Estuaries the place to fish as offshore swells around Cooloola

WELL SPOTTED: Sam Murray landed this spotted grunter bream he caught with his dad and grandad in Petrie Creek during the week.
WELL SPOTTED: Sam Murray landed this spotted grunter bream he caught with his dad and grandad in Petrie Creek during the week. Contributed

FRASER Island has seen better beach conditions recently with the return of autumn.

Solid catches of bream, whiting, flathead and a few tailor and school mackerel have been reported off

the beach, with jew, the

odd tailor and bream

caught overnight in the gutters.

Threadfin salmon and barra are still on the bite in the Sandy Straits and the Mary River with the chance of a few barra off River Heads.

There's been queenfish, mackerel, grunter bream and threadfin salmon off the Urangan Jetty while flathead and whiting can be found between the harbour and around Woody Island.

Sand crabs have been caught in the Urangan Channel, mud crabs in the lower reaches of the rivers and prawns in Sandy Straits along with trevally and spotty mackerel on the shallow reefs, bream, whiting, flathead and grunter bream in Sandy Straits as well.

Now with more settled conditions in Rainbow Beach, try for jew overnight, the odd tailor, whiting, bream and dart and along the beaches.

Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits still have quality mangrove jack feeding, quality dusky flathead, bream and the odd barra.

The big rains and run of fresh water has flushed the mud crabs on the move and there are a few sandies in the bay.

In the freshwater scene, try for bass in the upper reaches of the Mary River.

There's been really good quality bass and saratoga feeding in the local dams both in Boroumba and Lake MacDonald.

In the estuaries check out Noosa which has seen a few good whiting throughout the lower river as well as giant, golden and tea leaf trevally and flathead from around the river mouth, Noosa Sound and Tewantin stretch.

Offshore, stay in sheltered waters again today with a south-easterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.

It looks like only marginally better conditions over the weekend to start with tomorrow having a south-easterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.

Before the windy conditions there were good grassy sweetlip, snapper and tuskfish at Caloundra 12 Mile and tuskfish, red throat emperor and hussar on the Barwon Banks.

Also good catches of coral trout, spangled emperor, small snapper and heaps of undersized red emperor, cobia, moses perch, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna on Sunshine Reef. Long tail and mac tuna off Coolum.

Gympie Times

Topics:  fishing around cooloola fraser island outdoor-living

Two people dead, six injured in stabbing terror

Police officers gather at the site of a multiple stabbing on the Market Square in Turku, Finland

Police shot one suspect and six people were hospitalised

Elderly man says he is not a hypocrite or a bigot

This letter writer rejects the claim his generation is full of bigots and his church is full of hypocrites.

Letter writer from 'older folk' not happy

Redefining marriage 'an attack on freedom': Shelton

Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby. Photo Contributed

'I will always believe the truth about marriage'

Local Partners

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

What's On? 10 things to see and do this week

Judah Kelly will be rocking the Muster stage this week

There's plenty to see and do this week

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

New Gympie real estate mag has everything you need

Look out for SOLD ON in The Gympie Times on Wednesday.

The first Gympie edition of Sold On will be out on Wednesday

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.