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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-07-13


You can expect some good fish feeding activity right through the weekend with today's, Friday the 13th Black or New Moon Phase, so what are you waiting for get your fishing gear ready. Looking like excellent sunny and cooler fishing conditions today and right through the weekend starting with winds today being south to southwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day and seas below 1 metre. Winds and conditions will be lighter southerly to southwesterly tomorrow and Sunday with seas around 1 metre. Snapper and cod from Chardon's Reef. There's been good catches of snapper on Sunshine and North Reef as well as coral trout, Spanish mackerel, yellow tail kingfish and grass sweetlip and also a few cobia. Snapper, cod, moses perch, spotty mackerel from Caloundra 12 mile. snapper and sweetlip from Currimundi. Big snapper, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. There have been solid Red Emperor , snapper, amberjack, cod, mulloway, yellowfin tuna taken by the crews on a Rainbow Escape Charters North of Double Island Point and East of the Wide Bay Bar. The crew aboard Double Island Point Fishing Charters solid cobia, snapper, coral trout, yellow fin tuna, sweetlip ,pearl perch, tusk fish north of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Snapper, grunter and school mackerel from Burrum Eight Mile reef. Snapper from the 25 fathom hole. School and spanish mackerel from the fairway buoy, moon ledge and Six Mile Arch Cliffs. A few good size mulloway have been showing up around rocky out crops, jetties and rock wall throughout the bay. Snapper, Cobia and trevally on the deeper reef. Chopper tailor throughout the Burrum River and from River Heads. Bigger bream from the rocky outcrops and bars around River heads and a few thread fin salmon, grunter bream and reasonable flathead in the creeks that feed into the Straits. Squid are scattered throughout the Great Sandy Straits. The winter whiting numbers are increasing and they are starting to congregate in schools so try around Gatakers Bay, out form Eli Creek, Toogoom and around the Woody Islands. Bream, mulloway, squid school and grey mackerel off Urangan Jetty.

For more information on fishing the Bay do yourself a favour and check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Tailor from the Maheno wreck and around Cathedrals and up to Indian Head. Mulloway from Indian Head. Whiting in the shallow gutters. You still need to be cautious travelling around the rocky outcrops along the Eastern Beach. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good grunter bream, flathead still a few mud crab and the promise of a few sand crabs on offer.

Rainbow Beach: Remember, the 2018, Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo is on from the 20th to 28th of July. The jew have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try for chopper tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, plenty of good bream, flathead, sand crabs trevally and still getting a few good muddies.

Local Dams and Rivers: A few good bass are coming out of the Tiaro stretch of the Mary River on 1/2 oz TT blades. Borumba Dam has had bass and saratoga taken on soft and hard lure around the edges of the timbered arms. Metal and ice jigs are working well on the deeper edges for bass. Bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and on cast lures around the weed beds in Boondooma Dam. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report.

Noosa: Luderick at the river mouth and lower river. Jew at night and flathead around Munna Pt, Goat and Sheep Islands. Trevally along the Tewantin Reach. Golden trevally in woods bays and the canals. Chopper tailor, jew at night and a few whiting in the lower river. Quality bream and trevally from the River mouth.

Maroochydore: Try for jew, tailor, dart and bream in the gutters between Mudjimba and Marcoola. Bream, flathead, dart and tailor from the river mouth. Jew and cod in the Cod Hole. Jew at night from the Bli Bli stretch. Flathead, big whiting, soul, golden trevally and bream to 40cm from Channel Island and in the south channel.

Mooloolaba: Tailor and golden trevally in the lower river. Quality bream around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Average size grass sweetlip and big bream off the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin. Sand crabs in Kawana Waters.

Caloundra: Big bream and grass sweetlip off Moffat Head. Bream and tailor from Shelly Beach. Luderick, bream, golden trevally and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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David McDonald fished the Mary River along the Tiaro stretch using 1/2 oz TT bades for several nice bass.


Dallas Brenneke with a personal best Cobia caught on a recent trip aboard Double Island Point Fishing Charters.


Noel Rossi from southern QLD fishing with a solid estuary cod caught aboard Double Island Point Fishing Charter.

rainbowescape Red

Another quality red emperor caught aboard Rainbow Escape Charters this week.

Brett Sherrif Flathead

Brett Sherrif was drifting small pilchards in the river mouth early in the morning when he caught several good flathead, tailor and dart.

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