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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: Thursday 2017-10-19

Offshore

Still choppy today as it will take a day to settle down with winds easterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Tomorrow should be okay with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas settled to below 1 metre. Saturday should be the best day hopefully with fairly light winds under 10 knots  .A few good fish were boated before the crook weather, so as conditions improve you should try for 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 Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run off fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Grunter and school jew from Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Mud crabs are moving in the upper and middle river, creeks and canals and down into the lower river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Big bream from Cornmeal Creek and Cotton Tree. Golden Trevally from Twin Waters.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead and bream around McKenzie’s Bridge. Mud crabs in the middle River and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar and off the Northern tip of Bribie. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage with better catches from Lower Coochin Creek.

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Check out Danny Brooks with a catch and release jack taken in Eudlo Creek last Sunday on a 3.5” slider shad Sludgie .

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-10-18

Offshore

Winds will be blowing easterly at 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore at times, with 2.5 – 3m seas. Looks like conditions will be good finally by Friday and Saturday to get amongst them offshore. A few good fish were boated before conditions worsened include: 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 Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run off fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Grunter and school jew from Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Mud crabs are moving in the upper and middle river, creeks and canals. crabs moving throughout the river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Big bream from Cornmeal Creek and Cotton Tree. Golden Trevally from Twin Waters.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead and bream around McKenzie’s Bridge. Mud crabs in the middle River and canals.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar and off the Northern tip of Bribie. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Mud crabs are moving throughout the passage with better catches from Lower Coochin Creek.

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Ben Forgan with a solid PB amberjack caught while fishing from Murphy’s Reef over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-10-17

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, winds east to southeasterly 25 to 30 knots and seas 2.5 to 3 metres. Tomorrow and possibly into early Wednesday will have little change with rough conditions and winds easterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. So best to stay in sheltered waters for a few days. Hopefully later in the week and certainly looking at the forecast and the New Moon Phase on Friday having the fish in the bite, next weekend should be worthwhile for offshore fishing.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: The rain and run of fresh water in the river system has the mud crabs moving throughout the river, so get the pots in. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Golden trevally, grunter, flathead along Tewantin Stretch. Whiting, diamond trevally and grunter in Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Plenty of flathead throughout the river system, with some big dusky flathead caught and released up to 86cm. With the good rains there are mud crabs moving throughout the river. Whiting and flathead under the cover of dirty water between Chambers, around Channel Island and to the river mouth. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: There have been dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, mangrove jack and trevally in Currimundi Creek and Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally, mud crabs, and a few sandies grunter and cod throughout the Passage, the creek and in Pelican Waters Canal.

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John Watts landed this nice golden trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-10-16

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters, winds east to southeasterly 25 to 30 knots and seas 2.5 to 3 metres. Tomorrow and possibly into early Wednesday will have little change with rough conditions and winds easterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. So best to stay in sheltered waters for a few days. Hopefully later in the week and certainly looking at the forecast and the New Moon Phase on Friday having the fish in the bite, next weekend should be worthwhile for offshore fishing.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few good whiting throughout the lower river. Sand crabs along the Noosaville reach and in Weyba Creek. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Golden trevally, grunter, flathead along Tewantin Stretch. Whiting, diamond trevally and grunter in Lake Cooroibah. After the good rains put the crab pots in throughout the river.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring back in the rivers. Plenty of flathead throughout the river system, with some big dusky flathead caught and released up to 86cm. With the good rains there are good mud crabs throughout the river. Whiting and flathead between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: There have been dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, mangrove jack and trevally in Currimundi Creek and Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally, mud crabs, and a few sandies grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Matthew Planck fished the Cod hole on Friday, dropping 2 good flathead at the side of the boat, keeping these nice eating size fish and also being broken off after a hard run into the pylons.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-10-14

Offshore

Yes, a great day out on the water today, with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Tomorrow will become choppy to rough with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots at times in the afternoon and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. Spotty and school mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile and NW fairway beacon. Snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Red emperor, tusk fish, spotty mackerel and snapper from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, sweetlip, big cobia and moses perch from the Blinker. Trekka 2 crew fished D.I.P the fish were biting from the first to last drop and we caught snapper, jewfish, moses perch, venus tusk fish, frypan snapper, hussar, gold spot cod, areolate cod and pearl perch. Chardons Reef snapper, cobia, moses perch, tusk fish. Gold spot cod, maori cod and pearl perch. The Banks has had good snapper, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish. The Hards has had heaps of big hussar, big tuskies, Maori cod, moses perch, coral bream, big gold spot wrasse, spangled emperor and a cracking 81cm red emperor. Coral trout, grass sweetlip, cobia, tuna, tusk fish and snapper from Sunshine Reef. A few good Cobia from Halls reef. Snapper, moses perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, scarlet sea perch, gold spot cod, jew, tailor and gold band snapper from Double Island Point.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: A few solid elbow slapper whiting throughout the lower river. Good sand crabs along the Noosaville reach and in Weyba Creek. Golden trevally and big flathead to be released in the 75 to 80cm range in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and generally throughout the river system. Golden trevally, grunter, flathead along Tewantin Stretch. Whiting, diamond trevally and grunter in Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring back in the rivers. Plenty of flathead and the odd hairtail throughout the river with some dusky’s caught and released up to 86cm. Matt Planck fished the Cod hole yesterday dropping 2 good flathead at the side of the boat, keeping a 46cm fish and being broken off after a hard run into the pylons, all in the first hour. Good mud crabs in the upper reaches. Whiting and flathead on the between Chambers and Channel Island. Flathead from Bli Bli flats and the creek mouths. Trevally to 60cm in Maroochy Waters Canal. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mangrove jacks, trevally, cod and jew from the rock bars in the middle and upper river.

Mooloolaba: Try for dart and tarwhine from Kawana Beach. Cod, bream and trevally in Parrearra Channel. Trevally and bream off the rock walls. Mangrove jack from the rock bars in the upper river. Trevally and cod around Minyama Island. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Flathead around McKenzie’s Bridge.

Caloundra: Try for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting, bream, mangrove jack and trevally in Currimundi Creek and Lake. Getting a few good quality flathead inside the bar, off the Northern tip of Bribie and from the creek mouths. Whiting from Golden Beach and from the banks south of Bells Creek. Trevally, mud crabs, and a few sandies grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Alex Beggs 84cm Barra Released

Fishing on his kayak, Alex Beggs caught and released an 84cm Barra in a Sunshine Coast canal on Wednesday this week. Please remember, Barramundi East Coast Closed Season is 1st of November to 1st February. (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.)

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