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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-04-27


A Strong Wind Warning today in Sunshine Coast Waters, with strong southerly winds are coming through today and over the weekend with rough conditions forecast, so be prepared to fish in sheltered waters, with winds today southerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the afternoon and seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Similar tomorrow with seas up to 3 metres and easing back more on Sunday. As conditions improve later next week you can expect good spotted mackerel in Laguna Bay and Spanish mackerel to be feeding right along the coast. A guyon his fishing kayak trolled Sunshine Reef with whole sauri baits coming back with two yellowin tuna, one longtail tuna and this nice size 13kg Spanish mackerel. see Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch, slatie bream, hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba on saturday. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Out and around Hervey Bay

It will be pretty choppy in the Bay for the next couple of days so look for sheltered areas to fish. Longtail and mack tuna and a few good spotty mackerel in Platypus Bay. 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. 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, Boonooroo, Poona 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 and use the bypasses where possible. Target dart, whiting, trevally and a few chopper tailor and jew at night 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, good schools of banana prawns and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Try for whiting, bream, flathead and dart up around Inskip Point. Target jew particularly at night and tailor in the gutters 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. In the local dams there have been reports of good bass and yellobelly caught on soft plastics, on blades, tail spinners and TN's. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly particully on Jackall tn60 lures. 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 and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including  live weekly Report.

Noosa: Dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack around the structures and snaggy areas. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: There are some excellent gutters and deep holes with coffee rock right along the coast, so go for a few dart and bream along Marcoola and Coolum Beach. Jew, bream and trevally in the Cod Hole. Jacks from Bli Bli reach. Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Trevally and some good size bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties in the lower river. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canals and local creeks that feed into the passage. Whiting, chopper tailor, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas.

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Check out Isaac Waller's 33 cm bream taken around Chambers Island.


Brett Sheriff with a solid golden trevally and nice yellowfin bream taken off the bank at Cotton Tree yesterday morning on small pilchards.

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The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did well for quality Red Emperor, cobia, scarlet sea perch and jew again this week.


Paige Stafford and her partner Mark, on holidays from Charleville have done well for good mud crabs, grunter and big whiting, in Petrie Creek.


Winners are grinner's, yes Peter Batey is at it again with a couple of good yellowbelly or Golden Perch taken nearby to Gympie.

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