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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2018-12-21


Strong Wind Warning for Sunshine Coast Waters! Rough conditions late today and into the evening with perhaps a window of opportunity this morning and midday with winds North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots south of Maroochydore in the middle of the day. Winds then becoming southerly 20 to 30 knots from the south with a strong southerly change in the late evening with seas workable for part of the day at 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. Tomorrow rough as well so stay in sheltered waters with windy conditions southerly 25 to 30 knots turning southeasterly during the morning and huge seas at 2 to 3 metres. Christmas Day and Boxing Day should be okay so, you might be able to get out and try for some quality dolphin fish, sweetlip and spanish mackerel from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, mackerel, snapper and cod from North Reef. Snapper, sweetlip and few spotty mackerel from the Blinker. Dolphin fish and spanish mackerel from the Mooloolaba 8 mile. Cobia, snapper, venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel off Coolum. Grass sweetlip and moses perch from Old Women Island. Spanish mackerel and maori cod from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With tomorrows (Sundays) Full Moon there should be plenty of fish feeding activity from now and through to Christmas. Whiting from the flats in the lower river. Jacks and flathead between the lakes. Queenies and trevally at dawn in Woods Bays. The rains have flushed the crabs out, so try even in the lower river.

Maroochydore: The river water has a good run of dirty fresh water so the mud crabs are throughout the river system and there have already been several solid bucks potted. Some good quality whiting throughout the lower river system. Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. Flathead between Eudlo Creek and Bli Bli. Queenfish to 58cm in the lower river yesterday. Worth targeting a few Mangrove Jack in the creeks and around jetties and structures in the lower river and Cod Hole

Mooloolaba: When the wind eases try the beaches for whiting and dart. Jacks, flathead, trevally, whiting and a few cod in the Mooloolaba canals and the lower river rock walls. Whiting, bream and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, jack and and muddies from the upper Mooloolah.

Caloundra: Try for flathead, mangrove jack and a few mud crabs in Coochin Creek. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Whiting and flathead from the protected north western side of Bribie Island. After the heavy rain the Mud crabs will be feeding in all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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 Daniel Theo 58cm queenfish

Daniel Theo with a feisty 58cm Queenfish (Minimum size limit is 50cm) taken in the lower Maroochy river on Thursday.

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