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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-12-01


Looking like a good weekend ahead for fishing with the lead up to the Full Moon on Monday, except for the possibility of more showers and rain early next week. Excellent offshore conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the evening with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar conditions early with winds ENE 10 to 15 knots maybe strengthening a little with a northeasterly sea breeze in the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. North reef had moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch and scarlet sea perch. Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai. Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had saddle tailed sea perch, snapper, moses perch, coral trout and gold band snapper. The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of pearl perch, red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack.

Out from Hervey Bay: Good numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser this week. Few good broad barred mackerel and mac tuna in Platypus Bay. Nice threadfin salmon, grunter and jacks in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Big Threadfin salmonand flathead from River heads. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Trevally, long tail tuna, broad barred mackerel and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Banana prawns are running in most river systems at the moment.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The tailor are still around so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been good dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach: Tailor, bream, mackerel and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. . Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. November is often the best month of the year to chase fish in the stocked impoundments as they cannot breed behind the dam walls so they are able to be fished for with a fishing Permit. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Deep diving lures are working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches:

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Tailor and trevally from the river mouth over night. Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole boat ramp. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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J BongertmanGrunter Bream50cm

John Bongertman’s 50cm grunter bream or (barred/spotted javelin-fish or spotted grunter fish, legal size 40cm) taken on Monday between the Motorway Bridge and Chambers Island.

Ray Nichols Buck Crabs

Old timer Ray Nichols, has had his pots out in the creeks this week scoring a few keeper buck crabs.

Rainbow Escape Red Emperor

This week’s extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters east of the wide bay bar produced good numbers of Red emperor.

Rainbow Escape Maori Cod

Another extended day charter aboard Rainbow Escape Charters targeting fish with vertical jigs produced plenty of amberjack, a few pearl perch and plenty of bust offs.

Sharky Schembri Lake MacDonald Bass

Sharky (Tony) Schembri as usual had a good time at Lake MacDonald last weekend, where he took home his bag limit of quality Bass.

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