Jacob Buhle pulled in this longtail tuna off Waddy Point last week, using soft plastics.
Jacob Buhle pulled in this longtail tuna off Waddy Point last week, using soft plastics.

Cooloola Coast's top catches

STAY in sheltered waters with today's rough conditions with winds south-easterly 20 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres.

Tomorrow's conditions will only ease back slightly with winds south-easterly 15 to 20 knots.

Sunday will probably be not much better with winds around 15 to 20 knots.

However over the past week there have been spanish mackerel and long tail tuna feeding just off Mooloolaba and along the coast.

Sunshine Reef has venus tusk fish, longtail tuna, squire, grass sweetlip, coral trout, gold spot cod, pearl perch, maori cod and spangled emperor.

A 23kg longtail tuna was caught 4km off the back of Old Woman Island, taken with a 5 inch Z-Man soft plastic.

There are reports of pearl perch and grassy sweetlip on the Gneering Shoals and tuskfish, hussar and coronation trout on the Barwon Banks.

A few good grassy sweetlip, snapper and tuskfish at Caloundra 12 Mile are also being caught.

There is also longtail and mac tuna off Coolum as well as grass sweetlip, coral trout and longtail tuna from the Gneerings.

Double Island Point has been producing tuskfish, maori and gold spot cod, mackerel, cobia and amberjack, along with spanish mackerel and longtail tuna.

The reefs north of Fraser Island and out from Rainbow Beach have produced a few red emperor, coral trout, snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, sweetlip, nannygai, gold spotted wrasse and cobia. Red emperor, pearl perch, tuskfish, sweetlip and longtail tuna can be found about 20nm north of Wide Bay Bar, while Hervey Bay's inshore reefs have continued to produce trevally, coral trout, grass sweetlip, black spot tuskfish and cod on the shallow reefs. longtail tuna and spotty mackerel in Platypus Bay,

In the estuarie and beach scene Fraser Island and Hervey Bay have had reasonable beach conditions again with bream, whiting, flathead, a few tailor and mackerel feeding off the beach.

You can find jew, the odd tailor and bream overnight in the gutters. Threadfin salmon and barra are still being caught in the Sandy Straits and the Mary River while school mackerel can be found off the Urangan Jetty. There are banana prawns on the western side of Fraser Island and in the lower reaches of the Mary and Susan rivers.

Catch flathead and whiting between the harbour and around Woody Island. At Rainbow Beach, try for dart whiting and bream and overnight look for jew and the odd tailor.

Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits are still seeing quality mangrove jack feeding, as well as nice dusky flathead, bream and the odd barra.

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