BEST SPOTS: Where to hook a monster this weekend
TODAY'S conditions will be a bit choppy, maybe even rough, by the afternoon, with winds forecast to be southeasterly 15-20 knots and seas 1-1.5m, increasing to 1.5-2m during the afternoon.
Tomorrow and Sunday will be similar but with winds increasing to 20-25 knots from the east-southeast. It may be better to stay and fish in sheltered waters and when conditions improve late Monday and particularly Tuesday, be ready to go.
So with that in mind, Wild Thing 2 crews fished Chardons Reef early in the week, where they caught moses perch, grass sweetlip, maori cod, venus tuskfish, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and pearl perch.
Recently Ben Robertson fished Double Island Point, where he landed a 28.5kg spanish mackerel on a pilchard floater. Also at Double Island Point there's been tuskfish, pearl perch, snapper, gold spot cod, moses perch, red emperor, trevally and maori cod.
Sunshine and North Reef have had coral trout to 6kg, plus good spanish mackerel and yellow tail kingfish. Snapper and grass sweetlip, a few cobia and quality spanish mackerel have been off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra.
Caloundra 12 Mile has had good snapper and cobia showing up.
Out on the reefs off Double Island, there have been catches of snapper, yellowfin tuna, spanish mackerel, pearlies, jew cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar, gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi.
Trout, spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tuskfish have been taken from the Barwon Banks. Reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island have seen snapper, spanish mackerel, pearlies, jew, cobia, red and spangled emperor, gold spot wrasse and a few mahi mahi.
Out and around Hervey Bay: There's still plenty of good school mackerel and long-tail tuna in the channel from Moon Point to River Heads. Good catches of tuna around Big and Little Woody Islands.
There's also a few sand crabs to be taken around Burrum Heads and Woodgate.
There have been a few good sweetlip, cod and coral trout on the local reefs from Kingfisher Bay to Moon Point. Longtail tuna and a few spotty mackerel have been taken off the top in Platypus Bay.
There have been a few coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good cod, tuskfish and mackerel on the inshore reefs.
Great Sandy Strait is still producing barramundi and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River, plus whiting, flathead and plenty of bream showing up throughout.
Barramundi and threadfin salmon are in the lower Mary and Susan River.
There's queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally off Urangan.
For more information on fishing the Bay, do yourself a favour and check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing Facebook page.
Estuaries and beaches
Fraser Island: Target dart, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and quality jew moving through the gutters at night along the eastern beach.
On the western side of Fraser Island there's been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and flats there's a few good grunter bream.
Rainbow Beach: The jew have been moving through the gutters, particularly at night, try for chopper tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach.
A few good whiting and dart are up the beach and around Inskip Point.
Tin Can Bay is fishing well for chopper tailor whiting, bream, flathead, trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and still getting a few good muddies.
Local dams and rivers: Borumba Dam has been on fire lately for quality bass.
Generally there are quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding in the dams at present.
There have also been excellent catches of barramundi in Lake Monduran.
Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly, particularly on Jackall TN60 lures. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam.
Check out Southern Queensland Fishing's Facebook page for more dam and other comprehensive fish catch information, including the live weekly report, www.facebook.com/MatthewMottSportsFishing.
Noosa: There's flathead around Munna Point and good golden trevally around the sand bags. Chopper tailor, whiting, a few good bream and trevally are in the river mouth and lower river.
A few trevally to 61cm and tailor have been in and around Woods Bay.
Plenty of bream starting to feed throughout the river.
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