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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

The Weekly Fishing Feature will be updated by THURSDAY along with the top fish photos of the week.

The daily Fishing Report and Catch of the Day photo will be updated DAILY, this is the same information which features in the sports section of the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-03-28

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. So expect conditions to be very rough for next few days so check conditions before going offshore and be prepared to stay only in sheltered waters, with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots early in the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots during the day with seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Tomorrow will be similar with winds forecast to be southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. and seas and swells still up there around 1.5 to 2.5 metres.  When conditions improve over Easter be ready to go and chase a few coral trout, cod, snapper, tusk fish and hussar from the Hards. Trout, snapper and tusk fish from the Banks. Dolphin fish, pearl perch and pig fish from Caloundra Wide. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail Tuna from Sunshine, Halls, Coolum Reef, the NW fairway beacon and the Blinker.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead in the 50 to 78cm range. A few queenfish, trevally and mangrove jack from Munna Point. Trevally and flathead in Woods Bays. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Mangrove jack, bream and golden Trevally in the cod hole. Bream, whiting and flathead along the Twin Waters stretch. Golden Trevally whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Goat and Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Bream and Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth. Cale Cale and golden Trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and sand and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. With Easter Saturdays Full Moon be prepared to chase a few jew in the gutters along the beaches and in the deeper holes of the northern passage right thtough Easter. Golden and giant Trevally in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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DavidSchouwenburg57cmUpperRiver

David Schouwenburg, was working hard body lures when I hooked up a nice 57cm dusky flathead in upper reaches of Maroochy river.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-03-26

Offshore

Winds will be East to northeasterly at 10 to 15 knots, with seas around the 1m meter mark and swells form the east at 1-1.5 m  , increasing to 1.5 - 2 metres offshore. Trout, cod, snapper, tusk fish and hussar from the Hards. Trout, snapper and tusk fish from the Banks. Dolphin fish, pearl perch and pig fish from Caloundra Wide. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail Tuna from Sunshine, Halls, Coolum Reef, the NW fairway beacon and the Blinker.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead in the 50 to 78cm range. Queenfish, Trevally and mangrove jack from Munna Point. Trevally and flathead in Woods Bays. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Mangrove jack, bream and golden Trevally in the cod hole. Bream, whiting and flathead along the Twin Waters stretch. Golden Trevally whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Goat and Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Bream and Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth. Cale Cale and golden Trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. School jew in the deeper holes of the northern passage. Golden and giant Trevally in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Bailey Kenny Cale Cale Trevally

Bailey Kenny with a solid Cale Cale Trevally taken on lure in the Mooloolah River around Minyama Island.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-03-24

Offshore

Conditions easing back through the day but still remain choppy with winds easterly 15 to 20 knots, seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon and swells easterly 2 metres. Tomorrows conditions will ease back much further with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening and seas around 1 metre and still a solid swell decreasing in the afternoon. So Sunday and Monday be ready to chase a few tuna, mackerel, other pelagic and some good reef fish that are feeding along the coast, like spotty and Spanish mackerel and tuna and long tail tuna from the Blinker. Cobia, tuna, snapper and grass sweetlip from Caloundra 12 mile. There were  good catches of quality coral trout along with a few grass sweetlip, cod and a Spanish mackerel on Sunshine Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead in the 50 to 66cm range. Whiting, a few golden trevally and jack to 55cm in the lower river. This week a 42cm bream taken around Noosaville Boat Ramp. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Target mangrove jack in the upper river system around snaggy areas particularly in and Petrie Creek. Bream, grunter, whiting and flathead the motorway bridge and Twin Waters. Golden Trevally whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Goat and Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Bream and Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth and Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Try for whiting, flathead and bream in Currimundi Lake. A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Alexander Milne

Have a look at Alexander Milne caught and release this beautiful dusky flathead at his favourite fishing spot near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-03-23

Offshore

Best to stay in port today, with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Conditions will improve during the weekend, maybe Saturday afternoon, particularly Sunday and of course, Monday, ready for back to work, so get prepared to wait it out before you can chase a few tuna, mackerel, other pelagic and some good reef fish that are feeding along the coast. As conditions improve be prepared to try local reef, like North and Sunshine Reef for moses perch, tusk fish, Maori cod, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod, including snapper, cobia and coral trout. Spotty and Spanish mackerel and plenty of tuna and long tail tuna from the Blinker. Cobia, tuna, snapper and grass sweetlip from Caloundra 12 mile. From east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island you can expect some excellent catches of big cod, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi, while there are also large good size cod being fairly active on the closer in reefs.

Out and around Hervey Bay:

Conditions settle down for the weekend particularly Sunday so have a go in Platypus Bay for longtail and mack tuna, golden trevally, queenfish, school and spotted mackerel. There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good quality cod, tusk fish, queenfish, big golden trevally and mackerel on the inshore reefs and around the islands and deeper ledges throughout the Bay. Great Sandy Strait, is producing, Barramundi, and threadfin salmon have been the main targets, around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi, bream, grunter, whiting and Mangrove Jack in the lower Burrum River. There’s queenfish, golden trevally and giant Trevally and the Urangan Pier, giant trevally have been taken out the end and have been a challenge to land as usual.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Always best to travel closer to low tide as possible. Target dart, whiting, trevally and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good grunter bream and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Try for bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for whiting, bream, flathead, Trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and a few good muddies. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. A few good flathead, bream trevally and mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: In the Dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting surface lures and fly. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. Please have a look at the flyer for Monduran Dams Sponsor a Barra social weekend from April 6th to the 8th and book now for a fun weekend!

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead to 66cm. Whiting, trevally and jack in the lower river. A 42cm bream taken around Noosaville Boat Ramp. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Bream, grunter, whiting and flathead the motorway bridge and Twin Waters. Golden Trevally whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Got and Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Bream and Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth and Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Try for whiting, flathead and bream in Currimundi Lake. A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Alexander Milne

Have a look at Alexander Milne caught and release this beautiful dusky flathead at his favourite fishing spot near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.

CodHoleFishing Comp

Make sure you Bookmark this special event, The Cod Hole Fishing Comp in early July.

Darby Small 1kg channel island

Darby Small with a feisty golden trevalla caught around Goat and Channell Island in the Maroochy River

Bikini Girl Borumba

Bikini Girl

Nicknamed “Bikini Girl” in the group, Allison McDonald here catching quality yellow belly at Borumba Dam, is a passionate Angler and always is a tough competitor for her male counter parts when fishing.

David Mc Donald Borumba

Also partner David McDonald with another yellowbelly on the same day. Checkout Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page for more Dam information.

Allison Mcdonald with Bass at Borumba

Allison Mcdonald again with a good bass at Borumba same trip

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RainbowRed St Patricks weekend

Nice Red taken by a crew member on Rainbow Escape Charters on St Patricks Day last weekend of Double Island.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-03-22

Offshore

Best to stay in port today, with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots turning easterly in the evening, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrows conditions will also be similar  with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Conditions will improve during the weekend, maybe Saturday afternoon, particularly Sunday and of course Monday, ready for back to work, so get prepared to wait it out before you can chase a few tuna, mackerel, other pelagic and some good reef fish that are  feeding along the coast.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead to 66cm. Whiting, trevally and jack in the lower river. A 42cm bream taken around Noosaville Boat Ramp. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Bream, grunter, whiting and flathead the motorway bridge and Twin Waters. Golden Trevally whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Got and Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Bream and Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth and Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Try for whiting, flathead and bream in Currimundi Lake. A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Brendan Murray Odyssey Cod

Keen Angler, Brendan Murray on board Odyssey Charters out of Mooloolaba last weekend with a quality cod.

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