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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 2018-04-19

Offshore

Today could still be choppy at times with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Tomorrow there will be fantastic offshore conditions, with winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots and seas below 0.5 metres. Saturday and Sunday's conditions are looking pretty good with southeasterly in the 10 to 15 knot range and seas around 1 metre. This week, Wild Thing 2 crew fished Double Island Point and caught heaps of good tuskies, moses perch, slatie bream, hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod." Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World, we’ve been praying for the good weather, but everyone must have prayed at once. I'm pleased to confirm the Spanish are back on the menu. As predicted, tuna and Spanish mackerel are on the charge. Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs. Earlier this week, east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Local Dams and Rivers

Borumba Dam has has been on fire for quality bass and also some good saratoga, use jackalls along the drop offs and weed banks a go for saratoga at dusk on surface lures. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Great conditions for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack around the structures and snaggy areas. Good grunter, bream and quality dusky flathead around Sheep and Goat Islands. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: A few dart and bream with some good deep gutters with some coffee rock along Marcoola and Coolum Beach. Good schools of herring bait fish around Chambers island and Picnic point. Target jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream, whiting and several quality flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. Still big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally and some good size bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties in the lower river. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some flathead to 61 cm in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally a few chopper tailor and bream in the canals and top end of passage. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Check out Lachlan Craike with a hard fighting 52cm golden Trevally taken in the lower river on Sunday.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2018-04-18

Offshore

Today, conditions will be good most of the day, but could become a bit choppy at times as winds will be south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly during the day and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrow, will be real good conditions with a east to southeasterly about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre. Wild Thing 2 crew fished Double Island Point and caught heaps of good tuskies, moses perch, slatie bream, hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod." www.fishingnoosa.com.au/noosacharters.htm Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World, we’ve been praying for the good weather, but everyone must have prayed at once. I'm pleased to confirm the Spanish are back on the menu. As predicted, tuna and Spanish mackerel are on the charge. www.fishingnoosa.com.au/davos.htm . Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs.

Local Dams and Rivers

Borumba Dam has has been on fire for quality bass and also some good saratoga, use jackalls along the drop offs and weed banks a go for saratoga at dusk on surface lures. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Great conditions for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack around the structures and snaggy areas. Good grunter, bream and quality dusky flathead around Sheep and Goat Islands. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: A few dart and bream with some good deep gutters with some coffee rock along Marcoola and Coolum Beach. Good schools of herring bait fish around Chambers island and Picnic point. Target jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream, whiting and several quality flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. Still big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally and some good size bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties in the lower river. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some flathead to 61 cm in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally a few chopper tailor and bream in the canals and top end of passage Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Scott McVey with his huge buck mud crab taken in his secret location in the a Sunny Coast creek!

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2018-04-17

Offshore

Today, conditions will be good most of the day, but could become a bit choppy at times as winds will be west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, becoming variable about 10 knots in the late morning ahead of a southeasterly change 10 to 15 knots extending from the south in the afternoon and evening. Winds reaching up to 20 knots south of Maroochydore in the early morning and during the evening and seas are around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening. Tomorrow, will be real good conditions with a southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. With the good conditions it's worth heading out to the inshore reefs to chase the schooling long tail tuna, a few mackerel and mixed bag of reef fish. Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs.

Local Dams and Rivers

In the Dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has has been on fire for quality bass and also some good saratoga, use jackalls along the drop offs and weed banks a go for saratoga at dusk on surface lures. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Great conditions for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches as conditions improve. Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack around the structures and snaggy areas, throughout the river. Good grunter bream and quality dusky flathead around Sheep and Goat Islands. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: A few dart along the Northshore beach and Marcoola and Coolum Beach. good schools of herring bait fish around Chambers island and Picnic point yesterday. Target jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream some up to 40cm, whiting and several quality flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. Still big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally and some good size bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties in the lower river. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some flathead to 61 cm in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally a few chopper tailor and bream in the canals and top end of passage Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Have a look at Zade Lavi with his monster bream going a whopping 45 cm, taken around Birtinya over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2018-04-16

Offshore

With the New Moon Phase today the fish will be feeding over the next few days, so be ready to go. Today, conditions will be good most of the day, but could become a bit choppy in the morning and easing back for the afternoon as winds will be northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore south of Maroochydore early in the morning. Winds becoming southwest to northwesterly about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas are 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Tomorrow, will be the best day with conditions northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning and seas around 1 metre. With the good conditions it's worth heading out to the inshore reefs to chase the schooling long tail tuna, a few mackerel and mixed bag of reef fish. Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs.

Local Dams and Rivers

In the Dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has has been on fire for quality bass and also some good saratoga, use jackalls along the drop offs and weed banks a go for saratoga at dusk on surface lures. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New Moon Phase on Monday the fish will be feeding over the next week or so. Target dart, bream and whiting along the beaches as conditions improve. Whiting throughout the lower system. Flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack, cod and bream from Munna Point. Good grunter bream around Goat Island. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Target jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream some up to 40cm, whiting and several quality flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. sStill big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some flathead to 61 cm in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally and bream off the Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Gemma, Bruce and Jarvis Henricks have been up the creek again fishing for mangrove jack and cod

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-04-12

Offshore

With the New Moon Phase on Monday the fish will be feeding over the next week or so. Well, conditions for today, 'Friday the 13th', will have pretty good conditions with winds northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day with seas around 1 metre. Conditions will be good all weekend except for a bit of northerly chop on Saturday, however Sunday will be the best day with a forecast to have lighter southerly winds and seas to 1 metre and similar on Monday, so be prepared to take a sickie. With the good conditions it's worth heading out to the inshore reefs to chase the schooling long tail tuna, a few mackerel and mixed bag of reef fish. Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs. From east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island you can expect some excellent catches of big cod, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. Some excellent quality Blue Parrot been caught in the southern end of Sandy Straits, check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for some awesome photos and reports on these fish.

Out and around Hervey Bay

With the New Moon Phase on Monday the fish will be feeding over the next week or so. Longtail and mack tuna and a few mackerel have been showing up Coongul Creek and between Wathumba Creek and Roonie Point. Sweetlip, nannygui, cod and blackall off Moon Pt. There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good quality cod, tusk fish, and mackerel on the inshore reefs. Coral trout, moses perch, nannygai, tuskfish and spanish mackerel on the reefs out from Roonies. Queenfish, trevally and sweetlip on jigs and vibes out from kingfisher Bay Resort. Great Sandy Strait, is producing, Barramundi, and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi, bream, grunter, whiting and Mangrove Jack in the lower Burrum River. There’s queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and a few barred and school mackerel around the Urangan Pier/Jetty. Banana prawns are running out from Maaroom and Ungowa. For more information on fishing the Bay check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Always best to travel closer to low tide as possible. There's still of erosion, particularly around the rocky outcrops like Poyungan and Yidney Rocks, so use the Bypass Tracks. Target dart, whiting, trevally and chopper tailor along the eastern beach gutters. 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 and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Take extra care and travel closer to low tide particularly around Mudlo rocks travel on low tide. Try for whiting, bream, flathead and dart up around Inskip Point where there is more shelter. Over the New moon target jew and tailor in the gutters at night and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for whiting, bream, flathead, Trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and a few good muddies. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. A few good flathead, bream, trevally and mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: In the Dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly particully on Jackall tn60 lures last weekend. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information including Matthew Mott Sports Fishing live weekly Report.

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower system. Flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack, cod and bream from Munna Point. Good grunter bream around Goat Island. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream, whiting and flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. Bream to 40cm and golden trevally at Cotton Tree. Still big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs in the creeks, canals and throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally and bream off the Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Noel Rossi

Noel Rossi fished Sandy Straits in the to get out of the windy conditions, aboard Double Island Fishing Charters for these huge Blue Parrot.

Ryan Spoor Baffle Creek Mud Crabs
Ryan Spoor went on an adventure to Baffle creek and was rewarded with some colossal mud crabs.

Hayden Neal Borumba
Hayden Neal had a fantastic fish at Borumba Dam for some quality Bass.

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