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Local Fishing Report: Christmas Eve 2016-12-24

Offshore

We hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas out on the water. Conditions okay with winds decreasing and becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Maroochydore during the afternoon. Tomorrow okay as well with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon. So be ready to go Cougar One was drifting off the headland and outer Laguna Bay this morning, targeting the mackerel and tuna schools, when Leigh Johnstone's deep floater was taken by a quality large mouth nannygai. Try for Northern bluefin or longtail tuna at Big Hall's, while North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum.

We hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas out on the water, also please be considerate to everyone out on our beautiful Sunshine Coast Waters.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. A 60cm grunter bream or javelin fish was taken on a live biddy in the lower estuary and a 78cm flathead was caught and released in the Woods Bay on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally to 1.6kg in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack to 2.4kg in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and big flathead on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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Josh EdwardsMudCrabs

Josh Edwards with some nice Mud Crabs taken in Petrie Creek.

Daniel Brooks Mangrove Jack Released

Daniel Brooks with a feisty mangrove jack caught and released in the upper reaches.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2016-12-23

Offshore

Conditions lumpy early but winds decreasing and becoming southeastly later in the afternoon with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Tomorrow should be okay with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening and seas around 1 metre. So be ready to go with each window of opportunity both days. Cougar One was drifting off the headland and outer Laguna Bay this morning, targeting the mackerel and tuna schools, when Leigh Johnstone's deep floater was taken by a quality large mouth nannygai. Try for Northern bluefin or longtail tuna at Big Hall's, while North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. A 60cm grunter bream or javelin fish was taken on a live biddy in the lower estuary and a 78cm flathead was caught and released in the Woods Bay on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally to 1.6kg in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack to 2.4kg in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, south of Pt Cartwright. Trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and big flathead on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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Louie 9.5Kg Cod Caloundra 12 mile

Old Boy, ’Louie’ Irwin Allen took this 9.5kg cod out on the Caloundra 12 mile this week.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2016-12-22

Offshore

Reasonable conditions early but winds increasing and becoming southeastly later in the morning with winds north to northeasterly about 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots from the south during the morning and tending south to southeasterly inshore and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Tomorrow a bit choppy with winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening and seas 1 to 1.5 metres. So be ready to go out early both days. Cougar One was drifting off the headland and outer Laguna Bay this morning, targeting the mackerel and tuna schools, when Leigh Johnstone's deep floater was taken by a quality large mouth nannygai. Try for Northern bluefin or longtail tuna  at Big Hall's, while North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for  tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum.

Estuaries

Noosa: Dart, bream and whiting along Teewah Beach. A 60cm (2.5kg) grunter bream or javelin fish was taken on a live biddy in the lower estuary and a 78cm flathead was caught and released in the Woods Bay on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and queenfish on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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Remy Fletcher Crab

Remy and Fletcher were happy with their keeper crab but were suspicious that some unscrupulous person had interfered with some of their pots over night

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2016-12-21

Offshore

Reasonable conditions with a bit of northerly sea breeze chop later in the afternoon with winds northerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the afternoon an seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the afternoon. Tomorrow we are swinging back to a cooler southerly with variable winds about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots from the south and seas okay early around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening. So be ready to go out early both days. Try for Northern bluefin or longtail tuna to 12kg taken at Big Hall's, while North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for dart, bream and whiting along Teewah Beach. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system. There's been some big flathead caught and released in the Woods Bay and between Tewantin Marina and Makepeace Island. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's quality flathead and a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and queenfish on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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Andrew Macdonald 53cm jack

Keen local angler Andrew Macdonald fished the Cod Hole for this feisty Mangrove Jack.

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2016-12-20

Offshore

Reasonable conditions with a bit of northerly chop later in the day with a southeast to northeasterly about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon and seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow we are back to more northerlies with winds north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly about 15 knots in the evening and seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the afternoon or evening.  So be ready to go today, as there have been red emperor, pearl perch and good mackerel off Double Island Point. Northern bluefin or longtail tuna to 12kg taken at Big Hall's Reef North Reef's had moses perch, venus tusk fish, mowong, grass sweetlip, teraglin jewfish, one snapper, sea bream, Maori cod, gold spot cod and pearl perch. The 12 Mile and Murphys have been good for  tuna, mackerel, cobia, red throat emperor, maori cod, squire, coronation trout, tusk fish, fusilier, trevally and amberjack. There's a few Spanish and spotty mackerel on live bait between Currimundi Reef and the NW Fairway Buoy. Spanish and school mackerel on the Gneering Shoals at Murphys and Coolum. Also, pearl perch, tuskfish and mahi mahi on the Barwon Banks and spanish mackerel at the Outer Gneerings.

Estuaries

Noosa: Try for dart and whiting along Teewah Beach. Plenty of mangrove jack have been caught with some released throughout the river system at present. There's been some big flathead caught and released in the Woods Bay and between Tewantin Marina and Makepeace Island. There's been plenty of good flathead, bream, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth. In Weyba Creek there's quality flathead and a few quality sand crabs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches.

Maroochydore: Nice golden trevally in the lower river. A few good flathead, mangrove jack and jew at night in the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack in Petrie creek and along Bli Bli reach. Flathead and bream from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Whiting in the morning around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Some good mud crab in the deeper holes of the middle and upper river.

Kawana: Good dart and whiting in the low tide gutters, trevally along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth. Trevally, bream and gar from near the pontoon at La Balsa Park, the boat mooring and in the Kawana canals. A few big flathead and whiting in the sand basin and trevally around Minyama Island. Trevally and flathead from Mountain Creek. Mangrove jack in the middle river and in Mountain Creek in and around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks.

Caloundra: Dart, bream and flathead along the beaches as well as trevally and queenfish on the Happy Valley side of the Bar. Whiting off Golden Beach and Bells Creek mouth, flathead along the drop offs and jew in the deeper holes in the Passage, mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and rock walls and trevally in the canals.

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ThomasHatchlower Maroochy

Thomas Hatch caught this feisty golden trevally on a Berkley Powerbait in the lower Maroochy River.

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