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Fishing Report: Why not spring into a fishing comp for a good cause? 09/09/2010




Large schools of bait fish migrating from Stradbroke and Moreton Islands to the shallow waters just off Teewah Beach has signaled the beginning of spring. The short lived winter snapper season is coming to and end and the first big bait schools on the 50 meter line off Mooloolaba have shown up. It just goes to show how quickly the water temps offshore have warmed up when the first black marlin start smashing live baits trolled by the local game fishing gurus.


Spring on the Sunshine Coast is when we can expect the better numbers of summer whiting to start sniffing around in the rivers, mangrove jacks will hit live bait and lure more ferociously, large female dusky flathead with their multiple gathering of eager small males to be activity feeding in excellent numbers throughout the coast and School Mackerel are feeding on the close in reefs between Noosa and Caloundra.

So with the change in season, it would be worth entering the Beerwah RSL Annaul fishing comp to test your skills.

The Annual Beerwah RSL fishing Competition is here again and seems to be growing stronger every year. The competition raises money to support the Children’s Ward at the Nambour General Hospital and is being held on the 10th, 11th and 12th September. The entry fee is only  $31 per person and is for a good cause.


The Major prize is a week’s accommodation at the Indian Head fishing units on Fraser Island, which would give you a really good chance to do some serious beach fishing with friends and family. All you need to do is enter and you will get a ticket that could win you this excellent prize. Individual river, beach and offshore species are rewarded with $300 cash prizes for the heaviest fish.  All of the competition rules and conditions can be found on the clubs web page at

So if you love your fishing and would like a chance to win some really awesome and help raise money for a good cause, this fishing competition's for you.




Noosa: Amberjack, yellowtail kingfish, cobia and snapper from North reef. Tailor,  jewfish and dart along Sunshine beach at night. Mangrove jack, trevally and chopper tailor on poppers and soft plastics during the early mornings at Woods Bay. Quality bream from the Sheraton bridge to the river mouth.

Maroochydore: Quality numbers of squid from Old Woman Island. Parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Murphy’s and the Barwon Banks. Quality bream around Cotton tree and the Bli Bli bridge on live herring. Whiting and bream have been caught around Goat and Channel island during the incoming tide. Flathead between the mouth of Petrie Creek and the Bli Bli bridge  

Kawana: Tailor and bream around point Cartwright at night. Luderick along the rock walls. Whiting have been taken throughout the river and on the beaches during the low tide. Golden trevally have been taken throughout the canal system. Quality numbers of bream around the boat moorings.

Caloundra: Snapper, sweetlip, cobia and school mackerel on Currimundi reef and Caloundra wide. Flathead from the power boat club and the mouth of Bells creek. School jew and bream from the Blue Hole at night on the run out tide. Bream throughout the river in large numbers





Snapper will continue to feed throughout spring in reasonable numbers off the Sunshine Coast as long as the water temperature don’t rise too quickly. These 3kg specimens were taken on a recent trip to Murphy’s Reef by yours truely.


Dusky flathead like this 57cm specimen become more active on lure and bait during the spring months.


Ray Pascoe was fishing on Flat Dog charters last Friday at the Barwon Banks when his squid/pilchard float bait attracted this 20.5kg red emperor, which put up a monster fight on his 30lb braid on a 8-12kg live fibre rod.


Matthew Meng was fishing with un weighted pilchards around the rocks at Old Women Island when this 1kg bring took the bait and fought hard in the white water.



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