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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.

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Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-01-16

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning today for Sunshine Coast Waters, with winds south to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the day, with seas 2 to 3 metres. Tomorrow conditions will improve late in the day with southeasterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning and further to 10 to 15 knots during the late afternoon and evening and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Later in the week as conditions improve be ready to hit the local reefs for fish like these as there have been Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef there’s been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 9 mile, the inner gneerings and Currimundi reef. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few big muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in creeks and from the cod hole. A few whiting taken on the incoming tide and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Mud crabs throughout the river and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: When the wind eases back, try for dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Erin OKane 56cm Dusky Petrie

A nice 56cm dusky flathead which was actually caught and landed yesterday by Erin O’Kane at the mouth of Petrie Creek.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-01-15

Offshore

Winds will be blowing south to southeasterly at 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning and again in the evening. Seas will be 2 – 3m.  Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef there’s been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 9 mile, the inner gneerings and Currimundi reef. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays on daybreak. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few big muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in creeks and from the cod hole. A few excellent whiting from 30cm to 42cm taken on the incoming tide and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. Queenfish, Giant and diamond from the Twin Waters stretch. Mud crabs throughout the river and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting, grunter and jack above the twin bridges area. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. A few big whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Jack McKay with a solid grass sweetlip caught on a recent trip off Point Cartwright.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-01-13

Offshore

It’s looking like a pretty good today and into the weekend for fishing. Excellent conditions today with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow the northerly winds will freshen up giving choppy conditions with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. This week there’s been, Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef there’s been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel out from Noosa on North, Chardons and Sunshine reefs as well as cobia and there are also good Moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar, sea perch, coral bream, and gold spot cod. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, goldband snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters took advantage of the great conditions for some huge Red Emperor this week. While there have also been excellent catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 12 and 15 to 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays on daybreak. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few big muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in the upper river and in Petrie Creek. A few excellent whiting from 30cm to 42cm taken on the incoming tide, and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. Schools of giant trevally in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting, grunter and jack above the twin bridges area. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. A few big whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Ed Kennett 60cm Dusky

Ed Kennett with a nice 60cm,dusky flathead taken around Twin Waters taken in the lower Maroochy River.

Ray NIckel Buck Crab

Old Timer Ray Nickel with a nice buck crab potted yesterday up river in Eudlo Creek.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-01-12

Offshore

Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing with the lead up to the Full Moon on Monday, except for the possibility of more showers and rain early next week. Excellent offshore conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the evening with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar conditions early with winds ENE 10 to 15 knots maybe strengthening a little with a northeasterly sea breeze in the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch and scarlet sea perch. Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai. Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had saddle tailed sea perch, snapper, moses perch, coral trout and gold band snapper. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of pearl perch, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack.

Out from Hervey Bay: Good numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser this week. Few good broad barred mackerel and mac tuna in Platypus Bay. Nice threadfin salmon, grunter and jacks in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Big Threadfin salmonand flathead from River heads. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Trevally, long tail tuna, broad barred mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Banana prawns are running in most river systems at the moment.

Fraser Island:  The tailor are still around so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been good dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, bream, mackerel and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac 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. . Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. November is often the best month of the year to chase fish in the stocked impoundments as they cannot breed behind the dam walls so they are able to be fished for with a fishing Permit. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Tailor and trevally from the river mouth over night. Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole boat ramp. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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A recent trip aboard Rainbow Escape Charters east of the wide bay bar produced some solid Maori Cod.

John Bongertman’s 50cm grunter bream or (barred/spotted javelin-fish or spotted grunter fish, legal size 40cm) taken on Monday between the Motorway Bridge and Chambers Island.

Old timer Ray Nichols, has had his pots out in the creeks this week scoring a few keeper buck crabs.

This week’s extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters east of the wide bay bar produced good numbers of Red emperor.

Another extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters targeting fish with vertical jigs produced plenty of amberjack, a few pearl perch and plenty of bust offs.

Sharky (Tony) Schembri as usual had a good time at Lake MacDonald last weekend, where he took home his bag limit of quality Bass.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2018-01-12

Offshore

It’s looking like a pretty good today and into the weekend for fishing. Excellent conditions today with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow the northerly winds will freshen up giving choppy conditions with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. This week, Cougar One crews caught Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef theres been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel out from Noosa on North, Chardons and Sunshine reefs as well as cobia and there are also good Moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar, sea perch, coral bream, and gold spot cod. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, goldband snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters took advantage of the great conditions for some huge Red Emperor this week. While there have also been excellent catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 12 and 15 to 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays on daybreak. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few big muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in the upper river and in Petrie Creek. A few excellent whiting from 30cm to 42cm taken on the incoming tide, and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. Schools of giant trevally in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting, grunter and jack above the twin bridges area. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. A few big whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Jerome Haward Bream

Have a look at Jerome Hayward with a grunter bream, taken in the upper Maroochy River.

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