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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: Thursday 14/02/2013

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and mouth. Flathead and bream in Weyba Creek. Whiting along the Gympie Terrace Stretch. Jacks from Munna Bridge and Noosa Waters over night.

Maroochydore: A 50cm jack and a few good bream to 34cm in the Cod Hole. Jack and flathead to 60cm in Eudlo Creek.Whiting to 40cm around the sandbanks at goat island and grunter to 39cm in the deeper channel edges. Mud crabs between the cod hole and Bli Bli wetlands.

 

Kawana: Mangrove jack to 2kg in Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the upper river and the canals. Bream and whiting from the sand basin. Bream to the 1.2kg mark and a few giant trevally from the mooring and rock walls. School jew and jacks around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Mud crabs south of Coochin Creek and up Bells. Bream, grunter, school jew and flathead between the bar and Boardwalk. Whiting and grunter from the Golden Beach stretch. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters.

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Daniel Anderson was fishing with his dad in the Mooloolah River when he caught this solid 2kg mangrove jack.

Fishing Feature: Treading Softly: Soft Plastics 14/02/2013

Treading Softly

 

Soft plastic fishing has quickly become a effective fishing method that has seen many lots of publicity onto today’s market with just about every fishing show on TV using only soft plastics. Soft plastics have account for a huge range of fish species being targeted more effectively than bait and they have easily proven themselves to be at the fore front of fishing techniques. Soft plastics have been around for years but more and more anglers are giving them ago with some anglers being easily converted while others are not so convinced.   Soft plastics come in so many different colours, shapes, sizes and then combined with a large range of sizes and weighted jig heads it can be difficult to know where to start let alone what retrieve styles, rod types and line class to use. So here are few tips to get you on the right track.

 

Before selecting a soft plastic you need a rod and reel combo to use. Graphite rods are more expensive but they are ideal when flicking soft plastics they give much greater feel and sensitivity, lighter weight, extra casting distance, direct action to the plastic and their overall strength and muscle power is far greater than fibre glass rods. When it comes to selecting a reel make sure it has a smooth drag and an even smoother winding action because you will be constantly retrieving the lure and after a day out on the water your wrists will thank you for it. 

 

Once you have decided on the tools of the trade you will use,  size and weight of the line, leader and jighead.  Ultimately, what you choose will depend partially on what fish are you looking to target. If you mainly fish the river system or dams for flathead, bream, whiting, trevally, bass, Yellow Belly, silver perch a 2-4kg rod matched with either a 2000 or 2500 size reel spooled with 4 to 6lb Line. If you chase Mangrove jack, jewfish, squire, cod, tuna, sweetlip, barramundi a 3-6kg or 4-8kg with either a 3000 or 4000 size reel spooled with  10 to 20lb line will do the job. And if you love to go right offshore and chase big reef fish or cast big poppers for pelagics a 6-10kg rod with a 4000 to 6000 size Reel with 30lb to 50lb line.

 

Selecting a soft plastic or a range of plastic to suit the area your fishing and the target species is part of the process. If chasing bream on soft plastics you will want to pick small soft plastics that closely resemble what the fish eats such as small minnow, grub or shrimp style soft plastics. While if you were chasing trevally you would want to use soft plastics that resemble bait fish such as paddle tail or jerk shad soft plastics.

 

Fresh into the market last year in time for the AFTA Tackle Show, Zerek Inv launched a new extensive range of 2inch “Live Shrimp” to offer an alternative to their very popular 3.5 and 5 inch shrimp.  The beauty of the Zerek Live Shrimp is it’s realistic looks, unique flexible segmented tail held together by Kevlar matting to give durability and life-like action, a pre-rigged with weighted weedless hook, large Lumo eyes and the abilty to swap in a standard jig head or worm hook if you are opposed to using the weighted weedless hook.  Local anglers are raving about the ease of use these lures provide and celebrity angler Andy Gunn fished with Creek to Coast’s Scott Hillier in the Mooloolah River last weekend to put several soft plastics, including the Zerek Live Shrimp to the test. You can see snippets of the episode on the Creek to Coast Website or on Youtube at http://youtu.be/eZuKd5u1bzM  As they come in 12 different colours, there is a Live Shrimp to suit almost every saltwater species in local and state-wide waterways.  Found in a select number of local tacklestores and retailing for $9 to $13, the Live Shrimp is worth a try.  Drop into Swan Boat Hire for a great selection of colours to get your hands on one for a bit of fun.

 

So by the time you have the right rod and reel combo and the range of plastics to suit, but still haven’t got your technique down pat. This is the most important part of plastic fishing - your retrieve. Just like your catch can depend on the type of plastics you use, often your catch depends on the style of retrieve.  Retrieves will also vary depending on the species you desire to target, for example if you were chasing flathead you will want to use a stop start retrieve to let your plastic sink to the bottom were they are waiting in ambush.  However, if you are after trevally you will want to work the lure quicker to keep it in around the low to mid water where the trevally are waiting to attack your plastic as its being twitch around. Your retrieve will be constantly varying depending on the style and weight of the plastic along with what species you are chasing. Most beginners will often find it hard to catch fish on soft plastics but the trick is to keep at it because once you catch a couple of fish you will start to realise what techniques and soft plastics work for you.

 

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The features on the Zerek Live Shrimp are a plenty – just what a hungry salt water fish is chasing!

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Andy Gunn fished with Scott Hillier from Creek to Coast in the Mooloolah River last month for bream on plastics.

 

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Two inch plastics in black and orange tigerprawn colours were used for this flathead in local coast waters.

 

 

 

 

 

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 13/02/2013

Noosa: Whiting, bream and flathead around the frying pan and mouth. Flathead and bream in Weyba Creek. Whiting along the Gympie Terrace Stretch. Jacks from Munna Bridge and Noosa Waters over night.

Maroochydore: A 50cm jack and a few good bream to 34cm in the Cod Hole. Jack and flathead to 60cm in Eudlo Creek. Whiting to 40cm around the sandbanks at goat island and grunter to 39cm in the deeper channel edges. Mud crabs between the cod hole and Bli Bli wetlands.

Kawana: Mangrove jack to 2kg in Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the upper river and the canals. Bream and whiting from the sand basin. Bream to the 1.2kg mark and a few giant trevally from the mooring and rock walls. School jew and jacks around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Mud crabs south of Coochin Creek and up Bells. Bream, grunter, school jew and flathead between the bar and Boardwalk. Whiting and grunter from the Golden Beach stretch. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters.

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Dan Park was fishing in the lower Maroochy River with live bait over night when he caught and released this awesome 125cm Barramundi this week.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 12/02/2013

Noosa: After the New moon there has been some good fish feeding activity. Whiting, bream, grunter feeding in the lower river. Plenty of mangrove jack and flathead in Weyba Creek and in the Tewantin stretch. Trevally on the making tide, best along the rock walls in the lower and middle reaches.

Maroochydore: The water is pretty clear on high tide now. A 50cm jack taken in the Cod Hole and more jack and flathead to 60cm in Eudlo Creek. Good whiting around the sandbanks at goat island and grunter to 39cm in the deeper channel edges. Mud crabs between the cod hole and Bli Bli wetlands.

Kawana: Mangrove jack to 2kg in Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the upper river and the canals. Bream and whiting from the sand basin on the incoming tide. Good bream from the mooring and rock walls. School jew around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Try for mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in the deeper channels of the passage and in the creeks. Bream, grunter, school jew and flathead to 65cminside the bar. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters.

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Wade Jacobsen shows his best 3 out of 10 fish caught on Saturday 9/2 in the Lower Maroochy river The biggest whiting and grunter went 39cm. All were caught on yabbies on the incoming tide

Local Fishing Report: Monday 11/02/2013

Noosa: After the New moon there has been some good fish feeding activity. Whiting, bream, grunter feeding in the lower river. Mangrove jack and flathead in Weyba Creek and in the Tewantin stretch. Trevally on the making tide, best along the rock walls in the lower and middle reaches.

Maroochydore: The water is pretty clear on high tide now. A 50cm jack taken in the Cod Hole andmore jach and flathead to 60cm yesterday in Eudlo Creek. Grunter bream throughout the lower reaches. A few big whiting along the Twin Waters stretch. Mud crabs between the cod hole and Bli Bli wetlands.

Kawana: Mangrove jack to 2kg in Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the upper river. Bream and whiting from the sand basin on the incoming tide. Good bream from the mooring and rock walls. School jew around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Try for mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in the deeper channels of the passage and in the creeks. Bream, grunter, school jew and flathead to 65cminside the bar. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters.

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Daniel Anderson and his dad Josh fished a secret spot in the Mooloolah River for a feisty 2kg mangrove jack over the weekend.

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