Cold weather has mackerel swimming in
AFTER yesterday's new moon and the cooler conditions, particularly Sunday and Monday's cold snap, the fish should be on the bite.
There will be good conditions today with perhaps a bit of northerly chop with the afternoon sea breeze as winds will be variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon, with inshore afternoon sea breezes developing and seas below 1 metre.
The weekend is looking great with tomorrow having excellent conditions with winds westerly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the day.
Sunday will be okay as well with a 15 to 20 knot southwesterly early morning settling down in the afternoon. Local kayak angler Warren Norup fished Sunshine Reef and got a nice winter spanish mackerel, it went 127cm or 11kg on a trolled bonito.
Sunshine and North Reef has had coral trout, spanish mackerel, yellow tail kingfish, snapper and grass sweetlip and also a few cobia. Snapper, pearl perch, nice tusk fish and cod from local reefs out from Mooloolaba and Caloundra.
Currimundi has had good snapper and cobia showing up. Spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and big tusk fish from the Barwon Banks.
Double Island Point there is tusk fish, maori cod, a rare blue maori cod, big grassy sweetlip and spangled emperor, pearl perch, big snapper, gold band snapper, moses perch, nannygai and trevally.
There have been good catches of coral trout, quality snapper, pearlies, sweetlip, nannygai, moses perch, maori cod and big estuary rock cod and still a few mackerel around the reefs east of the Wide Bay Bar.
There are good bay size snapper, cobia, mackerel, coral trout and a few and squid being taken on the inshore reefs with the snapper are moving into the inshore waters.
Also hanging around structures like Moon Ledge, Channel Hole and Three Ships is worth a try. Tailor and school mackerel are in some of the deeper channels off River Heads and in the Strait.
Bream and chopper tailor in the lower reaches of the Burrum River and a few sand crabs to be taken around Burrum Heads and Woodgate areas. Great Sandy Strait is still producing threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River, including whiting, flathead and plenty of bream showing up throughout.
The winter whiting numbers are increasing and they are starting to congregate in schools so try around Gatakers Bay, towards Toogoom and around the Woody islands.
There's good bream at night, trevally and squid off Urangan Jetty. For more information on fishing the Bay check out the Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing facebook page.
Estuaries and Beaches
Fraser Island: As the seas have settled down there are some great gutters and deeper holes forming along the beach.
Target dart, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and quality jew moving through the gutters at night along the eastern beach. You still need to be cautious travelling around the rocky outcrops 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 the flats there's a few good grunter bream, flathead still a few mud crab and the promise of a few sand crabs on offer.
Rainbow Beach: The 2018, Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic and Expo is on July 20 to 28.
The jew have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and 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, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point. Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, plenty of good bream, flathead and trevally and still getting a few good muddies.
Local dams and rivers: Borumba Dam has been host to quality bass and a few good yellowbelly. Generally there are quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding in the dams at present.
Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga with plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam.
The Southern Queensland Fishing team is having its social weekend fish at Borumba Dam this weekend. Check out the Southern Queensland Fishing and Mott Sports Fishing facebook pages for more information.
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