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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 2013-07-20

Noosa: Fine sunny weather and SW winds lighter in the afternoon will be good offshore for a few quality snapper on Sunshine and North Reefs. Whiting, flathead, tarwhine, bream and dart from Teewah. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream and tailor in Weyba Creek. Bream and hairtail taken from Munna Point and Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Bream, tailor, jew at night and trevally in the Cod Hole. Tailor near Twin Waters yesterday and the river mouth early morning and over night. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area. The mild and wet conditions have a few mud crabs still on the move.

Kawana: There's been grass sweetlip and a few snapper form the Gneerings. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp.

Caloundra: Good snapper and sweetlip at Caloundra 9 Mile. Tailor, bream and Flathead inside the bar. Luderick from the boardwalk. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Check out my mate Gary Jorgensen (Jorgo) a national parks ranger from the coast, fishing on holidays in Darwin for feisty mangrove jack and big mud crabs in local creeks.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2013-07-19

Noosa: A few quality snapper on Sunshine and North Reefs. Whiting, flathead, tarwhine, bream and dart from Teewah. A few trevally, tailor and Cale Cale from Woods Bay. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream and tailor in Weyba Creek. Bream and hairtail taken from Munna Point and Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Bream, tailor, jew at night and trevally in the cod hole. Tailor at the river mouth and up at the Cod Hole over night. A few big whiting from Twin Waters area. The mild and wet conditions have a few mud crabs still on the move.

Kawana: Grass sweetlip and a few snapper form the Gneerings. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp.

Caloundra: Good snapper and sweetlip at Caloundra 9 Mile. Tailor, bream and Flathead inside the bar. Luderick from the boardwalk. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Gav Asmus Buck Crab

Gav Asmus who is working on the foreshore beautification along Bradman Avenue was shocked while working on pipes on the river bank when this feisty buck crab latched onto his boot and pinched his toes.

Fishing Feature: Dusky Days and Nights 19/7/2013

Despite the cold weather, although relatively mild conditions for this winter, the dusky flathead are feeding well in the Maroochy River.  They are one of the bread and butter species targeted by anglers in the estuaries and beaches of Queensland and it seems they are hungry and starting to come out of hibernation early ready for their feeding and spawning during September and October. Just remember that the dusky flathead has a bag limit of 5 and the legal size limits have to be a minimum of 40cm and a maximum of 75cm. The majority of flathead caught in Sunshine Coast estuary’s are dusky’s and can be distinguished by the large blue-grey to black, thumb print or blotch in the lower portion of the tail. Very few sand and bar-tailed flathead are caught in the area and have different size limits, so you better check out you size limits before you go fishing.

Flathead are fairly poor swimmers and tend hide out in areas of lower current strength or will bury themselves in the sand in an ambush position with only their eyes showing.  They lay waiting for small bait to swim over them and with a short burst swallow the bait fish with their large bucket mouth. A combination of week swimming ability and ambush feeding style helps us as anglers to locate areas that we believe to be good flathead habitats.

The best locations to try your luck in the estuaries are along rock walls, bridge pylons, snags, under pontoons, bends in the river, change in depth along the river banks and sand/mud bars. Areas of low current behind structure are where baitfish congregates. Try to fish on the downstream side of a structure or banks when the tide is running out for best results.

Boat-owners fortunately can access some of the best flathead haunts with ease. 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.

If you don’t own a boat, then hiring one may be an option.  In an effort to make boating more affordable in times when many locals are struggling, the team at Swan Boat Hire has come up with some pretty sizable discounts on boats that would be ideal for targeting flathead in the upper reaches.  For instance, there’s half price boat hire all boats during the week and a super saver for early birds.  Plus several other upgrades and free hours up for grabs – just check www.swanboathire.com.au and the Discount Vouchers tab in the menu.

Another easy option is drifting in a kayak over water with varying depth is also a great way of catching flathead. One of the best things about these fish is that will eat almost any bait that drifts past their nose. Favourite baits are live herring, whitebait, small W.A. pilchards and larger green prawns. Flathead readily take lures of all shapes and sizes so it is well worth throwing or trolling a lure around an area that you believe to hold flathead.

Locals have had great results from the mud flats in the middle reaches of the river using soft plastics. The best results were achieved when working the edges of sand banks and channels as the tide floods across them. We used an array of plastics with the stand outs being: Atomic Plazo’s 3” prong, Zman MinnowZ, Zman Curly TailZ, Bekley power bait minnow, Gulp minnow and Bekley Ripple Shads

Drifting with soft plastics is excellent for specifically targeting dusky and sand flathead, as you will cover a large surface area. Sand bank drop offs, yabby banks, channels and holes are where the action will be.

Using fluorocarbon or low vis leader material is a must when chasing flathead, especially in clear shallow water. I use a minimum of 2 meters of fluorocarbon leader when chasing any fish on soft plastics. Between 12 and 20lb is ideal for flathead depending on the size of your average fish. With 20lb you are pretty safe even with 3kg plus sized duskies.

So get mobile, be it in a boat or paddle-powered, and make the most of this beautiful summer weather while it lasts.  Any angler bringing in a legal-sized flathead this weekend will have their photo featured on www.swanboathire.com.au as well as in the Sunshine Coast Daily fishing reports.

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Dusky flathead can be distinguished by the Black dot in the top section of their tail and have a brown mud like coloured scales.  

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There are a variety of soft plastics that are working well in Sunshine Coast waters for flathead at the present. 

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2013-07-18

Noosa: Coral trout and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Whiting, flathead, tarwhine, bream and dart from Teewah. A few trevally, tailor and Cale Cale from Woods Bay. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream and tailor in Weyba Creek. Bream and hairtail taken from Munna Point and Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Bream, tailor, jew at night and trevally in the cod hole. Tailor at the river mouth over night, There's been tailor and bream to 35cm from near the mouth of Eudlo Creek and in Petrie Creek. Whiting to 40cm from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Grass sweetlip and a few small snapper form the Gneerings. Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp.

Caloundra: Good snapper and sweetlip at Caloundra 9 Mile. Tailor, bream and Flathead inside the bar. Luderick from the boardwalk. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Sam Flugge Maroochy River 34cm Bream Flathead

Sam Flugge was fishing in a Swan BBQ cruiser in the middle river on Wednesday when he caught this 34cm bream and keeper flathead.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2013-07-17

Noosa: Coral trout and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Whiting, flathead, tarwhine, bream and dart from Teewah. A few trevally, tailor and Cale Cale from Woods Bay. Luderick, bream and chopper tailor from the river mouth. Flathead, bream and tailor in Weyba Creek. Bream and hairtail taken from Munna Point and Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Bream, tailor, jew at night and trevally in the cod hole. Tailor at the river mouth over night, There's been tailor and bream to 35cm from near the mouth of Eudlo Creek and in Petrie Creek. Whiting to 40cm from Twin Waters area.

Kawana: Grass sweetlip and a few small snapper form the Gneerings.Bream and dart along Kawana Beach at dawn and dusk. Trevally and a few tailor in Kawana Waters and Minyama Island. Bream around McKenzie's Bridge, the rocks walls and Kawana boat ramp.

Caloundra: Good snapper and sweetlip at Caloundra 9 Mile. Tailor, bream and Flathead inside the bar. Luderick from the boardwalk. Flathead and a few whiting south of Bells Creek. Big bream and trevally in Pelican waters.

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Maya Smith Teika Dyson 32cm bream BliBli

Little Maya Smith had fun with Meika Dyson on a pontoon boat fishing trip to Bli Bli for a dozen bream up to 32cm.

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