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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: Friday 2018-05-11

Offshore

Unfortunately conditions will become choppy and rough later particularly out wide away from the protection of the coast with winds continuing to strengthen to a north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southwesterly early in the morning. Winds reaching up to 25 knots at times offshore during the morning with seas 1 to 2 metres. Tomorrow conditions will be calmer close inshore but choppy and rough away from the immediate coastline, particularly out wide as winds will be west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. A 12 kg Amerjack and several sweetlip caught by our mate Ollie off Mooloolaba yesterday.  Recently on Trekka 2's charter to North  and Sunshine Reef's the crews caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, nice size snapper and Moses perch. Sunshine Reef has also had  nice coral trout and grass sweetlip.  A few cobia, quality Spanish mackerel, Long tail tuna out from Sunshine Reef, off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting a few good bream to 39cms and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs still about in the the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Try for tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still a few mud crabs in the upper river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding around the bar and throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Jarvis Trevally 2

Have a look at super keen angler Jarvis Henricks with a couple of nice trevally taken up from the Motorway Bridge in the maroochy River

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-05-10

Offshore

Winds will be Okay early then strengthening in the afternoon with variable below 10 knots, becoming west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning. Winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and increasing to 20 to 25 knots south of Maroochydore in evening  with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Tomorrow conditions choppy and rough particularly out wide as winds pick up with winds northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the day and seas 1 to 2 metres. Recently on Trekka 2's charter to North  and Sunshine Reef's the crews caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, nice size snapper and Moses perch. Sunshine Reef has also had  nice coral trout and grass sweetlip.  A few cobia, quality Spanish mackerel, Long tail tuna out from Sunshine Reef, off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.   

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs still about in the the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Try for tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole. A 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree overnight recently. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still a few mud crabs in the upper river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding around the bar and throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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sam 2 5Kg Jack

Have a look at this 2.5kg Mangrove Jack from the Cotton Tree area shown by Sam Pritchard, as the guy who landed it didn't want to be recognised and followed to his favourite fishing spots.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-05-09

Offshore

Winds will be pretty good particularly early with variable about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning with seas below 1 metre. Okay conditions through out the morning tomorrow with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. While conditions are good get out and try for some spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. On Trekka 2's charter to North  and Sunshine Reef's the crews caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, nice size snapper and Moses perch. Yesterday, Sunshine Reef has also had  nice coral trout and grass sweetlip.  A few cobia, quality Spanish mackerel, Long tail tuna out from Sunshine Reef, off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. 

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs still about in the the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Try for tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole. A 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree overnight recently. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still a few mud crabs in the upper river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding around the bar and throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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JeffHining Crab

Jeff Hirning with a nice buck crab from up Petrie Creek.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-05-08

Offshore

Winds easing back a little with east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending east to southeasterly during the morning with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Better conditions tomorrow with winds southerly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening and seas below 1 metre, so be ready to go and hit the reefs. When conditions improve get out and try for some spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good whiting, tailor, flathead, a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Herring are schooling up again. Several good tailor, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole and along Oyster Bank Road, as well as a 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree over night. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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Jeff Hirning with some good tailor off Oyster Bank Road area above the Motorway Bridge .

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-05-05

Offshore

Good conditions early morning before the change then strengthening winds making it rough in the afternoon with winds today variable about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then shifting southeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 0.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.Tomorrow conditions will be rough so stay in sheltered waters with winds southeasterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres.  Spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. 

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Get ready its nearly time for the luderick to be on around the rocks near the river mouth. Also good whiting, tailor, flathead, a few good bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the river Mud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: Herring are schooling up again. Several good tailor yesterday, trevally and jew at night in the Cod Hole and along Oyster Bank Road, as well as a 2.5 kg mangrove jack taken near Cotton Tree over night. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Chopper tailor and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally, bream and the odd chopper tailor feeding throughout the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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MattTailorOyster Bank Rd

Check out Matthew Planck with one of his nice tailor caught on lure yesterday morning, near the Cod Hole.

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