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Local Fishing Report: Thursday 2018-04-26


Condition and weather will be excellent today with winds variable about 10 knots, tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots inshore in the afternoon. Winds tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during evening and seas below 1 metre offshore. Tomorrow will see a big change with conditions becoming choppy to very rough in the afternoon so best to stay in sheltered waters, with winds southerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the afternoon with seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon. Reports of good Spanish mackerel and long tail tuna feeding right along the coast, so be ready to go. Double Island Point has good tuskies, moses perch, slatie bream, hussar, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod. Good mackerel, few coral trout, cod, snapper and parrot at North Reef. Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef and the Barwon Banks. Long tail tuna out from Mooloolaba on saturday. Out on the reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there were some excellent catches of yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearlies, big jew / mulloway, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Estuaries and Beaches

Noosa: Dart, bream and whiting along the beaches. Whiting and flathead, bream and trevally from the River mouth and lower river. A few queenfish, trevally in Woods bays. Mangrove jack around the structures and snaggy areas. Mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: There are some excellent gutters and deep holes with coffee rock right along the coast, so go for a few dart and bream along Marcoola and Coolum Beach. Jacks from Bli Bli reach. Good flathead from Picnic point. Bream, whiting and nice golden trevally from the river mouth. Still big mud crabs throughout the river.

Mooloolaba: Trevally and some good size bream around the rocks walls, pontoons and Jetties in the lower river. Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin and mangrove jack around the structures and rock walls. Mud crabs and some quality flathead in the creeks, canals and generally throughout the river.

Caloundra: Trevally, mangrove jack and cod in Pelican Waters Canals and local creeks that feed into the passage. Whiting, chopper tailor, bream, grunter and flathead on the flats between the bar and Golden Beach and in the creek mouths. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas.

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Check out Paige Stafford with a big elbow slapper whiting taken around the lower Maroochy River

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