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Extended Fishing Report: Friday 2018-11-02


More good conditions in offshore waters today, with just a little northerly chop with winds Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly during the day and seas around 1 metre. More warm northerly winds over the weekend around 10 to 15 knots on Saturday with winds increasing a little on Sunday with choppy conditions in open waters. Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini, did a trip to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Conditions were still a bit bumpy after Monday’s weather but more than good enough for a trip to the locals. We caught snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, painted sweetlip, tusk fish, spangled emperor and coral trout." . North Reef's had pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and small snapper. Snapper, cobia, as well as good yellow tail kingfish, long tail tuna, tusk fish from the Gneerings and Caloundra Wide. Snapper, pearl perch, cobia, jew and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Double Island Point is fishing well for quality red emperor, large mouth nannygai, spangled emperor, cobia, big gold spot cod, tusk fish and a heap of quality snapper. There's been trout, red emperor, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, big cod and sweetlip 20 nm reefs, East of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Now, remember that throughout the Queensland east coast, a closed season applies to barramundi from midday Yesterday, 1 November to midday 1 February. Closed seasons (regulated waters) prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect species at vulnerable times in their life cycle, such as during spawning seasons. It is also prohibited to deliberately target barramundi for catch and release during these closed seasons, as the stress of capture may prevent a fish from spawning.

Also 'do yourself a favour' and get, The Queensland Recreational Fishing App, which provides up-to-date information on recreational fishing rules and regulations in Queensland, including size and possession limits, species identification, closed seasons, closed water and stocked impoundment maps, angler diary, and access to tide and weather information. Now that conditions have settled down the fishing will be good. A few bigger spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and mack tuna as well as some excellent quality golden trevally are feeding throughout the bay and Platypus Bay region. School mackerel and trevally are also on throughout the straits and bay around reefs and beacons. Try the tributaries of the Burrum river for GT's, tarpon, jacks and queenfish. Quality threadfin salmon and mangrove jack as well as good flathead, bream and grunter bream starting to show up in the Susan, Burrum and Mary Rivers and throughout the Sandy Straits. Remember, that the Mary River is home to some of the largest threadfin salmon on the east coast and it is shaping up to be a good season ahead for this great sportfish. Always worth a try for plenty of bream, a few school mackerel, bonito, flathead and whiting off and around the Urangan Jetty.

Estuaries and Beaches

Fraser Island: Try for jew and tailor in the deeper gutters along the eastern beach, at dawn and dusk, or over night. A few good sand 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 solid trevally along the beaches, while in the creeks and the flats there’s a few good solid bream, flathead and mangrove jack as well as a few mud crabs on the move with the run of freshwater.

Rainbow Beach: Try for dart, and whiting in the gutters all along the beach from Inskip Point to Double Island Point. Try for jew and bigger tailor in the gutters particularly at night. A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Mangrove jack and grunter bream in the creeks in Tin Can Bay, there's also, whiting, bream,and plenty of good quality flathead and good size fighting golden and giant trevally. There have been some good muddies potted in the creeks and moving through the Bay.

Local Dams and Rivers: If you are heading up to Monduran Dam over the next month or so, remember there have been some fantastic Barramundi caught recently. Please note that the east coast, closed season does NOT apply to barramundi in impoundments, Dams and Lakes. Try paddle tails, like ZMan SwimmerZ and Jackall Rythym Waves, which are working well. It will be worth putting your Redclaw pots in the shallow edges as the water levels have risen over vegetation. But the bass and golden perch are still on the bite in the dams. Bass and golden perch at Boondooma Dam, with the best bite in the mornings around the timbered arms or in the deep water in the middle stretch. Bjelke Dam has has good numbers of schooling bass between the boat ramps. Check out Southern Queensland Fishing facebook page, for more Dam and other comprehensive fish catch, Information including live weekly Report. Borumba Dam has had saratoga on the surface on fly feeding around the shallow edges of the dam as well as bass on shallow diving lures around the snaggy banks as well as in the shallow weed beds and around lilypads. Also some good schooling bass in main Basin. Remember, the Mary Valley Fishing Classic, which returns to Borumba Dam this weekend after being cancelled at the last minute in 2017. More than 120 competitors are expected at "fish it out” this weekend with good weather conditions forecast.

Noosa: Good catches of bream and golden trevally in Woods Bays. Flathead, bream, grunter and a few jew in the ski runs. Flathead, still a few nice tailor, trevally and bream around the mouth. Mud crabs pretty well throughout all the systems and in Noosa Waters Canal.
Maroochydore: Flathead to 71cm, trevally and bream near the Cod Hole. Mangrove jack defending their territories in Petrie Creek and the upper Maroochy River. Whiting feeding in the middle and lower river. Flathead to 58cm and bream from picnic point. Bream and dart from the sand bags. A couple of good buck mud crabs caught around Bli Bli over the weekend.

Mooloolaba: Bream a few gar and good golden trevally from the boat moorings. Bream and grass sweetlip from the Kawana Rock wall. Whiting and flathead from La Balsa Sand basin. Cod, flathead and whiting from the Twin Bridges. Mud crabs in the canals and middle river.

Caloundra: The Whiting are in good number south of Bells Creek. Flathead, whiting and bream from Golden Beach. Trevally and mangrove jack in Pelican Waters and in the creeks that flow into the Passage. Mud crabs in Coochin Creek.

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The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of quality Red Emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches including big spangled emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

The crews on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of quality Red Emperor out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

Check out Casie Webb from Gympie with a nice Red emperor taken on Big Dolphin Fishing Charters off Fraser Island.

Check out Casie Webb from Gympie with a nice Cod taken on Big Dolphin Fishing Charters off Fraser Island.

Alex enjoyed some great fishing this week with some great fish in the mix. Here he is with Muz after a epic battle on this black kingfish#herveybaysportfishing #visitfrasercoast #cobia #fishingfrasercoast #fishing#fishingaustralia #sportfishing

Hard pulling golden trevally are always popular with guests #visitfrasercoast#sportfishing #fishingaustralia #herveybaysportfishing #goldentrevally#lurefishing

Our friend from Maroochydore, Luke McCombe also fished out on Double Island Point Fishing Charters have been having some excellent catches of reds, big cod including this quality snapper, out wide of DIP and the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar.

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