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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-08-17


Looking like good conditions particularly close in with west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northeasterly around 10 knots during the day then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.Tomorrow there will be great conditions with lighter south westerly winds early with an afternoon sea breeze The crew aboard Noosa Blue Water Charters fished north reef earlier in the week for pearl perch, moses perch, cobia, mulloway, snapper, tusk fish and grass sweetlip. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double island reefs are producing moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, tea leaf trevally, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish. Pearl perch, big red's emperor, Knobby snapper to 98cm, tusk fish, sweetlip and moses perch big cobia and some monster cod, North of Double Island Point and 15 nm East of Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Good grassy sweetlip, blackall, coral trout, tuskfish, quality keeper snapper and cod have been taken off Roonies Point, Wathumba, also on the 25 fathom reef and in the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. School mackerel and chopper tailor are feeding throughout the bay, off Burrum Heads and are taking metal slugs. Still a few school and Spanish mackerel from the fairway buoy, moon ledge and Six Mile Arch Cliffs. Bigger bream from most of the rocky outcrops. Bream, bonito,and schoolies are feeding around the Urangan Jetty. A few thread fin salmon, bream and reasonable flathead in the creeks that feed into the Straits. Try for whiting around Gatakers Bay and Toogoom.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Please remember the tailor run closed season applies from midday, the 1st August to midday 30th September 2018. The closure is in place to protect tailor where they congregate for spawning. During the closure, the taking of all fin fish is prohibited within an area from a point 400m north of Waddy Point to a point 400m south of Indian Head, and 400m out to sea from low water. For more information check out, Queensland fishing rules including closed seasons, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. Good dart in the low tide gutters and tailor between Dundubara and Yidney Rocks. Also a few bigger tailor still around the Maheno area and around Cathedrals and further up in northern areas. Mulloway in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, particularly overnight. Whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream bream and flathead.

Rainbow Beach: Dart, whiting and tailor form the beaches and in the bay. Good mulloway and bigger tailor have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, plenty of good bream, flathead, sand crabs and trevally.

Local Dams and Rivers: The deeper water in the main basin of Lake MacDonald is producing good bass in numbers. The fishing will improve further towards the end of the month and through September with more good fish to be taken on hopping blades and soft vibes. The Switchblades have the action for good bass out of the Tiaro stretch of the Mary River so get some Smak 16 and Brolga on the troll and TT Blades. Peter Batey a good day out at Borumba Dam last weekend managed to get some decent fish with around 30 odd fish caught and released, even got 1 bass with a tag in it, recorded the length and tag number to pass on to suntag! Borumba Dam has had bass taken on soft and hard lure in the main Basin have a go at Borumba Flat which is at the end of the basin as well as the junction of the Yabba and Kingham arms around the 10 m depths. Ice Jigs, 1/4 oz blades,spoons and tail spinners will all produce fish, wish catches to 50 cm. Boondooma Dam has been fishing well for excellent bass with the schooling fish feeding close to the bottom in many areas of the main basin. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report.

Noosa: Tailor and dart along Teewah Beach. Luderick in the lower river. Some good whiting, bream and plenty of good quality flathead from throughout the river. Trevally in the lower river also try in Noosa Sound. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Tailor at the river mouth up to 80 cm. Plenty of bream to 35 cm, and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Cracking Spanish from today on board “Gotcha “ with Pete. Well done #herveybay #fishing#spanishmackerel #visitfrasercoast#fishingfrasercoast

Mark on Beach tailor

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MarkLesterJosh tailor 1

Mark Lester with a huge 80 cm or 4.68 kg plus several other keeper tailor taken, Monday night at the Maroochy River mouth. His sons name is Josh. You can see videos facebook page.

Steph Kurtz

Have a look at keen angler Steph Kurtz from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club's weigh-in of her 60 cm dusky flathead, taken in Eudlo Creek

peter Batey bass with tag

Peter Batey a good day out at Borumba last weekend managed to get some decent fish with around 30 odd fish hitting the deck. Even got 1 bass with a tag in it, recorded the length and tag number to pass on to suntag!

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