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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: Saturday 2013-08-03

Noosa: Quality snapper taken out on the northern end of the Barwon Banks yesterday. Plenty of tailor, a few dart, bream and flathead along Teewah. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Bream from Munna Point and Tewantin. Golden trevally and plenty of bream at night in Woods Bay.

Maroochydore: Good snapper feeding on the close in reefs off Mooloolaba. Trevally to 2kg, bream to 35cm, flathead and grunter bream in the Cod Hole area. Bream to 40cm and flathead along Godfrey's Road. Flathead and bream from Bli Bli. A few tailor off the beach north and south of the river mouth. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Bream and dart along Kawana Beach. Trevally around Minyama Island and in Kawana Waters. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp and plenty of garfish in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and mud crabs in the canals.

Caloundra: Beautiful weather and the lead up to Wednesdays New Moon phase has the bream and snapper on the bite. Bream and luderick along the Boardwalk. A few tailor from the NE tip of Bribie. Flathead and bream from Military Jetty. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Jeff Vere Offshore Snapper

Jeff Vere is at it again, this time bringing home some nice snapper from the Inner Gneerings.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2013-08-02

Noosa: Plenty of good tailor, a few dart, bream and flathead along Teewah. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Bream from Munna Point and Tewantin. Golden trevally and hairtail in Woods Bay.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 2kg, bream to 35cm, flathead and grunter bream in the Cod Hole area. Bream to 40cm and flathead along Godfrey's Road. Flathead and bream from Bli Bli. A few tailor off the beach north and south of the river mouth. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Sand crabs between the river mouth and Alex shark nets. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach. Trevally around Minyama Island and in Kawana Waters. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp and plenty of garfish in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and mud crabs in the canals.

Caloundra: Bream and luderick along the Boardwalk. A few tailor from the NE tip of Bribie. Flathead and bream from Military Jetty. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Andy Gunn Flathead Cod Hole ZMan

Andy Gunn has been catching plenty of good bream and flathead in the cod hole this week, this 50cm dusky flathead took a Zman GrubZ 2.5" plastic.

Fishing Feature: Awesome August

August is a great month for anglers for many reasons; returning days of sunny, mild weather, the opportunity to send the kids off to the ekka with the grandparents for one, two or seven days in a row! Plus the month usually is strong for winter species and we see the return of elbow slapper whiting and flathead in greater numbers in the rivers. I like to review the local winter fishing season thus far in August, to either rejoice or rethink my game plan!

The full moon for the month is just over a fortnight away which will have ever-reliable locals weighing in their offshore and estuary species like clockwork. I expect this weekend will also see good weigh-ins as well as the new moon is due to fall on the 6th. The 3 days following the new moon will also prove good for fishing, according to the Anglers Almanac. These two moon phases will play a huge role for those keen anglers chasing big jew and the run of tailor along the beaches overnight. The deeper holes around bridge pylons, rock walls and river bends are well worth fishing with live or big slab baits for jew. Hopefully there will still be a few nice sized yellow fin bream for the end of the season to keep those gung hoe bream anglers happy. We can expect less bream next month and the dusky flathead should be firing up and more readily taking lures.

The increase in water temps should get the old faithful dusky's to chase trolled hard bodied and soft plastics lures. These fish provide recreation sports anglers with consistent catches and a responsible fight. Just remember that with the increased technology provided by lure manufacturers to help angler catch fish, we are really putting a dent in the wild flathead numbers. Only keep enough for your own immediate needs and release big females to reproduce in the future. Take a camera with you in your fishing travels and if you catch a nice fish, get a photo to show your mates proof, you won't have to kill the fish to look good.

The beaches are expected to pick up this month with tailor and jew amongst the sea bream. While the Noosa, Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers plus the Passage have offered good bream to 2kg this winter so far, but many catches are coming in between 600g and 1kg. The bream have been best at night or the top of the tide as they are spawning at this time of year. A lot of quality fish have been caught off rocky headlands like Pincushion Island, the new Cotton Tree jetties, Twin Waters weir area, South Channel and at the Cod Hole. Yinni Street has also been a favourite spot for bank fishing. Thin strips of mullet fillets, pealed green prawns, pilchard, gar or bonito fillets provide a soft, yet deadly bream bait.

If you find your flesh bait is getting ignored, it may just be too bland so coat it in an additive like aniseed or tuna oil which acts as an aphrodisiac and usually brings on a feeding frenzy. Alternatively, Pro-Cure Super Gel which combines scent and UV enhancement which illuminates your bait like a light bulb while making it smell all so sweet to all fish! We have stocked 6 lines of Pro-Cure in 100ml bottles instore and in our online webstore if you are willing to give it a try.

Additionally, flathead usually start to move more in the late winter months as well. Lures and fresh bait cast over the top of sand banks in the lower reaches is the best option. A few big lizards, well and truly breeding size were also caught and released in the upper reaches. The stretch of water between the mouth of Petrie Creek and the Bli Bli bridge is an excellent flathead fishing spot.

In the coming months the numbers of big summer whiting should be on the rise in this location as well. Once we have a rise in water temperature, this encourages the flathead to move around a lot more and chase down food easier. Try on most stages of the tide with live worms on the sand banks around the Bli Bli channel markers.

With the temps warming and Spring just around the corner, get out amongst the last of the winter fishing action and be prepared for the warm weather to lure in those summer species in the coming months.

Pro-Scent

Pro-Cure scent is made with real fish products that fish love to eat and really helps your hook up rate on those tough days. At only $16 a pack, every angler should have some in their tackle box.

35cm Bream Plastics Godfrys Mark Tommo

Mark Thompson uses mullet flavored pro-cure scent on his Zman 4" MinnowZ to lure up bream like this 35cm specimen caught in the middle Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-08-01

Noosa: Plenty of good tailor and a few dart along Teewah. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Bream from Munna Point and Tewantin. Trevally on top of the tide in Weyba Creek and Woods Bay and a few jack along the Tewantin reach.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 2kg, bream to 35cm, flathead and grunter bream in the Cod Hole area. Bream to 40cm and flathead along Godfrey's Road. Flathead and bream from Bli Bli. A few tailor off the beach north and south of the river mouth. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Sand crabs between the river mouth and Alex shark nets. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and around Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp and plenty of garfish in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and mud crabs in the canals.

Caloundra: Bream and luderick along the Boardwalk. A few tailor from the NE tip of Bribie. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek along Roy's reach of Pumicestone Passage. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Micka Bream Flathead

Micka Young, caught these fish late afternoon at the Cod Hole yesterday, while out in a Swan Pontoon Boat. Well done Micka!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-07-31

Noosa: Plenty of good tailor and a few dart along Teewah. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Bream from Munna Point and Tewantin. Trevally on top of the tide in Weyba Creek and Woods Bay and a few jack along the Tewantin reach.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 2kg, lots of average bream and plenty of school flathead in the Cod Hole area. Bream to 40cm and flathead along Godfrey's Road. Flathead and bream from Bli Bli. A few tailor off the beach north and south of the river mouth. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Sand crabs between the river mouth and Alex shark nets. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and around Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp and plenty of garfish in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and mud crabs in the canals.

Caloundra: Snapper off Caloundra Point, good bream and luderick along the Boardwalk, a few tailor near the coastguard jetty. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek along Roys reach of Pumicestone Passage. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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39cm Grunter Waterfront Hotel

Check out this 39cm Grunter bream taken by young Mason in front of the Waterfront Hotel on Saturday with Charlotte and Ian. Well done Mason!

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