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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-23


Today's Full Moon Phase will have the fish ready to feed so be ready to go. Today's conditions will be an improvement than the past couple of days with winds northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then turning west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Tomorrow and Sunday will be pretty good and workable for offshore fishing with 10 to 15 knot west to north westerly tending south westerly winds. So with better conditions be ready to go to North and Chardon's Reefs for tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. There's been a few good catches off Mooloolaba with snapper and red emperor to 75cm, with the one red weighing in at 9kg, as well as yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. While Double Island Point has had red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and snapper. In recent weeks there's been some excellent catches of jew, trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay

A few spanish mackerel, queenfish, cobia, tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region around the schooing bait and reef patches. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Flathead from the creeks on the western side of Fraser Island. Summer whiting along the beaches between Burrum Heads and Urangan. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack, flathead, bream and grunter bream in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits.

Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The Full Moon will have the fish in the bite particularly the jew cruising in the gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. Still the odd tailor to be caught in the deeper gutters. A few good sand 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 solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs.

Rainbow Beach: dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. Try for a few good muddies in the creeks.

Local Dams and Rivers

Monduran Dam has some quality Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including  live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has some quality bass and saratoga. Try around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App (Android or Apple), which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Noosa: Flathead, trevally and the odd queenfish and some reasonable whiting on that incoming tide around the river mouth. Woods Bay had a few flathead and bream in the as well as some school jew and the odd big golden trevally. There has also been some tailor around the Coast Guard building. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally and a few tailor around the 50 cm size range, still feeding, along with several undersize school jew released recently around the motorway bridge and Cod Hole area. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor rom Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Still a few tailor on the beaches and feeding in the Passage.Bream, flathead, mangrove jack and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally, mud crabs and a few mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage.

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Jack Hagan with a nice keeper dusky flathead from Eudlo Creek.

Bill Conn 50cm Tailor

Bill Conn caught this feisty 50cm tailor up near the Cod Hole.

Bass Borumba Alison Mcdonald

Keen fresh water angler Alison MacDonald got into some quality bass in Borumba Dam.


Eric Frei with a good catch off Mooloolaba on Friday both snapper and red emperor were 75cm, with the red weighing in at 9kg.

Rainbow Escape Charters nice Jew DIPSunday4th 1

The crews Rainbow Escape Charters have been getting into a few good jew over the past couple of weeks.


The crews aboard Deep End Charters out of Mooloolaba, did well the other day including taking this 97cm Snapper at the Barwon Banks.

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