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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

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Fishing Feature: Rain Stirs up Crabs 2014-12-05

It's that time of year again – school holidays upon us within days and gorgeous hot sunny weather with late afternoon storms gracing the coastline with it's presence on odd days. With the rain a week back, schoolies were cringing with the thought of rearranging their beach plans, but crabbing folk were rubbing their hands together. Big full tides coupled with tomorrow's full moon are two of three top conditions for crabbing. Add to that a touch of rain to flush out the upper reaches, creeks and mangroves and you have the recipe for crabbing success!

The benefits of these big tides and some added rain are plenty – it will give the rivers and estuaries a great flush out, often bringing jews, jacks, cod, crabs and even some of the bigger flathead out of hiding from up river. The flushing effect is an ideal time for crabbing. Crabs caught during months with the letter 'r' (e.g. December) tend to be much fuller than those caught during the winter months. This is generally due to the belief that mud crabs hide in their holes during winter and malt their shell. They tend to remain empty during these months until they get a chance to grow into their new larger shell. Partially full crabs tend to have a greenish ting to their shells and full crabs have a darker more browny-blue colour. The best way to tell how full a buck is, apart from observing its colour is to press down on the under side of the crabs carapace, beneath the point. If the shell indents then the crab is only partly full, and if it does not, then it should be full of meat. Bucks around 1.2kg have been common catches in the channels surrounding Chambers and Channel Islands. Muddies have also been potted in the creeks, the Cod Hole and along the Maroochy Wetlands reach. Good numbers of sand crabs having been moving through the river on the daily tide as far up as the Bli Bli bridge, but unfortunately many are still undersize.

Being able to distinguish between male and female crabs is a very important way for anglers to play a role in sustainable fisheries. The mud and sand crabs though very different in appearance, both have the same protective cover on their under body. On male crabs this cover is in the shape of a long narrow, pointed flap. The females have a broad, more rounded flap that covers more than half of their underside. All female crabs must be returned to the water after capture. Male mud crabs must measure 15cm from spine to spine on the spines closest to the back swimmer legs. Male sand crabs have to measure 11.5cm from notch to notch on the notch closest to the spines. Each angler can keep 10 male mud crabs and unlimited male sand crabs, but it is important to stress the need to only take enough for your own immediate use and leave some there for the future.

All crab pots and dillies must have an I.D. tag attached to it with the owners surname and address printed. All traps that aren't attached to some sort of structure must have a light coloured float, no less than 15cm in dimension on the end of the rope.

Like fishing, night time is the best time to crab. Crabs are nocturnal and are therefore more active after dark. Moon phases and tide sizes will also affect crab numbers. I find crabbing on the big tides, either side of the full moon phase, or in the middle of bucketing down rain (due to the lack of other people around) to be the most productive.

Mud crab measure carapace

Measuring your mudcrab across the carapace is tricky but essential to obey the rules.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2014-12-05

Offshore

Winds will give choppy and uncomfortable conditions with a northerly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. There have however been mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Big flathead, tailor, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Trevally, mangrove jack from Dunethin Rock. Giant, golden trevally and tailor between the Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters on trolled SureCatch Ace Jerk and Zerek long trail lures. Flathead and whiting yesterday around the Black Banks. Flathead, whiting, tailor and bream from Picnic Point. Good numbers of quality whiting in the lower river around Goat and Channel Islands and from Bli Bli on the high tide. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches and the odd one in the canals.

Kawana: Before the wind cranks up try for dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin. Whiting and mangrove jack in Mountain Creek. Trevally and Jack from McKenzies bridge. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Bailey Watt was just having a bit if fun flicking prawns behind the pontoon boats where he caught several 30cm bream.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2014-12-04

Offshore

Todays is the last day of light winds and dry conditions with 10-15 knot N-NE winds. Seas and swell will be under 1m as well. Mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Big flathead, tailor, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Trevally, mangrove jack from Dunethin Rock. Giant, golden trevally and tailor between the Godfrey's Road and Twin Waters on trolled SureCatch Ace Jerk and Zerek long trail lures. Flathead, whiting, tailor and bream from Picnic Point. Good numbers of quality whiting in the lower river and from Bli Bli on the high tide. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings. Whiting from La Balsa sand basin. Whiting and mangrove jack in Mountain Creek. Trevally and Jack from McKenzies bridge. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally and whiting in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Michael and Lachlan Hutchinson Whiting 38cm Maroochy

Michael and Lachlan Hutchinson caught a good feed of whiting to 38cm in the lower Maroochy River yesterday.

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2014-12-03

Offshore

Reasonable conditions in the morning with winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the afternoon, seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Big flathead, tailor, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Giant, golden trevally and tailor in the Cod hole. Big diamond scale mullet to 5kg have been caught in cast nets between Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead, whiting, tailoraround 40cm and bream from Picnic Point. Whiting up to 40cm and giant herring in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Good trevally in Currimundi Lake. Flathead, bream and golden trevally around the Boardwalk. Try for trevally, tarpon and jack in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Luke Larsen Currimundi Trevally

Luke Larsen was fishing at Currimundi Lake when he landed this feisty trevally

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 2014-12-02

Offshore

More reasonable conditions with winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Mulloway and Spanish mackerel and tusk fish on North Reef. Spanish and spotty Mackeral on Sunshine Reef and out from the national park. Snapper, sweetlip, maori cod and tusk fish have been taken from the Gneerings. School and spotty mackerel from Raper Shoal, the 5 mile, off Kings Beach, Arkwright Shoal and old women island.

Estuaries

Noosa: Big flathead, tailor to 61cm, bream, big whiting and trevally near the river mouth. Jack and big eyed trevally in Woods Bays. Bream and flathead from Noosaville and Tewantin. Good quality whiting up in the Frying Pan and opposite Munna Point and in the entrance to Lake Cooroibah. Mangrove jack in between the lakes from the Noosaville reach to Lake Cootharaba.

Maroochydore: Giant, golden trevally to 59cm and big eye trevally in the Cod hole. Big diamond scale mullet to 5kg have been caught in cast nets between Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Flathead, whiting, tailor and bream from Picnic Point. Whiting up to 40cm and giant herring in the lower and middle river. Mud crabs in the deeper channel of the middle and upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River. Bream with the bigger fish at night around the moorings and whiting in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River. Flathead and mangrove jack in Kawana Canals and in Mountain Creek. Muddies on the move in the canal system.

Caloundra: Dart and whiting along the beaches and bream at dawn and dusk at Moffat Beach. Flathead, bream and golden trevally off the Boardwalk. Try for trevally, tarpon and jack in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, mangrove jack and trevally opposite the Power Boat Club and at Bells Creek mouth. A few sand and mud crabs throughout Pumicestone Passage and in the creeks.

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Soultan Brown and Luke Smith potted this nice buck crab in the Maroochy Waters Canal.

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