-26

Offshore

The Full Moon will have the fish on the bite. Today's conditions are looking okay early with some northerly chop in the afternoon, with with winds Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots with seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow, conditions will be workable with winds up to 15 knots. North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner had the crew from the Noosa Yachtie Offshore Fishing Club onboard for a full day trip on Sunday, headed north to Double Island Point. The guys put an impressive bag of fish together including large mouth nannygai, gold band snapper, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of snapper in the 2-4kg range. www.fishingnoosa.com.au/noosacharters.htm As you can see, Double Island Point has consistently had good catches. There's been trout red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Now that conditions have settled down the fishing will be good. A few bigger spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna as well as somd excellent quality golden trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. A few threadfin salmon, jacks, grunter bream and a few good barramundi are starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: With the full moon phase and as the and there are some decent gutters forming along the ocean beaches it's worth a try for jew and tailor in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: Try for dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. Try some of these vegetarian baits, by using overripe rockmelon, kiwifruit and watermelon as well as pumpkin, potatoes and peas. Being omnivorous,they also prey on other aquatic organisms.They will eat dying or dead fish. Brine shrimp, worms, and bloodworms will also work. Redclaw are primarily nocturnal feeders, with the peak times at sunrise and sunset. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams.Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has had saratoga on the surface on fly feeding around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin.

Noosa: There's flathead to 65cm off the Sand Bags near the Noosa Dog Beach on Monday. Try for flathead, trevally and bream around the mouth. Flathead and trevally around Woods Bay area. A couple of flathead 60cm and 52cm caught and released just before Lake Cooroibah , caught on pilchard baits. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.
Maroochydore: Bill Conn caught two 50 cm + golden trevally on Monday near the Cod Hole. A few elbow slapper whiting feeding in the lower river. Whiting, bream, grunter bream and flathead throughout the river. Plenty of mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, whiting and grunter from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Whiting, grunter bream, bream and golden trevally feeding throughout the passage as the water clears up and mud crabs in the creeks. Bream, flathead and crabs in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Eddie Hoskins with a solid 27 cm bream off Chambers Island on Sunday.

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Keen young angler Xander Melnacis, with an elbow slapped Whiting taken off Chambers Islands. Well done Xander!

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Check out keen angler Bailey Watt with a nice fat bass caught and released recently in Borumba Dam.

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Keen angler, Bailey Watt with a couple of nice bass caught and released recently in Lake MacDonald.

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Bill Conn with one of the 2 golden trevally he caught and released in the Maroochy River this week.

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Snapper Harry Long

Suzie and Dave would like to officially welcome Harry Long into the Rainbow Escape Charters Team as a new skipper.

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