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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-04-12


With the New Moon Phase on Monday the fish will be feeding over the next week or so. Well, conditions for today, 'Friday the 13th', will have pretty good conditions with winds northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day with seas around 1 metre. Conditions will be good all weekend except for a bit of northerly chop on Saturday, however Sunday will be the best day with a forecast to have lighter southerly winds and seas to 1 metre and similar on Monday, so be prepared to take a sickie. With the good conditions it's worth heading out to the inshore reefs to chase the schooling long tail tuna, a few mackerel and mixed bag of reef fish. Go for a few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Similar species have been reported at Barwon Banks. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail from most of the closer inshore reefs. From east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island you can expect some excellent catches of big cod, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi. Some excellent quality Blue Parrot been caught in the southern end of Sandy Straits, check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for some awesome photos and reports on these fish.

Out and around Hervey Bay

With the New Moon Phase on Monday the fish will be feeding over the next week or so. Longtail and mack tuna and a few mackerel have been showing up Coongul Creek and between Wathumba Creek and Roonie Point. Sweetlip, nannygui, cod and blackall off Moon Pt. There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good quality cod, tusk fish, and mackerel on the inshore reefs. Coral trout, moses perch, nannygai, tuskfish and spanish mackerel on the reefs out from Roonies. Queenfish, trevally and sweetlip on jigs and vibes out from kingfisher Bay Resort. Great Sandy Strait, is producing, Barramundi, and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi, bream, grunter, whiting and Mangrove Jack in the lower Burrum River. There’s queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and a few barred and school mackerel around the Urangan Pier/Jetty. Banana prawns are running out from Maaroom and Ungowa. For more information on fishing the Bay check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island:  Always best to travel closer to low tide as possible. There's still of erosion, particularly around the rocky outcrops like Poyungan and Yidney Rocks, so use the Bypass Tracks. Target dart, whiting, trevally and chopper tailor 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 bream and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Take extra care and travel closer to low tide particularly around Mudlo rocks travel on low tide. Try for whiting, bream, flathead and dart up around Inskip Point where there is more shelter. Over the New moon target jew and tailor in the gutters at night and go for flathead, dart, 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. A few good flathead, bream, trevally and mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams and Rivers: In the Dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly particully on Jackall tn60 lures last weekend. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam Information including Matthew Mott Sports Fishing live weekly Report.

Noosa: Whiting throughout the lower system. Flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack, cod and bream from Munna Point. Good grunter bream around Goat Island. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Bream, whiting and flathead along the Black Banks and Goat Island stretch. Bream to 40cm and golden trevally at Cotton Tree. Still big mud crabs throughout the river particularly in the creeks.

Mooloolaba: Trevally around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties between the Mouth. Good fighting golden trevally around Minyama Island. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs in the creeks, canals and throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canal. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Trevally and bream off the Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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Noel Rossi doubleIslandPointFishingCharters

Noel Rossi

Noel Rossi fished Sandy Straits in the to get out of the windy conditions, aboard Double Island Fishing Charters for these huge Blue Parrot.

Ryan Spoor Baffle Creek Mud Crabs
Ryan Spoor went on an adventure to Baffle creek and was rewarded with some colossal mud crabs.

Hayden Neal Borumba
Hayden Neal had a fantastic fish at Borumba Dam for some quality Bass.

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