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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-08-24


Today will have perfect conditions with winds variable about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day with seas below 1 metre. Tomorrow will be okay early but with east-northeasterly winds easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the morning. increasing through the day and becoming up and getting pretty rough on Sunday morning. North reefs had pearl perch, moses perch, cobia, mulloway, snapper, tusk fish and grass sweetlip. Trekka 2 fished Double Island Point recently where they pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish and a number of quality cobia. There's been grass sweetlip, cobia, cod, quality snapper and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. The crews on Deep End Charters out of Mooloolaba have been getting some quality snapper, long tail tuna, cobia, pearl perch, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra 12 mile. Snapper, grass sweetlp, moses perch and parrot from Murphy's. Big grass sweetlip and nice keeper snapper close in off Coolum around Old Women Island. Snapper and Sweetlip around Brays Rock. Pearl perch, still getting big red's emperor, quality snapper, tusk fish, sweetlip and moses perch big cobia and some monster cod, North of Double Island Point and around the 15 and 20 nm areas, East of Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Snapper, sweetlip, blackall, good mackerel and the odd quality coral trout on most of the inshore reefs.. Good grassy sweetlip, blackall, coral trout, tuskfish, quality keeper snapper and cod have been taken off Roonies Point, Wathumba, also on the 25 fathom reef and in the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. School mackerel and chopper tailor are feeding throughout the bay, on the Burrum 8 mile and are taking metal slugs. Still a few school and Spanish mackerel from the fairway buoy, moon ledge and Six Mile Arch Cliffs.Some stonker queenfish in th Burrum River at the moment. Bream, bonito,and schoolies are feeding around the Urangan Jetty. A few thread fin salmon, bream and reasonable flathead in the creeks that feed into the Straits. Keep trying for whiting around Gatakers Bay and Toogoom.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Please remember the tailor run 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. 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. Good dart in the low tide gutters and tailor between Dundubara and Yidney Rocks. Also a few bigger tailor and big dart feedind around 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: The deeper water in the main basin of Lake MacDonald is producing good bass in numbers. 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. Peter Batey a good day out at Borumba Dam last weekend managed to get some decent fish with around 30 odd fish caught and released, even got 1 bass with a tag in it, recorded the length and tag number to pass on to suntag! 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: Jew, tailor, bream and dart to be taken along Teewah Beach.There has been plenty of whiting opposite the Yacht Club and some really good flathead just outside Lake Doonella on the run out tide. We also saw some decent golden trevally around the ski run area, and also up into Lake Cooroibah Luderick in the lower river. Bream around the bridges and rocky areas of the lower river.

Maroochydore: Try for jew off Coolum Beach and tailor at the river mouth and along the beaches try at dawn and dusk or over night. Several big queenfish up to 75 cm all caught and released except one over past two days, chopper tailor, bream and a few trevally with better catches over night from the motorway bridge pylons and along Oyster bank road. Good fathead caught through out the river and quality bream from around Goat and Channel Islands.

Mooloolaba: A few good tailor and solid golden trevally in the lower river. Bream and a few luderick around McKenzies Bridge, the rock walls and the Kawana Boat Ramp. Big bream and tailoroff the rocks at Point Cartwright. Gar in the La Balsa sand basin.

Caloundra: The beaches have bream, tailor and jew at dawn and dusk. Luderick, bream, the odd 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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benforganbass Borunba

Ben Forgan with a quality Bass taken in Borumba Dam last Sunday.

Bill Conn 60cm Queenfish

Have a look at my Pommy mate Bill Conn with a 60 cm Queenfish that fought hard and didn’t make it for release. He also released 4 other queenies in past two days to 75 mm. Well done Bill.

Danny a tourist from Shanghai caught this dart on Fraser Island beach

Danny, a tourist visiting from Shanghai China, caught this quality dart along Seventy Five Mile Beach on Fraser Island

Rainbow esphuge snapper

Have a look this happy crew member with her quality snapper taken on a recent Rainbow Escape Charters, North of Double Island Point

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