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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-30

Offshore

More good conditions despite the wet weather with easterly winds at 10 to 15 knots and seas and swell around the 1 metre mark. North reef had moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch and scarlet sea perch.  Massouds Reef had maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and small mouth nannygai.  Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel  from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had saddle taile sea perch, snapper, moses perch, coral trout and gold band snapper.  The wider grounds off NE of Rainbow Beach have had quality catches of  pearl perch,  red emperor, cod, tusk fish and amberjack.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Tailor and trevally from the river mouth over night. Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole boat ramp. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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The crew aboard Rainbow Escape Charters did some vertical jigging on last weekend’s charter for several big amberjack and quality pearl perch wide of Fraser Island.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-11-29

Offshore

Excellent offshore conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar good conditions with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre. North and Sunshine reefs have had gold spot estuary cod, grass sweetlip, and a couple of good cobia, snapper, red emperor, trag jew, coral trout, moses perch, venus tusk fish and reasonable Maori cod.  Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. Also amberjacks, sweetlip parrot and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel  from Caloundra 12 mile. Double Island Point has had had  Cobia,  pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, gold band snapper, gold spot cod and jew.  Off Rainbow Beach there have been catches of good pearl perch big red emperor, snapper and tusk fish around the 12nm reefs east the Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jacks in Noosa Sound in the creeks and up river around structures and snags. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole boat ramp. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, a few golden trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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John Bongertman’s 50cm grunter bream or (barred/spotted javelin-fish or spotted grunter fish, legal size 40cm) taken on Monday between the Motorway Bridge and Chambers Island.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-11-28

Offshore

Pretty good offshore conditions today with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar good conditions with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre. Wild Thing 2 fished north reef over the weekend for gold spot estuary cod, grass sweetlip, and a couple of cobia. Trekka 2 fished north reef on Friday for snapper, red emperor, trag jew, coral trout, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker.  Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel  from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and quality grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Grunter from Munna Point. Jacks in Noosa Sound. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally and a 50cm grunter bream yesterday between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the last of the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Ray Nichols Buck Crabs

Old timer Ray Nichols, has had his pots out in the creeks this week scoring a few keeper buck crabs.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-11-27

Offshore

Winds have been south-easterly at 10 to 15 knots, with seas around 1 metre and 1 – 1.5m of easterly swell. Wild Thing 2 fished north reef over the weekend for gold spot estuary cod, grass sweetlip, and a couple of cobia. Trekka 2 fished north reef on Friday for snapper, red emperor, trag jew, coral trout, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod.  Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from the Blinker.  Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel  from Caloundra 12 mile.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Flathead, bream and grunter from the river mouth. Big flathead, grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Grunter from Munna Point. Jacks in Noosa Sound. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the last of the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river on the banks under cover of the dirty water and particularly on the incoming tide where the clean sea water meets the dirty water. Mangrove jack in the snags and pylons in Petrie Creek. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: With the dirty runoff water it is better to fish the lower river on the incoming tide where the incoming tide meets the runoff. Jacks and cod from McKenzies bridge on the high tide. Trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the sand basin in the lower river. Jacks and trevally from Minyama Island. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Flathead, trevally and bream from the boardwalk. Whiting from Golden Beach and the banks throughout the northern passage. Dart, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Grunter and flathead from Bells creek. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Isaac Robertson and Riley Precians caught several nice whiting yesterday on cured worms along the Twin Waters stretch.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2017-11-24

Offshore

Looking like a reasonable weekend ahead for fishing. Today conditions are looking great for offshore fishing today with southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots before dawn with seas around  1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. Tomorrow should be pretty good as well with winds still around southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Maroochydore during the afternoon. Recently there have been good catches on local reefs with Cougar One fishing North Reef for snapper,  moses perch, tusk fish, gold spot cod, maori cod cobia and quality pearl perch. Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, tusk fish, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor and red throat emperor from Sunshine Reef. Sweetlip, venus tusk and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and snapper from Caloundra 12 mile. 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. Saddle tail sea perch, snapper, moses perch, aerolate cod, gold band snapper and pearl perch from Trekka 2’s recent trip to Double Island Point. Rainbow escape Charters caught big red emperor and Maori cod east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range being caught and released, around the lower river. Big flathead, barred grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge, the sand basin the lower river and in Mountain Creek. 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 few dart odd, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek and in Pelican Waters Canal. There are a few good quality muddies throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Check out this lovely Red taken in showery conditions on a Rainbow Escape Charter.
What a day! Spent the day on a charter off Double Island Point with some good mates, it was so rough up there, I spewed my guts up all day, but I kept pushing through and we all managed to land something mega. Here's brae with one of the many epic fish landed on the boat today.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-23

Offshore

Conditions are finally improving with east to southeasterly winds at 10 to 15 knots, seas around 1m and 1 – 1.5m of swell in offshore waters.  Cougar One fished North Reef for snapper,  moses perch, tusk fish, gold spot cod, maori cod cobia and quality pearl perch. Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, tusk fish, snapper, trevally, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor and red throat emperor from Sunshine Reef. Sweetlip, venus tusk and snapper from Murphy’s Reef. Tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and snapper from Caloundra 12 mile. 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. Saddle tail sea perch, snapper, moses perch, aerolate cod, gold band snapper and pearl perch from Trekka 2’s recent trip to Double Island Point. Rainbow escape Charters caught big red emperor and maori cod east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range being caught and released, around the lower river. Big flathead, barred grunter, whiting and quality giant trevally in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Bream, flathead, grunter and whiting along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Sand crabs in the lower river. Mud crabs throughout the middle river.

Mooloolaba: Golden trevally, cod and bream off the rock walls and La Balsa stretch. Whiting from the flats above McKenzies bridge, the sand basin the lower river and in Mountain Creek. 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 few dart odd, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek and in Pelican Waters Canal. There are a few good quality muddies throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Clayton Mann with a solid 69cm dusky flathead that was caught and released from the cod hole boat ramp recently.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-11-22

Offshore

Winds will be southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1 – 1.5m seas and 1.5 – 2m of swell in offshore waters. North Reef has had 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, gold band 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.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range being caught and released, around the lower river. Big flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Few good quality mangrove jack and cod showing up in the upper river and in the creeks. Mud crabs throughout the system particularly from Petrie Creek.

Mooloolaba: Fish the gutters for whiting and dart. 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 few dart odd, bream and flathead feeding around the bar. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek, Coochin Creek and in Pelican Waters Canal. There are a few good quality muddies throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Grant OReilly 61cm Yellow Tail Kingfish on light tackle 6kg line off OuterGneerings

Grant O'Reilly was happy with a 61cm Yellow Tail Kingfish on light tackle (6kg line) off Outer Gneering on pilchard and skirt rig.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-11-21

Offshore

Winds will be southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1 – 1.5m seas and 1.5 – 2m of swell in offshore waters. North Reef has had 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, gold band 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.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range being caught and released, around the lower river. Big flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the making tide. Flathead from around Cotton Tree, the Cod Hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Few good quality mangrove jack and cod showing up in the upper river and in the creeks. Mud crabs throughout the system particularly from Petrie Creek.

Mooloolaba: When conditions improve on Wednesday fish the gutters for whiting and dart. 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. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek, Coochin Creek and in Pelican Waters Canal. There are a few good quality muddies throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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A happy crew member on Deep End Fishing Charters out of Mooloolaba with 2 quality pearl perch taken on the Banks over the weekend.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-11-20

Offshore

Winds will be southeasterly at 15 to 20 knots, with 1 – 1.5m seas and 1.5 – 2m of swell in offshore waters. North Reef has had 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, gold band 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.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range caught and released, around the lower river recently. Big flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Trevally between Chambers Island and the cod hole boat ramp on the making tide. Flathead from the cod hole, Chambers Island and the creeks. Quality whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Few good quality mangrove jack and cod showing up in the upper river and in the creeks. Mud crabs throughout the system particularly from Petrie Creek.

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. Mangrove jack in Currimundi creek, Coochin Creek and in Pelican Waters canal. There are a few good quality muddies throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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The new moon phase has had a few mud crabs on the move with Mark Planck potting this full buck in the middle Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-11-18

Offshore

Good fish feeding activity ahead with today’s New Moon Phase. Okay conditions for today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots  Winds tending easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. Tomorrow conditions will be choppy with easterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the afternoon and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 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 20nm east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Try the headlands and gutters for the odd tailor, jew, bream, and trevally. Plenty of flathead with a few good quality fish in the 70 to 85cm range caught and released, around the lower river recently. Flathead, whiting and trevally the river mouth and in Woods bay and canals in Noosa Sound. Mangrove Jack are feeding throughout the system. Mud crabs throughout the river and canal systems.

Maroochydore: Big schools of herring with trevally chopping at them yesterday near the top of the tide around Chambers Island. Good flathead taken around Cotton Tree and with schools of trevally moving through on the incoming tide. Whiting feeding throughout the lower river. Few good quality mangrove jack and cod showing up in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout the system particularly from Petrie Creek.

Mooloolaba: Good fish feeding activity ahead with the New Moon Phase today. 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 throughout all the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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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.

Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2017-11-17

Offshore

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-11-16

Offshore

Great offshore conditions for the next few days with todays winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will also be good with an easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day and seas below 1 metre. Also Saturday will be good with winds forecast to be 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 20nm east of wide bay bar.

Estuaries and Beaches

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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Matthew Planck landed this nice dusky flathead off the Chambers Island Bridge.

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