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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-01-20


It’s looking like a pretty good today and into the weekend for fishing. Today’s winds will be okay early with winds south to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning and to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. Tomorrow conditions are looking pretty good with winds southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening with seas around 1 metre. So be ready to hit the local reefs for fish like these as there have been Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel on North Reef. Sunshine Reef there’s been good cobia, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish. Spanish Mackerel on Halls Reef. Snapper, cod, venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 mile. Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 9 mile, the inner gneerings and Currimundi reef. Wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi from the banks. D.I.P has had catches of Spanish Mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish. Cobia, grass sweetlip, mackerel average snapper and venus tusk fish from the Blinker. The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters have taken good catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around the 20nm’s east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Local Dams and Rivers: Bass, bass and more bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. It is the closed season for wild barra until midday 1 February this year. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in the dams and rivers. Also check out “Southern Queensland Fishing” facebook pages for all the action locally. Good bass feeding with the deep diving lures working well along the drops offs in Lake McDonald.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: This week’s New Moon has the fish feeding, Trevally, flathead and queenfish in the Woods Bays. Bream and a few good quality whiting in the frying pan. Good mangrove jack feeding in the creeks and around bridge pylons. Plenty of bream and a few good muddies in Weyba Creek. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Mangrove jack in creeks and the upper reaches. A few whiting taken on the incoming tide and flathead from the river mouth. Bream from Bli Bli, plenty of average size golden trevally and bream from off oyster bank road. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Dart, whiting and tarwhine from the beach gutters. Bream, grunter and giant and golden trevally from the boat moorings. Plenty of good whiting throughout the lower river and bream from La Balsa and basin. Mangrove jack around the structures in the upper river. Mud crabs throughout including the lower river and canals.

Caloundra: Try for dart, whiting, tarwhine and trevally in the Surf at Warana. Flathead and bream inside the bar. Jew and grunter in the deeper holes of northern passage. A few quality whiting feeding on the flats throughout the passage. Muddies throughout the Passage and the creeks that feed into the Passage.

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Peter Evens fishing in the Pumicestone passage landed a nice 61cm Dusky Flathead.

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