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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-06-01

Well, today is the first day of Winter, so get ready for some fantastic winter fishing, this season. You can expect a few months of quality catches of bream, luderick ready to feed, schools of mullet, tailor and jew along the coast, with snapper moving closer in shore, squid and a few school mackerel on the menu. So after this weeks Full moon on Wednesday, the start of winter, cold southerly, south westerly winds around the 10 to 15 knot mark currently forecast including fine sunny days, you should be ready to go this weekend for some great fishing!


Today (Friday) okay conditions particularly close inshore with winds south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots late in the morning. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the evening and seas 1 to 2 metres. Tomorrow still good conditions close inshore early and choppy out wide with winds south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening with seas 1 to 2 metres and Sunday there will be similar conditions. So,with that in mind, Wild Thing 2 crews fished Double Island Point on Wednesday, where they caught heaps of hussar and big tuskies but we also caught longtail tuna, rosie jobfish, moses perch, coral bream and ornate cod. Check out Sunshine and North Reef have had coral trout to 6.0kg, also a 19kg Spanish mackerel, taken by slow trolling and drifting, on a deep trolled slimy mackerel. and yellow tail kingfish, snapper and grass sweetlip and also a few cobia. Local reefs have had snapper, pearl perch, nice tusk fish, cod, tuna and Spanish mackerel,off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra. Caloundra 12 Mile has had good snapper and cobia showing up. Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of snapper, yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, jew cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there have been getting good quality Snapper, Spanish mackerel, a few big pearlies up to 6kg, big jew, cobia, red and spangled emperor with a liking for live baits, gold spot wrasse and a few mahi mahi.

Out and around Hervey Bay: In the central part of the bay you will find quality trout tuskies, sweetlip, Moses perch,good cod and nannygai on the bite. Also still good school mackeral and long tail tuna in the channel from Moon Pt to River Heads and worth a try around Big and Little Woody Islands. Winter is a good time to jig for some good eating quality squid and for superb bait, try around sheltered or structured areas throughout the bay. Also a few sand crabs to be taken around Burrum Heads and Woodgate. There have been a few good sweetlip, cod and coral trout on the local reefs from Kingfisher Bay to Moon Point. Longtail tuna and a few spotty mackerel have been taken op the top in Platypus Bay. The snapper are moving into the inshore waters and hanging around structures, so places like Moon Ledge, Channel Hole, Three Ships and the Goorie are worth a try. Great Sandy Strait, is still producing, Barra, and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and plenty of bream showing up throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. The winter whiting numbers are increasing and they are starting to congregate in schools so try around Gatakers Bay, towards Toogoom and around the Woody islands. There’s queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and squid off Urangan. For more information on fishing the Bay do yourself a favour and check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Target dart, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and quality jew moving through the gutters at night along the eastern beach. 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, flathead still a few mud crab an promise of a few sweet sand crabs on offer.

Rainbow Beach: The jew have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try for chopper tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, bream, flathead, trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and still getting a few good muddies.

Local Dams and Rivers: Borumba Dam has been on fire lately for quality Bass. Generally there are quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding in the Dams at present. Also there has been excellent catches of Barramundi in Lake Monduran. 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: Flathead around Munna Pt and good golden trevally around the sand bags. Chopper tailor, whiting a few quality bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. Trevally, tailor and bream in Woods Bay. School jew, threadfin salmon and good mud crabs in between the lakes.

Maroochydore: Plenty of school jew in the middle river with a few good keeper in the deeper holes. Quality giant trevally and goldens around the Cod Hole stretch. Dart, bigger bream to 40cm, tailor and jew from both sides of the river mouth. Flathead around Chambers Island and Picnic Point. Still getting some good late season mud crabs throughout the river. Sand crabs form the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Good schools of 3 X 2 gar in the lower river. Quality bream around the rocks walls and Jetties in the lower river. Golden and diamond trevally in the middle river and canals. Mud crabs in the canals.

Caloundra: Tailor and bream for the NE tip of Bribie. Whiting, bream and flathead along the golden beach stretch. A few nice jew in the deeper holes throughout the passage. Trevally, bream and cod in Pelican waters. Still muddies in the creeks.

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Mary Ann with a monster crab potted in the Maroochy Waters Canal system last weekend.


The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters have been catching some quality fish like this nice scarlet sea perch, or large-mouthed nannyguy

Keen anglers, Allison and David McDonald had a quiet morning at Borumba Dam with Bikini Girl Fish Magnet, managed 24 bass, caught and released, biggest went 48, Smak lures custom painted blades were the weapons on the double hop slow roll, last fish for the day was tagged, and we got smashed up twice by BIG fish. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing Facebook site for all the action.

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