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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2019-10-22

Offshore: Conditions easing back but still will be choppy today with winds will be southeasterly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning, reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore. Tomorrows conditions will be okay early ahead of the sea breeze with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly and reaching 15 to 20 knots inshore with afternoon sea breezes. and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the afternoon. North Reef has had jew, cobia, snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. Spotty mackerel and coral trout from Sunshine Reef. Spangled emperor, venus tuskfish and small snapper from Murphy's reef. Snapper, mack tuna and moses perch from Coolum Reef. Snapper and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead throughout the lower river and in Weyba Creek. An 86cm flathead was caught and released in the lower estuary over the weekend. Giant trevally, queenfish and flathead in Woods Bays. Whiting from the river mouth and the frying pan. Flathead, queenfish and bream along the Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Whiting in the lower river. Plenty of school jew around the 60cm size, feeding in the river mangrove jack, trevally and tailor in the Cod Hole. Big flathead in the middle river and around the creek mouths. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Mud crabs potted up the creeks and middle river.

Mooloolaba: Whiting from Mountain Creek and the La Balsa sand basin. Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Flathead and trevally in Mooloolaba Canals. Cod and trevally from Kawana Waters. Bream and jack from the Parrearra Weir.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and bream from golden beach. Flathead along the drop off on the ebb tide. Trevally, cod and mangrove jack in the creeks and Pelican Waters. Few mud crabs in the creeks.

Allan Buxton 55cm Dusky

Allan Buxton with a 55cm dusky flathead keeper for his dinner taken Sunday evening at Yinni Street.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2019-10-21

Offshore: Winds will be Southeasterly at 20 to 25 knots, easing to 15 to 20 knots south of Maroochydore in the late evening, with 1.5 to 2.5 metre seas. North Reef has had jew, cobia, snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. Spotty mackerel and coral trout from Sunshine Reef. Spangled emperor, venus tuskfish and small snapper from Murphy's reef. Snapper, mack tuna and moses perch from Coolum Reef. Snapper and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big flathead throughout the lower river and in Weyba Creek. Giant trevally, queenfish and flathead in Woods Bays. Whiting from dog beach, river mouth and the frying pan. Flathead, queenfish and bream along the Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Whiting in the lower river. School jew, mangrove jack, trevally and tailor in the Cod Hole. Big flathead in the middle river and around the creek mouths. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Mud crabs potted up the creeks and middle river.

Mooloolaba: Whiting from Mountain Creek and the La Balsa sand basin. Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Flathead and trevally in Mooloolaba Canals. Cod and trevally from Kawana Waters. Bream and jack from the Parrearra Weir.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and bream from golden beach. Flathead along the drop off on the ebb tide. Trevally, cod and mangrove jack in the creeks and Pelican Waters. Few mud crabs in the creeks.

AriInnestuskfish 

Young Ari Innes was fishing with his family on Murphy's Reef when he landed this nice venus tusk fish.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2019-10-19

Offshore: Great conditions for most of the day with a bit of chop in the evening, with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening. Tomorrow will be choppy conditions still with winds picking up from a northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southeasterly 20 to 25 knots during the morning and seas also rising to 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. So be ready to go as the fish have been on local reefs recently! A monster 25kg cobia was caught at North Reef. Also at North Reef there's been jew along with quality snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. Double Island Point there's been good snapper plus amberjack, plenty of tuskies and some gold spot wrasse. Sunshine Reef big tusk fish, grass sweetlip and cobia. Spangled emperor, snapper, amberjack and yellowtail kingfish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, tusk fish and tuna from Mooloolaba 8 and 12 mile reefs.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: There have been plenty of quality dusky flathead taken throughout the river over the past week, many of them released in the 65cm to 86cm range. Trevally and queenfish in Woods Bay. Whiting from dog beach, river mouth and the frying pan. Flathead, queenfish and bream between the lakes and along Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring bait fish now moving into the lower river system with chopper tailor and trevally feeding on them, particularly around Chambers Island on high tide. Quality flathead in Eudlo Creek and in the Northern Channel and whiting from Cotton Tree. Jew around the Cod Hole most released as under size, off the beaches and at Yaroomba. Big flathead in the middle river. Golden, giant trevally and Queenfish around the motorway bridge. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Mud crabs potted up the creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Schools of herring bait fish now moving into the lower river systems. Whiting from Mountain Creek and the La Balsa sand basin. Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Flathead and trevally in Mooloolaba Canals. Cod and trevally from Kawana Waters. Bream and jack from the Parrearra Weir.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and bream from golden beach. Flathead in the deeper channels of the northern passage and in the mouth of Coochin Creek. Trevally, cod and mangrove jack in the bcreeks and Pelican Waters. Few mud crabs in the creeks.

Alex Knight flathead 55cm 

Alex Knight has been having some fun catching flathead to 55cm, trolling a Trollcraft red head silver body lure (In store @Swan Boat Hire) in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2019-10-17

Offshore: Strong Wind Warning for Today in Sunshine Coast Waters. So best to stay in Port today and fish the river systems, with rough conditions with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots, increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the late morning and afternoon. Winds turning northwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the late evening with seas 2 to 3 metres. Tomorrow will be choppy conditions still with winds winds northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southeasterly during the morning as a trough moves northwards. Winds tending easterly during the afternoon with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore. When conditions improve be ready to go as the fish have been on local reefs recently! A monster 25kg cobia was caught at North Reef on Sunday. Also at North Reef there's been jew along with quality snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. Double Island Point there's been good snapper plus amberjack, plenty of tuskies and some gold spot wrasse. Sunshine Reef big tusk fish, grass sweetlip and cobia. Spangled emperor, snapper, amberjack and yellowtail kingfish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, tusk fish and tuna from Mooloolaba 8 mile reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: There have been plenty of quality dusky flathead taken throughout the river over the past week, many of them released in the 65cm to 86cm range. Trevally and queenfish in Woods Bay. Whiting from dog beach, river mouth and the frying pan. Flathead, queenfish and bream between the lakes and along Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Quality flathead in Eudlo Creek and in the Northern Channel and whiting from Cotton Tree. Jew around the Cod Hole, off the beaches and at Yaroomba. Big flathead in the middle river. Golden, giant trevally and Queenfish yesterday morning around the motorway bridge. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Mud crabs potted up the creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Schools of herring bait fish now moving into the lower river systems. Whiting from Mountain Creek and the La Balsa sand basin. Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Flathead and trevally in Mooloolaba Canals. Cod and trevally from Kawana Waters. Bream and jack from the Parrearra Weir.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and bream from golden beach. Flathead in the deeper channels of the northern passage and in the mouth of Coochin Creek. Trevally, cod and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters. Few mud crabs in the creeks.

Allan Buxton Released 

Local angler Allan Buxton, released this fish Tuesday night and has been catching and releasing several under size jew on dusk at Yinni Street over the past week.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2019-10-16

Offshore: Choppy to rough conditions particularly later in the afternoon and evening as, winds today will be ortherly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and reaching up to 25 knots in the evening with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow will be pretty ordinary conditions as well with choppy to rough conditions from the northerlies as winds will be northerly 15 to 25 knots turning northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening with seas well up there at 1.5 to 2.5 metres. When conditions improve be ready to go as the fish have been on local reefs recently! Joel Hautala caught a monster 25kg cobia at North Reef on Sunday. Also at North Reef there's been jew along with quality snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. Double Island Point there's been good snapper to about 4kg, plus amberjack, plenty of tuskies and some gold spot wrasse. Sunshine Reef big tusk fish, grass sweetlip and cobia. Spangled emperor, snapper, amberjack and yellowtail kingfish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, tusk fish and tuna from Mooloolaba 8 mile reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: There have been plenty of quality dusky flathead taken throughout the river over the past week, many of them released in the 65cm to 86cm range. Trevally and queenfish in Woods Bay. Whiting from dog beach, river mouth and the frying pan. Flathead, queenfish and bream between the lakes and along Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Quality flathead ain Eudlo Creek and in the Northern Channel and whiting from Cotton Tree. Quality jew off the beaches and at Yaroomba. Big flathead in the middle river. Golden and giant trevally under the motorway bridge. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Mud crabs potted up the creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting from Mountain Creek and the La Balsa sand basin. Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Flathead and trevally in Mooloolaba Canals. Cod and trevally from Kawana Waters. Bream and jack from the Parrearra Weir.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead and bream from golden beach. Flathead in the deeper channels of the northern passage and in the mouth of Coochin Creek. Trevally, cod and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters. Few mud crabs in the creeks.

Finn Horton Stephens 

Keen Local angler Finn Horton-Stephens with one of the quality dusky flathead he caught and released in the Maroochy River last weekend.

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