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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: Friday 2013-03-15

Noosa: Bream, whiting, flathead and trevally around the frying pan and the river mouth. Bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and around the structures in the sound. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: The water is really clearing up on the incoming tide. Whiting and trevally from Twin Waters, at Picnic Point and inside the river mouth. Flathead and grunter bream in the Canals. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river system.

Kawana: Whiting in the sand basin and in the good gutters along the beach that have formed at the end of Pt Cartwright Drive. Bream and the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Mud crabs including plenty of big females that must be returned in the canals and throughout the river.

Caloundra: A few bigger bream from the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting opposite Bells Creek. Whiting and grunter in Coochin Creek mouth. Mud crabs in the creeks.

 

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-03-14

Noosa: Bream, whiting, flathead and trevally around the frying pan and the river mouth. Bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Mangrove jack in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: Whiting from Twin Waters, at Picnic Point and inside the river mouth. Flathead and grunter bream in the Canals. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river system.

Kawana: Whiting in the sand basin. Bream and the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Bream from the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting opposite Bells Creek. Whiting and grunter in Coochin Creek mouth. Mud crabs in the creeks.

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Josh Tarrant was fishing in his new boat around Goat and Channel Island for his birthday when he caught several good whiting and a grunter bream.

Fishing Feature: Whiting Anglers Love Clearer Water 2013-03-14

As the muddy waters clear and the rain eases, anglers welcome back an absent species who has lay low since the wild weather started on Australia Day; the summer whiting! Many of us tuned up the long whippy whiting rod in preparation for a long summer targeting one of Queensland's most sought after succulent-tasting, sporting species. Instead the season ended abruptly when the big wet set in and these often timid and wary fish sought salvation in the big blue ocean! Luckily the salt content of the local rivers and estuaries is almost restored to normal and we can happily welcome the whiting back.

If you need a reminder of what to look for in a summer/sand whiting, then read on. Sand whiting (Sillago ciliata), also known as summer whiting and blue-nosed whiting is mostly silver in colour with an olive green to light brown back. They have 15 to 17 soft rays on their anal fin and a conspicuous black dot at the base of the pectoral fin The ventral and anal fins are light yellow in colour, but this is not to be confused with the golden bands along the body of the Golden-lined whiting which anglers often misidentify. Sand whiting have been known to grow to a length of over 50 cm and a weight in excess of one kilo, however in local waters weigh-ins range from 300g to 750g most commonly. The minimum legal length is 23 cm and there is a combined bag limit of 30 across all whiting species.

Where to go: Whiting tend to forage for crustaceans and worms in water from a few centimetres in depth to the edge of a deep drop-off. Sunshine Coast waters are plentiful in structures and natural formations which appeal to the hungry sand whiting. Sand whiting feed in areas where the tide current helps them burrow for food and likely spots are working sand ripples, tailing sand banks, shallow and deep weed beds, over yabby beds, over sand flats where soldier crabs are found and even up under the mangrove roots. Any shallow beach gutter with an incoming tide can also fish well for whiting especially in times when the swell is quite calm and the water is crystal clear. Don't expect too much action from a whiting in dirty, weedy water or if the wind is up.

In Noosa, try the Frying Pan, Munna Point, Tewantin stretch, between the Lakes and those beautiful gutters that stretch as far as the eye can see from the first cutting northwards along the North Shore. Heading down the coastline; Marcus Beach to Stumers Creek at Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola and Mudjimba Beaches all provide nice gutters for whiting fishing during the day. In the Maroochy River; Cotton Tree, the Black Bank by Twin Waters jetty, shallow banks between Channel Island and Picnic Point, Godfreys Road and the mud flats found in Eudlo and Petrie Creeks are all notorious hot spots for this silver-coloured sortafter species. Further south in the Mooloolah and Kawana areas; the stretch along La Balsa Park to the canals works well during the week when there's less boating traffic, along the yabbie banks upstream of McKenzie's bridge and throughout the upper Mooloolah River are all highly recommended. Lastly in the Pumicestone Passage, hit spots like Coochin Creek, 'The Skids', Pelican Waters and Golden Beach are worth heading.

Bait to use: Favourite foods for a hungry whiting include yabbies, crabs, solder crabs, mussels, worms and prawns. Fresh or live is always best, however whiting can be likened to bream in the way they will snack on anything dead or alive. A variety of small hard-body poppers, minnows and prawn-shaped resin lures have been successful substitutes to bait. Soft plastics are also very much tailored towards whiting fishing these days with the likes of Berkley PowerBaits in bloodworm and sandworm varieties plus 2-inch Berkley Gulps in natural brown colours or fairly clear grubs varieties as well.

Use the tide current or a slow wind to keep the bait or lure moving so there is less chance of being taken by a sneaky bream. Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide. Work your way up to the top of lower or mid way up the middle reaches and once the tide turns work your back down towards the mouth on the ebb tide. If you can fish when the tides running strong at dawn, dusk or overnight your chances of catching big whiting increase greatly.

If fishing from a boat, anchor in shallow water and move often to follow the rising tide over the shallows. Cast the bait up current and allow the current to sweep it back past the boat and out to the full length of line which was originally cast. Drifting is another option providing there is not too much wind. By its nature drifting keeps the bait moving and gives good area coverage if looking for the fish. When drifting, always note where the fish are caught as the school may be feeding within a limited range and the drift can be shortened to concentrate on the most productive location.

So get out on the next making or falling tide and take a nice cold beer, wide-brim hat, zinc and pretend that Summer is still in full swing - aim to get another month of action out of your whippy whiting rod and welcome the whiting back!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-03-13

Noosa: After the New Moon there will be some good fish feeding activity for the next few days, but take extra care with the big tides and swells. Bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Mangrove jack in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: The water is beginning to clear in the river on the incoming tide, so best to fish the lower river and where the clean water meets the dirty runoff. Whiting from Twin Waters, at Picnic Pt and inside the river mouth. Flathead and grunter bream in the Canals. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river system.

Kawana: Be ready for lighter winds and fine weather on tomorrow and Saturday and possibly early Sunday. Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals. Big tides have the crabs on the move.

Caloundra: Strong winds big swells and new moon high tides will keep you in sheltered waters. A few mud crabs from all the creeks, Lake Currimundi and the passage . Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek.

 

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2013-03-12

Noosa: After yesterdays New Moon there will be some good fish feeding activity for the next few days, but take extra care with the big tides and swells. Bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch and in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: The water is beginning to clear in the river on the incoming tide, so best to fish the lower river and where the clean water meets the dirty runnoff. Whiting from Twin Waters, at Picnic Pt and inside the river mouth. Flathead and grunter bream in the Canals. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river system.

Kawana: Be ready for lighter winds and fine weather on Friday and Saturday and possibly early Sunday. Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals. Big tides have the crabs on the move.

Caloundra: Strong winds big swells and new moon high tides will keep you in sheltered waters.A few mud crabs from all the creeks, Lake Currimundi and the passage . Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek.

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There have been a few good muddies flushed out into all local rivers like Shaun Guy's quality male crab.

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