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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: Thursday 2018-12-27

Offshore

Today will have pretty good conditions with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots, 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 by early evening. Tomorrows conditions will be choppy with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. So, get out and try for some dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum.Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had a few good goldband snapper, cobia, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch, grass emperor and snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Trevally, mangrove jack and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. There have been several catches of quality Mangrove jack throughout the river.

Maroochydore: Some good quality whiting throughout the lower river system. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole. Mud Crabs potted througout the river.

Mooloolaba: Try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead throughout the Passage. Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Twins, Jack and Charlie all the way from England, were happy with their first whiting from the Cod hole

Local Fishing Report: Christmas Eve Monday 2018-12-24

Offshore

The crew at Swan Boat Hire would like to wish all our loyal readers, a safe and Merry Christmas and a great 2019 ahead. Still choppy to rough conditions today,with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Maroochydore during the morning with seas 1.5 to 2 metres. Christmas Day is looking better with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Boxing Day should be pretty good as well so, get out and try for some quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Trevally, mangrove jack and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. There have been several catches of quality Mangrove jack throughout the river. The rains have flushed the crabs out, so try even in the lower river.

Maroochydore: There have been several solid buck Mud Crabs potted througout the river. Some good quality whiting throughout the lower river system. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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My good Maroochy High School mate John Innes, hasn't lost his touch taking quality Amberjack and Cobia in his new boat off Rainbow beach this week.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2018-12-21

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for Sunshine Coast Waters! Rough conditions late today and into the evening with perhaps a window of opportunity this morning and midday with winds North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots south of Maroochydore in the middle of the day. Winds then becoming southerly 20 to 30 knots from the south with a strong southerly change in the late evening with seas workable for part of the day at 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. Tomorrow rough as well so stay in sheltered waters with windy conditions southerly 25 to 30 knots turning southeasterly during the morning and huge seas at 2 to 3 metres. Christmas Day and Boxing Day should be okay so, you might be able to get out and try for some quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With tomorrows (Sundays) Full Moon there should be plenty of fish feeding activity from now and through to Christmas. Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Jacks and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. The rains have flushed the crabs out, so try even in the lower river.

Maroochydore: The river water has a good run of dirty fresh water so the mud crabs are throughout the river system and there have already been several solid bucks potted. Some good quality whiting throughout the lower river system. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Flathead between Eudlo Creek and Bli Bli. Queenfish to 58cm in the lower river yesterday. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. After the heavy rain the Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Daniel Theo with a feisty 58cm Queenfish (Minimum size limit is 50cm) taken in the lower Maroochy river on Thursday.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-12-20

Offshore

Conditions have improved and should be pretty good today with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day, with seas below 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. Tomorrows conditions will be choppy with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northwesterly during the day with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Maroochydore. Before the recent crook weather there were quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With Sundays Full Moon there should be plenty of fish feeding activity from now and through to Christmas. Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Jacks and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. The rain events have flushed the crabs out, so try even in the lower river.

Maroochydore: The river water has a good run of dirty fresh water so the mud crabs are throughout the river system and there have already been several solid bucks potted. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Flathead between Eudlo Creek and Bli Bli.

Mooloolaba: Try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. After the heavy rain the Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Xavier Chong with a hard fighting 46cm trevelly taken on herring in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-12-19

Offshore

Conditions slowly improving improved with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly in the afternoon with seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrows conditions will be pretty good with winds north to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day with seas round 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Maroochydore during the evening. So be ready to go offshore as conditions hopefully are workable for the next few days. Before the recent crook weather there were quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Try for whiting from the flats in the lower river under the cover of the dirty water. Jacks and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. The downstream flow of dirty water has flushed the crabs out of the mangroves and creeks and into the middle and lower river, so put your pots out and see what you get.

Maroochydore: The river water has a good run of dirty fresh water so the mud crabs are throughout the river system and there have already been several solid bucks potted. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Flathead between Eudlo Creek and Bli Bli.

Mooloolaba: Try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. After the heavy rain the Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Jared Horton with a nice 46 cm dusky flathead caught and released in the Cod Hole yesterday

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