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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-05-04


At last, conditions have eased right back with winds today northeast to northwesterly about 10 knots and seas below 1 metre. So be ready to go,because unfortunately winds will increasing Saturday afternoon and more on Sunday to be a southeasterly around 25 knots. Tomorrow conditions will only be okay early morning before strengthening. Go for Spotted mackerel and long tail tuna in Laguna Bay. Spanish mackerel on all of the local reefs. Cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch,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. 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

May is typically the transition time between the summer and winter species, so be ready to go for snapper, jew, tailor, bream whiting and luderick, however there will still be plenty of mackeral, tuna, threadfin and good mud crabs to be taken. Longtail and mack tuna and a few good spotty mackerel have been taken in Platypus Bay. There have been few coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good 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: Target dart, whiting, bream, trevally and 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, 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. Also ther has been excellent catches of Barramundi in Lake Monduran. In the local dams closer to home 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: Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Plenty of bream throughout the riverMud crabs throughout the upper reaches of the river.

Maroochydore: School jew, queenfish, bream and big trevally in the Cod Hole. Flathead in good numbers around Chambers Island and Picnic Point . Flathead from Picnic point. Bream and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Trevally, queenfish and some good size bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. 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 and canals.

Caloundra: Bream and grass sweetlip off the rocks at Moffat beach. Trevally and cod in Pelican Waters Canals and local creeks that feed into the passage. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. Chopper tailor and grunter bream from the mouth of Coochin Creek. Muddies in the creeks.

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BobCooper Crab

Check out Bob Cooper with his big buck mud crab taken in the Maroochy River.

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Cameron (Camo) Sullivan, with a feisty Queenfish taken from around the Motorway Bridge Pylons.

Bill ConnDiamond
Bill Conn landed this big 70cm diamond trevally at the Cod Hole and would have released it, only after a long fight on light gear it would not have survived.

Group shot Rainbow Escape Brett
Have a look at the great fish taken by the crew on Rainbow Escape Charters on a recent trip of Double Island Point

Jake Stewart release
Jake Stewart with his crew catching and releasing beautiful Barramundi last weekend at Lake Monduran. See more pictures and video of these quality catches on the Southern Queensland Fishing, facebook page.

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