GOTCHA: Gun angler Jake Johnson WAS fishing off the Sunshine Coast prior to the crook weather and caught this whopper, mahi mahi or dolphin fish.
GOTCHA: Gun angler Jake Johnson WAS fishing off the Sunshine Coast prior to the crook weather and caught this whopper, mahi mahi or dolphin fish.

The best spots for anglers this weekend

Fishing: Offshore: The forecast is looking very ordinary probably right through to Monday or even later into next week with strong winds, big seas and swells.

Today again there is a strong wind warning for Sunshine Coast waters, so it certainly will be best to stay in sheltered waters with conditions are very rough with winds southeasterly 25 to 30 knots and seas and swells to 2.5 to 3 metres.

Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow, with winds southeasterly 25 to 30 knots with seas to 2.5 metres. Looks like a good time to get some order into your fishing gear and be prepared to "chuck a sickie” next week when conditions improve so you can get out and do some offshore fishing.

So when conditions improve be ready for good tuna schooling up along the coast.

North Reefs had moses perch, tusk fish, maori cod, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod.

Sunshine has had a good mixed bag including snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, cobia, cod and also lots of coral trout as well as spanish mackerel, long tail tuna and maori cod.

Spotty and spanish mackerel and plenty of tuna and long tail tuna from the Blinker. Cobia, tuna, snapper and grass sweetlip from Caloundra 12 mile.

Around the 15 to 20nm's east of the Wide Bay Bar for yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi, with large estuary cod being fairly active on the closer in reefs on live baits.

Gemma and Jarvis Henricks fished and crabbed with their dad Bruce over Saturday night for a few good crabs as well as a jew and big cod.
Gemma and Jarvis Henricks fished and crabbed with their dad Bruce over Saturday night for a few good crabs as well as a jew and big cod.

Out and around Hervey Bay: Platypus Bay has a lot of longtail tuna moving through, as well as golden trevally, queenfish, school and spotted mackerel along with the odd scarlet perch.

Fishing the reefs at night has been effective on scarlets but the sharks continue to be a problem.

There have been few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, tusk fish, queenfish, big trevally and mackerel on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay.

In the Great Sandy Strait, barramundi, and threadfin salmon have been the main targets, while working the mid-reaches has been best along with around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout.

Try soft vibes and trolled hardbody lures for good results. Barramundi and banana prawns before the flood waters and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River. Barramundi, grunter and Mangrove Jack in the Burrum River.

Golden trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum 8 mile Around the Picnics and Little Woody Islands there's queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and the Urangan Pier, giant trevally have been taken out the end and have been a challenge to land as usual.

Estuaries, dams and beaches

Fraser Island: There is a fair amount of erosion around the rocky outcrops, best to try and travel closer to low tide as possible.

Target tarwhine, dart, whiting and trevally 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 the mud crabs and flathead have also been reported.

The crew on board the Rainbow Escape Charters caught some quality scarlet sea-perch or large-mouthed Nannygai last Saturday off Rainbow Beach.
The crew on board the Rainbow Escape Charters caught some quality scarlet sea-perch or large-mouthed Nannygai last Saturday off Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Beach: Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and 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. Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Try for flathead, trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local dams and rivers

In the dams you will have to exercise extra care when boating in the dirty water and watch for submerged trees and structures and floating Debris.

Downstream of overflowing spillways will likely be hazardous with swift flowing waters, debris and rapids.

With that in mind there have been good catches prior to the heavy rains with good quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present.

Borumba Dam has bass and quality fighting saratoga hitting surface lures and fly.

Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam.

Please have a look at the flyer for Monduran Dams Sponsor a Barra social weekend from April 6 to April 8 and book now for a fun weekend.

Noosa: Good flathead with several catch and release fish to 70cm and mangrove jack in Woods Bay.

Hunter Stojczan caught and released a 55cm GT in the lower estuary on Sunday on a Storm Chug Bug surface lure.

Whiting on worms in the lower river.

Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch.

Trevally, flathead and bream from the river mouth on the incoming tide.

With the dirty water runoff target mud crabs throughout river.

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