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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

The Weekly Fishing Feature will be updated by THURSDAY along with the top fish photos of the week.

The daily Fishing Report and Catch of the Day photo will be updated DAILY, this is the same information which features in the sports section of the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-11-15

Offshore

Looks like good offshore conditions for the next few days and hopefully lighter winds right through to Sunday as winds today will be Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.with seas, below 1 metre. Tomorrow's, conditions are looking good as well with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots, with seas below 1 metre. North and Chardon's Reefs has had tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide.  Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. While Double Island Point has had red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and  snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Noosa: Good flathead, few grunter bream and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Golden and giant trevally and jew released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Bream, flathead and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally, mud crabs and a few mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage.

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John Clark MRSLFC Bribie Island

John Clark from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club did well weighing in 3 quality dusky flathead at their camp at Bribie Island.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-11-14

Offshore

Looks like workable to good offshore conditions for the next few days and hopefully lighter winds right through the weekend as well as winds today will be southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly in the late morning and early afternoon with seas, around 1 metre. Tomorrow, conditions with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing with a bit of sea breeze to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening with seas below 1 metre. North and Chardon's Reefs has had tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. While Double Island Point has had red emperor, spangled emperor, cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish and snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead, few grunter bream and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Golden and giant trevally and jew released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream, golden trevally and gar from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Grunter bream, bream, flathead and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally, mud crabs and a few mangrove jack in the creeks that flow into the Passage.

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BillConn50cmgoldentrevally

Our Scottish friend, Bill Conn caught and released a fighting golden trevally up near the Cod Hole.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-11-13

Offshore

More choppy conditions as winds will be southeasterly 15 to 20 knots with seas, 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrow, much improved conditions for offshore waters with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning and seas around 1 metre.  Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini took his crew out Sunday morning to a couple of the local reefs where they caught venus tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass emperor and gold spot cod." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishingoffshorenoosa.htm Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead, few grunter bream and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Golden and giant trevally and jew released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream, golden trevally, pike and gar from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: There have been some good catches of grunter bream, bream, flathead and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage, this week. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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KevenGrosser

Our dear old friend Kevin Grosser from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club, weighed in a couple of nice bream to 30cm taken at Picnic Point. Good on you Kevin!

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-11-12

Offshore

Winds will be  southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1 to 1.5 metre seas, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.  Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef.  North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Good flathead, few grunter bream and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Golden and giant trevally, tailor and school jew up to 65cm released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Flathead to 60cm from Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Cod, bream, grunter and tailor from Bli Bli. Whiting from Minti Street and the north shore. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream, golden trevally, pike and gar from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: There have been some good catches of grunter bream, bream, flathead and trevally from the creeks that feed into the Pumicestone Passage, this week. The Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Bill Con Tailor

Bill Con caught a nice 50cm tailor from the channel between Chambers Island and the motorway bridge on a pilchard.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-09

Offshore

Strong Wind Warning for today in Sunshine Coast Waters Todays conditions will also be choppy to very rough with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening, with seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Conditions over the weekend will still be pretty choppy through into next week with winds southeasterly from 15 to 25 knots. When conditions improve be ready to go for some snapper, cobia, yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, coral trout, moses perch and maori cod from Sunshine Reef. North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper. There's been jew, trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Yesterdays New or Black Moon Phase will certainly have the fish feeding right through the weekend, so be ready to go. Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. 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.

A few bigger spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality golden trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack as well as good flathead, bream and grunter bream starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: The New moon will have the jew cruising in the gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. Still the odd tailor to be caught in the deeper gutters. A few good sand whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: The strong and choppy northerlies have made fishing the beaches difficult this week. The southerlies for the next few days will be better for chasing dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: Dave Towner from Team Wicked Fishing. Spent last week camping up near Gympie and managed to get out for a canoe one arvo. The river was up and still had a fair run so the fishing was tough. Whilst targeting the bass on surface in the late afternoon a beautiful Mary River Cod smashed my pompadour. The fish was retained in the water, the lure removed, a quick photo and swam away strong. So good to see these native fish doing so well and in great condition. Please Note; This is a protected. No Take Species!! Such special fish should always be handled with extreme care and released if ever caught.

If you are heading up to Monduran Dam over the next month or so, remember there have been some fantastic Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including https://www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing live weekly Report. Borumba Dam had some quality bass and saratoga caught and released in last weekends Mary Valley Fishing Classic. Try around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Noosa; Yesterdays New or Black Moon Phase will certainly have the fish feeding right through the weekend, so be ready to go. Good flathead, the odd tailor and bream from the river mouth. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, trevally, jacks and whiting in Woods Bays. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.

Maroochydore: Trevally, the odd tailor and school jew up to 65cm released recently around the motorway bridge pylons. Good flathead throughout the river. Mangrove jack and trevally in Petrie Creek. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. It's worth putting the crab pots and try your luck for a few keeper mud crabs.

Mooloolaba: Bream and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and bream from the Twin Bridges. Whiting from the entrance to Mountain Creek. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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Tyler Stirling Dusky Flathead

Tyson Stirling, caught a nice eating size dusky flathead on a red head silver body, Trollcraft Pelagic Lure.

Fisheries App

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information.

Mary River Cod Dave

Mary Cod David

Dave Towner from Team Wicked Fishing. Spent last week camping up near Gympie and managed to get out for a canoe one arvo. The river was up and still had a fair run so the fishing was tough. Whilst targeting the bass on surface in the late afternoon this beautiful Mary River Cod smashed my pompadour. The fish was retained in the water, the lure removed, a quick photo and swam away strong. So good to see these native fish doing so well and in great condition. Please Note; This is a protected, No Take Species!! Such special fish should always be handled with extreme care and released if ever caught.

Rainbow Escape Charters nice Jew DIPSunday4th

The Crews on Rainbow Escape Charters, caught some good quality fish last Sunday north of DIP, like this Jew or mulloway.

Rainbow EscChSpangled4th

The Crews on Rainbow Escape Charters, caught some good quality reef fish last Sunday north of DIP, like this spangled emperor.

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