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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 2018-08-21

Offshore

Much better conditions today as winds will be west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly in the early afternoon then tending west to northwesterly in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the evening with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Maroochydore later in the evening. Tomorrow conditions will be good in close inshore waters early but probably choppy and lumpy out wide away from the coast with winds westerly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then tending west to northwesterly during the evening. Inshore afternoon north to northeasterly sea breezes 10 to 15 knots. So as conditions settle down remember, Trekka 2 fished  Double Island Point on Saturday where they  pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish and a number of quality cobia. There's been grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper close in off Coolum around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Jew, tailor, bream and dart to be taken along Teewah Beach.There has been plenty of whiting opposite the Yacht Club and some really good flathead just outside Lake Doonella on the run out tide. We also saw some decent golden trevally around the ski run area, and also up into Lake Cooroibah Luderick in the lower river. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Jew to 104cm off Coolum Beach on Saturday morning and tailor at the river mouth and along the beaches try at dawn and dusk or over night. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Danny a tourist from Shanghai caught this dart on Fraser Island beach

Danny, a tourist visiting from Shanghai China, caught this quality dart along Seventy Five Mile Beach on Fraser Island

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-08-20

Offshore

Winds will be southwesterly at 25 to 30 knots, easing to 15 to 20 knots in the late morning. Winds decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon, with seas at 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday, then decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.  Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double island reefs are producing moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, tea leaf trevally, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Tailor and dart along Teewah Beach.There has been plenty of whiting opposite the Yacht Club and some really good flathead just outside Lake Doonella on the run out tide. We also saw some decent golden trevally around the ski run area, and also up into Lake Cooroibah Luderick in the lower river. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Tailor at the river mouth and along the beaches try at dawn and dusk or over night. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Michael Bray caught and released a winter mangrove jack from Currimundi Creek on a JH Lures Maroochy Minnow.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-08-18

Offshore

Looking like great conditions with northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southwesterly from the south during the morning, then becoming variable below 10 knots in the middle of the day. Winds becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon and northwesterly in the evening and seas around 1 metre. Tomorrow be choppy to tough by afternoon with west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn, reaching 25 knots at times. Winds increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon and seas  1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.  Wild Thing 2 fished North Reef on Wednesday where they caught some big moses perch, Maori cod, frypan snapper, and a nice big eye tuna. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double island reefs are producing moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, tea leaf trevally, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Tailor and dart along Teewah Beach.There has been plenty of whiting opposite the Yacht Club and some really good flathead just outside Lake Doonella on the run out tide. We also saw some decent golden trevally around the ski run area, and also up into Lake Cooroibah Luderick in the lower river. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Tailor at the river mouth and along the beaches try at dawn and dusk or over night. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Check out local angler Matt Lynch with a delicious Coral Trout taken on the Gneerings last weekend

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-08-17

Offshore

Looking like good conditions particularly close in with west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northeasterly around 10 knots during the day then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.Tomorrow there will be great conditions with lighter south westerly winds early with an afternoon sea breeze The crew aboard Noosa Blue Water Charters fished north reef earlier in the week for pearl perch, moses perch, cobia, mulloway, snapper, tusk fish and grass sweetlip. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double island reefs are producing moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, tea leaf trevally, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish. Pearl perch, big red's emperor, Knobby snapper to 98cm, tusk fish, sweetlip and moses perch big cobia and some monster cod, North of Double Island Point and 15 nm East of Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Good grassy sweetlip, blackall, coral trout, tuskfish, quality keeper snapper and cod have been taken off Roonies Point, Wathumba, also on the 25 fathom reef and in the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. School mackerel and chopper tailor are feeding throughout the bay, off Burrum Heads and are taking metal slugs. Still a few school and Spanish mackerel from the fairway buoy, moon ledge and Six Mile Arch Cliffs. Bigger bream from most of the rocky outcrops. Bream, bonito,and schoolies are feeding around the Urangan Jetty. A few thread fin salmon, bream and reasonable flathead in the creeks that feed into the Straits. Try for whiting around Gatakers Bay and Toogoom.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Please remember the tailor run closed season applies from midday, the 1st August to midday 30th September 2018. The closure is in place to protect tailor where they congregate for spawning. During the closure, the taking of all fin fish is prohibited within an area from a point 400m north of Waddy Point to a point 400m south of Indian Head, and 400m out to sea from low water. For more information check out, Queensland fishing rules including closed seasons, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. Good dart in the low tide gutters and tailor between Dundubara and Yidney Rocks. Also a few bigger tailor still around the Maheno area and around Cathedrals and further up in northern areas. Mulloway in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, particularly overnight. 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 trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream bream and flathead.

Rainbow Beach: Dart, whiting and tailor form the beaches and in the bay. Good mulloway and bigger tailor have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, plenty of good bream, flathead, sand crabs and trevally.

Local Dams and Rivers: The deeper water in the main basin of Lake MacDonald is producing good bass in numbers. The fishing will improve further towards the end of the month and through September with more good fish to be taken on hopping blades and soft vibes. The Switchblades have the action for good bass out of the Tiaro stretch of the Mary River so get some Smak 16 and Brolga on the troll and TT Blades. Peter Batey a good day out at Borumba Dam last weekend managed to get some decent fish with around 30 odd fish caught and released, even got 1 bass with a tag in it, recorded the length and tag number to pass on to suntag! Borumba Dam has had bass taken on soft and hard lure in the main Basin have a go at Borumba Flat which is at the end of the basin as well as the junction of the Yabba and Kingham arms around the 10 m depths. Ice Jigs, 1/4 oz blades,spoons and tail spinners will all produce fish, wish catches to 50 cm. Boondooma Dam has been fishing well for excellent bass with the schooling fish feeding close to the bottom in many areas of the main basin. 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.

Noosa: Tailor and dart along Teewah Beach. Luderick in the lower river. Some good whiting, bream and plenty of good quality flathead from throughout the river. Trevally in the lower river also try in Noosa Sound. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Tailor at the river mouth up to 80 cm. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Cracking Spanish from today on board “Gotcha “ with Pete. Well done #herveybay #fishing#spanishmackerel #visitfrasercoast#fishingfrasercoast

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Mark Lester with a huge 80 cm or 4.68 kg plus several other keeper tailor taken, Monday night at the Maroochy River mouth. His sons name is Josh. You can see videos www.swanboathire.com.au facebook page.

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Have a look at keen angler Steph Kurtz from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club's weigh-in of her 60 cm dusky flathead, taken in Eudlo Creek

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Peter Batey a good day out at Borumba last weekend managed to get some decent fish with around 30 odd fish hitting the deck. Even got 1 bass with a tag in it, recorded the length and tag number to pass on to suntag!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-08-15

Offshore

Today conditions will be good particular early with winds north to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day with seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrows will be okay close in with a bit of northerly chop with winds northwesterly 15 to 20 knots and seas  1 to 1.5 metres. North Reef's had good big snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch and cobia. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double island reefs are producing moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, tea leaf trevally, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Tailor and dart along Teewah Beach. Luderick in the lower river. Some good whiting, bream and plenty of good quality flathead from throughout the river. Trevally in the lower river also try in Noosa Sound. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Tailor at the river mouth up to 80 cm. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Mark Lester with a huge 80 cm or 4.68 kg plus several other keeper tailor taken, Monday night at the Maroochy River mouth.

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