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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.

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Local Fishing Report: Monday 2013-05-27

Noosa: Looks like the wind is going to stay up for a few more days around 20kn mark. Try for tailor along the beaches at Dawn and Dusk. In Woods bay and the Tewantin stretch there have been good catches of Trevally. Flathead from the mouth and Tewantin stretch. A few good bream around 35cm form the mouth and Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Bream to 35cm and several good tailor to 70cm were caught in the river mouth. Trevally and the odd tailor throughout the river. Trevally and school jew around the motorway bridge pylons. Sand crabs in the channel above the motorway bridge.

Kawana: When the wind eases back in a couple of days it will be worth chasing a few snapper and mackerel in close in shore waters. Bream and Tarwhine up to 1kg along Kawana Beach. Good bream and a few golden trevally around the boats moorings. Around McKenzie's Bridge Bream and flathead.

Caloundra: Spotty mackerel on the 5 Mile reef. Flathead and tailor inside the bar and the tip of Bribie island. Trevally in Pelican Waters. Bream in the Blue Hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 39cm between Golden beach and Bells Creek. Try for sand crabs in the northern passage.

Trent 5kg Snapper at Caloundra 9 mile

Trent on a Top Catch Charters did well at Caloundra 5 Mile last week for this 5kg snapper.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2013-05-26

Noosa: Sweetlip and mackerel on little Halls Reef. From Woods bay and the Tewantin stretch catches of Trevally. Flathead from the mouth and Tewantin stretch. A few good bream around 30cm form the mouth and Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Queenfish, bream to 35cm and several good tailor were caught in the river mouth. Trevally and tailor throughout the river. Trevally and school jew around the motorway bridge pylons. Sand crabs in the channel above the motorway bridge.

Kawana: Bream and Tarwhine up to 1kg along Kawana Beach. Good bream and a few golden trevally around the boats moorings. Around McKenzie's Bridge Bream and flathead.

Caloundra: Spotty mackerel on the 5 Mile reef. Flathead and tailor inside the bar and the tip of Bribie island. Trevally in Pelican Waters. Bream in the Blue Hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 39cm between Golden beach and Bells Creek. Plenty of sand crabs in the northern passage.

Oddassy Barwon Banks Pearl Perch

The crew aboard Odyssey Charters have had a few good sessions at the Barwon Banks this week with a few solid pearl perch.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2013-05-25

Noosa: Sweetlip and mackerel on little Halls Reef. From Woods bay and the Tewantin stretch catches of Trevally. Flathead from the mouth and Tewantin stretch. A few good bream around 30cm form the mouth and Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Queenfish, bream to 35cm and several good tailor were caught in the river mouth. Trevally and tailor throughout the river. Trevally and school jew around the motorway bridge pylons. Sand crabs in the channel above the motorway bridge.

Kawana: Bream and Tarwhine up to 1kg along Kawana Beach. Good bream and a few golden trevally around the boats moorings. Around McKenzie's Bridge Bream and flathead.

Caloundra: Spotty mackerel on the 5 Mile reef. Flathead and tailor inside the bar and the tip of Bribie island. Trevally in Pelican Waters. Bream in the Blue Hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 39cm between Golden beach and Bells Creek. Plenty of sand crabs in the northern passage.

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David Nilon was fishing with pillies in the river when he caught this 53cm tailor this week.

Local Fishing Feature: Tailor Made Fishing - Friday 2013-05-24

The fish which terrorizes our beautiful surf gutters, dominates the deep channels of the estuaries on high tide and is also synonymous with speed and accuracy. That fish is the elite athlete of the sea – Pomatomus saltatrix or Tailor. Tailor are a sleek, slick and slippery specimen, with pale silvery green colourings along the back, silver on the belly and a distinctive forked tail. They grow to just over a meter in length and the biggest to top the scales that we know of was 14kg. They are well known for their large powerful jaws with sharp canine teeth.

Tailor dominate the surface water along Coastal Waters between Agnes Waters North Qld and Onslow in WA. Tailor come and go as conditions or food sources change, they travel in schools with the larger variety (green-backs) hanging along ocean beaches and the juveniles (choppers) entering estuaries in smaller schools. In Queensland the current minimum size for tailor is 35cm long and bag limits are set at 20 fish per angler.

Tailor are very sought after by both sporting angler and those of us who love to eat fish as they are one of the better tasting fish and also come with plenty of omega 3 oils! Be sure to bleed your fish on capture by breaking its neck. Boat anglers can catch tailor in the open ocean, but rocky headlands and ocean gutters, with plenty of white water on the outer edge are better spots. Dusk or early morning on a rising tide are excellent conditions but tailor can be caught through the day as well. So you are thinking that tailor sound like fun? Well choose where you would like to fish firstly and then gear up accordingly.

Beach fishing is a great way to target both greenbacks and chopper tailor. Before venturing onto the beach with rod and bucket in hand, it's wise to check out the surf conditions from a high vantage point. Observe how the waves are breaking, where the whitewash is forming and where the darker blue channels are. Gutters are where the fish will be moving. A gutter is recognised as a channel of deeper water, characterised by dark blue or green colours, and usually running parallel to the beach. Outer sand banks create gutters in front of them and as waves to break and make white wash the fish move freely as the white wash provides cover for them while also stirring up the sand and exposing food. Gutters are variable in length and can have an outlet back to the sea at one or both ends.

The ideal gutters to look for are narrow and well within casting distance to reach the outer bank. An angler can simply cast over the gutter landing on the shallower waters of the sand bank, and then slowly retrieve the bait back through the deeper waters of the gutter. This technique is known as bait spinning and is best done with a whole fish bait coupled with as little lead as possible. Fish can often be found where a gutter empties to the sea. The surge of water in and out, stirs up the sand and smaller bait fish are in a frenzied feeding race, unaware that a tailor is about to hit it faster than an overloaded and faulty braked steam train coming down a mountain. It's also worth keeping in mind that hard dumping waves are a sign that there is a sharp drop off which fish treat like a gutter by feeding along the edge of the drop off. It can be a bit harder to feel hits in these waves however.

Pilchards and metal slug lures are 'bait' of choice when on the beach. Length of rod is important to gain the most ground in a cast. I can strongly recommend using the Wilson 13'6" Seacoaster or Wilson 12' Heritage rod after many expeditions bringing happy tailor returns! These can be matched up with either an Alvey 700 model or a Surecatch Advance 570 Reel spooled up with 20lb mono and a meter of heavy mono or wire leader material.

Once kitted up and standing in front of a nice deep gutter, you will need a long cast to the white water breaking at the back of the gutter. As the bait lands and you turn your reel around to the retrieve position, give the bait a short, sharp flick to pull the bait to the surface as though it is gasping for air. This often attracts feeding fish and initiates a strike. Keep the line tight and use a slow and steady retrieve, occasionally flicking the rod backwards to invoke a darting sensation in your bait. When a fish hits, you will feel distinct bite and a movement either towards you with your line suddenly going slack or it will head away from you and your line will sing to you as it zips out. Slackening line requires you to pull the rod upright to make sure the hook is set. Keep the rod high to take the weight of the fish.

River fishing is quite different to beach fishing. Not only are the tailor smaller in size but they are only going to be in the rivers and creeks if they have chased in a school of baitfish. The best way to identify a school of moving baitfish is to watch for sea birds circling as they too follow baitfish as a food source. The baitfish, especially herring, make a slight ripple on the water's surface as they move with the current and this often resembles 'boiling' water. Casting lures or unweighted baits into these schools of bait is a classic tactic for having your bait hit by an unsuspecting tailor.

Unlike normal estuary fishing, where you wait in hope that a fish will smell your bait and have a nibble, lure or bait casting is the proactive way to attract the attention of a tailor. If planning to approach these schools by boat, it is also worth trolling feather jigs with sizable jigheads, metal slugs and even pilchard-like soft plastics. Poppers cast and retrieved as you walk along the bank of the river or slowly trolled behind the boat are also a big success.

 

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Neville Hopkins caught this 3.5 kg coral trout at the Gneerings on Wednesday.

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David Nilon suffered a vengeful bite to the thumb from an tailor he caught at the Cod Hole on Monday.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-05-23

Noosa: Trout and Mulloway to 8kg from North Reef. XXL Spanish mackerel and a few good trout on Sunshine Reef. From Woods bay and the Tewantin stretch catches of Trevally. Flathead from the mouth and Tewantin stretch. A few good bream around 30cm form the mouth and Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Trout, grass sweetlip and cod from Arkwright Shoal. A 106cm queenfish and several good tailor were caught in the river mouth. In the Maroochy waters canal and Twin Waters area bream to 42cm. Trevally and school jew around the motorway bridge pylons. A few big mud crabs and heaps of undersize bucks along the Bli Bli stretch.

Kawana: Bream and Tarwhine up to 1kg along Kawana Beach. Trout to 3.5kg and a few small snapper at Murphy's Reef. From the banks spangled emperor, snapper, pearl perch and amberjack. Good bream and a few golden trevally around the boats moorings. Around McKenzie's Bridge Bream and flathead.

Caloundra: Some good catches of spotty mackerel on the 9 and 12 Mile reefs. Flathead and tailor inside the bar and the tip of Bribie island. Trevally in Pelican Waters. Bream in the Blue Hole and off the boardwalk. Whiting to 39cm between Golden beach and Bells Creek. Plenty of sand crabs in the northern passage.

Wally Giant Trevally Cod Hole

Wally from the Maroochy RSL fishing Club was working lures in the cod hole when he hooked this kilo plus giant Trevally on Tuseday.

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