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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 02/03/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run and in Lake Cooroibah. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Whiting to 37cm along the black and between the bar and Goat Island. Flathead and grunter bream mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Bream from Cotton Tree and the cod hole. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Ellen Smith-Flathead

Ellen Smith fished with her family fished with her family in the middle Maroochy River for this dusky flathead.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 01/03/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Flathead, grunter bream and whiting in the mouth up the Maroochy Waters Canal and Picnic Point Boat ramp. Bream from Cotton Tree and the cod hole. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Carrie Abraham-43cm Flathead

Carrie Abraham was working gulp soft plastics in the middle reaches of the Maroochy River when she caught this 43cm dusky flathead.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 28/02/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound and along the Tewatin Ski Run. Grunter and bream along Gympie Terrace stretch. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: Flathead, grunter bream and whiting in the mouth up the Maroochy Waters Canal and Picnic Point Boat ramp. Bream from Cotton Tree and the cod hole. A few good buck mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and the northern passage. Bream from the boardwalk. Grunter bream between the bar and Bells creek. A few whiting on the ebb tide around Golden Beach.

 

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Black morwong aka blubber lipped bream frequent the rivers of the coast and feed on marine algae. They readily take a variety of baits and fight really well for their size.

Fishing Feature: Storms Cook UP Foam 28/02/2013

Storms Cook up Foam

What’s the recipe for a tough week of fishing?  Take a large bowl of rough seas, fold in a generous dose of strong winds, add a giant portion of rainy days and mix it all together with gusto and finally top off with a pinch of river debris on top.  Only Wednesday there was also the bonus ingredient of smelly brown foam which floated through the air onto the beach roads and drifted up the rivers towards the creeks and upper reaches.  This is a recipe most Coast locals hope is not baked up too often!

Last month when the furious weather cooked up a blanket of foam with inundated foreshores along Coolum to Mooloolaba, toxicologist’s warned against frolicking, driving and fishing in the foam as hidden dangers are lurking within.

University of Queensland Associate Professor Barry Noller said residents should steer clear of the foam whipped up by strong winds off the foreshore for fears it may be poisonous and containing pollutants, toxins and sewage.

Anglers and onlookers who did come in contact with this foam complained of itching and stinging afterwards and no doubt piscatorial species were also affected by the possible toxins within.

Prof Noller said that in this type of major weather event, stormwater drains could channel sewage and toxins into the waterways, which could then be washed up on to beaches.

How exactly does this affect fishing many people are asking?  Not only is flood water going to be full of all manners of unsafe debris and underwater snags, the swift moving current is very hard to fish in the main channels. 

Some anglers are heading up river to do only one of two things; either popping out the pots in the hope that a good flushing of the river will have the crabs on the move right through to next weekend.   If not the crabbing type, stocking up on bait by filling the freezer with mullet for winter.  Mullet are notorious for feeding on the froth build up, that is common on dirty water lines and this can be good for anglers wanting to cast net some live bait.

Try your luck over the following week with big lures and baits around schools of mullet that are feeding along dirty water lines in the lower reaches. If you are like many angler’s and prefer to have the weather, local knowledge and luck on your side before you head out, then consider a crabbing trip.

The flood waters, no matter how devastating always have the one upside of filling pots with big mud crabs after they’re washed from their hiding spots in the upper reaches. Also big territorial buck crabs should be moving around over night in the usual haunts and with the abundance of food being flushed out of the creeks and canals the crabs should be fairly full. It is good to see the true spirit of locals who are still coming into Swan Boat Hire chasing whole mullet and frames to bait their pots before dropping them in the creeks up river.

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Foam engulfed the North Shore to Mudjimba as far as the eye could see on Wednesday this week.

 

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Rain continues to pour and currents flow swiftly in the main channels of the Maroochy River.

 

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Robert Johnston fished with Anglers Advantage charters on the driest day of the week, Wednesday, for this Mangrove Jack in the upper reaches.

 

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 27/02/2013

Noosa: There could be an opportunity to get offshore on Friday and early Saturday with lighter winds, so make sure you check out conditions before you go! Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and the river mouth. Mud crabs in Noosa Sound. Bass in good numbers from Lake McDonald.

Maroochydore: You will have to take extra care on the water with the flood waters and floating logs and other debris moving down stream. Flathead, grunter bream and whiting in the mouth up the Maroochy Waters Canal and Picnic Point Boat ramp. A few good buck mud crabs throughout the river

Kawana: While fishing in the wet season, try and work the interface where the cleaner sea water meets the dirty water flowing down stream. Whiting and grunter in the sand basin and bream around the moorings and rock walls. Trevally from La Balsa Park. Crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Mud crabs from all the creeks and around the mangrove areas in the Passage. Try for whiting and grunter feeding on the sand banks under the cover of the dirty water in the top end of the passage .

Jason

Well look at this, our mate Jason Scooter Dougherty, took advantage of the calmer conditions over the weekend before the crook weather and took a very nice pearl perch

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