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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-01-05


Okay conditions early but becoming choppy later in the day with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots at times in the afternoon and evening and around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the morning. Tomorrow will be okay as well with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre. There have been some excellent catches of Spanish Mackerel out from Noosa on local reefs. Chardons and Sunshine reefs have been producing by trolling whole garfish under a squid skirt Spanish mackerel and cobia and there are also good Moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar, sea perch, coral bream, cobia and gold spot cod. Halls Reef has had a few good spotty mackerel to 83cm. North reef had a few mackerel, cobia, moses perch, grass sweetlip, quality pearl perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. Snapper, cod venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, goldband snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker.

There have been excellent catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 15 to 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Spanish mackerel, trevally, cobia, tuna and small black marlin in Platypus Bay. A few good spotty mackerel grassy sweetlip, blackall, cod, school mackerel and the odd good trout on the inshore reefs Still numbers of small black marlin inside Fraser Island. A Nice threadfin salmon, grunter, 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 threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. Queenfish, tailor and coral trout from Woody Island. There have been some good quality whiting and a few garfish feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Getting plenty of pencil squid, good 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:  There’s a few good numbers of mackerel feeding out wide and behind the breakers. There’s still the odd tailor feeding along the gutters and headlands, so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting. There have been tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches low tide gutters. Over the holiday period caution is required for all beach travel with the amount of vehicles and kids running around and families and fishing on the beach. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches.

Rainbow Beach: You need to keep a keen eye on the traffic using the beaches and supervise your children for safety.Tailor, bream, Spanish and spotty mackerel and small snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tarwhine, 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: All the local dams and the Mary River are producing plenty of good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly at present. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding with the deep diving lures working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: Good flathead, grunter bream and giant and golden trevally from the river mouth and Woods Bay. Bream and whiting in the frying pan. Chris Lacey caught and released a 54cm mangrove jack in the lower estuary on a whole ganged pilchard. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around snaggy areas. Plenty of bream and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack feeding in the Cod Hole, upper river and in Petrie Creek. A few good whiting, and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, school jew and bream from oyster bank road. Whiting from Twin Waters. Schools of giant trevally in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the river, and up Maroochy Waters canal.

Mooloolaba: Bream, grunter and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Whiting and grunter above the twin bridges area. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Whiting, trevally and bream in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. Big whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Ed Kennett Mahi Mahi Barwon

Here is Ed Kennett with a big Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish from out wide of the Barwon Banks.

David and Alison McDonald Bass

Alison McDonaldBass

David McDonaldMaryRiver

David McDonald and his partner Alison (Bikini Girl) having and great time in the Mary River catching Bass.

John Cara Giant Trevally 70cm

John Cara fished Twin Waters overnight for several giant trevally, this one went 70cm or 4.5 kg, he kept 2 and released 5 others

Happy Jarvis Henricks Jack

Happy Jarvis Henricks with a couple of feisty jack taken in the upper river this week.

Peter Batey Carina Dam 49cm Bass

Peter Batey at Cania Dam this week with a quality 49cm of chunky cania bass.

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