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Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-10-30

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. Winds increasing today with a north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to northerly 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots at times offshore south of Maroochydore in the late evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow, will still be rough with winds northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southeasterly during the morning and 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore. Now, after the rough and windy conditions it will be worth trying North Reef for a few jew as a 14kg jew was taken on a live yakka, along with pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish. Also quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, flathead and bream off the beaches. A few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth, frying pan and in Woods bay. The crews on Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released a 67cm flathead near the river mouth using a whitebait and a 68cm flathead caught in the Tewantin ski run using a prawn bait. Mud crabs throughout the upper and lower river, especially in all of the canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting, plenty of grunter with the dirty water, bream and tarwhine feeding throughout the lower river yesterday particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and just legal flathead from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally and whiting from the Black Bank and Twin Waters area. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod, grunter bream and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting, grunter and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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David Schouwenburg Flathead

David Schouwenburg was delighted to take these nice size dusky flathead off Chambers Island on Saturday.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-10-28

Offshore

Today is looking okay with northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to southeasterly before dawn then tending east to northeasterly in the evening and seas around 1 metre. Sunday’s conditions are looking excellent particularly in the morning with winds variable about 10 knots becoming north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning and seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the evening. Now, after the rough and windy conditions it is worth trying for a few of the quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. Big pearl perch, cobia, coral trout, red emperor, quality grassy sweetlip, amberjack, tusk fish and snapper wide and north of Double Island Point. Snapper , pearl perch, red emperor, sweetlip, tuskies, and cobia 22nm east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart, flathead and bream off the beaches. With the water beginning to clear on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth, frying pan and in Woods bay. The crews on Noosa River Fishing Safaris caught and released a 67cm flathead near the river mouth using a whitebait and a 68cm flathead caught in the Tewantin ski run using a prawn bait. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting, plenty of grunter with the dirty water, bream and tarwhine feeding throughout the lower river yesterday particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and just legal flathead from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally and whiting from the Black Bank and Twin Waters area. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod, grunter bream and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting, grunter and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Aaron Dunham with some good whiting , tarwhine and grunter taken on the northern bank of the lower Maroochy River yesterday.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-10-27

Offshore

Strong  Wind Warning for today for Sunshine Coast Waters, so better stay in sheltered waters early, there’ll be strong winds in the morning then easing right back in the afternoon with a northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, and reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning, decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon then tending east to southeasterly in the late evening. Tomorrow, there will be more favourable conditions with Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon with seas around 1 metre and Sunday is looking good particularly in the morning. There have been quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. Big pearl perch, cobia, coral trout, red emperor, quality grassy sweetlip, amberjack, tusk fish and snapper wide and north of Double Island Point. Snapper , pearl perch, red emperor, sweetlip, tuskies, and cobia 22nm east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water beginning to clear on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems. Whiting from the frying pan.

Maroochydore: Whiting, grunter, bream and tarwhine feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and and leagal flathead from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting between Bells Creek and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Luke Rainbow escape

Check out Luke McCombe with this solid coral trout caught wide of Double Island Point on a recent trip aboard Rainbow Escape Charters.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-10-27

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today for Sunshine Coast Waters, so better stay in sheltered waters early, there’ll be strong winds in the morning then easing right back in the afternoon with a northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, and reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning, decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon then tending east to southeasterly in the late evening. Tomorrow, there will be more favourable conditions with Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon with seas around 1 metre and Sunday is looking good particularly in the morning.

There have been quality amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Snapper, jew fish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk, rosy job fish, amberjack, gold spot cod, gold spot wrasse and pearl perch from the Hards. Moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Barwon Banks. Big pearl perch, cobia, coral trout, red emperor, quality grassy sweetlip, amberjack, tusk fish and snapper wide and north of Double Island Point. Snapper , pearl perch, red emperor, sweetlip, tuskies, and cobia 22nm east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: This week a nice broad bar mackerel that went 7.4kg was caught off the Urangan Pier and recently there have been catches of quality jew, a 9.5kg Bluefin Tuna and a few sharks. School mackerel are still throughout the central bay and up along Fraser Island, with the Burrum 8 mile fairway beacon, Six-Mile an Red Neds producing quality fish. Spanish mackerel, mac tuna and long tail tuna are feeding throughout platypus bay. Mac tuna and bonito from Pelican Banks and Rooney’s. Blackall, cod, Gt’s and trout have also been caught throughout the Bay. Whiting, grunter and flathead on the flats throughout the straits. So it is now timely to remember, that the Barramundi East Coast Closed Season is about to begin on 1st of November through to 1st February. (Also note: It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.)

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: It’s good for fishing now that conditions have settled down and back to normal. The tailor will keep feeding into November and for that matter you can often catch small numbers (ones and twos) of big solid tailor right through the year, so now that the seasonal restricted area around Indian Heads to Waddy Point is over it will be worth targeting these areas for a few good tailor. There have been quality dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters and around the headlands.

Hervey Bay: The mangrove jack will be defending their territories and flathead from the Creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island. Flathead and cod from River heads. Plenty of mud crabs on the move in most of the creeks and rivers. Threadfin Salmon and flathead in the Mary and Burrum rivers. Summer whiting along the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan.

Rainbow Beach: When conditions settle try for a few big tailor, kingfish, mackerel, bream and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Spotty mackerel and long tail tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. So it is now timely to remember, that the Barramundi East Coast Closed Season is about to begin on 1st of November through to 1st February. (Also note: It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.)

Local Dams and Rivers: All local dams and rivers are still bursting at the seams after the heavy flood rains. So be cautious, take it easy and watch for floating debris and submerged structures or trees in the dirty waters as conditions have changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks. Quality bass were the highlight at the Golden Lure Held last weekend at Boondooma Dam. The Tiaro stretch of the upper Mary River has been producing good bass numbers. Lake McDonald is full of flood runoff has had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays along with Bass and saratoga in the timbers on surface lures. The healthy bass at Lake Macdonald, are not too big but fun on light gear, try spinnerbaits and jig spinners rigged on paddle tail soft plastics such as Nories Inlet Shads. Casting in close to the lily pads is has been producing good fish.

Noosa: A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water beginning to clear on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems. Whiting from the frying pan.

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and and keeper flathead52cm from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around and the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Rainbow Escape

The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did very well off DIP recently with quality Reef Fish including a red emperor, mangrove jack, amberjack and a nice coral trout.

Jonny Baker Saratoga
Jonny Baker at Borumba Dam with a feisty saratoga caught last week.

Jarrod Slatter 65cm Snapper

Here is keen angler Jarrod, Slatter with a 65cm snapper taken on a soft plastic on the Outer Gneerings, last weekend, they also caught Kingfish between 50-80cm and some Long-Nose Trevally at the same spot.

Rainbow Escape DIP Cobia Red Emperor

The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did very well off DIP recently with quality Reef Fish including a red emperor and some quality cobia

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-10-26

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today for Sunshine Coast Waters, so better stay in sheltered waters, with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the day. Winds reaching 25 to 30 knots south of Maroochydore in the evening, with seas1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.  Tomorrow there’ll be strong winds in the morning then easing right back in the afternoonwith a north to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. So as conditions improve try for snapper, gold band, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, rosy jobfish and pearl perch from the Hards. Amberjacks, parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Quality coral trout, big pearl perch, red emperor and amberjack wide of Double Island Point. Moses perch, venus tusk fish,  gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, snapper, hussar and gold band snapper from the Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few dart and bream off the beaches. With the water beginning to clear on the flood tide there are a few good quality flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay. Flathead from Gympie terrace, Weyba creek and Munna Point. Mud crabs throughout the lower river, especially in all of the canal systems. Whiting from the frying pan.

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Heaps of undersize bream and and keeper flathead52cm from Chambers Island, Oyster bank road and Picnic Pt. Golden trevally from Twin waters. Whiting around the Jet Ski Run. Mud crabs are moving in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Trevally, whiting and bream on the dirty water line on the making tide. Whiting from Golden Beach and the bar on the banks. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage, the creeks creek and canals.

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Thayne Schremmer Whiting Chambers

Here is young Thayne Schremmer catching several keeper whiting yesterday (today) on Chambers with his grandmother.

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