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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2020-02-22

Offshore: Mondays, New Moon phase will have the fish on the bite well into next week, so be ready to go! Today's conditions will become choppy throughout the day with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning Tomorrow may be better to stay in sheltered waters with annoying choppy to rough conditions with winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots offshore and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore. Recently the mackerel 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. www.fishingnoosa.com.au/bluewater.htm  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: 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 yesterday 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.

Brian and Kathy Dayes from Windorah 

Brian Dayes from Windorah had a great day on Tuesday in the lower Maroochy, for whiting to 36cm as well as plenty of throw back grunter and his wife Kathy's hard fighting golden trevally.

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