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2011 Fishing Reports

Local Fishing Report: Friday 4/3/2011

Noosa: Spanish mackerel, yellow tail and long tail tuna from Sunshine reef. Barramundi, mangrove jacks and plenty of tarpon in the upper reaches around the lakes. Mangrove jacks and a few bream around the Sheraton bridge.

Maroochydore: The odd Grassy sweetlip and bream from the mouth during the early mornings. Flathead and whiting around Goat Island. Trevally and quality size bream from the Cod hole. Mangrove jacks and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Kawana: Golden and silver trevally from Kawana waters and from the rock walls. Tailor, bream and sweetlip from Point Cartwright during dawn and dusk. Grunter and yellow fin bream around McKenzie bridge.

Caloundra: A few good size whiting from the mouth on the incoming tide. Bream, flathead and golden trevally from the board walk on live herring. Grunter bream and the odd mangrove jack in Coochin creek.

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Jordan West was fishing in Eudlo creek when caught this solid 850g grunter bream.

Fishing Feature: Deep trolling spanish mackerel 3/3/2011

The biggest, the best, the fastest and meanest mackerel of them all brings angler to their knees just thinking about them. This fish can peel hundreds of meters off your reel, causing your drag to smoke on the first run. It is an awesome feeling watching the line peel from your reel at a great rate of knots, with the drag screaming, not knowing when the fish will slow up and that there may be the possibility of getting spooled as the fish heads for the horizon. The fish is the spanish mackerel and this past fortnight, they have been in excellent numbers all along the SE coastline.

Spanish mackerel have a size limit of 75cm min and bag limit of 3 fish which is more than enough if you are feeding a hungry family of  six. The smaller mackerel around the 75-85cm mark definitely don’t go as hard; unless fished on light line, but the 10kg and heavier specimens go like the clappers on standard 10kg set ups - especially if you hook one while at anchor.

This Spanish mackerel season on the Sunshine Coast brings plenty of good sized fish for a solid two or so months in Autumn.  The smaller fish around the 5-8kg then start to move south leaving 8kg+ fish and increasing number of big rogue fish of 15-25kg to grace us with their presence usually right through to the end of winter.

At the moment these big rogue Spaniards are feeding off the coast and seem to be hanging down deeper in the water column. Live or dead bait trolled down deep will produce the best results and biggest fish. Baits should be trolled along with the outboard just in forward gear so that boat is moving at 1-2.5 knots. Make sure that your bait is rigged straight and swims straight before you let it out the back to troll. Large hard bodied bibbed minnow style lures that dive to 5m+ will work on various occasions and you should aim to try these at dawn and dusk for best results.

The best areas to try trolling include those where birds are working, schools of fish feeding, pinnacles, bombies and dense bait schools showing up on the sounder. Like most species of fish early morning and late afternoon are the key ‘hot bite’ times. Spaniards love to feed well between sunup and mid morning when there is enough light for them to ambush bait readily.

Hard Lures:

· Halco Laser pro 190 DD 7m+

· Berkley Frenzy Mungo 6m+

Best Baits:

· Live slimy mackerel, yakka, bonito, frigate mac tuna and wolf herring.

· Good quality frozen bonito, tailor, slimy mackerel, gar, pike and large pilchards.

Bait trolling rigs:

· TT Lures Bait trolling rig, 60g weight, 8/0 ganged hooks

· SureCatch Chin Guard 85g weight, 6/0 ganged hooks

Both should be rigged with a length of wire 30-90cm depending on personal preference.

The Hot Spots at the moment:

Sunshine and Halls Reefs, Currimundi, Old Women Island, the Gneerings and Caloundra's 5 Mile Reef.

Spanish mackerel are excellent fighting fish and really give the angler a run for their money. They feed close enough to the coastline making them are readily available to all anglers, whether you own a kayak or a big ocean-going vessel. With better fighting capabilities, dashing looks and those super-healthy Omega 3 oils present in their flesh - why wouldn’t you chase a Spaniard?

 

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Andy Gunn likes trolling XL pilchards or XL slimy mackerel on a set of 4 gang hooks rigged with swivels in between the hooks, weighted with a size 2-4 ball sinker and a heavy mono trace when chasing Spanish mackerel off Caloundra.

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Ed Vanderloy was floating large pilchards out around Old Women Island recently when he finally nailed this 18kg Spanish mackerel after multiple bite offs.

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The Spanish mackerel are feeding down deep at the moment and this is why well weighted baits and deep diving lures are producing the most fish. Wilson Chin Guards are a weighted hook rig that will allow you to troll your bait at the depth that the fish are feeding.

 


Local Fishing Report: Thursday 3/3/2011

 

 

Noosa: Coral trout, Spanish mackerel, yellow tail and long tail tuna from Sunshine reef and the Jew shoal. Barramundi, mangrove jacks and plenty of tarpon in the upper reaches around the lakes. Trevally, tailor and tarpon in Woods bay using surface lures. Mangrove jacks and a few bream around the Sheraton bridge.

Maroochydore: The odd Grassy sweetlip and bream from the mouth during the early mornings. Trevally, whiting and dart in the gutters along Mudjimba beach. Flathead and whiting around Goat Island. Mangrove jack from Coolum creek on live herring. Trevally and quality size bream from the Cod hole.

Kawana: Yellowtail kingfish and cobia around the Blinker on vertical jigs and live bait. Golden and silver trevally from Kawana waters. Tailor, bream and sweetlip from Point Cartwright during dawn and dusk. Dart, whiting and tarwhine from Kawana beach.

Caloundra: Spanish and spotty mackerel on Currimundi reef and the 5 mile .A few good size whiting from the mouth on the incoming tide. Bream, flathead and golden trevally from the board walk on live herring. Jewfish and trevally in the upper reaches on soft plastics.

 

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Michael Wilkinson from Maroochy RSL Fishing Club landed this 3kg parrot fish while fishing from Murphy’s reef.

 

 

Local Fishing Report: Wednesday 2/3/2011

 

Noosa: Good numbers of coral trout, Spanish mackerel, yellow tail and long tail tuna from Sunshine reef. Barramundi in the upper reaches around the lakes with a few mangrove jacks. Trevally and tailor to 3.5kg in Woods bay on dusk. Plenty of tarpon and mangrove jacks around the Sheraton bridge.

Maroochydore: Sweetlip and long tail tuna from the Inner Gneerings. Trevally and bream in the gutters along Mudjimba beach. Flathead and whiting around Goat Island. Mangrove jack from Coolum creek. Grunter bream to 850g in Eudlo Creek. Bream to 750g in the cod hole.

Kawana: Yellowtail kingfish and cobia around the Blinker on vertical jigs and live bait. Golden and silver trevally from Kawana waters. Tailor around 1.5kg and big bream from Point Cartwright. Dart, whiting and tarwhine from Kawana beach.

Caloundra: Spanish and spotty mackerel on Currimundi reef and the 5 mile. Dart and whiting from Kings beach. Bream, flathead and golden trevally up to 3kg from the board walk on live herring. Jewfish and trevally in the upper reaches on soft plastics.

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Geoff was fishing the Pumicestone Passage with Anglers Advantage fishing tours when he caught and released this healthy jewfish.

 

Local Fishing Report: Tuesday 1/3/2011

 

Noosa: Sweetlip, parrot, moses perch and Spanish Mackerel from Sunshine reef. Whiting and dart out from Teewah. Grunter Bream and trevally along the Tewantin reach. Target Mangrove Jacks in Weyba creek and Lake Cooroibah.

Maroochydore: Sweetlip from the Inner Gneerings. Trevally and bream in the gutters along Mudjimba beach. Flathead on 3inch plastics around Goat Island. Mangrove jack from Coolum creek. Fish the dirty water line for trevally and bream. Grunter bream to 850g in Eudlo Creek. Bream to 750g in the cod hole. Mud crabs around Bli Bli bridge.

Kawana: Yellowtail Kingfish and Cobia around the Blinker. Parrot, Jobfish and red throat from the banks. A couple of tailor around 1.5kg were caught from Point Cartwright. Bream to 800g from the rock walls. Whiting, trevally and a few Sand crabs in the lower reaches. Dart, whiting and tarwhine from Kawana beach.

Caloundra: Grass sweetlip to 3kg and cobia from the 12mile. Sweetlip off the NE tip of Bribie Island. Spanish and spotty mackerel on Currimundi reef and the 5 mile. Dart and whiting from Kings beach. Bream, trevally and the odd tailor from the boardwalk on dawn and dusk.

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Al Weier was fishing out at the 5 Mile Reef, Caloundra when he hooked this 15kg Spaniard.

 

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