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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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Local Fishing Report: Friday 2015-12-18

Offshore

Conditions will be a bit choppy with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. There’s been couple of good pearl perch taken on a Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. Quality jew or mulloway on a Cougar One charter to Chardon's Reef. Top catch Charters report good catches on The Barwon Banks, Murphy’s reef and the Gneerings, with the banks has been reliable as always especially for the pelagic species like mahi mahi, wahoo and some little yellow fin and blue fin tuna. The bottom fished well for red throat emperor, maori cod, moses perch, fusilier, amberjack, spangled emperor, squire, tusk fish and the odd big cod. In closer we have been getting squire, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, coral trout, sweetlip, maori cod and spotted mackerel.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few good whiting along the Noosa north shore. A good 48cm mangrove jack was caught yesterday at the Tewantin Ski Run. Quality flathead to 78cm caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been plenty of good trevally, a few whiting to 29cm using live worms and flathead caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Try for whiting up to 34cm in the early mornings Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Plenty of herring bait fish in big numbers around Chambers island and in the mouth of Maroochy Waters Canal. Mangrove jack and 35cm bream in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: A few whiting and dart along the beaches and you could try for jew over night. Whiting, golden trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack yesterday, trevally and flathead caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally near the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing a few good whiting, with flathead and jew in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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Keith Gardiner with a nice 34cm bream taken from the Maroochy Waters Canal.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2015-12-17

Offshore

May be okay conditions early ahead of choppy in the afternoon to rough conditions by evening with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, and to 20 to 25 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening. Top catch Charters report good catches on The Barwon Banks, Murphy's reef and the Gneerings, with the banks has been reliable as always especially for the pelagic species like mahi mahi, wahoo and some little yellow fin and blue fin tuna. The bottom fished well for red throat emperor, maori cod, moses perch, fusilier, amberjack, spangled emperor, squire, tusk fish and the odd big cod. In closer we have been getting squire, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, coral trout, sweetlip, maori cod and spotted mackerel. There's been couple of good pearl perch taken on a Trekka 2 charter to North Reef. Quality jew or mulloway on a Cougar One charter to Chardon's Reef.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few good whiting along the Noosa north shore. Quality flathead to 78cm caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been plenty of good trevally and flathead caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. Flathead, bream, tailor and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Try for jew along Maroochy Beach at night. Tarpon also on the bite near the Cod Hole. Still plenty of whiting and good size grunter bream yesterday in the early mornings around Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Plenty of herring bait fish in big numbers around Chambers island yesterday. Mangrove jack and 35cm bream in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: A few big whiting and dart along the beaches. Whiting, golden trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack yesterday, trevally and flathead caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing sizeable whiting, with flathead and jew in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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Keen anglers Lachlan Reedy and Kian Strong with some nice whiting to 34cm from the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2015-12-16

Offshore

More okay conditions today with winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly in the afternoon and seas around 1 metre. Top catch Charters report good catches on The Barwon Banks, Murphy’s reef and the Gneerings, with the banks has been reliable as always especially for the pelagic species like mahi mahi, wahoo and some little yellow fin and blue fin tuna. The bottom fished well for red throat emperor, maori cod, moses perch, fusilier, amberjack, spangled emperor, squire, tusk fish and the odd big cod. In closer we have been getting squire, tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, coral trout, sweetlip, maori cod and spotted mackerel.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few good whiting along the Noosa north shore. Quality flathead to 78cm caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been plenty of good trevally and flathead caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. Flathead, bream, tailor and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Try for jew along Maroochy Beach at night. Tarpon also on the bite near the Cod Hole. Still plenty of whiting and good size grunter bream yesterday in the early mornings around Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Plenty of herring bait fish in big numbers around Chambers island yesterday. Mangrove jack and 35cm bream in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: A few big whiting and dart along the beaches. Whiting, golden trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack yesterday, trevally and flathead caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing sizeable whiting, with flathead and jew in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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4kg coral troout from the gneerings

The crews on Top Catch Charters have been catching some quality fish like this coral trout on the Gneerings this week .

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2015-12-15

Offshore

Pretty good conditions today with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending easterly in the late evening. and seas below 1 metre. Conditions tomorrow will be similar with an easterly for most of the day around 10 knots and seas under 1 metre, There’s been Wahoo, blue fin tuna, a few spotty and Spanish mackerel showing up on many of the close in reefs, with a quality Spanish mackerel taken on yesterday morning's Cougar One charter to North Reef. Scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai on Chardon's Wide. Quality gold spot cod, pearl perch, mowong, sea bream, grass sweetlip, squire, moses perch and bonito at North Reef. The nine mile and twelve mile at Caloundra produced mackerel, cobia, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, squire, pearl perch and estuary cod while big marlin were spotted at the Inner Gneerings.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for tailor and whiting along the Noosa north shore. A 43cm bream and 78cm flathead caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been trevally and flathead caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. Flathead, bream, tailor and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Try for jew along Maroochy Beach at night. Tarpon also on the bite near the Cod Hole. Still plenty of whiting in the early mornings around Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Bait fish in big numbers around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli bridge. Estuary cod, flathead, and mangrove jack in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river with sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Kawana: A few big whiting and dart along the beaches. Whiting, trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack in the middle river with trevally, flathead and mangrove jack caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing sizeable whiting, with flathead and jew in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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Keith Gardiner landed this feisty 44cm trevally in the Maroochy Waters Canal on Sunday morning.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2015-12-14

Offshore

Pretty good conditions today with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the evening and seas around 1 metre. Conditions tomorrow will be even better with east to northeasterly about 10 knots and seas under 1 metre, There’s been Wahoo, blue fin tuna, a few spotty and Spanish mackerel showing up on many of the close in reefs. Scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai on Chardon's Wide. Quality gold spot cod, pearl perch, mowong, sea bream, grass sweetlip, squire, moses perch and bonito at North Reef. The nine mile and twelve mile at Caloundra produced mackerel, cobia, sweetlip, tusk fish, hussar, squire, pearl perch and estuary cod while big marlin were spotted at the Inner Gneerings.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for tailor and whiting along the Noosa north shore. A 43cm bream and 78cm flathead caught and released around Munna Point on whole prawn baits. There's been trevally and flathead caught on soft plastics in the late afternoon at Woods Bay. Weyba Creek is producing Moses perch, estuary cod, bream, whiting and flathead all in good numbers. Flathead, bream, tailor and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. A few sand and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Try for jew along Maroochy Beach at night. Tarpon also on the bite near the Cod Hole. Still plenty of whiting in the early mornings around Picnic Point, Chambers Island and Channel Island. Bait fish in big numbers around Chambers Island and the Bli Bli bridge. Estuary cod, flathead, and mangrove jack in the Maroochy Waters canal. Flathead and bream in numbers in the mouth of Eudlo Creek with mangrove jack and gar in the upper reaches and through Petrie Creek. Mud crabs in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river with sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Kawana: A few big whiting and dart along the beaches. Whiting, trevally, bream and gar from the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. Trevally along the rock walls around the river mouth. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin. Mangrove jack in the middle river with trevally, flathead and mangrove jack caught in Mountain Creek, in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Golden Beach and the mouth of Bells Creek both producing sizeable whiting, with flathead and jewfish in the drop offs and deeper holes around the Passage. Trevally in the canals and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls.

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Hayden Bowden Mangrove Jack

Hayden Bowden caught and released this beautiful Mangrove jack in the Maroochy river on 10 lbs line, using a 4 inch zman minnow, 1/4 oz txt jig head .

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