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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-12-06


The rough conditions look like continuing right into the weekend or Monday so be prepared to stay in sheltered waters.There's a Strong Wind Warning for Today in Sunshine Coast Waters, winds today Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore north of Maroochydore during the day and seas 2 to 2.5 metres. Tomorrow's conditions will ease slightly but still be rough offshore, with winds Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. When conditions improve remember there have been good catches of snapper and Spanish Mackerel to 13 kg around Mudjimba Island, as well as spotty mackerel and small Bonito visible on surface with bait balls inside and close to the island. With North and Chardon's Reefs having 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 and Caloundra, like spanish mackerel, yellow tail kingfish, cobia, long tail tuna, tusk fish including some good snapper, jew and red emperor. snapper pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, trevally and queenfish throughout the lower river. Jew in the Tewantin Reach. Plenty of flathead and whiting up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks in the snaggy and structure areas in the upper river system and creeks. Worth putting the crab pots in! 

Maroochydore: Trevally, bream and flathead Cod Hole area. There's been several good catches of flathead throughout the river. Cod, tarwhine and bream as well as under size chopper tailor from Bli Bli. Mangrove jack in the creeks. A few keeper bucks along with many under size and female crabs to release.

Mooloolaba; Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Some good whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Estuary cod, flathead, bream and worth a try for a jack from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek.

Caloundra: Bream, flathead,mangrove jack trevally and a few mud crabs from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. A few dart, bream and whiting off the beaches.
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Craig Stewart fishing Moreton Bay

Here is one of my old Forestry Mates Craig Stewart who now works in Fisheries showing off an excellent 43cm whiting from his favourite spots in Moreton Bay

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