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Sunshine Coast Fishing Reports

The Weekly Fishing Feature will be updated by THURSDAY along with the top fish photos of the week.

The daily Fishing Report and Catch of the Day photo will be updated DAILY, this is the same information which features in the sports section of the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2015-01-03

Offshore

Good conditions for offshore early with, easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the evening. Seas around1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the morning. The spotty mackerel along with Maori Cod and yellow tail king were on yesterday about 10 mile off Mooloolaba with some great catches, also good catches of spotty and Spanish mackerel right along the coast off Currimundi, Caloundra 12 mile Coolum and at Sunshine Reef.  Barwon Banks produced quality maori cod, mahi mahi, snapper and red throat emperor. Murphys produced good hussar, moses perch, mulloway and cobia.

Estuaries

Noosa: Along with the heavy traffic there have been a few big tailor and whiting and dart along Teewah Beach. Quality mangrove jack, bream, trevally, tailor and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. Also mangrove jack and bream in Weyba Creek, the Tewantin reach. Woods Bay and in the snaggy areas in the upper reaches. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Maroochydore: There are big whiting in the lower river with several good catches up to 40cm. Whiting and flathead in the southern channel. Three mangrove jack taken in Petrie Creek by Jarvis Henrick. Trevally, 60cm tailor and school jew at night in the cod hole and upper reaches of Eudlo and Petrie Creeks. A few good mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and bream on the southern side of Pt Cartwright and south of the the Surf Club. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack up to 58cm in the canals, Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth and in the canals.

Caloundra: Trevally, whiting and dart along Currimundi Beach and inside the Caloundra bar. Whiting, bream, flathead and moses perch along the Boardwalk area. Mangrove jack around the pontoons in Pelican Waters Canals and in the creeks. Whiting opposite the Power Boat Club, off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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Jarvis 3 Jack

Check out Jarvis and Bruce Henrick with their 3 fiesty Mangrove Jack taken in Petrie Creek.

Local Fishing Report: Friday 2015-01-02

Offshore

Good conditions for offshore with, northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the morning. Seas around 1 metre. There have been some good catches of spotty and Spanish mackerel right along the coast off Currimundi, Caloundra 12 mile Coolum and at Sunshine Reef. There are good reports from Caloundra 12 Mile and the Banks for spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and mahi mahi on the surface, with parrot and sweetlip on the bottom.  Barwon Banks produced quality maori cod, mahi mahi, snapper and red throat emperor. Murphys produced good hussar, moses perch, mulloway and cobia.

Estuaries

Noosa: Along with the heavy traffic there have been a few big tailor and whiting and dart along Teewah Beach. Quality mangrove jack, bream, trevally, tailor and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. Also mangrove jack and bream in Weyba Creek, the Tewantin reach. Woods Bay and in the snaggy areas in the upper reaches. Mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Maroochydore: There are big whiting in the lower river with several good catches up to 40cm. Whiting and flathead in the southern channel. Three mangrove jack taken in Petrie Creek by Jarvis Henrick. Trevally, 60cm tailor and school jew at night in the cod hole and upper reaches of Eudlo and Petrie Creeks. A few good mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and bream on the southern side of Pt Cartwright and south of the the Surf Club. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack up to 58cm in the canals, Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth and in the canals.

Caloundra: Trevally, whiting and dart along Currimundi Beach and inside the Caloundra bar. Whiting, bream, flathead and moses perch along the Boardwalk area. Mangrove jack around the pontoons in Pelican Waters Canals and in the creeks. Whiting opposite the Power Boat Club, off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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Joe Harnell Fathead Tailor

Joe Harnell caught several tailor and flathead in the Cod Hole on Tuesday.

Fishing Feature: Summer Whiting 2015-01-02

Summer is synomonys with stinking hot temperatures, humidity as high as a sauna and the late afternoon storms rolling in after a day sweltering in the beach heat. Three prerequisites to surviving the heat are: a) investing in a widebrim hat and some zinc, b) chilling down beers in the freezer to maintain that cool, crisp taste upon opening and lastly c) tuning up the long whippy whiting rod in preparation for targeting one of Queensland's most sought after succulent-tasting, sporting species!

If you need a reminder of what to look for in a summer/sand whiting, then read on. Sand whiting (Sillago ciliata), also known as summer whiting and bluenosed whiting is mostly silver in colour with an olive green to light brown back. They have 15 to 17 soft rays on their anal fin and a conspicuous black dot at the base of the pectoral fin The ventral and anal fins are light yellow in colour, but this is not to be confused with the golden bands along the body of the Golden-lined whiting which anglers often misidentify.

Sand whiting have been known to grow to a length of over 50 cm and a weight in excess of one kilo, however in local waters weigh-ins range from 300g to 750g most commonly. The minimum legal length is 23 cm and there is a combined bag limit of 30 across all whiting species.

Where to go: Sandwhiting feed in areas where the tide current helps them burrow for food and likely spots are working sand ripples, tailing sand banks, shallow and deep weed beds, over yabby beds, over sand flats where soldier crabs are found and even up under the mangrove roots. Any shallow beach gutter with an incoming tide can also fish well for whiting especially in times when the swell is quite calm and the water is crystal clear.
In Noosa, try the Frying Pan, Munna Point, Tewantin stretch, between the Lakes and those beautiful gutters that stretch as far as the eye can see from the first cutting northwards along the North Shore. Heading down the coastline; Marcus Beach to Stumers Creek at Coolum, Yaroomba, Marcoola and Mudjimba Beaches all provide nice gutters for whiting fishing during the day.

In the Maroochy River; Cotton Tree, the Black Bank by Twin Waters jetty, shallow banks between Channel Island and Picnic Point, Godfreys Road and the mud flats found in Eudlo and Petrie Creeks are all notorious hot spots for this silver-coloured sortafter species.

Further south in the Mooloolah and Kawana areas; the stretch along La Balsa Park to the canals works well during the week when there's less boating traffic, along the yabbie banks upstream of McKenzie's bridge and throughout the upper Mooloolah River are all highly recommended. Lastly in the Pumicestone Passage, hit spots like Coochin Creek, 'The Skids', Pelican Waters and Golden Beach are worth heading.

Bait to use: Favourite foods for a hungry whiting include yabbies, crabs, solder crabs, mussels, worms and prawns. Fresh or live is always best, however whiting can be likened to bream in the way they will snack on anything dead or alive. A variety of small hard-body poppers, minnows and prawn-shaped resin lures have been successful substitutes to bait.

Use the tide current or a slow wind to keep the bait or lure moving so there is less chance of being taken by a sneaky bream. Fish any of the sand/mud banks (especially those that have many yabby holes) at the lower end of the river at the start of the making tide and work your way up stream as the tide floods in. Start on the edge of the sand banks and work your up onto the top of the bank with the tide.
So get out on the next making or falling tide and take a nice cold beer, wide-brim hat, zinc and of course your whippy whiting rod and welcome the whiting to take a bite!

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2015-01-01

Offshore

Good conditions for offshore with, easterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 1 metre. There have been some good catches of spotty and Spanish mackerel right along the coast off Currimundi, Caloundra 12 mile Coolum and at Sunshine Reef. There are good reports from Caloundra 12 Mile and the Banks for spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and mahi mahi on the surface, with parrot and sweetlip on the bottom.  Barwon Banks produced quality maori cod, mahi mahi, snapper and red throat emperor. Murphys produced good hussar, moses perch, mulloway and cobia.

Estuaries

Noosa: A few big tailor to 74cm and whiting and dart along Teewah Beach. Quality mangrove jack, bream, trevally, tailor and whiting at the Noosa River mouth. Also mangrove jack and bream in Weyba Creek, the Tewantin reach. Woods Bay and in the snaggy areas in the upper reaches. Mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Maroochydore: There are big whiting in the lower river with several good catches up to 40cm. Whiting and flathead in the southern channel. Three mangrove jack taken in Petrie Creek by Jarvis Henrick's yesterday. Trevally, 60cm tailor and school jew at night in the cod hole and upper reaches of Eudlo and Petrie Creeks. A few good mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Dart and bream on the southern side of Pt Cartwright and south of the the Surf Club. Bream around the moorings and along La Balsa Park. Have a go for mangrove jack up to 58cm in the canals, Mountain Creek and around McKenzies Bridge. Mud crabs in the upper reaches of the river and the creeks. Sand crabs towards the river mouth and in the canals.

Caloundra: Try for small snapper off the rocks at Shelly Beach. Trevally, whiting and dart along Currimundi Beach and inside the Caloundra bar. Whiting, bream, flathead and moses perch along the Boardwalk area. Mangrove jack around the pontoons in Pelican Waters Canals and in the creeks. Whiting opposite the Power Boat Club, off Moffat Beach and in Currimundi Lake. Sand crabs throughout the passage.

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daryljackBurnettMarlinTAGRELEASEMooloolaba

Dad Daryl Burnett taught young Jack how to tag and release Marlin out off Mooloolaba on Tuesday – well done!

Fishing Feature: Boxing Day - Jarvis Henricks 2014-12-26

Most people are looking forward to the Christmas week to put their feet up and relax, eat and drink whatever they want and of course play with the next toys and gadgets Santa left under the tree yesterday. One local boy is pumped for the big high tides, great weather forecast and the fact that his dad has a few more days off to go fishing with him....oh and of course that Jack season is in full swing! Plenty of readers will know his cheeky grin and awesome success rate with jew, jacks and trevally in the local rivers and creeks, eight year old fishing fanatic Jarvis Henricks plans to fish dusk til dawn with his dad Bruce, stopping only to eat over the next few days. Afterall, he has to make up for all those days he missed out on fishing when school was on!

Jarvis was named appropriately as a newborn after Dad's favourite and one of Australia's largest and oldest tackle companies; Jarvis Walker. His love of fishing has been fostered from an early age by being surrounded by a family of anglers who schooled Jarvis is the techniques and skills behind catching bait, targeting fish and filleting them for dinner. Jarvis is quick to add though, he can always rely on his grandmother Janette Henricks to get a feed of king prawns if the fish aren't biting!

So for all other eight year olds or any other junior anglers out there who aspire to catch fish as skillfully as young Jarvis, read on for his top tips for success over the school holidays:

  1. Be prepared. Jarvis always takes a landing net, even for whiting! It is a great investment at $30-40 for an estuary one; ideal for flathead, bream, whiting and trevally .
  2. Be patient. Once you have hooked a fish, have a play – this is how juniors learn to handle their catch. This way the fish will tire after extensive fighting and deception attempts. A tired fish will be much easier to land than one going full steam into the mangroves and snags.
  3. Move around. Use the current and land structures to help you drift or move your line so you don't get worn out constantly casting and retrieving. People who sit in the one spot and then say they haven't had a nibble, just need to move a bit more.
  4. Game On. Be prepared to move quickly when the fish comes on the bite and know this is your moment of glory so pounce, retrieve fast and your hard work will pay off.
  5. Eat fresh fish. Cook up what you have caught the same day as the freshest fish tastes best and is good for you - Jarvis loves eating the fish he catches and doesn't mind a few chips to go with his catch to.

So consider a fishing good week ahead, despite whether Santa brought a new fishing rod or not, because a love of fishing will catch you more fish in the long run - just ask Jarvis!

Jarvis Henricks Trevally Maroochy River tide turns

Jarvis Henricks boats this trevally in the Maroochy River as the tide turns.

Jarvis Henricks Mangrove Jack creek

Mangrove Jack is Jarvis' favourite species to hunt for - up a creek is his recommendation.

Jarvis fish in each hand

Two fish in two hands = a happy boy in Jarvis.

Jarvis first catches bream

Jarvis with one of his first catches brought in to Swan Boat Hire - a feed of bream from the Cod Hole at the ripe old age of five!

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