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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2017-01-19

Offshore

Looks like choppy conditions including a southerly change with winds northwesterly 15 to 20 knots ahead of a south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knot change in the late morning, with seas increasing from 1.5 to 2 metres. Tomorrow could be a bit better in the morning and then chopping up again with winds west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending northwesterly during the evening. In the bay off Mooloolaba, close in there have been catches of bonito and spotty mackerel. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.  Trekka 2 Fished halfway to The Banks and took a good bag of snapper, pearlies, tuskies, moses perch, Maori cod, rosy jobfish, a few small dollys and a very lost rainbow runner. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fishand a few squid in the lower river and moving through the system on the big tides. Whiting to 39cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally and flathead along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth and along La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack, mud crabs and flathead in the creeks particularly Coochin Creek.

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DannyBrooksReleased Jack

Danny Brooks with a catch and release mangrove jack from the upper Maroochy River

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2017-01-18

Offshore

Looks like good conditions early then becoming choppy later in the day and evening with winds northerly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the late evening, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Tomorrow could be a bit choppy in the morning and easing with the change in the afternoon with winds north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Trekka 2 Fished halfway to The Banks and took a good bag of snapper, pearlies, tuskies, moses perch, Maori cod, rosy jobfish, a few small dollys and a very lost rainbow runner. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Nice golden trevally, caught around the river mouth in the morning using whole prawn baits. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still good schools of herring bait fish in the lower river and moving through the system on the big tides. Whiting to 39cm over night feeding on the sandbanks in the lower river. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Good flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Rod Brook Hairtail

Rod Brook caught this good eating Hairtail overnight in the Cod Hole in the Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2017-01-17

Offshore

Looks like good conditions with a bit of chop later in the day with winds east to northeasterly about 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Winds tending north to northeasterly in the late evening, with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be pretty good as well, but becoming a choppy sea breeze in the afternoon with winds variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending northerly 15 to 20 knots during the day. east to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending east to northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas around 1 metre. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few dart and whiting along Teewah beach. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still schools of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting to 39cm over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Good flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Blake Hodges Buck Crab

Blake Hodges with a nice buck crab potted in the upper Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Monday 2017-01-16

Offshore

Looks like good conditions with a bit of chop later in the day with winds northeasterly about 10 knots, tending easterly and increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening, with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be pretty good as well, with winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending east to northeasterly during the afternoon, with seas around 1 metre. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. Also a 3.3kg pearl perch taken at Chardon's Reef. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty and spanish mackerel on Coolum Reef, the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Wide. A few wahoo near the Mooloolaba Blinker and small black marlin on the reefs about 14nm east of Mooloolaba. Tuskies, pearl perch and hussar on the Barwon Banks. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy.

Estuaries

Noosa: Apart from the heavy traffic there are a few dart and whiting along Teewah beach. There’s plenty of reasonable catches of bream, flathead, trevally and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin and between the lakes. Bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Still schools of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting to 39cm over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. Mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Flathead with several in the 50 to 60 cm range along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Joshua Page 39cm Elbow Whiting

Check out Joshua Page who took this 39cm elbow slapper whiting in the lower Maroochy River.

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2017-01-14

Offshore

Looks like hot conditions with a bit of northerly chop later in the day with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots, with seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Tomorrow will be similar but a lighter seabreeze in the afternoon, with winds northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. A local angler fished Sunshine Reef and managed to pick up this 6kg trout on a ganged mack tuna. There’s good quality giant trevally and Spanish mackerel feeding off Double Island Point and on Sunshine Reef. On North Reef, Trekka 2 in the morning ended up with moses perch, lippers, tuskies, and pearl perch and in the afternoon they took pearlies, moses, tuskies, Maori cod, lippers and gold spot cod. Spotty mackerel and northern bluefin or longtail tuna in Laguna Bay and Big Hall's reef. Pearl perch, tuskfish, maori cod and a10kg spanish mackerel on Sunshine Reef. Mahi Mahi and mackerel on the Caloundra 12 mile reef. Tuskfish, snapper, sweetlip and coral trout at dusk on Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel around the NW fairway buoy. Spanish mackerel off Point Cartwright, on the Gneering Shoals and Coolum Reef, snapper and mahi mahi at the Hards.

Estuaries

Noosa: There’s good flathead throughout the river system but particularly around the river mouth and lower river, as well as trevally in the lower estuary around the top of the tide. A few nice grunter bream and the odd big whiting to 40cm along the Tewantin reach and in Lake Cooroibah. The heat wave has the mangrove jack feeding throughout the river system a couple of 50cm jacks up around Tewantin on Tuesday night. Mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: There are plenty of herring bait fish in the lower river. Whiting over night some good flathead and a few golden trevally in the lower river and Cod Hole. Few good jack in upper reaches and up the creeks. Flathead and jacks in Coolum Creek. Bream, a few grunter, and flathead in Petrie Creek. Whiting from Bli Bli flats and around the Bli Bli Islands. The big full moon tides and hot conditions have the mud crabs feeding throughout the river at present.

Kawana: Dart and whiting in the gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Golden trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and golden trevally along the La Balsa Park. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Mangrove jack in Mountain Creek and in the upper river. Giant herring and trevally in the Mountain Creek lakes. Plenty of good mud crabs in the middle river.

Caloundra: A few dart along the beaches as well as trevally and flathead close to the Bar. Bream and trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth. Flathead with several in the 50 to 60 cm range along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage. Mangrove jack in Pelican Waters canals bridge pylons and pontoons. Mangrove jack and flathead in Coochin Creek.

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Summer Whybrow Whiting Trevally

Summer Whybrow caught quality whiting and a feisty trevally in the Mooloolaba Canal System.

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