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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-11-29

Offshore

Winds are easterlies at 10-15 knots, seas 1 metre with an increasing 1.5 – 2m E/SE swell. There’s been huge gold band snapper, red throat, snapper pearl perch and tusk fish from the banks. Mulloway and Spanish mackereland tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in Lake Cooroibah. Flathead and estuary cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and downstream to the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Giant, golden and big eye trevally in the Cod hole. Try for mangrove jack in Petrie Creek and Twin Waters Canals. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. There's been a few whiting up to 40cm in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches, wih a predominance of large female crabs.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. 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. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Flathead, bream and golden trevally off the Boardwalk. Trevally, tarpon and jacks in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, mangrove jack and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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tusk fish 2kg from the banks

There have been a few nice tusk fish taken by Top Catch Charters from the Barwon Banks.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-11-28

Offshore

Looks like another day staying in more sheltered waters and bays with southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the early afternoon, seas 1 to 1.5 metres and swells southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.  There’s been huge gold band snapper, red throat, snapper pearl perch and tusk fish from the banks. Mulloway and Spanish mackereland tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in Lake Cooroibah. Flathead and estuary cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and downstream to the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Giant, golden and big eye trevally in the Cod hole. Try for mangrove jack in Petrie Creek and Twin Waters Canals. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. There's been a few whiting up to 40cm in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches, wih a predominance of large female crabs.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. 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. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Flathead, bream and golden trevally off the Boardwalk. Trevally, tarpon and jacks in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, mangrove jack and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Eddie Whiting Frying Pan

Eddie Hoskins showing off his good feed of whiting taken in the Frying Pan at Noosa

Fishing Feature: Tackle up for Tough Fights 2014-11-28

It feels like only yesterday, that the popular summer species such as mangrove jack, jew and trevally were thick as theives in our waterways. And now that Summer is only just around the corner, merely days away, these die-hard fighters are back with vengeance, chasing anything that even resembles a fleeting baitfish.

Most predatorial fighting fish are attracted to living in, around or extremely close to the many types of dense protective structures with fast flowing water moving around it. Bridges, fallen trees, submerged rock bars, river mouths, rock walls and any bottle necks in the river that hold good structure and deep water are dynamite places to start chasing these powerful fish.

Predators have a preference to chase fast moving baits and at this time of year when schools of prawns, herring, small mullet and even hardy heads are on the move, an un-weighted bait will be perfect on the menu.

Best Bait: Whether you use a live bait or a dead bait is dependent on your cast netting skills and the quality of your aerator. Either way, there isn't a better feeling than knowing that you have a bait floating into the territory of a predatorial golden, big eye or giant trevally, gleaming red jack or iridescent silver jewfish which is ready to strike. If the tide is looking good, the water will be clear and you simply will have to breathe steadily in anticipation as it's just a matter of time before that strike of a life time.
Live herring are definitely high in the food chain as a lot of the time predators will be hanging around the same school of bait fish or on the same ground. Fresh prawns can be a great alternative when herring are hard to get, and prawns are slow sinking which catches attention quiet easily.

The best way to catch herring is by cast net and the will often be hanging around bridge pylons or deep holes along the bank. If a cast net is not your thing, then bring out your strongest arm for some herring jigging action. This is a gentle approach for the baitfish and they will stay alive for longer as their scales won't come off.

Talking Tackle: If there is a bit of run in the tide it would be best to use a small sinker, to keep your bait looking as natural as possible. Leader needs to be fine enough to be undetectable, but strong enough to withstand the brute force of a fiery Golden or Jewie. Anything under 10lb is pretty useless as a big teeth can be razor sharp, over 30lb for estuary fishing is getting too thick and can change the way the lure swims and can also put the fish off if your bait. Good quality fluoro carbon is essential as it has a better abrasion resistance than normal mono leader and it also becomes almost invisible in the water, which is an incredible advantage if you're floating unweighted bait.

If you are lure fishing the length of the leader can impede the action of the lure, normally the shorter the leader the truer or straight the lure will run. Although if you want to have that bit of stretch that a leader can give you, use about a rod length or a bit longer if you are fishing braid. If you are bait fishing, the best way is 2 foot of leader separated by a swivel and a running sinker between your hook and swivel. This way there is still plenty of movement for the bait to move around without twisting up your line (especially if you are using live bait).

Hooks and sinkers can make or break your day; there are many hook styles that you can use but as far as I'm concerned the Demon circle hook by Mustad are the most effective hook to use for live bait. A lot of the time your rod will be in a holder with the drag set to strike, the circle hook hooks the fish its self. The right sinker varies on the depth of water the tidal flow and how heavy your fishing line is. Your best bet would be trial and error, a starting point would be between size 2 and size 4 keeping in mind that you do want you bait to move around but not too much that your bait is able to tangle your lines.

So play your cards right over the next two months – get out when the tides are fullest and the green coloured water is beckoning, as no one loves a hunt more than a predator fish!

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-11-27

Offshore

Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore. Seas increasing to 1.5-2m and the swell is increasing to 1-1.5m  Red throat, snapper pearl perch and tusk fish from the banks. Dolphin Fish, cobia and big moses perch on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead to 60cm, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jacks and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up to 34cm in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in Lake Cooroibah. Flathead and estuary cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and downstream to the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Giant and big eye trevally in the cod hole. Jacks in Petrie Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. Whiting up to 40cm in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. 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. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Flathead, bream and golden trevally off the Boardwalk. Trevally, tarpon and jacks in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, mangrove jack and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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squire barwon banks

Top Catch Charters has been hooking into a few small snapper at the Barwon Banks.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-11-26

Offshore

Perfect conditions to get amoungst it with 5 to 10 knot variable winds becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas and swell are around 1m. Red throat, snapper pearl perch and tusk fish from the banks. Dolphin Fish, cobia and big moses perch on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead to 60cm, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jacks and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up to 34cm in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in Lake Cooroibah. Flathead and estuary cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lakes and downstream to the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Giant and big eye trevally in the cod hole. Jacks in Petrie Creek and Twin Waters Canal. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. Whiting up to 40cm in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. 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. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Flathead, bream and golden trevally off the Boardwalk. Trevally, tarpon and jacks in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, mangrove jack and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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40cm Whiting Lachlan Eddie

Eddie from Swan Boat Hire had a good run yesterday catching a few solid summer whiting in the middle Maroochy River.

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