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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: Thursday 2013-09-12

Noosa: Hard fighting hairtail to 1m with massive teeth have been caught in the lower river. Whiting up to 35cm throughout the lower river. Bream, flathead and trevally at the mouth and in Woods Bay. Flathead in Weyba Creek and at Tewantin. Try for Mangrove jack between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Heaps of herring in the Cod Hole. Whiting to 35 cm of the banks in the lower river. Flathead in the mid 50's, whiting and bream from Coolum Creek and Bli Bli, yesterday. Trevally and flathead at the mouth of Eudlo Creek. A few mud crabs showing up in the upper and middle river. Whiting and bream in Petrie Creek.

Kawana: Bream, flathead and whiting along the beaches. Bream, tailor and trevally in the lower river. Tailor off the rocks walls. Sand crabs in the lower Mooloolah river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream and dart from Currimundi Beach. Bream in the blue hole and off the boardwalk. Some big whiting to 40cm between Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells. Queenfish and Trevally on the move in the Pelican Waters canals.

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Robert Whiting Cod Hole Trevally

Robert Whiting fished the Cod Hole area for good fighting trevally earlier in the week.

Fishing Feature: Bass are back

After a long wait, we can welcome back one the chance to target one of the Coast's favourite freshwater species in the creeks, lakes and dams within arms reach. The Australian Bass as a species had been off limits between 1 June 2013 and 31 August to protect the species during its breeding cycle. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) District Manager Brett Depper said that now September has arrived, anglers can return to their favourite spot to catch Aussie Bass.
"It's important to remember that size and possession limits apply. The minimum size is 30cm and the possession limit is two.

"The annual closure period is vital to protecting Australian bass during vulnerable times and is aligned to their breeding cycle within Queensland's southeast river systems," he said.

"Australian bass are a migratory species and head downstream to spawn within brackish systems each year.

"The closed season is an important measure that allows stocks to replenish to ensure there are sustainable fisheries for current and future generations of Queensland anglers."

Mr Depper said fishers were able to continue catching bass during the closed season at the State's Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) dams.

"A number of the SIPS dams and weirs did not have closed season restrictions and many were filled with good supplies of Australian bass," he said.

"Fishers can enjoy year-round fishing at any of the State's SIPS dams by purchasing a permit.

"Money from the permits goes towards restocking the dams and helping to sustain native fish stocks."

Bass are partial to a wide variety of lures and attack options offered by creative retrievals of hard body lures and soft plastics. Surface lures have proven to be one of the most effective ways to hook these semi aggressive fish.

When targeting Bass, look in reasonably shallow water with large amounts of overhanging structure that you can cast up against. When casting you want to get your lure as close to the structure as possible while keeping a good distance so not to spook the fish. When chasing these fish on soft plastics try to use plastics that resemble small insects or fish such as the gulp shrimps, atomic prongs or the Z-man shrimps. Try to use as light a jig head as possible when fishing these plastic to allow the plastic to sink slowly in the water, hidden weighted jig heads are ideal because they allow the plastic to sink evenly in the water column instead of darting down.

For bibbed hard body lures use shallow running bibbed lures that dive to only a couple feet, this keeps the lure out of the weeds and snags and in the strike zone. After casting the lure up into the structure let it pause for a few seconds to allow the lure to float to the surface and sit there. Then commence the retrieve buy giving the rod tip few sharps rips to make the lure put out a small splash and dive a few feet down and follow with another pause to let the lure float back up to the surface.

For more information about Australian bass, closed seasons or SIPS visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au.

Corey Bass

On a recent fish to Lake MacDonald young Corey Schembri caught Australian bass with a river2sea CC60 lure.

Sharky Shembri Bass

Sharky Shembri also loves using soft plastics to target Bass in local waters.

Bass minimum size 30cm

Remember the minimum size for Bass in Queensland is 30cm with a bag limit if 2 per angler.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-09-11

Noosa: There was a 1 metre long Hairtail caught in the lower river on Monday night. Whiting up to 35cm throughout the lower river. Bream, flathead and trevally at the mouth and in Woods Bay. Flathead in Weyba Creek and at Tewantin. Try for Mangrove jack between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 35 cm of the banks in the lower river. Flathead in the mid 50's, whiting and bream from Coolum Creek and Bli Bli, yesterday. Trevally and flathead at the mouth of Eudlo Creek. A few mud crabs showing up in the upper and middle river. Whiting and bream in Petrie Creek.

Kawana: Bream, flathead and whiting along the beaches. Bream, tailor and trevally in the lower river. Tailor off the rocks walls. Sand crabs in the lower Mooloolah river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream and dart from Currimundi Beach. Bream in the blue hole and off the boardwalk. Some big whiting to 40cm between Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells. It's good to see Queenfish and Trevally on the move in the Pelican Waters canals.

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Breanna Noffke Whiting Pumicestone Passage

Breanna Noffke fished the top end of the Pumicestone Passage with her family taking whiting up to 40cm.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2013-09-10

Noosa: There was a 1 metre long Hairtail caught in the lower river on Monday night. Whiting up to 35cm throughout the lower river. Bream, flathead and trevally at the mouth and in Woods Bay. Flathead in Weyba Creek and at Tewantin. Try for Mangrove jack between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 35 cm of the banks in the lower river. Flathead in the mid 50's, whiting and bream from the creek mouths and Bli Bli. Trevally and flathead at the mouth of Eudlo Creek. A few mud crabs showing up in the upper and middle river. Whiting and bream in Petrie Creek.

Kawana: Bream, flathead and whiting along the beaches. Bream, tailor and trevally in the lower river. Tailor off the rocks walls. Sand crabs in the lower Mooloolah river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream and dart from Currimundi Beach. Bream in the blue hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 40cm between Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells. It's good to see Queenfish and Trevally on the move in the Pelican Waters canals.

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83cm nobby

Eric Frei caught this quality snapper around 6.5kg, or 83cm long (my personal best). It took a slimy mackerel bait not a pillie, offshore Mooloolaba, Steve Dingle refers to my catch location as "spot X".

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2013-09-09

Noosa: Good quality snapper and cobia out on North Reef. Whiting up to 35cm throughout the lower river. Bream, flathead and trevally at the mouth and in Woods Bay. Flathead in Weyba Creek and at Tewantin. Try for Mangrove jack between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 35 cm of the banks in the lower river. Flathead in the mid 50's, whiting and bream from the creek mouths and Bli Bli. Trevally and flathead at the mouth of Eudlo Creek. A few mud crabs showing up in the upper and middle river. Whiting and bream in Petrie Creek.

Kawana: Snapper to 80cm from Murphy's and the 12 mile. Sweetlip and parrot on the gneerings. Bream, flathead and whiting along the beaches. Bream, tailor and trevally in the lower river. Tailor off the rocks walls. Sand crabs in the lower Mooloolah river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream and dart from Currimundi Beach. Bream in the blue hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 40cm between Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells. It's good to see Queenfish and Trevally on the move in the Pelican Waters canals.

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Bruce 54cm jew Bli Bli

Bruce Henricks caught and released this juvenile 54cm mulloway or jew at Bli Bli on Sunday

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