FISH ON: Mark caught this nice longtail tuna in Hervey Bay.
FISH ON: Mark caught this nice longtail tuna in Hervey Bay.

Best spots to catch an Easter feed

OFFSHORE: Strong wind warning for today for Sunshine Coast Waters.

So expect conditions to be rough today and fairly choppy tomorrow. Check conditions before going offshore and be prepared to stay only in sheltered waters, with winds southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and big seas 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon and swells easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.

Good Friday conditions are still fairly choppy to rough, with winds Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning and swells still up there easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.

Conditions will improve throughout the weekend, particularly on Sunday and Monday. Be ready to go and chase a few coral trout, cod, snapper, tusk fish and hussar from the Hards.

Trout, snapper and tusk fish from the Banks. Dolphin fish, pearl perch and pig fish from Caloundra Wide.

Trout, Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from Sunshine Reef. Mac and long tail tuna from Sunshine, Halls, Coolum Reef, the NW fairway beacon and the Blinker.

From east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island you can expect some excellent catches of big cod, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi, while there are also large good size cod being fairly active on the closer in reefs.

Hervey Bay

REMEMBER the full moon tomorrow will have the fish feeding well into next week. Conditions settle down through the Easter weekend reasonable for Saturday but particularly by Sunday and Monday so have a go in Platypus Bay for longtail and mack tuna, trevally, queenfish and a few mackerel.

There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good quality cod, tusk fish, queenfish, big golden trevally and mackerel on the inshore reefs and around the islands and deeper ledges throughout the Bay.

Great Sandy Strait is producing barramundi, and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Barramundi, bream, grunter, whiting and mangrove jack in the lower Burrum River.

There's queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and a few barred and school mackerel around the Urangan Pier and Jetty, with the challenge of having to land your catch when fishing from the structure.

Estuaries, dams and beaches

FRASER ISLAND: Always best to travel closer to low tide as possible. A lot of erosion around the rocky outcrops like Poyungan and Yidney Rocks has made beach access impassable, so use the Bypass Tracks.

Target dart, whiting, trevally and a few chopper tailor along the eastern beach gutters.

On the western side of Fraser island there's been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there's a few good grunter bream and quality the muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

RAINBOW BEACH: Try for bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach.

TIN CAN BAY is fishing well for whiting, bream, flathead, trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and a few good muddies.

Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. A few good flathead, bream trevally and mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local dams and rivers: In the dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present.

BORUMBA DAM has bass and saratoga still hitting surface lures and fly. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam.

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