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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-01-19


This week’s New Moon Phase on Wednesday has had the fish on the bite and more king tidal movements. It’s looking like a pretty good today and into the weekend for fishing. Todays winds will be a light south to southeasterly about 10 knots, tending easterly inshore in the afternoon with seas below 1 metre, however there will be a good solid swell running out wide with southeasterly around 1 metre inshore and a southerly from 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the day. Tomorrow conditions are looking pretty good with winds south to southeasterly below 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning, seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening and swells decreasing. So as conditions improve particually by the weekend be ready to hit the local reefs for fish like these as there have been Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef there’s been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 9 mile, the inner gneerings and Currimundi reef. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters have taken good catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Out from Hervey Bay: Spotty mackerel, longtail and mack tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay. A few good spotty mackerel, plenty of average grassy sweetlip, cod, school mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore reefs. Still catching good threadfin salmon, grunter, and plenty of mangrove jack and banana prawns and mud crabs in the lower Susan and Mary Rivers. Good quality grunter bream, flathead and whiting as well as plenty of threadfin salmon from River Heads and throughout the Great Sandy Straits. Queenfish and trevally from around Picnic Islands, the Rufus Artificial Reef. It’s worth targeting some good whiting and a few garfish that are feeding along the beaches between Urangan and Burrum Heads. Getting catches good trevally, long tail tuna and Spanish mackerel off the Urangan Pier. Try for the banana prawns in the lower reaches of the Mary and Susan Rivers.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  As kids go back to school the conditions on the beach will calm down a little, so be ready to target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally, bream along the eastern beaches low tide gutters. Plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: Peace and quiet about to descend on our favourite fishing spots and beaches as Queenslanders go back to school. Bream, Spanish and spotty mackerel and small snapper off the rocks at Double Island Point. Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point. Mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Local Dams and Rivers: Bass, bass and more bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. Quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Good bass feeding with the deep diving lures working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: This week’s New Moon Phase has had the fish on the bite and more king tidal movements flushing out the river systems. Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. A few whiting taken on the incoming tide and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Try for dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Peter Evens did well at the Blinker recently taking a 110cm Spanish mackerel and a cobia for his effort

Harry Somlyay Bream Squidgie

Harry Somlyay fishing in Petrie Creek in the mangroves using Squidgie wriggler 80mm Bloodworm colour soft plastics.

Jonny Baker Borumba Bass

Baker Borumba Bass

Baker Borumba Bass 2

Jonny Baker fishing Borumba Dam this week with his boys. Looks like the boys kicked his butt big time for a few good Bass.

Rainbow Escape Double Island Maori Cod

The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters on a recent trip off Double Island Pt with a quality Maori Cod.

Ray NIckel Buck Crab

Old Timer Ray Nickel has been at it again, potting a few good buck crabs in Petrie Creek.

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