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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-11-17


Good fish feeding activity now and for the next few days ahead with the New Moon Phase on Saturday. Great offshore conditions for the next few days with today’s winds easterly 10 to 15 knots. Winds tending southwesterly less than 10 knots inshore during the early morning and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will also be good with an easterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening and seas around 1 metre. Try North Reef for snapper, Coral trout, moses perch, tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. Double Island Point has had had good Cobia, pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway. Sunshine Reef there’s pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Moses Perch, Tusk fish, snapper to 60cm and a 4kg spangled emperor’ pearl perch, mulloway and big teraglin jewfish taken from the middle of the Barwon Banks. Big red emperor, cod, coral trout, pearl perch, hussar and tusk fish 15 and 20nm east of wide bay bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Sweetlip, big cod and grunter bream on the inshore reefs. Few good spotty mackereland tuna in Platypus Bay. Nice threadfin salmon in theSusan and Mary Rivers. Try all the creeks that feed into the Straits for salmon and good grunter. Big mac tuna around Roonies Point and queenfish, trevally and bigger grunter bream are feeding around the rocky outcrops. There have been some good quality whiting feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. It is worth fishing for trevally and a for a few mackerel off the Urangan Pier and recently there have been catches jew and Tuna and sharks. School mackerel are still throughout the central bay and up along Fraser Island. Blackall, cod, giant trevally and trout have also been caught throughout the Bay. But remember not to target the Barramundi, as the Barramundi East Coast Closed Season is in force, through to 1st February. (Also note: It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.)

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The tailor are still around so Indian Heads to Waddy Point will be worth targeting for a few good tailor. There have been good dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches gutters.

Rainbow Beach; Still the odd big tailor, kingfish, mackerel, bream and snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Spotty mackerel and long tail tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Tailor from Middle rock. Flathead, dart and the odd tailor between rainbow and double Island Point. A few flathead and bream from Carlow Point. Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek

Local Dams and Rivers: It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. November is often the best month of the year to chase fish in the stocked impoundments as they cannot breed behind the dam walls so they are able to be fished for with a fishing Permit. Try the full Moon phases for the best results particularly for the bigger fish. Remember fishing in the dams will require a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit. Borumba Dam has had good bass and big saratoga on fly in the shallows and timbered areas around the Dam, but please handle the saratoga carefully and quickly release them to fight another day. Remember saratoga are not really much good as an eating fish but are a fantastic sport fish that are part of the successful restocking program. Quality bass and yellow belly from the narrows and the boyne arm of Boondooma Dam. The Tiaro stretch of the upper Mary River has been producing good bass numbers. Lake McDonald still has a lot of bass in the main basin and in the bay near the botanical garden and along the weed edge.

Noosa: Try the headlands and gutters for the odd tailor, as well as jew, bream, trevally. A few good quality flathead with a few in the 70 to 85cm range caught and released, around the lower river recently. good quality Flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system, so target all the snaggy and structured sites for best results. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Whiting feeding throughout the lower river particularly the northern bank flats from Twin Waters through to the Motorway Bridge on the incoming tide. Flathead, grunter, golden trevally and bream in the Cod Hole. Few good quality mangrove jack and cod showing up in the upper river. Mud crabs are moving throughout the system particularly in Petrie Creek, in the middle and lower river, creeks and canals with bigger and better quality crabs showing up.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge and in Mountain Creek. Whiting and flathead from the sand basin. Mud crabs in the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach on the banks and the odd tailor still feeding around the bar. Mud crabs and Mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake and around structures and snaggy areas and moving throughout the passage, the creek and canals. There are a few good quality muddies on the move throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Big Red Rainbow Escapes

Check out this big red taken by a crew member on a Rainbow Escapes Charter on reefs off Rainbow Beach recently.

Have a look at 9 year old Lachlan Krechting who caught his first feisty, mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake.

Jeff Vere mangrove jack eudlo
Our good mate Jeff Vere caught this 53cm, good eating size estuary cod, caught at Bli Bli

Garry Norris took this hard fighting amberjack from the Barwon Banks just before the rough weather

2Whiting Ben Forgan

Ben Forgan good whiting
Gun angler, Ben Forgan, catching some quality whiting on poppers in the Maroochy River.

TateKeysPB saratoga

Tate Saratoga 75cm

Keen local Gympie angler, Tate Keys scored his PB toga (saratoga) released, which went 75cm on the surface and stoked to finally keep the hooks in one.

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