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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-02-15

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells developing through southern Queensland waters from late Friday and over the weekend.  Choppy conditions again later today particularly out wide, so probably best to stay in close or in sheltered waters, with winds blowing north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Winds tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, with seas 1 to 2 metres. Easing back  tomorrow on the New Moon with a north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly around 10 knots during the morning and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.  When conditions ease back remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon tomorrow there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres on our beaches this weekend. Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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HarrisonMalia JohnstonBorumbaDamFridayafternoon79cm2ndcast onYellowCicad

Harrison Johnston and his daughter Malia caught and released this 79cm Saratoga in Borumba Dam last Friday afternoon. Taken 2nd cast on a yellow cicada and also got a feed of a couple dozen Red claw.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-02-14

Offshore

Caution: If you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large, long-period easterly swells will be developing through southern Queensland waters from late Friday and over the weekend.  Choppy conditions today particularly out wide, so probably best to stay in sheltered waters, with winds blowing north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Winds tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon and evening, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.. Easing back a bit tomorrow with a northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the day. When conditions ease back remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon this Friday there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells to be pounding our beaches this weekend. Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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AlexWhitley38cm whiting

Have a look at Alex Whitley with his 38cm elbow slapper whiting taken off Chambers Island Yesterday.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-02-13

Offshore

Pretty choppy to rough conditions today so stay in the rivers, with winds blowing northerly 15 to 25 knots, with seas 1 to 2 metres. Easing back a bit tomorrow but still with a northerly chop with winds northerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 20 knots at times and seas 1 to 2 metres. There are plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present. Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting predominantly in the lower river and from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Paul Blackwell 12kg Cobia Murphys

Paul Blackwell was ecstatic when with a 12kg Cobia he caught using floating pilchard at Murphys reef on Saturday the 10th February.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-02-12

Offshore

Winds will be blowing northerly at 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the late evening, with 1 -2  Seas. Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.  Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point on Saturday for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting predominantly in the lower river and from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Cod and trevally from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Cobia Mooloolaba TopCatch

The Crew aboard Top Catch Charters have been out recently with a few good Cobia taken wide of Mooloolaba.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-10

Offshore

Great conditions today, with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon with seas below 1 metre. Looking like it could be choppy tomorrow with a pesky northerly around 15 to 20 knots and seas rising later in the day from around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the evening. So be ready to venture out today to the local reefs for some quality mackerel and reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and a few mackerel and tuna. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and  spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream to 32 cm yesterday and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting predominantly in the lower river and from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Bev Clark MRSLFC Bream

Keen Angler Bev Clark from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in several nice bream to 32cm, taken in the lower Maroochy

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-09

Offshore

Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down today for a great weekend ahead. Today starting with southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. As conditions improve on the weekend with lighter winds easterly and northerly’s around 10 knots be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and pelagic. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: There have been reports of locals getting some good catches of prawns in the bay and in the rivers. Longtail, mack tuna and big golden and giant trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, spangled emperor, blackall, tuskies, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Golden Trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum 8 mile. Barramundi, threadfin salmon, whiting, flathead and bream throughout the straits. Whiting, flathead and garfish along the beaches between burrum heads and Urangan. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and still the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters where there is no weed. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Flathead, golden trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrisMRSLFC Whiting

chris mrsl Trevally

ChrissyMRSLFC

Chris Bell and his wife Chrissie, from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in quality whiting, a nice trevally and released a shovel nose shark while fishing on their kayaks in the lower Maroochy River.

Peter Batey Bass Borumba

Excellent angler, Peter Batey with some more of his quality big bass, this time from Borumba Dam.

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor Dave Skipper

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor Dave Skipper Pair

Dave the skipper off Rainbow Escape Charters with a nice big red emperor taken recently on a charters.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-09

Offshore

Great conditions today, particularly later in the afternoon, thank you very much, with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down for a great weekend ahead with winds variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas below 1 metre. So be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and a few mackerel and tuna. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and  spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Shine 44cm Flathead

While I (Shin) caught a small catfish, my 4-year old son, Shine, was really excited to catch 44cm flathead at sandbag from Cotton Tree in the dusk on Wed 7 Feb.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-02-08

Offshore

You will have to endure  more windy and conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metres. Looking like pretty good conditions for the weekend with winds winding down through Friday for a great weekend ahead. As conditions improve Saturday on the weekend with lighter winds easterly and northerly’s around 10 knots be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout and a few mackerel and tuna. Try for snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra reefs and  spotty mackerel and yellowfin tuna, from the Blinker, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrissyMRSLFC

Chrissie Bell, from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club caught and released a shovel nose shark while fishing on her kayak in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-02-07

Offshore

You will have to endure  windy and conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore. There’ll be similar tomorrow with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, with seas still 1.5 to 2 metres. But, conditions will definitely improve by Friday in time for a great weekend, so be ready for some action in offshore waters.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth. Trevally, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and blue spot trevally on the dirty water line in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Giant Herring and tarpon in Mountain Creek. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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ChrisMRSLFC Whiting

Chris Bell from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club weighed in quality whiting and a nice trevally while fishing on his kayak in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-02-06

Offshore

More windy and uncomfortable conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1.5 metre. Unfortunately similar tomorrow with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, but seas rising up to  1.5 to 2 metres. Hopefully conditions will improve later in the week possibly on Thursday and Friday so get your gear ready  to go, until then be prepared to stay in protected waters.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Trevally, queenfish, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally on high tide and flathead in the Cod Hole. Bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks. Whiting from Twin waters. Mud crabs throughout the river system.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Jack and cod around structure in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting and bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and up the Creek. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Peter Batey Bass Borumba Dam

Excellent angler, Peter Batey with some more of his quality bass, this time from Borumba Dam.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-03

Offshore

Strong tidal movements with the King tides associated with this week’s Full Moon Phase. So it will be best to stay in sheltered waters. Please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. Wind and conditions still today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the late evening and seas and swell still up around 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrows conditions be similar with more winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. and sea running from 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the evening.. When conditions improve which will hopefully, be into next week be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa.

Estuaries and Beaches

Queensland anglers are should be gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened this week at midday on Thursday 1 February. So with the start of the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi open season for wild barramundi, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations. So what are you waiting for here they are. “The minimum size limit for barramundi is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is 5 fish per person. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol relies on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations. "People who suspect illegal fishing activity during closed seasons should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116."

Table: Size and possession limits

Species Size limit Possession limit
Barramundi
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)* 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.

Noosa: Still take care with the king tidal movements, also exacerbated by big seas. Golden trevally and flathead in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove throughout the river in around the pylons and snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs flushed out and throughout the river system

Mooloolaba: Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in the Creeks that feed into the passage.

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Jack Witek Barramundi Released

Jack Witek was targeting mangrove jack in the upper Maroochy River in the last few days of the closed barra season when he caught and safely released this Barra after a quick photo. (Remember the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi season re-opened this week at midday on Thursday 1 February.)

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-02-02

Offshore

You can expect to still have the massive strong tidal movements after Wednesdays Full Moon Phase. So please take extra care on the water with the strong run and potential for floating debris picked up from the higher river banks and beaches by the King tides. More windy conditions today with a southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas still up there to 1.5 to 2 metres and swells southerly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore. Easing back a bit over the weekend but still similar conditions, so it may be better to plan to stay in sheltered waters for next few days. When conditions improve be ready to venture out to the local reefs for some quality reef fish and pelagics like grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, big coral trout, Spanish mackerel and Venus tusk fish. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, pearl perch, spotty mackerel and tuna from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from the Blinker, Caloundra 5 mile, Arkwright shoal, Sunshine Reef and in the bay at Noosa. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Yellowfin tuna, cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, long tail and yellowfin tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: There have been reports of locals getting some good catches of prawns in the bay and in the rivers. Longtail, mack tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay. Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, spangled emperor, blackall, tuskies, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Still good catches of threadfin salmon, grunter, and plenty of mangrove jack and banana prawns and mud crabs in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as plenty of threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. It’s worth targeting some good whiting and a few garfish that are feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Take extra care with driving on the beach with the King tides. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters where there is no weed. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: After this week’s Full Moon it is worth targeting jew, at night in the gutters or the rocks at Double Island Point. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: Queensland anglers are gearing up for barramundi season which re-opened at midday yesterday, Thursday 1 February. So with the start of the 2018 Queensland east coast barramundi open season for wild barramundi, you should make sure you know the rules and regulations. So what are you waiting for here they are. “The minimum size limit for barramundi is 58 cm, the maximum size limit is 120 cm and the possession limit is 5 fish per person. See table below. “Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol relies on the support of the public to help protect our fishing resources for future generations. "People who suspect illegal fishing activity during closed seasons should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116."

Table: Size and possession limits

Species Size limit Possession limit
Barramundi
East Coast 58–120 cm 5
Gulf of Carpentaria 58–120 cm 5
Freshwater 58–120 cm (one greater than 120 cm from some dams)* 5 (one during closed season for some dams)*

*Different rules apply to the take of barramundi from some lakes and dams. Check the website for the full list.

There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Golden trevally, flathead and barracuda in the Woods Bays. Bream from the sand bags. Flathead along Gympie Terrace. Good mangrove jack to 48cm behind the Sheraton and in the canals. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. Tailor, bream and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. Bream, flathead and cod from Bli Bli bridge. Mud crabs in the middle reaches, creeks and canals.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and bream in the surf at Mooloolaba Spit. Bream and giant trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack in Kawana Waters. Trevally and cod from Parrearra weir.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip from Moffat Head and kings Beach. Bream and sweetlip from Shelly Beach. Jew and flathead in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies and jacks in Coochin Creek.

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Harry Johnston Bass

Harry Johnston and his fishing partner Zoe Morrison got stuck into some nice bass, all between 35-40cm in the early morning.

We picked them up on a White/Gold TT Lures Vortex a Red/Black Bassman Spinner Bait.

Zoe Morrison Redclaw

Harry Johnston Yellow belly

Also got a feed of Redclaw and picked up a PB Yellow Belly that went 47cm.

Jack Witek Barramundi Released

Jack Witek was targeting mangrove jack in the upper Maroochy River in the last few days of the closed barra season when he caught and safely released this Barra after a quick photo.

Lachlan Salmon Queenfish

Lachlan Reedy caught his salmon & queenfish in the front gutter at River Heads and also a ½ bucket of good size prawns came from the gutter as well.

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