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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-09

Offshore

Great conditions today, particularly later in the afternoon, thank you very much, with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down for a great weekend ahead with winds variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas below 1 metre. So be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and a few mackerel and tuna. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and  spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Shine 44cm Flathead

While I (Shin) caught a small catfish, my 4-year old son, Shine, was really excited to catch 44cm flathead at sandbag from Cotton Tree in the dusk on Wed 7 Feb.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-02-08

Offshore

You will have to endure  more windy and conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metres. Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down through Friday for a great weekend ahead. As conditions improve Saturday on the weekend with lighter winds easterly and northerly’s around 10 knots be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and a few mackerel and tuna. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and  spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrissyMRSLFC

Chrissie Bell, from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club caught and released a shovel nose shark while fishing on her kayak in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-02-07

Offshore

You will have to endure  windy and conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore. There’ll be similar tomorrow with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, with seas still 1.5 to 2 metres. But, conditions will definitely improve by Friday in time for a great weekend, so be ready for some action in offshore waters.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrisMRSLFC Whiting

Chris Bell from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in quality whiting and a nice trevally while fishing on his kayak in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-02-06

Offshore

More windy and uncomfortable conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metre. Unfortunately similar tomorrow with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, but seas rising up to  1.5 to 2 metres. Hopefully conditions will improve later in the week possibly on Thursday and Friday so get your gear ready  to go, until then be prepared to stay in protected waters.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, queenfish, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Peter Batey Bass Borumba Dam

Excellent angler, Peter Batey with some more of his quality bass, this time from Borumba Dam.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-03

Offshore

Strong tidal movements with the King tides associated with this week’s Full Moon Phase. So it will be best to stay in sheltered waters. Please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. Wind and conditions still today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the late evening and seas and swell still up around 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrows conditions be similar with more winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. and sea running from 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the evening.. When conditions improve which will hopefully, be into next week be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Queensland anglers are should be gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened this week at midday on Thursday 1 February. So with the start of the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi open season for wild barramundi, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations. So what are you waiting for here they are. “The minimum size limit for barramundi is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is 5 fish per person. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol relies on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations. "People who suspect illegal fishing activity during closed seasons should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116."

Table: Size and possession limits

Species Size limit Possession limit
Barramundi
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)* 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.

Noosa: Still take care with the king tidal movements, also exacerbated by big seas. Golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs flushed out and throughout the river system

Mooloolaba: Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in the Creeks that feed into the passage.

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Jack Witek Barramundi Released

Jack Witek was targeting mangrove jack in the upper Maroochy River in the last few days of the closed barra season when he caught and safely released this Barra after a quick photo. (Remember the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi season re-opened this week at midday on Thursday 1 February.)

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-02

Offshore

You can expect to still have the massive strong tidal movements after Wednesdays Full Moon Phase. So please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. More windy conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas still up there to 1.5 to 2 metres and swells southerly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore. Easing back a bit over the weekend but still similar conditions, so it may be better to plan to stay in sheltered waters for next few days. When conditions improve be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: There have been reports of locals getting some good catches of prawns in the bay and in the rivers. Longtail, mack tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, spangled emperor, blackall, tuskies, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Still good catches of threadfin salmon, grunter, and plenty of mangrove jack and banana prawns and mud crabs in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as plenty of threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. It’s worth targeting some good whiting and a few garfish that are feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Take extra care with driving on the beach with the King tides. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters where there is no weed. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: After this week’s Full Moon it is worth targeting jew, at night in the gutters or the rocks at Double Island Point. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: Queensland anglers are gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened at midday yesterday, Thursday 1 February. So with the start of the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi open season for wild barramundi, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations. So what are you waiting for here they are. “The minimum size limit for barramundi is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is 5 fish per person. See table below. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol relies on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations. "People who suspect illegal fishing activity during closed seasons should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116."

Table: Size and possession limits

Species Size limit Possession limit
Barramundi
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)* 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.

There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and in the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston and his fishing partner Zoe Morrison got stuck into some nice bass, all between 35-40cm in the early morning.

We picked them up on a White/Gold TT Lures Vortex a Red/Black Bassman Spinner Bait.

Zoe Morrison Redclaw

Harry Johnston Yellow belly

Also got a feed of Redclaw and picked up a PB Yellow Belly that went 47cm.

Jack Witek Barramundi Released

Jack Witek was targeting mangrove jack in the upper Maroochy River in the last few days of the closed barra season when he caught and safely released this Barra after a quick photo.

Lachlan Salmon Queenfish

Lachlan Reedy caught his salmon & queenfish in the front gutter at River Heads and also a ½ bucket of good size prawns came from the gutter as well.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-02-01

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. Also you can expect to have massive strong tidal movements with the King tides associated with yesterdays Full Moon Phase. So do yourself a huge favour and stay in sheltered waters. Please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. Wind and conditions today are south to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Winds reaching up to 30 knots early morning with seas and swells 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Some improvement in conditions tomorrow with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas and swell still up around 1.5 to 2 metres. When conditions improve which could, be into next week be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Yesterdays Full Moon will have the fish on the bite, but take care with massive king tidal movements, exacerbated by big seas and strong winds particularly in the morning tide over the next few days. Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and on the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Peter Allen Dusky

Peter Allen went fishing in the lower Maroochy River yesterday, where he released one and kept this quality 60cm dusky flathead.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-01-31

Offshore

Okay winds only in the morning, but more windy conditions and solid swells today with a southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening and swells easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.. Stronger wind conditions tomorrow with winds southeasterly 20 to 30 knots, seas increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres with the same king tides and strong tidal movement and the swells still an easterly 2 to 2.5 metres. So do yourself a huge favour and stay in sheltered waters. When conditions improve be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The Full Moon will have the fish on the bite, but take care over the next few days with massive king tidal movements particularly in the morning tide. Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and on the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Jane CandyMarcoolaBh36cmAustday

Jane Candy was pretty excited to catch her big bream to 36cm on Australia Day off Marcoola Beach on the track near the end of the Airport Runway.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-01-30

Offshore

More windy conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly during the morning with seas 1 to 1.5 metres and swells increasing to easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, Similar conditions tomorrow only with king tides and strong tidal movement and that the swells will be increasing to an easterly 2 to 2.5 metres. So it will be better to plan to stay in sheltered waters. When conditions improve be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and in the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Dave Rainbow Escape Red Wide Bay Bar

Dave and his client from Rainbow Escape Fishing Charters with a couple of solid red’s taken wide of Wide Bay Bar.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-01-29

Offshore

Winds will be blowing southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the late afternoon. Seas will be 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.Sunshine Reef has produced, grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Black marlin and wahoo from the Mooloolaba 18 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and in the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the river Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head. Bream from Shelly Beach. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Cody Smith Spangled Emperor

Cody Smith bagged out with some nice spangled emperor at Murphy's reef last week.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-01-26

Offshore

Please be patient and considerate of other users of our beautiful waterways over the very busy Australia Day Long Weekend and we will all have a very safe and good time!!

It's looking like good conditions today but forecast is for conditions to become choppy and difficult to venture out with southerly winds increasing through Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Today's winds will be a easterly 10 to 15 knots with seas around 1 metre. below 1 metre.

So hit the local reefs today for fish like these as there have been Maori cod, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and Spanish mackerel from Chardons Reef. Sunshine Reef Big Spanish mackerel, cobia, cod, grass sweetlip and pearl perch. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Black marlin and wahoo from the Mooloolaba 18 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm's east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: Longtail, mack tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, spangled emperor, blackall, tuskies, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Still catching threadfin salmon, grunter, and plenty of mangrove jack and banana prawns and mud crabs in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as plenty of threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. It's worth targeting some good whiting and a few garfish that are feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Getting catches good trevally and long tail tuna off the Urangan Pier.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Take extra, extra care over the Australia Day long weekend while fishing on our beaches with vehicle access. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters where there is no weed. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: Take extra, extra care over the Australia Day long weekend while fishing on our beaches with vehicle access. Jew, bream and the odd tailor off the rocks at Double Island Point. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: Bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Please be patient and considerate of other users of our beautiful waterways over the very busy Australia Day Long weekend and we will all have a good time!! Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack behind the Sheraton, Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on hard bodies lures between Chambers Island and the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Quality tailor on sunset and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Try for dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flat throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Brad Matthew Red Emperor

Brad Matthews Coral Trout

Jayden Matthews Black Marlin 18mile

All the red fish were mine (Brad Matthews) the black marlin my 14 yr old nephew Jayden Matthews got, it was his first black took him about 30min to get in on 8kg line estimated round 60kg from 18mile of Mooloolaba recently and was tagged and released safely. Cheers Brad

Brad Matthews with some quality Red Emperor (no2) and some coronation and coral trout (no3) red emperor and trout were caught off Double Island Point in 50 to 60m of water, about 115kms from Mooloolaba, recently.

Johnny Baker Boondoomba Yellowbelly

Jonny Baker had a good day at Boondoomba this week for nice yellowbelly like this one and some quality bass.

Mark Planck 33cm Whiting

A couple of good eating size whiting up to 33cm taken by Mark Planck in the middle reaches of the Maroochy River

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-01-25

Offshore

Please be patient and considerate of other users of our beautiful waterways over the very busy Australia Day Long Weekend and we will all have a very safe and good time!!

It’s looking like good conditions today, with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow conditions will be a easterly 10 to 15 knots with seas around 1 metre. However the forecast is for conditions to become choppy and possibly rough with southerly winds increasing through Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

So hit the local reefs today and tomorrow for fish like these as there have been Maori cod, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and Spanish mackerel from Chardons Reef. Sunshine Reef Big Spanish mackerel, cobia, cod, grass sweetlip and pearl perch. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Black marlin and wahoo from the Mooloolaba 18 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Remember to take extra, extra care over the Australia Day long weekend while fishing on our beaches with vehicle access. Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack behind the Sheraton, Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Trevally on hard bodies lures between Chambers Island and the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Quality tailor on sunset and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Try for dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Brad Matthews Coral Trout

Brad Matthews with some coronation and coral trout caught off Double Island Point in 50 to 60m of water, about 115kms from Mooloolaba, recently.

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