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Fishing Report: Spring Sports Fishing Comp 23/09/2010


What better way to kick off the game fishing season on the Sunshine Coast than with a fishing competition. But not just any fishing comp, the Sunshine Coast Game fishing club spring shootout.

This competition is for the serious sports fisherman only and they must be willing to target big billfish on light line classes. Could you imagine being hooked up to a 100kg black marlin on 8kg mono line. In this situation you need to have silky smooth preset drags and plenty of stamina to battle it out with your worthy opponent.

It seems like the short lived winter with warmer than usual water temperatures, in conjunction with the east coast current pumping warmer than usual seawater in close off the Sunshine Coast waters has fired up bait, sailfish and marlin.

The Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Clubs Spring shootout will be a good way to showcase the healthy billfish stocks that call the coast their home over the warmer months of the year. It is being held next week  between the 30th of September and the 3rd of October.

For further information on the shootout visit the Sunshine Coast Game Fishing Club on

This competition gives the average punter a chance to have perve on some pretty nice game fishing boats. Its worth going to the rock walls either side of the Mooloolah River mouth Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd mornings to watch the procession of beautiful game boats heading out to the fishing grounds.




Noosa: Dart and Whiting long the North Shore. Tarpon on fly and poppers from Weyba Creek and Make Peace Island. Plenty of bream from 25-30cm throughout the river. Tea leaf and cale cale trevally on fly and poppers from Munna Bridge and Noosa Harbour. Flathead throughout the river.


Maroochydore: Tailor from Mudjimba and Marcoola. School jew to 84cm and a few flathead in Maroochy Waters Canal. Flathead from Petrie creek to Bli Bli bridge. Mangrove jack to 2.75kg and School jew above bli bli bridge. Whiting up to 34cm from lower river and to 37cm from Minti Street. Mud crabs in Eudlo creek and Petrie creek.


Kawana: Tailor, bream and a few dart along Kawana Beach. Trevally and whiting on the banks just past McKenzie’s bridge. A 4.5kg golden trevally, plenty of chopper tailor and school mackerel from the rock walls. Tiger squid from the eastern rock wall.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and trevally around the bar. Whiting on poppers along Golden Beach and near the power boat club. Bream around the 30cm mark from the Military Jetty over night.




This 90kg black marlin was caught and released on 8kg line by Jeff Oates about 18 miles off Mooloolaba. (photo by David Granville)


Conor Lynch was fishing a bait ball out from Coolum when they tagged and releases this healthy sailfish on a recent trip.


Dan Smith fishing onbboard Ymer on the 08/09/2010 at the Mooloolaba 18 mile. It weighed 23.8kgs and is a pending Australian Record for Male 8kg line (photo David Granville).


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