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Local Fishing Report: Sunday 6/2/2011

LOCAL FISHING REPORT Sunday February 6, 2011

 

 

Noosa: Spanish mackerel, snapper and trag jew from Sunshine reef. Bream and flathead on the making tide near the Noosaville stretch. Trevally and mangrove jack on the high tide in Woods Bay. Mud crabs from the Tewantin stretch and in Weyba creek.

Maroochydore: Flathead, Cale Cale and morwong in the Cod Hole. Flathead from the Bli Bli markers on plastics. Bream and Tarwhine from Minti Street. Plenty of flathead throughout the lower reaches.  Mud crabs from above Bli Bli bridge.

Kawana: Spanish mackerel and yellowtail kingfish from Murphy’s. Grass sweetlip and parrot from the Outer Gneerings. Mangrove jack to 3.2kg caught near Mountain Creek. Flathead, bream, tarwhine and whiting along the beach. Sand whiting up to 39cm upstream of McKenzie’s bridge.

Caloundra: Small black marlin, sailfish and Mahi Mahi from Caloundra 10 mile. Flathead and bream from Bullcock beach. Mangrove jack, flathead and bream from Currimundi lakes. A few whiting from Golden beach. Trevally, mangrove jack and bream in the canals. Mud crabs throughout the passage.

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Peter Dummermuth was fishing from Chambers Island with live herring when he landed this 38cm bream.

 

Local Fishing Report: Saturday 5/2/2011

LOCAL FISHING REPORT Saturday February 5, 2011

 

Noosa: Spanish mackerel, snapper and trag jew from Sunshine reef. Bream and flathead on the making tide near the Noosaville stretch. Trevally and mangrove jack on the high tide in Woods Bay. Mud crabs from the Tewantin stretch and in Weyba creek.

Maroochydore: Estuary cod have been caught from the Cod Hole on live bait. Flathead from the Bli Bli markers on plastics. A few tailor around 40cm and whiting to 35cm have been caught from Chambers Island. Flathead up to 75cm have been caught and released from the mouth.

Kawana: Spanish mackerel and yellowtail kingfish from Murphy’s. Grass sweetlip and parrot from the Outer Gneerings. Mangrove jack to 3.2kg caught near Mountain Creek. Flathead, bream, tarwhine and whiting along the beach. Sand whiting up to 39cm upstream of Mckenzie’s bridge.

Caloundra: Small black marlin, sailfish and Mahi Mahi from Caloundra 10 mile. Flathead and grunter bream from Bulcock beach. Mangrove jack, flathead and bream from Currimundi lakes. A few whiting from Golden beach. Trevally, mangrove jack and bream in the canals on soft plastics and live bait. Mud crabs throughout the passage.

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Steve Haebich was thrilled when he caught this 5kg threadfin salmon in the Noosa Sound on live prawn.

 

Local Fishing Report: Friday 4/2/2011

LOCAL FISHING REPORT Friday February 4, 2011

Noosa: Spanish mackerel, snapper and trag jew from Sunshine reef. Bream and flathead on the making tide near the Noosaville stretch. Trevally and mangrove jack on the high tide in Woods Bay. Mud crabs from the Tewantin stretch and in Weyba creek.

 

Maroochydore: With the good numbers of herring moving into the river quality catches of trevally, bream to 40cm, mangrove jack to 2kg and flathead have been taken throughout the river. A few tailor around 40cm have been caught from Chambers at night. Flathead up to 75cm have been caught and released from the mouth.

Kawana: Spanish mackerel and yellowtail kingfish from Murphy’s. Grass sweetlip and parrot from the Outer Gneerings. Flathead, bream, tarwhine and whiting along the beach. Sand whiting up to 39cm upstream of Mckenzie’s bridge.

Caloundra: Small black marlin, sailfish and Mahi Mahi from Caloundra 10 mile. Flathead and grunter bream from Bulcock beach. Mangrove jack, flathead and bream from Currimundi lakes. A few whiting from Golden beach. Trevally, mangrove jack and bream in the canals on soft plastics and live bait. Mud crabs throughout the passage.

 

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With the humid days the Jack’s have been firing up and Burnsey landed this 1.9kg Jack at the Cod Hole.

 

Fishing Feature: Baitfish A'Plenty 3/2/2011

BAITFISH A'PLENTY - BAG YOURSELF SOME!

 

With the school holidays over and the kids back to school - it is time to assess the damage that Christmas and the festive season has done to your wallet.  The rain has eased, the river has returned to it’s clean, green colour and beckons subtly to me as more and more fish are weighed in at the shop.  So, what better way to help your own bank balance than to find some free bait in the local rivers, and then head out for a cheap fishing expedition!


Finally the scorching summer sun and surging forces of big tides have enticed schools of baitfish and prawns into the rivers. All live and fresh bait available for purchase in local bait and tackle stores would have been caught by a licensed professional in the immediate area or not too far away.  Catching bait takes skills and a lot of hard work if you are planning on making it your livelihood.  However, with a small investment in the tools of the trade, plenty of practice and perseverance - you too can catch enough bait for your recreational fishing needs.

The easiest and cost-free option is to seek out Soldier crabs along the mud flats and sand bars on low tide in local creeks and rivers.  The distinctive blue body on the 1.5cm wide crustacean is the best way to identify them.  Be quick to scoop up some before they burrow into the sand.  You can still dig them out of the sand, just look for hundreds of little holes in the sand - but who really likes getting down on their hands and knees! Soldier crabs are a tried and tested favourite bait for whiting, but they are also a scrumptious snack to bream, grunter, flathead, trevally and even dart if used on in the surf.  The key is to use more than one on a long shank hook - I usually place at least three on at once, straight through the middle of their body. 

Another free option is pippies-requiring little more effort than some bending over and a casual stroll along the beach.  Pippies as we call them in Queensland are also known as Cockles, Eugaries and Surf Clams.  They are thick fleshy bait encased by two shells - meaning you need a knife to pry apart the shells to actually get to the bait.  The best places these days for Pippies include the NE tip of Bribie, Yaroomba, the more secluded beaches in Noosa National Park and North Shore to Double Island.  Pippies are mainly used in surf gutters, by placing a whole Pippy on the hook to target whiting, dart, bream and occasionally tailor.

For a small investment of less than $50 you can start targeting Yabbies with your own yabbie pump.  Pumps come in two sizes: regular and king-size.  Anyone who is approaching 6foot should take the king-size.  Yabbies can generally be found in canal systems of most rivers. Also try North Shore of the Maroochy River and either side of McKenzie's bridge on low tide. Pumping yabbies on the sand flats at low tide can be as much fun as fishing itself. Yabbies (like fresh prawn or worm) present well on a size 4 long shank or bait holder style hook, with size 0-3 sinker depending on the tide.  Keep running sinkers set up with 60cm of leader between the hook and swivel and light line on a whippy rod also helps to target the bread and butter species such as whiting, bream, flathead and golden trevally.

If you have a bit more money to your name post Christmas, then I suggest shelling out from $50 to $100 for a cast net.  Cast nets, provided they are rinsed after use and stored well, will last for many years.  They are the essential element for the angler who likes to use live herring or prawns.  Both baits move up and down the river systems on a high tide in large schools. And at present, most of the live prawns, herring and mullet are moving in the deeper waters and are hard to get to by foot/bank.  

If you own a boat – fantastic, just keep your eyes peeled for birds circling and the water bubbling as though it was on the boil. If you are boat-less, then we are here to help! Swan Boat Hire has put some cost-saving deals on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/boathire for printing and redeeming before Easter. Check them out!

 

 

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Swan Boat Hire team member Tate begins to show us how he gathers the net.

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A solid cast!

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This cast is right ontop of the school of herring.

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Retrieving the net to see what has been entangled in it.

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Good size herring that would entice any hungry bream, flathead, jew, jack or cod! Well done Tate.

Local Fishing Report: Thursday 3/2/2011

LOCAL FISHING REPORT Thursday February 3, 2011

 

Noosa: Spanish mackerel, snapper and trag jew from Sunshine reef. Trevally and mangrove jack on the high tide in Woods Bay. Flathead and whiting from the mouth to the Frying pan. Mud crabs from the Tewantin stretch and in Weyba creek.

Maroochydore: With the good numbers of herring moving into the river quality catches of trevally, bream to 40cm, mangrove jack to 2kg and flathead have been taken throughout the river. Flathead up to 75cm have been caught and released from the mouth.

Kawana: Trevally, bream and a few grass sweetlip from the rock walls at dawn. Flathead, whiting and a few bream from McKenzie bridge. Mangrove jacks and trevally in Lake Kawana and throughout the back ends of the canals on hard body lures.

Caloundra: Estuary cod and grunter bream from Military jetty. Mangrove jack, flathead and bream from Currimundi lakes. A few whiting and flathead from the mouth of Bells creek. Trevally, mangrove jack and bream in the canals on soft plastics and live bait. Mud crabs throughout the passage.

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Armia Narouz caught this 52cm flathead while fishing from Chambers Island.

 

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