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Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-01-21

Offshore

Fairly choppy conditions forecast today with north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon, seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel, mahi mahi and plenty of tuna 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 on Monday, the odd tailor near the mouth, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals. 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: Dart and whiting along Kawana Beach early morning. Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Flathead and jack in Currimundi lake. 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.

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Will and Alex 27cm Chambers

Will Diacos and Alex Frangos are having a fantastic holiday fishing in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2014-01-20

Offshore

This morning looks fishable with 10 to 15 knots northerlies and 1-1.5m seas ahead of a 20 to 25 knots and 2.5m seas this arvo. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an 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. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Bream and whiting to 34cm off Chambers Island in the mornings and around the seasgrass beds along Bradman ave. Flathead, grunter and jacks from Bli Bli reach. Whiting throughout the lower reaches. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along Kawana Beach. Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi lake. Flathead off the Boardwalk and coast guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals.

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Jet Zac Grosser Whiting Bream

Jet and Zac Grosser where fishing near the seagrass beds along Bradman Avenue when they caught a 30cm whiting and 31cm bream.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-01-19

Offshore

North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day, with 1m seas. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an 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. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead released around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along Kawana Beach. Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi lake. Flathead off the Boardwalk and coast guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals.

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gold spot wrasse 2kg

The crews on Top Catch Charters took a few Gold spot Wrasse to 2kg on the Caloundra reefs.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-01-18

Offshore

Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeasterly before dawn then becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning, with 1m seas. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi at Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Flathead and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals. Whiting off Munna Point.

Maroochydore: Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead released around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along Kawana Beach. Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Whiting, flathead and jacks in Currimundi lake. Flathead off the Boardwalk and coast guard jetty. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Trevally and bream in Pelican Waters Canals.

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Shane Mangrove Jack Maroochy

Shane was fishing in the middle Maroochy with fresh mullet fillet when he caught this nice sized mangrove jack.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-01-17

Offshore

Easterly to southeasterly winds at 10 to 15 knots, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an 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. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Trevally, flathead, jacks and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals.

Maroochydore: Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead released around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Bream and flathead near the entrance to Currimundi lake. Flathead inside Caloundra Bar and bream along the Boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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red throat emperor

Top Catch Charters had some luck at the barwon banks with a few nice red throat emperor.

Fishing Feature: Strategies for a Mac Attack 2014-01-17

With Australia Day's public holiday bearing down upon us, what better way to show your patriotism than to bring home a beautiful mackerel to be cooked on the BBQ while you listen to the final songs in the Hottest 100.
Various members of the mackerel family inhabit our warm summery waters with the best results in winter normally, but unusually good catches reported every post-Christmas holiday's period due to the numbers of baitfish around. Spotties, schoolies and spanish mackerel are live and kicking in local waters usually during February as long as the bait schools are in good numbers and the weather is favourable.
Scomberomorus munroi (spotty) and Scomberomorus commerson (Spanish) are easily distinguishable from one-another. Spotty mackerel have a light silver-grey body and then have several rows of spots on sides with a silvery-white belly. The Spanish mackerel on the other hand vary with numerous thin, wavy vertical bands on body (number of bars increases from as few as 20 in a 40 cm specimen, to as many as 65 in a 150 cm specimen) and they have an iridescent blue-grey back. Spotty mackerel carry a minimum size limit of 60cm and bag limit of five, whereas Spanish mackerel need to be minimum 75cm and the maximum take is 3 fish.

With the beautiful clean water coming upstream with each high tide, the baitfish are surging towards close to the Noosa, Maroochy, Kawana and Caloundra Bar's – which is great news for mackerel fans. Post Christmas, the baitfish schools are generally prolific in the rivers but they have been reportedly on the move around the close reefs and bays along the coastline making it easier for anglers with small boats to duck out the front and catch a feed. Schools of long tail tuna, mac tuna, spotty and Spanish mackerel are normally be marauding bait schools off the coast at this time of the year and when the weather is pleasant enough – anglers young and old can venture out to some of the hot spots.

With some fairly light winds forecast over the weekend it means that a few boats will be able to have a fish offshore. Spanish mackerel follow the bait schools of bonito, frigate mac tuna, slimy mackerel, big yakka and tailor. They readily take trolled baits and big lures. Some days lures work better and other days troll baits, so it always pays to try your luck with both. A lure that is always a sure-fire hit with mackerel is the Berkeley Frenzy Mungo. These deep diving minnows are about the same size as a big slimy mackerel and have a great tight action when trolled. They come in a variety of good mackerel colours and will be a sure winner this season, so why not give them a try.

If you are lucky enough to catch some live yakka, slimy mackerel, small mac tuna or a bonito rig it up with wire leader, a solid single hook at the front to hook through its mouth and several heavy duty trebles along its back and tail to ensure a hook up. Troll the live bait at a slow walking pace, making sure your motor is just in gear and just ticking over slowly. Follow bait schools around when in sight or just work a good patch of reef that usually holds bait. Spaniards will also hammer trolled dead baits like bonito. These can be rigged many different ways. I do so using several big gang hooks with a cast net lead clamped to the shank of the first hook. Rig the gang along the back of the bait to make it swim upside down and fairly straight. Troll it slowly at varying speeds around your local reef.

Fantastic for the cook in the family, mackerel can be used many ways. Either cut it up into steaks to throw straight on the barbeque or fillet and skin for crumbing or grilling, either way the flesh is excellent eating and tastes superb when it is at its freshest. With some of the abovementioned tips in mind, you have no excuse but to try your luck on our easily accessible local inshore reefs. You won't regret it after your drag starts smoking after a mackerel commits to the buy!

Spotty Mackerel 2014

Spanish mackerel caught off Mooloolaba and weighed in at Swan Boat Hire during Christmas.

mackerel spotty

Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile Reef on Top Catch Charters.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-01-16

Offshore

East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Then tomorrow, easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Trevally, flathead, jacks and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals.

Maroochydore: Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead released around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Bream and flathead near the entrance to Currimundi lake. Flathead inside Caloundra Bar and bream along the Boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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John Clark 10kg Cobia Cod Hole

John Clark had a pleasant surprise when caught this 10kg Cobia near the Cod Hole, it took about 15 minutes to get it in the boat.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-01-15

Offshore

Easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the morning. seas 1 to 1.5 metres. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Trevally, flathead, jacks and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals.

Maroochydore: Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead released around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, 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: Bream and flathead near the entrance to Currimundi lake. Flathead inside Caloundra Bar and bream along the Boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Ian Ford-Flathead 11-01-2014 3

Ian Ford caught this quality flathead around the Bli Bli Islands on soft plastics

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-01-14

Offshore

Easterly 15 to 20 knots, seas 1 to 1.5 metres. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Top Catch Charters fished the banks for tusk fish, red throat emperor, gold spot wrasse, cobia and mahi mahi. They also caught cod, tusk fish, moses perch an odd cobia on the cal 9 and 12nm reefs and squire, pearl perch and mahi mahi Caloundra Wide Reef.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek. Bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth. Trevally, flathead, jacks and bream in Woods Bay. Jacks, school jew and flathead between the lakes. Crabs in the canals. Trevally and jacks from Munna Bridge.

Maroochydore: Dart along the northern beaches. Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, and Petrie Creek. Big flathead to 84cm released around Chambers Island. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Tailor, bream and flathead near the entrance to Currimundi lake. Flathead inside Caloundra Bar and bream along the Boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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Finn Fisher 84cm Dusky Released

Big dusky flathead have been feeding in numbers in the Maroochy River, with 12 yr old Finn Fisher catching and releasing this 84cm fish from Chambers Island Bridge on herring.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2014-01-13

Offshore

Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, seas 1 to 1.5 metres, so more choppy conditions today. However the wind is easing back tomorrow to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots so be ready to go. There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek, bream, good trevally flathead and whiting at the Noosa River mouth, Frying Pan and around Woods Pt.

Maroochydore: Dart along the northern beaches. Flathead and a few grunter bream from Bli Bli reach. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, Twin Waters canals, and in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Try for dart and whiting along the beaches. Bream flathead and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra: Try for tailor at dusk and overnight along Currimundi Beach, flathead inside Caloundra Bar, bream along the Boardwalk, whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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JakeShayer Dusky Mooloolah Canal

Jake Shayer released this monster dusky flathead while fishing in the Mooloolah Canal system.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-01-12

Offshore

Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, Seas 1 to 1.5 metres. So could be a bit choppy as the wind increases over 15 knots There have been a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty and Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Red throat, trout, banana fish and a few mahi mahi on the wider reefs and out on the Barwon Banks.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek and mangrove jack between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and a few bass in the everglades. Bream, good trevally flathead and whiting at the Noosa River mouth, Frying Pan and around Woods Pt.

Maroochydore: Dart along the northern beaches. Flathead and a few grunter bream form Bli Bli, school flathead and the odd golden trevally in the lower river. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, Twin Waters canals, and in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Try for dart, whiting and flathead along the beaches. Bream and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake. A few crabs in canal systems and lower river.

Caloundra: Tailor on dusk and overnight along Currimundi Beach, flathead inside Bar, grunter bream along the Boardwalk, whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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Anglers Advantage Fishing Charters Sunshine Coast-Caleb Rowland-Flathead 9-01-2013

Caleb Roland released this lovely dusky flathead while out on the river on an Anglers Advantage Charters.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-01-11

Offshore

Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. The reasonable conditions have produced a few trout, snapper, sweetlip, maori cod, spotty mackerel and mahi mahi on North and Sunshine Reefs. Theres been small black marlin wide of Murphys Reef and red throat, trout, banana fish and a few mahi mahi on the wider reefs and out on the Barwon Banks.

Estuary's:

Noosa: Flathead and trevally in Weyba Creek and mangrove jack between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and a few bass in the everglades. Bream, good trevally flathead and whiting to 40cm at the Noosa River mouth, Frying Pan and around Woods Pt. Bream, trevally and moses perch along the Noosaville reach and in Weyba Creek.

Maroochydore: Dart along the northern beaches. Big flathead and a few grunter bream form Bli Bli, also plenty of school flathead and the odd golden trevally in the lower river yesterday. Whiting around the Black bank and Goat and Channel Island. Mangrove jack from Bli Bli, Twin Waters canals, in Petrie Creek and in the cod hole. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Maroochy River.

Kawana: Try for dart, whiting and flathead along the beaches. Bream and trevally along the La Balsa Park reach, in the Basin in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and whiting in the canals. Jack in the in Kawana Waters and around the bridges in Currimundi Lake. A few crabs in canal systems and lower river.

Caloundra: Tailor on dusk and overnight along Currimundi Beach, flathead inside Bar, grunter bream along the Boardwalk, whiting off Golden Beach and at Bells Creek mouth. Also trevally in Pelican Waters Canals and school jew and mud crabs in the Passage.

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drewlachie

Drew Partridge and Lochie Boyce with a nice catch of golden gill mullet and a morwong caught having fun in the river, on the school holidays.

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