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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 2018-05-09

Offshore

Winds will be pretty good particularly early with variable about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning with seas below 1 metre. Okay conditions through out the morning tomorrow with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. While conditions are good get out and try for some spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. On Trekka 2's charter to North  and Sunshine Reef's the crews caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, nice size snapper and Moses perch. Yesterday, Sunshine Reef has also had  nice coral trout and grass sweetlip.  A few cobia, quality Spanish mackerel, Long tail tuna out from Sunshine Reef, off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. 

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs still about in the the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Try for tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole. A 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree overnight recently. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still a few mud crabs in the upper river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding around the bar and throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Jeff Hirning with a nice buck crab from up Petrie Creek.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-05-08

Offshore

Winds easing back a little with east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending east to southeasterly during the morning with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Better conditions tomorrow with winds southerly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening and seas below 1 metre, so be ready to go and hit the reefs. When conditions improve get out and try for some spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting, tailor, flathead, a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Herring are schooling up again. Several good tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole and along Oyster Bank Road, as well as a 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree over night. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Jeff Hirning with some good tailor off Oyster Bank Road area above the Motorway Bridge .

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-05-05

Offshore

Good conditions early morning before the change then strengthening winds making it rough in the afternoon with winds today variable about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then shifting southeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 0.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.Tomorrow conditions will be rough so stay in sheltered waters with winds southeasterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres.  Spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. 

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Get ready its nearly time for the luderick to be on around the rocks near the river mouth. Also good whiting, tailor, flathead, a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Herring are schooling up again. Several good tailor yesterday, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole and along Oyster Bank Road, as well as a 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree over night. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Check out Matthew Planck with one of his nice tailor caught on lure yesterday morning, near the Cod Hole.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-05-04

Offshore

At last, conditions have eased right back with winds today northeast to northwesterly about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre. So be ready to go,because unfortunately winds will increasing Saturday afternoon and more on Sunday to be a southeasterly around 25 knots. Tomorrow conditions will only be okay early morning before strengthening. Go for Spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Out and around Hervey Bay

May is typically the transition time between the summer and winter species, so be ready to go for snapper, jew, tailor, bream whiting and luderick, however there will still be plenty of mackeral, tuna, threadfin and good mud crabs to be taken. Longtail and mack tuna and a few good spotty mackerel have been taken in Platypus Bay. There have been few coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good cod, tusk fish, and mackerel on the inshore reefs. Coral trout, moses perch, nannygai, tuskfish and spanish mackerel on the reefs out from Roonies. Great Sandy Strait, is producing, Barramundi, and threadfin salmon 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 a few barred and school mackerel around the Urangan Pier/Jetty. Banana prawns are running out from Maaroom, Boonooroo, Poona and Ungowa. For more information on fishing the Bay check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Target dart, whiting, bream, trevally and chopper tailor and jew at night 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, good schools of banana prawns and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Try for whiting, bream, flathead and dart up around Inskip Point. Target jew particularly at night and tailor in the gutters and go for 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, 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. Also ther has been excellent catches of Barramundi in Lake Monduran. In the local dams closer to home there have been reports of good bass and yellobelly caught on soft plastics, on blades, tail spinners and TN's. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly particully on Jackall tn60 lures. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. 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.

Noosa: Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the riverMud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: School jew, queenfish, bream and big trevally in the Cod Hole. Flathead in good numbers around Chambers Island and Picnic Point . Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Trevally, queenfish and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canals and local creeks that feed into the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Check out Bob Cooper with his big buck mud crab taken in the Maroochy River.

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Cameron (Camo) Sullivan, with a feisty Queenfish taken from around the Motorway Bridge Pylons.

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Bill Conn landed this big 70cm diamond trevally at the Cod Hole and would have released it, only after a long fight on light gear it would not have survived.

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Have a look at the great fish taken by the crew on Rainbow Escape Charters on a recent trip of Double Island Point

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Jake Stewart with his crew catching and releasing beautiful Barramundi last weekend at Lake Monduran. See more pictures and video of these quality catches on the Southern Queensland Fishing, facebook page.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-05-03

Offshore

At last, conditions are easing back with today's winds south to southeasterly about 10 knots, tending easterly during the morning with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow conditions will ease right back even further and be perfect for going offshore with winds variable about 10 knots and seas below 0.5 metres. So as the wind drops right out be ready to go for Spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Snapper, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting and flathead, a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the riverMud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Try for jew, queenfish, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Trevally, queenfish and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canals and local creeks that feed into the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Check out Chrissie Bell from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club with her nice golden trevally taken on her kayak in the lower Maroochy River.

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