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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-03-16


Well what can we say, after 3 weeks of crook windy and rough, offshore conditions, but to finish off the week with Ex Tropical Cyclone Linda giving us huge seas and Gale force winds. The fantastic news is, that conditions, fortunately will be much more improved from today and right through the weekend as the seas settle down with lighter winds and swell right through to Tuesday. Winds today will be southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning southeasterly in the early afternoon with seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Then tomorrow winds will drop out to an east to southeasterly about 10 knots with seas below 1 metre, while Sunday and Monday will have very light winds and seas. As conditions improve be prepared and ready to go for a few good tuna or try local reef while North Reef for moses perch, tusk fish, Maori cod, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod. Sunshine for good mixed bag including snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, cobia, cod and also lots of coral trout as well as Spanish mackerel, long tail tuna and maori cod. Spotty and Spanish mackerel and plenty of tuna and long tail tuna from the Blinker. Cobia, tuna, snapper and grass sweetlip from Caloundra 12 mile. Around the 15 to 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar you can expect yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi, with large estuary cod being fairly active on the closer in reefs.

Out and around Hervey Bay:

As conditions settle right down it will be worth targeting Platypus Bay for longtail tuna, golden trevally, queenfish, school and spotted mackerel along with the odd scarlet perch. There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, tusk fish, queenfish, big trevally and mackerel on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. In the Great Sandy Strait, is producing, Barramundi, and threadfin salmon have been the main targets, around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout. Barramundi and banana prawns before the flood waters and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi, grunter and Mangrove Jack in the Burrum River. There’s queenfish, golden trevally and giant Trevally and the Urangan Pier, giant trevally have been taken out the end and have been a challenge to land as usual.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Tomorrows new moon phase will hopefully have the fish on the bite when conditions settle down. The big high tides will have a fair volume of water on the move and as ther has been is a fair amount of erosion around the rocky outcrops, and beaches best to try and travel closer to low tide as possible. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting and trevally along the eastern beach gutters. On the western side of Fraser island there’s been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good grunter the mud crabs and flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for whiting, bream, flathead, Trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and a few good muddies. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Try for flathead, trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: In the Dams you will have to exercise extra care when boating in the dirty flood water and watch for submerged trees and structures and floating Debris. Downstream of overflowing spillways will likely to be hazardous with swift flowing waters, debris and rapids. With that in mind there have been good catches prior to the heavy rains with good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting surface lures and fly. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. Please have a look at the flyer for Monduran Dams Sponsor a Barra social weekend from April 6th to the 8th and book now for a fun weekend!

Noosa: There is still a big run of dirty fresh water in all the river systems at present , so take extra care when boating. Flathead, school jew, whiting, Trevally and jack in the lower river. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: A few good mud crabs in the middle river. Bream, grunter, whiting and flathead the motorway bridge and Twin Waters. Whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree. School jew and golden Trevally in the cod hole on the top of the tide. Remember to bookmark this year’s cod hole fishing comp on the first weekend in July, check out the attached poster.

Mooloolaba: Bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth and Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, flathead, bream in Currimundi Lake. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the mouth and Golden Beach. Muddies are moving throughout the passage.

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Estuarycod Rainbow Escape

The crew’s on Rainbow escape Charters out of Rainbow Beach recently got on to some big estuary cod.

Jarvis Bruce 70cm Estuary Cod

Jarvis and Bruce Henricks did well over night up the Maroochy River for some good estuary cod.

Javis cooked crabs

Jarvis Henricks has been out crabbin with his old man Bruce and taken home a fantastic feed of muddies.

rainbow group shot 2018 03 16

Have a look at the quality catch from the crew on Rainbow escape recently.

CodHoleFishing Comp

Can we please place the picture of the Cod Hole Fishing Comp in the paper , so people can plan ahead.

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