Bev Clark caught a nice golden trevally.
Bev Clark caught a nice golden trevally.

Anglers chance to hook 'em

Offshore outlook

MIGHT have to stay in port again today and maybe tomorrow. Today winds will be easterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending east to northeasterly in the evening and seas still up there reaching one to two metres. Conditions for most of tomorrow are still looking pretty ordinary with winds northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly 10 to 15 knots during the evening with seas to 1.5 metres, decreasing to one metre during the morning. When conditions improve, probably Sunday morning with also a window of opportunity on Monday morning ahead of a strong southerly change in the afternoon or wait till Wednesday for calmer conditions to be ready to go and target local reefs for cobia and some good spanish mackerel. Before the rough conditions there were few good spanish mackerel from the Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reefs. Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Caloundra. Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks. Double Island Point for Moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch. When conditions improve fish around the 20 to 25mm's east of the Wide Bay Bar for yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.

Chris Blacker and his daughter with a 41cm yellow fin bream.
Chris Blacker and his daughter with a 41cm yellow fin bream.

Out and around Hervey Bay

CORAL trout, grassy sweetlip, nannygai, blackall, tuskies and mackerel on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Barramundi, threadfin salmon, whiting, flathead and bream throughout the straits. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi and mangrove jack around the rock bars in the Burrum River. Golden trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum eight mile.

Paul Burgum shows his 40cm bass.
Paul Burgum shows his 40cm bass.

Estuaries, Dams

and Beaches

FRASER Island: So after the big swells and a rough week, there is a fair amount of erosion around the rocky outcrops and along the beach so best to try and travel closer to low tide as possible. In particular there is a lot of erosion in front of Poyungan Rocks while, Chard and McLaughlan Rocks are exposed. Target tarwhine, dart, whiting and trevally along the eastern beach gutters. Plenty of whiting and catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well and worth putting the pots in for a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

JACKPOT: Peter Batey with this feisty mangrove jack in Tin Can Bay.
JACKPOT: Peter Batey with this feisty mangrove jack in Tin Can Bay.

Rainbow Beach: Big swells last weekend and dreadful weather this week has beach travel difficult and dangerous around the Mudlo Rocks. Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Try for flathead, trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local Dams

and Rivers

THERE are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and quality fighting saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam. Remember, the Freshwater Open is on this weekend at Boondooma Dam. If you are interested, check out www.fishingfreshwater.com.au. Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald. Noosa: Golden trevally from Munna Point. Trevally and jacks in Woods Bays. Whiting on stick baits and worms in the lower river. 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 and flathead from the mouth of Eudlo Creek. Mangrove jack around structures and snaggy areas throughout the river and in the creeks. Whiting predominantly in the lower river on surface lures and worms. Mud crabs in the middle reaches of the river. 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 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 and bream from the NW point of Bribie. Muddies are moving around the Pumicestone Passage.

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