The winter fishing season is here and the colder conditions combined with this weeks New Moon will be better for fishing and hopefull bring the snapper in closer this winter season, so see if you can get out. Conditions becoming choppy, with wind southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly in the late afternoon and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow will be the better day, so be ready with winds south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, decreasing to below 10 knots in the afternoon and then turning southwesterly in the evening. Offshore winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots at times in the early morning, becoming east to northeasterly below 10 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Yak angler Dave Tunnington was trolling a whole slimy mackerel bait behind his kayak on Sunshine Reef on Thursday when landed a 161cm, 27kg Spanish mackerel. Eric Frei took home this 85cm ripper snapper off Mooloolaba over night caught on a slimy mackerel bait. North Reef has had pearl perch, some nice snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, grass emperor, painted sweetlip, yellowfin tuna and longtail tuna. Warren Norup fished Sunshine Reef in his kayak on Saturday morning in average conditions for this 123cm Spanish mackerl trolling a slimy mackerel. There's Spanish mackerel feeding over the Jew Shoal. Big longtail and mac tuna caught in close off Mooloolaba. A few good cobia, snapper sweetlip, school and spotty mackerel from Currimundi Reef and the Caloundra 5 and 9 mile reefs. Spanish mackerel, tuna and snapper from the Blinker. There were snapper, sweetlip, cobia and good longtails and Spanish mackerel as well as nice Red Emperor off Double Island.
Noosa: Teewah on the Noosa North Shore has had flathead, tailor to 55cm and a few good bream and whiting. Flathead, the odd tailor, golden trevally and bream around the river mouth and queenies and trevally in the Woods Bays. Tailor around 45cm in the Marina entrance. Whiting throughout the lower river and upstream in the lakes.
Maroochydore: The colder conditions will have the bream and tailor on the bite, particulary with the New Moon on Monday, so be ready to go, Tailor and trevally yesterday between the Motorway Bridge and Chambers Island. Several catches of flathead, whiting and bream between the river mouth and Bli Bli.
Mooloolaba: Worth fishing the headlands for jew, bream and perhaps a tuna as well as bream, dart and whiting in the gutters. Flathead, feeding in the creeks and canals, Plenty of bream, particularly at night and trevally from around the boat moorings and throughout the lower river.
Caloundra; Try for whiting, bream, trevally and flathead along Golden Beach. Try around structures, rocks and jetties at night for the better quality bream over the New Moon Phase. A few quality flathead a few trevally and bream through the Passage Queenfish and trevally in Pelican Waters. Still a few mud crabs in the creeks that feed into the Passage.
Max Kelly with a solid long tail tuna taken off the rocks in the Noosa NP.