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Local Fishing Report: Monday 2020-02-24

Offshore: Today's New Moon phase will have the fish on the bite well into the week, so be ready to go! Today's conditions will be a bit choppy throughout the day with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots offshore. Inshore winds tending south to southeasterly during the morning and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Tomorrow's conditions will be similar with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots offshore and seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Mackerel and tuna have been feeding on local reefs as well as sweetlip and snapper. Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini, did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday in near perfect conditions. We caught plenty of fish despite having a couple of bananas on board. Coral trout, squire, grass emperor, spangled emperor, tusk fish and Moses perch. And we fished there again on Thursday morning. The fishing was pretty consistent the whole trip catching plenty of grass emperor and few squire and tusk fish. There was plenty of surface activity on the reef pretty much the whole trip with some large tuna seen jumping clean out of the water. Hall's Reefs have been producing spanish mackerel and small snapper. Spanish mackerel from Currimundi Reef. Spotty and spanish mackerel from Coolum. Caloundra The Gneerings, Caloundra 5 and 12 mile reefs have had a few solid spanish mackerel as well as keeper snapper, grass emperor, spangled emperor, tusk fish and Moses perch.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Today's New Moon phase will have the fish on the bite well into next week, so be ready to go! Trevally, flathead grunter bream and a few mangrove jack to 48cm in Woods Bays. Quality elbow slapper whiting with fish in the 40cm range and a few grunter throughout the lower river. Mud crabs on the move throughout the river.

Maroochydore: Plenty of bream and a few quality golden trevally on the making tide in the lower river. Whiting to 36cm in the lower river. Quality mangrove jack from the Cod Hole around the pylons. Flathead from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Plenty of buck mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Whiting and a few good grunter bream in Mountain creek and Kawana Canals. Estuary cod and bream from the Twin Bridges. Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Mud crabs in the canals and lower river.

Caloundra: Trevally, bream and tarwhine between the bar and Coast guard Jetty. Flathead and grunter in Bells Creek. Mud crabs throughout the passage and in the creeks . Quality whiting on the banks out from Golden Beach.

Finn Horton Stephens MangroveJack 

Have a look at Finn Horton-Stephens with a magnificent Mangrove jack that he caught and released over the weekend.

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