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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-08-10


Good fish feeding activity over the weekend and into next week with the Saturdays New or black Moon Phase and reasonable wind and sea conditions. Today will be a fantastic day out on the water with great conditions, winds will be a lighter east to southeasterly about 10 knots. South to southwesterly winds about 10 knots inshore during the morning with seas only, below 1 metre. Tomorrow there will be similar with lighter winds and seas, but northerly winds. So with the good conditions have a crack at, The Hards where there have been catches of moses perch, hussar, rosy jobfish, coral bream, good tuskies, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, trag jew and snapper. There have been some good quality snapper and spanish mackerel as well as sweetlip, cobia and the odd coral trout caught close inshore off Sunshine Beach this week. North Reef's had good snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch and cobia. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Snapper, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Pearl perch, big red's emperor, Knobby snapper to 98cm, tusk fish, sweetlip and moses perch big cobia and some monster cod, North of Double Island Point and 22nm NE of Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Trout, tuskfish, snapper and sweetlip have been taken on the 25 fathom reef and in the southern and northern gutters. Snapper and sweetlip from Roy Rufus artificial reef. Broad bar mackerel are feeding throughout the bay and are taking metal slugs. Still a few school and Spanish mackerel from the fairway buoy, moon ledge and Six Mile Arch Cliffs. Bigger bream from most of the rocky outcrops Chopper tailor throughout the Burrum River, from River Heads and off Urangan pier. A few thread fin salmon, grunter bream and reasonable flathead in the creeks that feed into the Straits. Squid are scattered throughout the Great Sandy Straits. The winter whiting are on so try around Gatakers Bay and Toogoom. Sand whiting on the beaches between Burrum Heads and Uranagan.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: If your planning a fishing trip to Fraser Island please remember about the closure of regulated waters during the annual tailor run. The closed season applies from midday, the 1st August to midday 30th September 2018. The closure is in place to protect tailor where they congregate for spawning and to help ensure the sustainability of this important recreational species for future generations. During the closure, the taking of all fin fish is prohibited within an area from a point 400m north of Waddy Point to a point 400m south of Indian Head, and 400m out to sea from low water. For more information check out, Queensland fishing rules including closed seasons, visit, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores. There have been some bigger tailor from the Maheno area and around Cathedrals and further up in northern areas. Mulloway in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, particularly overnight. Whiting, bream and good dart in the shallow 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 solid bream bream and flathead.

Rainbow Beach: Dart, whiting and tailor form the beaches and in the bay. Good mulloway and bigger tailor have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try 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, plenty of good bream, flathead, sand crabs and trevally.

Local Dams and Rivers: In Lake MacDonald the best action at present is in the deeper water in the main basin of the lake where good bass in numbers are being caught. The fishing will improve further towards the end of the month and through September with more good fish to be taken on hopping blades and soft vibes. The Switchblades have the action for good bass out of the Tiaro stretch of the Mary River so get some Smak 16 and Brolga on the troll and TT Blades. Borumba Dam has had bass taken on soft and hard lure in the main Basin have a go at Borumba Flat which is at the end of the basin as well as the junction of the Yabba and Kingham arms around the 10 m depths. Ice Jigs, 1/4 oz blades,spoons and tail spinners will all produce fish, wish catches to 50 cm. Boondooma Dam has been fishing well for excellent bass with the schooling fish feeding close to the bottom in many areas of the main basin. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report.

Noosa: Tailor, a few whiting and bream and dart along Teewah Beach. Try for luderick in the lower river. Some good whiting, bream and plenty of good quality flathead from throughout the river. Golden trevally to 65cm caught and release and an 89cm diamond trevally in the lower river also try in Noosa Sound. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Try for tailor and bream from the sand bags and north shore.Try for some better quality whiting around Chambers Island Plenty of bream yesterday around 36cm, with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Flathead went 69 cm and bream from around Channel Island.

Mooloolaba: Try for tailor along Kawana and Wurtulla Beach at dawn and dusk. A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Average size grass sweetlip and big bream off the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream and tailor along the beach between Currimundi and Moffat heads. Bream and tailor from Shelly Beach. Bream, tailor and flathead off the boardwalk. Bream, flathead and whiting along Golden beach. Trevally, cod, the odd tailor and bream in Pelican Waters Canal.

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Last Weekend the crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did very well including this 98cm Knobby Snapper.

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Last Weekend the crews on Rainbow Escape Charters did very well including this monster rock cod.

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Wow, check out keen young angler Milan Milne with his catch and release dusky flathead while fishing off his Viking Kayak in the Mighty Maroochy River

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My mate Benny Forgan caught some good snapper, with one going 70cm (10lb) on soft plastics at the Gneerings, real early last Sunday morning.

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