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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 2013-03-22

Noosa; Around the frying pan and river mouth try for quality bream, whiting, flathead and trevally. Good whiting by the Gympie Terrace area, while mangrove jack are biting in Noosa Waters and Goat Island has seen decent flathead. The first ski run in Tewantin gave the odd catch and release of school jew. The upper and middle reaches of the river system saw Mud Crabs.

Maroochydore: Whiting and flathead throughout the river from the south channel, the Goat and Channel island area, Twin Waters and inside the river mouth. Picnic Point has proven well with jew and grunter bream. With light winds the weekend will provide good conditions for offshore fishing particularly for a morning session. Buck mud crabs have been found throughout, especially in the middle reaches.

Kawana: Try in gutters along the beach and in the sand basin for whiting. Bream around the moorings and rock walls. Once again try the moorings areas for trevally as well as La Balsa Park. Mountain Creek area has shown mud crabs along with the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Red throat, large cod, mixed reef fish and red emperor are among the good catches on Caloundra Reefs. Bream from the boardwalk. Bells creek has given flathead, whiting and bream. Whiting and grunter in Coochin Creek mouth. Mud crabs in the creeks.

BenPierce40cm

Ben Pierce fished the Twin Waters area for this sizeable Grunter Bream reaching 40cm.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-03-21

Noosa; Worth trying for bream, whiting, flathead and trevally around the frying pan and the river mouth area. Along the Gympie Terrace stretch there's been was good whiting, while the bridge pylons of Noosa Waters has mangrove jack and flathead are on around Goat Island. Also the odd school jewfish was caught and released along the first ski run Tewantin. Mud crabs in the upper and middle reaches of the river system.

Maroochydore: The offshore conditions will be good today and particularly over the weekend with light winds and hopefully plenty of sunshine. A big jew was taken off Picnic Pt on Wednesday. Whiting and flathead from Twin Waters, the south channel, around Goat and Channel Island and inside the river mouth. A few good buck mud crabs still throughout the river system, particularly in the middle reaches.

Kawana: Whiting in the sand basin and worth trying the gutters along the beach. Bream and the moorings and rock walls. Try for Trevally and bream from La Balsa Park and moorings areas. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river, Mountain Creek area.

Caloundra: There have been good mixed reef fish, big cod, red emperor and red throat on Caloundra Reefs. 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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Lachlan Hutchinson a junior member of the Yandina Fishing Club fished the Cod Hole and Lower river for over a dozen quality whiting to 36cm.

Fishing Feature: The Cod Hole 2013-03-21

Ask any Sunshine Coast local where a top spot to fish is and they will list a string of locations, dependant on where they are from, but you can pretty much guarantee the Cod Hole is always in that list! No matter the tide, weather, time of day or night, this spot always rewards those who choose to fish there. Even when wet weather is forecast, the Cod Hole is still a favoured haunt, not just for its reliability for a bite, but possibly due to the 4 lane massive concrete and steel undercover shelter come fishing haven which you can fish and stay fairly dry year round.

The famous Cod Hole produces everything from bream to big jew and is synonymous with legendary record breakers and epic battles spoken of for generations. The Cod Hole originally was the area where the boat ramp is today. Local legend has it that water skiers in the 1950's who began a ski club in the area beside the boat ramp, seeing huge estuary cod in the water and deep holes of up to 6m which were once in the mud there.

Nowadays, the sand and mud has made it quite shallow there, and very few big cod can be found near the boat ramp, instead they have taken up residence in the deep holes and crevices surround the twin Motorway bridges. You could say it runs from the boat ramp in front of Maroochy Palms Caravan Park to downstream of the bridge by about 75m.

Most people that say they caught their fish in the Cod Hole fish within 50m either side of the Motorway Bridge, or even over along the northern banks along Godfreys and Oyster Bank Road, which runs parallel to the river from the Motorway to opposite Eudlo Creek. There is a rocky wall and step bank that fishes very well for bream and flathead.

Trevally and jew are the two main species on offer year round in the Cod Hole and can be caught on live bait, hardbody lures or soft plastics worked around the bridge pylons. Trolled deep diving lures around the top of the tide will also produce trevally, flathead and occasional jew. Fish live bait at night for best jew results.

Jewfish move around a lot in winter months following the annual migration of tailor and sea mullet. They feed in the gutters off the beach and venture into the deeper holes and around structures like the Motorway Bridge to feed up on smaller tiger and bully mullet. Either side of the new and full moon phases will always be a good time to target trevally and even the odd cod. There's often plenty of school jew in the river systems of the Sunshine Coast, it is well worth grabbing your rod and heading out on the water to chase them. School jew or soapies as they are commonly known as, are just juvenile jew ranging between 2 and 5kg, best practice is to return these babies to the water to live and breed. Just keep in mind jew do have a minimum size limit of 75cm and bag limit of 2 in Queensland.

Tackle and Rigs: With big hard fighting fish like jew, cod and even the larger of the trevally species, you are going to need better than normal equipment to avoid break offs and lost fish. Use at least 10kg main line, 1m of 20-30kg high abrasion resistant leader, strong black crane style swivels, size 4 to 6 ball sinkers and size 6/0 to 8/0 chemically sharpened suicide style hooks. Strong chemically sharpened hooks are required to penetrate the jew's hard bones and cartilage in their mouths. Abrasion resistant leader is required to with stand gill plates, rakers and numerous sharp teeth.

Finally, be prepared to share this great spot with many other avid amateur and seasoned fisher folk, as with many legends and stories of fishing greatness, everyone wants to share a piece of the action!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-03-20

Noosa; Worth trying for bream, whiting, flathead and trevally around the frying pan and the river mouth area. Along the Gympie Terrace stretch there's been was good whiting, while the bridge pylons of Noosa Waters has mangrove jack and flathead are on around Goat Island. Also the odd school jewfish was caught and released along the first ski run Tewantin. Mud crabs in the upper and middle reaches of the river system.

Maroochydore: The offshore conditions should be good tomorrow and particularly over the weekend with light winds and hopefully plenty of sunshine. Whiting and flathead from Twin Waters, the south channel, around Goat and Channel Island and inside the river mouth. A few good buck mud crabs still throughout the river system, particularly in the middle reaches.

Kawana: Whiting in the sand basin and worth trying the gutters along the beach. Bream and the moorings and rock walls. Try for Trevally and bream from La Balsa Park and moorings areas. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river, Mountain Creek area.

Caloundra: There have been good mixed reef fish, big cod, red emperor and red throat on Caloundra Reefs. Bream from the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting opposite Bells Creek. Whiting and grunter in Coochin Creek mouth. Mud crabs in the creeks.

Red emperor 4kg and red throat emperor 2kg

The Crews on Top Catch Charters caught a solid 4kg Red Emperor and several nice Red Throat off Caloundra Wide last weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2013-03-19

Noosa; Bream, whiting, flathead and trevally around the frying pan and the river mouth. Along the Gympie Terrace stretch there's been was good whiting, while the bridge pylons of Noosa Waters has mangrove jack and flathead are on around Goat Island. Also the odd school jewfish was caught and released along the first ski run Tewantin. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Maroochydore: The windy conditions should start to improve today but tomorrow morning will be hopefully be lighter. There have been cobia and good spangled emperor was taken on Murphy's before the windy conditions. Whiting and flathead from Twin Waters, at Picnic Point and inside the river mouth. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river system.

Kawana: Whiting in the sand basin and worth trying the gutters along the beach. 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: Stick to sheltered waters again today, but check out the big cod taken on the local reef. Bream from the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting opposite Bells Creek. Whiting and grunter in Coochin Creek mouth. Mud crabs in the creeks.

Estuary Cod up to 11kg

The Crews on Top Catch Charters caught these quality estuary cod to 11kg on Caloundra Wide over the weekend.

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