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2014 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-09-05

Offshore

Unfortunately it looks like another weekend either close inshore early or in sheltered waters with winds southerly 15 to 25 knots tending southeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the evening. Seas will be around 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Theres been good snapper, sweetlip and parrot from the Blinker. Snapper, Spanish mackerel and tusk fish from Sunshine Beach.

Estuaries

Noosa: Good catches of bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and tailor at the Noosa River mouth. Whiting along the Noosaville stretch. Quality bream from the Marina. Big trevally, flathead and grunter bream in Woods Bays.

Maroochydore: Jew, bream and tailor off the northern beaches. Whiting to 40cm from the black banks. Bream to 30cm, quality dusky flathead around Goat & Channel Islands. Trevally to 55cm from the cod hole on surface lures. Mud crabs still in the middle river and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and bream in the gutters south of Kawana. Big bream around the mooring on the incoming tide over night. Bream and a few tailor around the high tide from the rock wall. Whiting and flathead in sand basin. Mud crabs in the canals and around Kawana Way.

Caloundra: Squid off the rocky headland at Moffat and Kings Beaches. A few trevally on the high tide in Pelican Waters. Bream and whiting on the banks opposite Golden Beach. Flathead and catches of big whiting throughout the northern end of the passage. Bream and whiting in the lower end of Currimundi Lake.

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Keith Paxton fished his secret spot near south of Caloundra this week for some quality whiting and Bream.

Fishing Feature: School Holiday Fishing 2014-09-04

With school holidays 2 weeks away, we can expect an increase in tourist beach-goers, while local junior anglers and swimmers will also take advantage of time off school for plenty of fun in the sun. With this in mind, remember to play it safe on all waterways during the school holiday period.

The Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolaba and Caloundra waterways are always crowded with all types of water craft and swimmers during the school holidays. So be cautious and take extra care by considering a few of the safe boating regulations:

  • Abide by 6 knot zones as they are in place for safety reasons. I see a lot of boats speeding through the Cod Hole area even though it is a 6 knot zone. The slow zone 200m either side of the Motorway Bridge was put in place due to the quantity of boating traffic to pass through this area.
  • Stay 30m+ away from any swimmer or non-motorised craft. The number of injuries caused by getting a too close can easily be avoided by keeping a safe distance.
  • When using the boat ramps allow plenty of extra time in your schedule to launch as most major ramps will probably have a fair bit of congestion. Make sure your boat is completely ready for launching when you back down to the ramp to avoid holding others up.
  • Slow down to 6 knot within 60m of the ramp so that those launching their boats don't get bashed with a wave of wash.

Like they say in scouts – be prepared. Now is the time to be checking over your boat for safety and maintenance. Leaving things to the last minute can often mean not getting out on the water when you had planned. For instance – charge your marine batteries well before your trip just in case they need replacing.

The following is a pre-trip checklist of items needing to be operating soundly before you can safely take your boat on the water: bungs, safety equipment (oars, pfd's, anchor and anchor rope, first aid kit, water and sun protection. EPIRBS, flares, batteries and even lifejackets have expiry dates – so be sure to have them checked over or serviced prior. Obviously if your boat has been out of action or dry docked for more than a few months – make sure your outboard is serviced and running well.

On the day, whether you are staying in the river or heading offshore, have a pre-departure plan to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather has to offer.

  • plan the trip and fish within your boat's means
  • have an emergency plan and let the other people onboard know it!
  • fuel up with some reserve for emergency
  • load and check safety equipment
  • load first aid and sun protection supplies
  • get the latest weather observations and future predictions
  • limit alcohol consumption — 0.05% BAC on the water
  • tell someone where you are going

With these rules in mind and consideration of our fellow boaties and recreational anglers – everyone should have a relaxing and enjoyable time on our beautiful waterways! The team at Swan Boat Hire will be on deck throughout the Summer School Holidays to offer fishing tips, local information and supply all your tackle needs.

Maritime Safety Equipment

Maritime Safety officers will be on patrol all school holidays to assist boaties with safety and promote an awareness of the rules on the water.

Tyson Watkins Twin Waters 39.5cm Whiting

Tyson Watkins was fishing from twin waters off the bank when he caught this 39.5cm sand whiting.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-09-04

Offshore

Finally we have got some good weather so make the most of it while it lasts. Winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the late evening. Seas will be around 1m increasing in the evening with a 2-3m swell. Snapper, sweetlip and parrot from the Blinker. Snapper, Spanish mackerel and tusk fish from Sunshine Beach.

Estuaries

Noosa: Good catches of bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and tailor at the Noosa River mouth. Whiting along the Noosaville stretch. Quality bream from the Marina. Big trevally, flathead and grunter bream in Woods Bays.

Maroochydore: Jew, bream and tailor off the northern beaches. Whiting to 40cm from the black banks. Bream to 30cm, quality dusky flathead around Goat & Channel Islands. Trevally to 55cm from the cod hole on surface lures. Mud crabs still in the middle river and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and bream in the gutters south of Kawana. Big bream around the mooring on the incoming tide over night. Bream and a few tailor around the high tide from the rock wall. Whiting and flathead in sand basin. Mud crabs in the canals and around Kawana Way.

Caloundra: Squid off the rocky headland at Moffat and Kings Beaches. A few trevally on the high tide in Pelican Waters. Bream and whiting on the banks opposite Golden Beach. Flathead throughout the northern end of the passage. Bream and whiting in the lower end of Currimundi Lake.

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Luke McCombe 68cm Snapper Gneering

Luke McCombe with a 68cm snapper taken using soft plastics on the gneerings.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-09-03

Offshore

Winds will be Southwesterly at 15 to 25 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon with inshore northeasterly 10 to 15 knot seabreezes. Seas are 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre around midday. Southerly swell at 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.

Estuaries

Noosa: Good catches of bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and tailor at the Noosa River mouth. Whiting along the Noosaville stretch. Quality bream from the Marina. Big trevally, flathead and grunter bream in Woods Bays.

Maroochydore: Bream to 30cm, quality dusky flathead and whiting to 37cm in the lower river, mainly around Goat & channel Islands. Flathead from Eudlo & Petrie Creek mouths and Picnic Point. Mud crabs still in the middle river and canals.

Kawana: Whiting and bream in the gutters south of Kawana. Big bream around the mooring on the incoming tide over night. Bream and a few tailor around the high tide from the rock wall. Whiting and flathead in sand basin. Mud crabs in the canals and around Kawana Way.

Caloundra: Squid off the rocky headland at Moffat and Kings Beaches. A few trevally on the high tide in Pelican Waters. Bream and whiting on the banks opposite Golden Beach. Flathead throughout the northern end of the passage. Bream and whiting in the lower end of Currimundi Lake.

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Malakai French with a solid summer whiting caught from a hire boat around Goat Island.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-09-02

Offshore

Unsafe offshore boating conditions today, stick to the rivers.

Estuaries

Noosa: Good catches of bream, flathead, whiting, trevally and tailor at the Noosa River mouth. Bream, whiting, flathead and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Trevally and flathead in Woods Bays. Grunter, school jew and flathead from the Tewantin stretch.

Maroochydore: Bream to 30cm, quality dusky flathead and whiting to 37cm in the lower river, mainly around Goat & channel Islands. Flathead from Eudlo & Petrie Creek mouths and Picnic Point. Mud crabs still in the middle and lower river at present.

Kawana: Big bream around the mooring on the incoming tide over night. Bream and a few tailor around the high tide from the rock wall. Whiting and flathead in sand basin. Mud crabs in the canals and around Kawana Way.

Caloundra: Bream and whiting on the banks opposite Golden Beach. Whiting opposite the power boat club, at Bells Creek mouth and near Military Jetty. Flathead are taking lures on most of the banks throughout the northern end of the passage. Grunter bream at the mouth of Coochin Creek.

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MalakaiFrenchBenWalkeradultGoatIsland

Ben French was fishing around Goat Island when he caught several good flathead.

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