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2014 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-11-25

Offshore

Better conditions with northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas decreasing to below 1 metre during the morning. There’s been  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 Point Cartwright and Raper Shoal. Top Catch Charters caught sweetlip, tusk fish and snapper at the Caloundra 9nm. School mackerel and cobia from Coolum reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead to 60cm, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the back of Noosa Sound. 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 to 55cm on Sunday night in between the lakes and downstream to the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Trevally in the cod hole 2hrs either side of high tide. 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 river. Good reports of mud crabs in 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. A few flathead on live bait along the Boardwalk and in the 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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Have a look at Lachlan Hutchinson's big whiting to 40cm taken around the Black Banks in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Sunday 2014-11-23

Offshore

Northerly 15 to 20 knots for the day. Seas are 1-1.5m and swell is around 1m. There’s been snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Point Cartwright and Raper Shoal. Top Catch Charters caught sweetlip, tusk fish and snapper at the Caloundra 9nm. School mackerel and cobia from Coolum reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Noosa Sound. 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: Trevally and several good jack around 50cm in Petrie Creek. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. Giant, big eye and golden trevally, jacks and flathead in the Cod Hole. A few whiting in the lower river and around the Bli Bli Islands. Good reports of mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches. Sand crabs around Chambers Island.

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. A few flathead on live bait along the Boardwalk and in the 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.

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Damien Miller fished Cotton Tree Saturday afternoon for a double up of flathead, both went 45cm.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2014-11-22

Offshore

Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly in the early afternoon. Seas are 1-1.5m and swell is around 1m. There’s been snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Point Cartwright and raper shoal. Top Catch Charters caught sweetlip, tusk fish and snapper at the caloundra 9nm. School mackerel and cobia from coolum reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: Flathead, bream, good whiting and trevally near the river mouth and in the Sound. 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 cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack in between the lake and from the Ferry Crossing.

Maroochydore: Trevally and several good jack around 50cm in Petrie Creek. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. Giant, big eye and golden trevally, jacks and flathead in the Cod Hole. A few whiting in the lower river and around the Bli Bli Islands. Good reports of mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches. Sand crabs around Chambers Island.

Kawana: Dart on the southern side of Point Cartwright. 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. Giant trevally and School jew around McKenzies Bridge.

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

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Brendan Butler 1.3kg Golden Trevally Bradman

Bredan Butler caught this 1.3kg golden trevally off the bank along Bradman Avenue yesterday morning.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-11-21

Offshore

It may be better to stay in port with more choppy conditions and winds  northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots at times. Also seas will be 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday. There’s been snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the gneerings. Top Catch Charters caught sweetlip, tusk fish and snapper at the caloundra 9nm. School mackerel and cobia from coolum reef. Snapper, cobia, red throat, pearl perch, amberjack, fusilier and hussar from the barwon banks.

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. Good quality whiting up to 34cm in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in Lake Cooroibah. Bream, whiting and cod in Weyba Creek. Mangrove jack around the bridge pylons, jetties and snaggy banks particularly between the lake.

Maroochydore: Still plenty of herring bait fish in the river system. Trevally and several good jack around 50cm in Petrie Creek. Flathead and bream from Cotton Tree and around Chambers Island. Jack, trevally and flathead in the Cod Hole. A few whiting in the lower river and around the Bli Bli Islands. Good reports of mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches however many undersize crabs and monstrous female crabs.

Kawana: Dart on the southern side of Point Cartwright. 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: A few grass sweetlip, bream and flathead from the boardwalk. Flathead, jack, 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 and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage.

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Michael Hutchinson Saratoga

Michael Hutchinson caught and released this fiesty Saratoga during a Yandina Fishing Club comp to Burumba Dam last weekend.

Fishing Feature: Jack Attack 2014-11-21

Warming up to Jacks

Nothing spells the start of the mangrove jack season more than recent evening storm activity in the Great South East. This weather has brought days of strong wind, some vicious storms and welcome rain.

The past month we have also seen massive schools of herring boiling on the surface in a feeding frenzy throughout the Maroochy River, and no doubt in most coastal rivers. These herring are at the bottom of the food chain for most big predators and along with small mullet and river prawns make up the majority of a mangrove jacks diet. The green river prawns numbers increased at the end of the year in our local creeks, upper reaches and canals. This is when a cast net can become invaluable to an angler who is trying to match what the mangrove jack are feeding on. And you only have to look at the photos of recent 'Jack' catches to realise that we're approaching peak Jack-fishing season.

WHERE TO FIND JACKS

These fish are as comfortable around snaggy environments as I am with a fishing rod in my hands. Their favourite habitats include rocky structures, bridge pylons, and fallen trees, under pontoons, deep holes and, as adults, inshore reefs. Mangrove jack are drawn to these habitats as they provide great shelters and they can easily ambush prey or your bait with a vicious swift attack as it passes by their territory and lair. They will then dart back in to the deep coverage with the unsuspecting fish or when they become hooked, and this is when angler's lines tend to snap as they rub against the usually abrasive surfaces. Mangrove jacks are getting caught in their usual haunts. These include:

  • Noosa: Noosa Sound, Woods Bay, Weyba Creek (where bait prawns love to hang), the Gympie Terrace stretch and in between Lake Cootharaba and Cooroibah.
  • Maroochy: Eudlo Creek, Petrie Creek, Coolum Creek and around the Cane Train Bridge near Dunethin rock.
  • Mooloolaba: Kawana Waters, the channel that runs under McKenzie's Bridge, Mountain Creek and the middle to upper reaches of the Mooloolah River.
  • Caloundra: The top end of Currimundi Lake, Pelican Waters Canals, around the pylons of the Boardwalk and the upper reaches of Bells and Coochin Creek.

Live bait is generally the best, due to the appeal of a moving prey. Poddy mullet, diver whiting, prawns, gar, herring and hardy heads are all good locally found Jackfood. When Jacks are really on a hot bite they will take most whole fish types of bait like W.A. pilchards, whitebait and even strips of mullet fillet. Lures are the other option. Jacks are so territorial, meaning they will take most lures that pass by their patch. They don't always hit the offering because they want to eat it. Jacks may hit your lure or bait as a warning for it to move away from their home.

It is best to find out what the Jacks in your local area feed on and try to match or replicate it. For instance, in Petrie Creek, Jacks will feed on green prawns or small mullet. So I use a lure which mimics the prawn and and a soft plastic like a four inch Powerbait as a poddy mullet. Prawn Star lures look and swim similar to the river prawns. Make sure you work your lure in around overhanging trees, submerged snags, bridge pylons and rocky walls. Jack fishing legends always tell me 'you must be in their zone to make them angry enough to hit the lure or bait' which is obviously within a metre or two.

Dawn, dusk, the turn of the tide and overnight are all good times for jack fishing. Overnight is when jacks will tend to wander away from their structure in search of food, so the odds of a successful fishing sessions is much better over night.

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