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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: Thursday 2018-11-29

Offshore

Today's conditions will be choppy to rough out wide early, with west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day then becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon with inshore seabreeze with seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Tomorrow, Friday's conditions should be good with winds variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending east to southeasterly during the evening and seas below 1 metre. So be ready to go as conditions improve! With North and Chardon's Reefs having tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba and Caloundra, like yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish including some good snapper, jew and red emperor. snapper pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point recently had a few big red emperor to 12 kg, good tusk fish, moses perch, coral cod, pearl perch a few quality snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Golden, giant trevally and queenfish throughout the lower river. Flathead, bream and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Plenty of flathead up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks in the snaggy and structure areas in the upper river system and creeks. Worth putting the crab pots in!

Maroochydore: Trevally, bream, flathead and a few mangrove jack around Cod Hole area. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point and through the south channel. Cod, tarwhine, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. the are reports of a few keeper bucks along with many under size crabs to release.

Mooloolaba; Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Some good whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Estuary cod, flathead, bream and worth a try for a jack from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: As the wind drops out try for dart whiting and flathead along the beaches. Bream, flathead,mangrove jack trevally and a few mud crabs from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach.

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Keven Grosser from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club with a nice keeper dusky flathead from Picnic Point.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-11-28

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters. Today's conditions will be pretty rough so stay in sheltered waters, with winds northerly 20 to 25 knots tending north to northwesterly before dawn, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning. Winds shifting west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots inshore south of Maroochydore in the late afternoon, with southwesterly winds extending throughout in the evening, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrow, conditions will improve particularly close inshore and in the afternoon with winds westerly 15 to 20 knots shifting easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. North and Chardon's Reefs for tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba and Caloundra, like yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish including some good snapper, jew and red emperor.Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point recently had a few big red emperor to 12 kg, good tusk fish, moses perch, coral cod, pearl perch a few quality snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Goldens, GT's and queenfish in the lower river. Flathead, bream and queenfish in the Woods Bays. GT's around the Coast Guard zone. Plenty of flathead up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks in the snaggy and structure areas in the upper river system and creeks. Worth putting the crab pots in!

Maroochydore: Trevally and a few tailor, still feeding and Cod Hole area and down steam to around Chambers Island. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point and through the south channel. Cod, tarwhine, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Keep putting the pots out, as there has been a few keeper bucks along with many under size to release.

Mooloolaba; Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Some good whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Estuary cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor on the beaches and feeding in the Passage. Bream, flathead, mangrove jack, trevally and a few mud crabs from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach.

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Keen angler, Cameron Sullivan with a hard fighting golden trevally caught between the Cod Hole and Chambers Island.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-11-27

Offshore

Today's conditions will be good so get out there while you can, with winds east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly during the day and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore by early evening. Tomorrow will be pretty choppy to very rough conditions particularly in the aftenoon with wind northerly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon then turning northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the evening with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. North and Chardon's Reefs for tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba and Caloundra, like yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish including some good snapper, jew and red emperor.Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Trekka 2 crews went to Double Island Point on Saturday, where they caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, frypan snapper, coral cod, pearl perch and this quality snapper on a jig." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishingoffshorenoosa.htm

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Goldens, GT's and queenfish in the lower river. Flathead, bream and queenfish in the Woods Bays. GT's around the Coast Guard zone. Plenty of flathead up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks in the snaggy and structure areas in the upper river system and creeks. Worth putting the crab pots in!

Maroochydore: Trevally and a few tailor, still feeding and Cod Hole area and down steam to around Chambers Island. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point and through the south channel. Cod, tarwhine, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Keep putting the pots out, as there has been a few keeper bucks along with many under size to release.

Mooloolaba; Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Some good whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Estuary cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor on the beaches and feeding in the Passage. Bream, flathead, mangrove jack, trevally and a few mud crabs from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach.

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James Tully - Smyth with a a big 34cm tarwhine in the Bli Bli area.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-11-26

Offshore

Today's conditions will be good with winds west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon and east to southeasterly in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Tomorrow will be okay as well with northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening. North and Chardon's Reefs for tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba  recently with snapper to 97cm on a Deep End Fishing Charter and other quality snapper, red emperor to 75cm, with the one red weighing in at 9kg, caught by Eric Frei in his own boat. Yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. While Double Island Point has had red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and  snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Goldens, GT's and queenfish in the lower river. Flathead, bream and queenfish in the Woods Bays. GT's around the Coast Guard zone. Plenty of flathead up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks in the snaggy and structure areas in the upper river system and creeks. Worth putting the crab pots in!

Maroochydore: Trevally and a few tailor around the 50 cm size range, still feeding, along with a few school jew released recently around the motorway bridge and Cod Hole area. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Keep putting the pots out, as there has been a few keeper bucks along with many under size to release.

Mooloolaba; Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Some good whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Estuary cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor on the beaches and feeding in the Passage.Bream, flathead, mangrove jack and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally, mud crabs and a few mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage.

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Here is a recent catch of nice coronation trout taken on a Deep End Fishing Charter out of Mooloolaba.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-23

Offshore

Today's Full Moon Phase will have the fish ready to feed so be ready to go. Today's conditions will be an improvement than the past couple of days with winds northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then turning west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Tomorrow and Sunday will be pretty good and workable for offshore fishing with 10 to 15 knot west to north westerly tending south westerly winds. So with better conditions be ready to go to North and Chardon's Reefs for tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba with snapper and red emperor to 75cm, with the one red weighing in at 9kg, as well as yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. While Double Island Point has had red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and snapper. In recent weeks there's been some excellent catches of jew, trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay

A few spanish mackerel, queenfish, cobia, tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region around the schooing bait and reef patches. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Flathead from the creeks on the western side of Fraser Island. Summer whiting along the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack, flathead, bream and grunter bream in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits.

Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. 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: The Full Moon will have the fish in the bite particularly the jew cruising in the gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. Still the odd tailor to be caught in the deeper gutters. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs.

Rainbow Beach: dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. Try for a few good muddies in the creeks.

Local Dams and Rivers

Monduran Dam has some quality Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing  live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has some quality bass and saratoga. Try around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App (Android or Apple), which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Noosa: Flathead, trevally and the odd queenfish and some reasonable whiting on that incoming tide around the river mouth. Woods Bay had a few flathead and bream in the as well as some school jew and the odd big golden trevally. There has also been some tailor around the Coast Guard building. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally and a few tailor around the 50 cm size range, still feeding, along with several undersize school jew released recently around the motorway bridge and Cod Hole area. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor rom Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor on the beaches and feeding in the Passage.Bream, flathead, mangrove jack and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally, mud crabs and a few mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage.

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Jack Hagan with a nice keeper dusky flathead from Eudlo Creek.

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Bill Conn caught this feisty 50cm tailor up near the Cod Hole.

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Keen fresh water angler Alison MacDonald got into some quality bass in Borumba Dam.

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Eric Frei with a good catch off Mooloolaba on Friday both snapper and red emperor were 75cm, with the red weighing in at 9kg.

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The crews Rainbow Escape Charters have been getting into a few good jew over the past couple of weeks.

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The crews aboard Deep End Charters out of Mooloolaba, did well the other day including taking this 97cm Snapper at the Barwon Banks.

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