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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-02-01

Offshore

Winds are 15 to 20 knots easterly turning southeasterly and seas 1 to 1.5 metres.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and whiting in Woods Bay. Mangrove jack, moses perch and bream in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes. Jacks and flathead off Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Trevally, chopper tailer and a few jack from Twin Waters. Flathead an trevally form cotton tree. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli reach. Mud crabs, bream and mangrove jacks from Dunethin Rock. Mud crabs in Maroochy and Twin waters canals.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters, Parrearra Channel and the bridges in Currimundi Lake. Mud crabs in Kawana Waters and Mooloolaba Canals.

Caloundra: Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, military jetty and the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club. Mangrove jack in the canals and in the creeks.

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Petrie Creek Bream 30 cm

Shanon Nichols was fishing in petrie Creek using a small popper when he caught and released this 30cm yellow fin bream.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-01-31

Offshore

Condition still not looking good tomorrow, for small craft, even though easing a little with easterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. So you better stick to the protected creeks and rivers until there is a definite improvement!.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Trevally, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and whiting in Woods Bay. Mangrove jack, moses perch and bream in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and around Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Trevally, chopper tailer and a few jack from Twin Waters. Flathead an trevally form cotton tree. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli reach. Mud crabs, bream and mangrove jacks from Dunethin Rock. Mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters, Parrearra Channel and the bridges in Currimundi Lake. Mud crabs in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, military jetty and the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club. Mangrove jack in the canals and in the creeks that lead into the Passage, like Coochin Creek.

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Luke McCombe 76cm Mullet 30-1-14

Luke McCombe fished the Maroochy River with fresh mullet for this nice 76cm jew.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-01-30

Offshore

Condition still not looking good tomorrow, for small craft, even though easing a little with easterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday. So you better stick to the protected creeks and rivers until there is a definite improvement!.

Estuary's

Noosa: Try for trevally, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and whiting in Woods Bay. Mangrove jack, moses perch and bream in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and around Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Trevally, chopper tailer and a few jack from Twin Waters. Whiting in the lower river at dawn and dusk. Flathead, trevally and jack in Petrie Creek. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli reach. Mud crabs, bream and mangrove jacks from Dunethin Rock. Mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters, Parrearra Channel and the bridges in Currimundi Lake. Mud crabs in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, military jetty and the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club. Mangrove jack in the canals and in the creeks that lead into the Passage, like Coochin Creek.

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Frank Peter Bartosek Buck Mud Crabs

Frank and Peter Bartosek's have been at it again for more big buck mud crabs potted in the upper reaches!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-01-29

Offshore

Unfavorable condition continuing with, 20-25knot easterly winds and seas to 2m. Stick to the protected creeks and rivers.

Estuary's

Noosa: Bream, trevally, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead, whiting, tailor, jacks and cod in Woods Bay. Mangrove jack, cod. Moses perch and bream in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and around Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Trevally, chopper tailer and a few jack from Twin Waters. Whiting in the lower river at dawn and dusk. Flathead, trevally and jack in Petrie Creek. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli reach. Mud crabs, bream and mangrove jacks from Dunethin Rock. Mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters, Parrearra Channel and the bridges in Currimundi Lake. Mud crabs in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: A few jew on the incoming tide along Wurtulla and Currimundi Beaches. Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, military jetty and the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club. Mangrove jack in the canals and in Coochin Creek.

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Petrie Creek Trevally 42cm

Shanan Nicholls caught and released this 42cm GT up Petrie Creek, trolling a Berkely Frenzy Lure from his kayak.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-01-28

Offshore

Unfavorable condition continuing with, 20-25knot esterly winds and seas to 2m. Thursdays conditions will be ok for the bigger boats with good catches of spotty and Spanish mackerel, tusk fish, snapper and kingfish taken aboard Top Catch Charters before the strong winds.

Estuary's

Noosa: Bream, tailor, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and trevally in Woods Bay. Good catches of mangrove jack and plenty of good size flathead in between the lakes and up Weyba Creek. Good crabs in the canals, and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Trevally, bream and a few jack from the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead, bream and jack in Petrie Creek. A few big mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli. A 1.1m barra was released in the upper river, remember the Barramundi, East Coast closed season finishes at midday on February 1st.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island and Flathead From Mooloolah Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters in the middle river. An 80cm barra was realesed in the Mooloolaba canals. Mud crabs in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: A few jew on the incoming tide along Wurtulla and Currimundi Beaches. Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, in the creeks and top end of the Passage. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club, sand whiting near Military Jetty, Bells Creek mouth and Roys and mangrove jack in the canals.

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42cm Mangrove Jack Terran Richards

Tarran Richards with a 42cm Mangrove jack caught on Saturday in his kayak using a Zman 3" MinnowZ while exploring a local creek.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2014-01-27

Offshore

Unfavorable condition continuing with, southeasterly 20 to 25 knots turning easterly in the late evening. seas 2 to 2.5 metres. Conditions will ease back a little tomorrow to east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.

Estuary's

Noosa: Bream, tailor, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and trevally in Woods Bay. Good catches of mangrove jack and plenty of good size flathead in between the lakes and up Weyba Creek. Good crabs in the canals, and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Trevally, bream and a few jack from the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead, bream and jack in Petrie Creek. A few big mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli. A 1.1m barra was released in the upper river, remember the Barramundi, East Coast closed season finishes at midday on February 1st.

Kawana: Bream along the rock walls. Trevally around Minyama Island and Flathead From Mooloolah Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters in the middle river. A 80cm barra was realesed in the Mooloolaba canals. Muddy's and a few sand crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: A few jew on the incoming tide along Wurtulla and Currimundi Beaches. Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, in the creeks and top end of the Passage. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club, sand whiting near Military Jetty, Bells Creek mouth and Roys and mangrove jack in the canals.

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Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Flathead-Helen Chenhall- 24-01-2014

More great flathead being caught on an Anglers Advantage Charter in the Maroochy River by Helen Chenhall.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-01-26

Offshore

Unfavorable condition still with, Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sunshine Coast Waters, Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots and seas 2.5 metres.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, tailor, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and trevally in Woods Bay. Good catches of mangrove jack in between the lakes and up Weyba Creek. School jew and plenty of good size flathead between the lakes. Good crabs in the canals, and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 1.2kg, bream to 37cm and a few jacks from the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead, bream and jack in Petrie Creek. A few big mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli. A 1.1m barra was released in the upper river.

Kawana: Dart, flathead, whiting and tarwhine early morning and jew at night along the beaches. Bream along the rock walls.Trevally around Minyama Island and Flathead From Mooloolah Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters in the middle river. A 80cm barra was realesed in the Mooloolaba canals. Muddy's and a few sand crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: A few jew on the incoming tide along Wurtulla and Currimundi Beaches. Flathead at the entrance to Caloundra Bar, around the mouth of Bells creek, off the Boardwalk and around the Coast Guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach. Golden trevally opposite the power boat club, sand whiting near Military Jetty, Bells Creek mouth and Roys and mangrove jack in the canals.

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Peter Frank Bartosek Mud Crabs

Have a look at Peter and Frank Bartosek's big buck mud crabs potted in the upper reaches!

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-01-25

Offshore

Unfavorable condition with 25-30knot SE winds and 2.5-3m seas.

Estuary's

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and trevally in Woods Bay. Good catches of mangrove jack in between the lakes and up Weyba Creek. School jew and plenty of good size flathead between the lakes. Good crabs in the canals, Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin.

Maroochydore: Trevally to 1.2kg, bream to 37cm ad a few jacks from the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead, bream and jack in Petrie Creek. A few good mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches. Jacks, cod and flathead form Bli Bli. A 1.1m barra was released in the upper river.

Kawana: Dart, bream, flathead and whiting along the southern beaches. Trevally around Minyama Island and Flathead From Mooloolah Island. Jacks in Kawana Waters in the middle river. Am 80cm barra was realesed in the mooloolaba canals. Mud crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Flathead around the mouth of Bells creek, off the Boardwalk and around the Coast Guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach. Jacks, trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals. Jew off the beach at Wurtulla.

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Jayden Miller Michael Sizer 1-2kg Lowly Trevally

Jayden Miller and Michael Sizer had a blinder of an early morning fishing session in the cod hole with a couple of 1.2kg Lowly trevally and some school jacks.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-01-24

Offshore

Get out early today for the last window of opportunity this weekend. 10 knot variables will increase by the end of the day to 15-20knot Southeasterly. Winds increasing further to 20 to 30 knots in the evening. Seas will be below 1m in the morning, but will increase to 2.5-3m by evening. The sea birds were feeding and working along the coast early this morning! Spanish and spotty mackerel from the caloundra 5 and 9 miles, the gneerings, Coolum and Sunshine Reefs and the Laguna Bay and Jew Shoal yesterday. Quality jew to 10kg on North Reef. Yellowfin Tuna from the Blinker and Wide Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished for tuna, cod, tusk fish, moses perch and the odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi at Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Good catches of mangrove jack taken in the snaggy areas throughout the river, the odd tailor near the mouth, school jew and plenty of good size flathead between the lakes. Good crabs in the canals, Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Bream and whiting to 39cm off Chambers Island on the incoming tide and off the bank around the seasgrass beds along Bradman Avenue. Flathead, and Mangrove jack from the Bli Bli Bridge and in Petrie Creek. Whiting throughout the lower reaches. A few good mud crabs and a few sand crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Try for dart and whiting along Kawana Beach early morning. Bream, flathead and trevally along La Balsa Park, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack and a few mud crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Reports of big flathead around the mouth of Bells creek, Flathead off the Boardwalk and around the Coast Guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals. The humid conditions and big tides have the muddies on the move.

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Hayden Luke White Chambers Is Whiting 39cm

Hayden and Luke White did well off Chambers Island with Whiting to 39cm, fishing on the incoming tide.

Fishing Feature: Finding February Flathead 2014-01-24

With February just around the corner, the flathead have come out in great numbers. They are one of the bread and butter species targeted by anglers in the estuaries and beaches of Queensland in Summer and Autumn. In the last week, we have photographed more flathead than any other species, with quality fish being taken on lures, plastics and fresh baits.

Flathead are fairly poor swimmers and tend hide out in areas of lower current strength or will bury themselves in the sand in an ambush position with only their eyes showing. They lay waiting for small bait to swim over them and with a short burst swallow the bait fish with their large bucket mouth. A combination of week swimming ability and ambush feeding style helps us as anglers to locate areas that we believe to be good flathead habitats.

The best locations to try your luck in the estuaries are along rock walls, bridge pylons, snags, under pontoons, bends in the river, change in depth along the river banks and sand/mud bars. Areas of low current behind structure are where baitfish congregates. Try to fish on the down stream side of a structure or banks when the tide is running out for best results.

Boat-owners fortunately can access some of the best flathead haunts with ease. If you don't own a boat, then hiring one may be an option. In an effort to make boating more affordable as all the kids return to school and locals are back on the water, the team at Swan Boat Hire has come up with some great deals on boats that would be ideal for targeting flathead in the upper reaches. For instance, we're throwing in a bonus 2 hours with any hire of 3 hours or more. Five hours chasing flathead at a discounted rate ain't bad! Lots of other great deals to be found at www.swanboathire.com.au

Another easy option is drifting in a kayak over water with varying depth is also a great way of catching flathead. One of the best things about these fish is that will eat almost any bait that drifts past their nose. Favourite baits are live herring, whitebait, small W.A. pilchards and larger green prawns. Flathead readily take lures of all shapes and sizes so it is well worth throwing or trolling a lure around an area that you believe to hold flathead.

Drifting with soft plastics is excellent for specifically targeting dusky and sand flathead, as you will cover a large surface area. Sand bank drop offs, yabby banks, channels and holes are where the action will be.

So get mobile, be it in a boat or paddle-powered, and make the most of this beautiful summer weather while it lasts. Any angler bringing in a legal-sized flathead this weekend will have their photo featured on www.swanboathire.com.au

Dan Clegg Flathead

Dan Clegg fished Kawana boat ramp for this 74cm flathead which fought hard after swallowing his whole garfish on Tuesday.

Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Luke Densley-Flathead 21-01-2014 1

Luke Densley fished Maroochy River's upper reaches for this flathead with Angler's Advantage.

Finn Horton-Stephens Catfish

Maroochy River regular, 7 year old Finn Horton-Stephens indulged in catching catfish while on Xmas Holidays in Thailand, the biggest catch was longer than Finn!

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-01-23

Offshore

Fairly good conditions today again with east to northeasterly about 10 knots, with seas below 1 metre. There have been a few good Spanish mackerel and plenty of tunaout from close in off Mooloolaba and on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished for tuna, cod, tusk fish, moses perch and the odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi at Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Good catches of mangrove jack taken in the snaggy areas throughout the river, the odd tailor near the mouth, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Good crabs in the canals, Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Bream and whiting off Chambers Island in the mornings and off the bank around the seasgrass beds along Bradman Avenue. Flathead, and Mangrove jack from the Bli Bli Bridge and in Petrie Creek. Whiting throughout the lower reaches. A few good mud crabs and a few sand crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: With the lighter conditions try for dart and whiting along Kawana Beach early morning. Bream, flathead and trevally along La Balsa Park, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack and a few mud crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Reports of big flathead around the mouth of Bells creek, Flathead off the Boardwalk and around the Coast Guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals. The humid conditions and big tides have the muddies on the move.

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Spanish Mackerel Murpheys Brian Redman

Check out this quality Spanish mackerel taken close in on Murphy's taken by Brian Redman from Anglers Advantage Charters.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-01-22

Offshore

Fairly good conditions today, with variable winds about 10 knots, seas below 1 metre and tomorrow will be east to northeasterly about 10 knots. There have been a few good Spanish mackerel and plenty of tunaout from close in off Mooloolaba and on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished for tuna, cod, tusk fish, moses perch and the odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi at Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek and around the car park rocks at the river mouth. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Mangrove jack to 51cm taken in the lower reaches, the odd tailor near the mouth, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Good crabs in the canals, Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Bream and whiting off Chambers Island in the mornings and off the bank around the seasgrass beds along Bradman Avenue. Flathead, and Mangrove jack from the Bli Bli Bridge and in Petrie Creek. Whiting throughout the lower reaches. A few good mud crabs yesterday in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: With the lighter conditions try for dart and whiting along Kawana Beach early morning. Bream, flathead and trevally along La Balsa Park, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack and a few mud crabs in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Reports of big flathead around the mouth of Bells creek, Flathead off the Boardwalk and around the Coast Guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals. The humid conditions and big tides have the muddies on the move.

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Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Luke Densley-Bream 22-01-2014 2

Check out Luke Densley with a quality bream taken off Oyster Bank Rd while on an Anglers Advantage Charter in the Maroochy River

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