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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-10-07

Offshore

Conditions could be okay between the change and in the evening but most likely to be a uncomfortable and choppy for a good part of the day for small boats with winds north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots at first, reaching up to 20 knots offshore before dawn. A south to southeasterly change 15 to 20 knots extending from the south from the early morning. Winds tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Excellent conditions tomorrow as winds ease back to east to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming northeasterly during the evening with seas around 1 metre. So be ready to go. It will be worth hunting for a few snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip, big cobia and moses perch from the Blinker.  There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod and snapper from the gneerings. Trekka 2, crew fished The Banks on Thursday where they caught snapper, jewfish, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish and coral bream." Snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor, hussar and venus tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Wild Thing 2, crew fished The Hards on Thursday where they caught heaps of big hussar, big tuskies, Maori cod, moses perch, coral bream, big gold spot wrasse, spangled emperor and a cracking 81cm red emperor. Snapper, pig fish, parrot and pearl perch from the Hards. Coral trout, grass sweetlip and snapper from Sunshien Reef. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently. Cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl fish and snapper from Double Island Point.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: There has been a few good whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Fishing Safaris crew caught and released a golden trevally around the river mouth using a whitebait. Golden trevally, good flathead, a few grunter, cod, and mangrove jack between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring back in the rivers. Plenty of flathead throughout the river wit som caught and released up to 82cm. Good mud crab caught yesterday, near Maroochy waters Canal entrance 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: Good conditions for next couple of days so go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. 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, mudcrabs, a few grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Ruben Jones 53cm Flathead

Check out Ruben Jones from Nambour with a nice eating size, 53cm dusky flathead caught off Chambers Island yesterday.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-10-06

Offshore

Good conditions early , then becoming choppy in the afternoon with north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, tending northeast to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Then tomorrow looking okay with some choppy conditions through the day with Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending easterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres. However, Sundays forecast for much lighter winds is looking pretty good , so be ready to go. It will be worth hunting for snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip, big cobia and moses perch from the Blinker. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod and snapper from the gneerings. Snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor, hussar and venus tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, pig fish, parrot and pearl perch from the Hards. Coral trout, grass sweetlip and snapper from Sunshien Reef. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently. Cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl fish and snapper from Double Island Point.

Out from Hervey Bay: Spanish mackerel, mac tuna and long tail tuna are feeding throughout platypus bay. School mackerel, mac tuna and long tail tuna from Burrum 8 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: There has been patches of weed in the gutters along the eastern beaches with less in the northern area so best results will be in the cleaner areas without weed where there have been dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters. Good tailor have been plentiful north of the Maheno Wreck and around Happy Valley. Bigger jew near Yidney Rocks. Hervey Bay: The next couple of months will have the flathead feeding from the Creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island and from the lower Burrum River. Flathead and cod from River heads. Trevally, mangrove jack, threadfin salmon, barra and queenfish from the middle and upper Burrum river. Threadfin Salmon and barramundi in the Mary and Susan rivers.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, kingfish, mackerel, bream and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Spotty mackerel and long tail tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead between rainbow and double Island Point. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Barramundi, mangrove jack and estuary cod in Kauri Creek.
Local Dams and Rivers: Healthy bass at Lake Macdonald, not too big but fun on light gear, try spinnerbaits and jig spinners rigged on paddle tail soft plastics such as Nories Inlet Shads. Casting in close to the lily pads is has been producing good fish. Lake McDonald has also had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays along with Bass and saratoga in the timbers on surface lures. In Borumba Dam yellowbelly are taking lure and bait in the timbers. The odd saratoga and plenty of bass on surface lures. Quality bass in the timbers as well. Bass and sooty grunter in upper Mary River and its tributaries.

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Branson Island and the ski run have produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Plenty of trevally, also big flathead released to82cm this week, cod and jacks the Maroochy Waters Canal and in the Cod Hole. 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: When conditions improve go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. 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 and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Ben Forgan Jack53cm

Ben Forgan managed to stop a mangrove Jack in the upper reaches which he caught and released and the cranky fella went 53, such an awesome fish!!! but still got smoked a few times!!! And a few trevelly and flathead as well.

Eli Thomas Tailor Happy Valley

Keen young angler Eli Thomas, fishing with his Dad Peter Thomas and family with a beautiful tailor, taken out from Happy Valley on Fraser Island

Ben Forgan catch release Jew

Ben Forgan with a catch and release jew from the Maroochy River.

Jake JohnsonRelease small barraon coast

Jake Johnson caught and released a nice young under size barra to mature for another day in one of the Sunshine coast waterways recently.

Melissa Rowly Cobia 55kg Mooloolaba

Melissa Rowly with her personal best Cobia 149cm caught out off Mooloolaba last weekend.

Tate Key sooty Grunter

Keen local angler Tate Key’s, with a sooty Grunter taken on surface in the upper Mary River.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-10-06

Offshore

Okay conditions including the Full Moon today with winds North to northwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots from the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow will ease back through the day with north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots and shifting east to southeasterly from the south during the morning with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.  However, Sundays forecast for much lighter winds is looking pretty good , so be ready to go. It will be worth hunting for a few snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip, big cobia and moses perch from the Blinker.  There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod and snapper from the gneerings. Snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor, hussar and venus tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, pig fish, parrot and pearl perch from the Hards. Coral trout, grass sweetlip and snapper from Sunshien Reef. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently. Cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl fish and snapper from Double Island Point.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Today’s Full Moon will have the fish on the bite right through the weekend. Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Fishing Safaris crew caught and released a golden trevally around the river mouth using a whitebait.Around Branson Island has produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring back in the rivers. Plenty of trevally, also big flathead one caught and released yesterday near Chambers Island went 82cm, cod and jacks the Maroochy Waters Canal and in the Cod Hole. Good mud crab caught yesterday, near Maroochy waters Canal entrance 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: Good conditions for next couple of days so go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. 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, mudcrabs, a few grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Robert Whiting 82cm Flathead

Check out Robert Whiting with a monster 82cm dusky flathead caught and released off Bradman Av on Wednesday.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-10-05

Offshore

Great conditions today with winds south to southeasterly below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly about 10 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Choppy northerly conditions for today with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots, with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. So get ready today and early tomorrow to chase a few snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip, big cobia and moses perch from the Blinker.  There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod and snapper from the gneerings. Snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor, hussar and venus tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, pig fish, parrot and pearl perch from the Hards. Coral trout, grass sweetlip and snapper from Sunshien Reef. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia. Crews on Baitrunner from, Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters have taken good  snapper, pearl perch, red throat emperor, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and mulloway 20nm east of Wide Bay Bar recently. Cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl fish and snapper from Double Island Point.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Fishing Safaris crew caught and released a golden trevally around the river mouth using a whitebait.Around Branson Island has produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Plenty of trevally, also big flathead one caught and released yesterday near Chambers Island went 82cm, cod and jacks the Maroochy Waters Canal and in the Cod Hole. Good mud crab caught yesterday, near Maroochy waters Canal entrance 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: Good conditions for next couple of days so go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. 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, mudcrabs, a few grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Shaun Doyle Mudcrab

Shaun Doyle potted this fat rusty male crab in the middle reaches of the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-10-04

Offshore

Good conditions Today with winds south to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Fantastic conditions for tomorrow with winds variable about 10 knots, with seas . Below 1 metre. So get ready to chase a few snapper, Maori cod and tusk fish from Murphy’s Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and moses perch from the Blinker. There have been Moses perch, flathead, gold spot cod, big cobia to 50kg and snapper from the gneerings. Wild Thing 2 crews fished Sunshine Reef where they got some nice tuskies, squire, grassy sweetlip, coral bream and coral trout. Trekka 2 crews also fished The Banks on Sunday, conditions were a bit ordinary but they caught snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor, hussar and venus tusk fish. Cougar One fished, Double Island Point where crews caught cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl fish and almost bagged out on snapper. We also saw the first few tuna for the year. North Reef caught pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and plenty of good cobia.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower river. Golden trevally and big flathead in the Woods Bays, the river mouth and off Munna Point. Fishing Safaris crew caught and released a golden trevally around the river mouth using a whitebait.Around Branson Island has produced golden trevally and big flathead. Grunter, cod, jacks and flathead between the lakes. Cod, bream and flathead in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Plenty of trevally, also big flathead one caught and released yesterday near Chambers Island went 82cm, cod and jacks the Maroochy Waters Canal and in the Cod Hole. Good mud crab caught yesterday, near Maroochy waters Canal entrance 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: Good conditionsfor next couple of days so go for grass sweetlip and trevally from Moffat Head. Whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Jacks and trevally in Currimundi Creek. 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, a few grunter and cod in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Jake JohnsonRelease small barraon coast

Jake Johnson caught and released a nice young under size barra to mature for another day in one of the Sunshine coast waterways recently.

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