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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-11-15

Offshore

Winds will be north to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas will be 2-3m with swell decreasing to 1m in the morning.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Sound. A few big bream off Culgoa Pt over night. Whiting up to 34cm in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point. The odd tailor and trevally in Woods Bay. Bream, whiting and cod in Weyba Creek. Jacks in between the lakes. Big eyed trevally on lure from Dog Beach.

Maroochydore: There's been flathead, bream and jack from Dunethin Rock. Trevally and jacks in Petrie Creek. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree. Jacks, tarpon, trevally and flathead in the cod hole. A few whiting in the lower river and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Golden trevally around Minyama island. Giant trevally and School jew around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Flathead, jacks, whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Whiting inside the bar, on the NE tip of Bribie Island and along Golden Beach. Flathead and bream off the boardwalk. Mangrove jack and trevally in Pelican Waters and in Coochin Creek. A few sand crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage.

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Shanan Nicholls caught and released this 47cm GT while trolling his Berkley Frenzy lure along a rock bank in Petrie Creek.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-11-14

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning today for Sunshine Coast Waters with conditions becoming fairly rough offshore with winds cranking up to Northerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the evening. Seas 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.  Before the stiff northerly winds there were good catches of  mahi mahi, school mackerel, yellowtail king fish, wahoo and amberjack from Caloundra 12 mile. Gold band snapper, big tusk fish, an 11kg amberjack, wahoo, cod, yellowtail king fish, mahi mahi and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Quality cobia from Luguna Bay.Yellowtail king and school mackerel on Currimundi Reef. Grass sweetlip and small snapper on the gneerings.  School mackerel at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Sound. A few big bream off Culgoa Pt over night. Whiting up to 34cm in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point. The odd tailor and trevally in Woods Bay. Jack and trevally in Weyba Creek. Try for a few jack and school jew in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Schools of herring around Chambers Island on the incoming tide. There's been flathead, bream and jack from Dunethin Rock and Petrie Creek. Trevally and bream from Cotton Tree. Jack and the odd bigger trevally in and around the Cod Hole. A few whiting in the lower river and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: The beaches will be blown out today so best to fish in the sheltered estuary's. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Golden trevally around Minyama island. Giant trevally and School jew around McKenzies Bridge.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Whiting inside the bar, on the NE tip of Bribie Island and along Golden Beach. Flathead and bream off the boardwalk. Mangrove jack and trevally in Pelican Waters and in Coochin Creek. A few sand crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage.

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Have a look at Luke Larsen's beautiful barramundi that he caught and released on a hard bodied lure at the Suncoast Barra Fishing Park this week.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-11-13

Offshore

Conditions are going to become fairly choppy offshore with winds cranking up to northerly 15 to 25 knots. Seas will be around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. There’s been  mahi mahi, school mackerel, yellowtail king fish, wahoo and amberjack from Caloundra 12 mile. Gold band snapper, big tusk fish, an 11kg amberjack, wahoo, cod, yellowtail king fish, mahi mahi and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Quality cobia from Luguna Bay.Yellowtail king and school mackerel on Currimundi Reef. Grass sweetlip and small snapper on the gneerings.  School mackerel at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Sound. Whiting in the frying pan and opposite munna Point. Tailor, cod and trevally in Woods Bay on sun set. Jack and trevally in Weyba Creek. A few jacks and school jew in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: There's been Flathead, bream and jacks from Dunethin Rock and Petrie Creek. Queenfish, trevally and bream from Cotton Tree. Big jack and the odd big trevally in and around the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead and trevally from Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting at first light along the Kawana-Wurtulla stretch of beach in the gutters. Bream and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Golden trevally around Minyama island. Giant trevally and School jew around McKenzies Bridge. Plenty of bream from the moorings.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Whiting inside the bar, on the NE tip of Bribie Island and along Golden Beach. Flathead and bream off the boardwalk. Mangrove jack and trevally in Pelican Waters and in Coochin Creek. A few sand crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage.

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Quinten Masters with a solid snapper taken on a secret reef about 20 mile out off Mooloolaba.

Fishing Feature: Early Summer Weather 2014-11-13

As Spring draws to a close with Summer is only a fortnight away, it is always worthwhile review the weather conditions to prepare for the best time of year for fishing on the coast. The past two months the Sunshine Coast has certainly earned it's name with more than it's average of seven hours sunshine a day. Only a smattering of wet days has kept waters crystal clear and and provided enticing invitations for baitfish and schools of prawns to enter the river systems.

Whiting in this weather are to be the pick of the fish to target. They are in good numbers and biting well along most stretches of the beach and into the rivers too.

Where to go: Whiting tend to forage for crustaceans and worms in water from a few centimetres in depth to the edge of a deep drop-off. Sunshine Coast waters are plentiful in structures and natural formations which appeal to the hungry sand whiting. Sand whiting feed in areas where the tide current helps them burrow for food and likely spots are working sand ripples, tailing sand banks, shallow and deep weed beds, over yabby beds, over sand flats where soldier crabs are found and even up under the mangrove roots. Any shallow beach gutter with an incoming tide can also fish well for whiting especially in times when the swell is quite calm and the water is crystal clear. Don't expect too much action from a whiting in dirty, weedy water or if the wind is up.

Bait to use: Favourite foods for a hungry whiting include yabbies, crabs, solder crabs, mussels, worms and prawns. Fresh or live is always best, however whiting can be likened to bream in the way they will snack on anything dead or alive. A variety of small hard-body poppers, minnows and prawn-shaped resin lures have been successful substitutes to bait. Soft plastics are also very much tailored towards whiting fishing these days with the likes of Berkley PowerBaits in bloodworm and sandworm varieties plus 2-inch Berkley Gulps in natural brown colours or fairly clear grubs varieties as well.

Use the tide current or a slow wind to keep the bait or lure moving so there is less chance of being taken by a sneaky bream. Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide. Work your way up to the top of lower or mid way up the middle reaches and once the tide turns work your back down towards the mouth on the ebb tide. If you can fish when the tides running strong at dawn, dusk or overnight your chances of catching big whiting increase greatly.
If fishing from a boat, anchor in shallow water and move often to follow the rising tide over the shallows. Cast the bait up current and allow the current to sweep it back past the boat and out to the full length of line which was originally cast. Drifting is another option providing there is not too much wind. By its nature drifting keeps the bait moving and gives good area coverage if looking for the fish. When drifting, always note where the fish are caught as the school may be feeding within a limited range and the drift can be shortened to concentrate on the most productive location.

So get out on the next making or falling tide and take a nice cold beer, wide-brim hat, zinc and of course your whippy whiting rod and welcome the whiting to take a bite!

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-11-12

Offshore

Winds will be northerly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Seas will be below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. There’s been  mahi mahi, school mackerel, yellowtail king fish, wahoo and amberjack from Caloundra 12 mile. Gold band snapper, big tusk fish, an 11kg amberjack, wahoo, cod, yellowtail king fish, mahi mahi and pearl perch from the Barwon Banks. Quality cobia from Luguna Bay.Yellowtail king and school mackerel on Currimundi Reef. Grass sweetlip and small snapper on the gneerings.  School mackerel at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Sound. Whiting in the frying pan and opposite munna Point. Tailor, cod and trevally in Woods Bay on sun set. Jack and trevally in Weyba Creek. A few jacks and school jew in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: There's been Flathead, bream and jacks from Dunethin Rock and Petrie Creek. Queenfish, trevally and bream from Cotton Tree. Big jack and the odd big trevally in and around the Cod Hole. Whiting in the lower river. Flathead and trevally from Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting at first light along the Kawana-Wurtulla stretch of beach in the gutters. Bream and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Golden trevally around Minyama island. Giant trevally and School jew around McKenzies Bridge. Plenty of bream from the moorings.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream in Currimundi Lake. Whiting inside the bar, on the NE tip of Bribie Island and along Golden Beach. Flathead and bream off the boardwalk. Mangrove jack and trevally in Pelican Waters and in Coochin Creek. A few sand crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage.

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Luke McCombe with a solid snapper taken on a floated slimy mackerel from Murphy's Reef.

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