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Local Fishing Report: Saturday 2018-02-17


Caution: If you are planning offshore activities today or tomorrow, remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells throughout southern Queensland waters.  So large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing. It will be best to stay in sheltered waters today even though the wind and sea conditions look okay for today with winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas below 1 metre, BUT, the  swells will increase to an easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres making bar crossings, Dangerous. Tomorrow stay in port as winds seas and swells will increase all-round with winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning and swells easterly 2 to 3 metres. So if and when conditions are right, remember there have been quality cobia on all local reefs at present and some good Spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.  Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: With the New moon there could be a few fish on the bite over the weekend and into next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers, but be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres on our beaches this weekend. Big flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point. Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch. Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge. Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Bream 32 and up to 40cm over night in the lower river and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas throughout the river and in the creeks. Several catches of whiting up to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river. Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the upper and middle reaches of the river. A few reports of nice sand crabs in the lower reaches and around Channel and Goat Island.

Mooloolaba: Good bream and golden and giant trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties. Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake. Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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Bev Clark MRSLFC GoldenTrevally

Bev Clark from the Maroochy RSL Fishing Club caught a nice golden trevally and a bar tailed flathead in the lower river yesterday morning.

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