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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 5 October 2023

After a bumper school holiday period, Mother Nature seems to want to test our patience again, with the upcoming week not looking great for fishing. We are in for a wet and windy weekend, with showers and strong winds forecast until Monday. Things look like they’ll settle down slightly by mid week, but overall it’s shaping up to be a pretty ordinary week. Remember to always check conditions before heading out. We recommend checking FishRanger for the most up to date weather information.


Offshore fishos were rewarded this week with Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish, Kingfish and Amberjack at The Hards plus some nice Sweetlip at Sunshine and North Reefs. Those chasing Mahi Mahi found the FADs the hot spot. North Reef has continued to deliver Snapper, Pearl Perch.


Smaller creeks are seeing plenty of Bass action, with 3” Paddle Tails rigged on a lightly weighted jig head getting the job done. Saratoga are also starting to bite, with 3” soft plastics such as the Keitech Paddle Tails or straight tail lures on a 2/0 weedless hook working well. Topwater options including frogs and poppers are also a good choice. We’ve had some reports of Saratoga, Bass and Spangled Perch at Ewen Maddock Dam and in the surrounding overflows. 

Jake with a nice Gold Spot Sweetlip @jacobfishing_
Jake with a nice Gold Spot Sweetlip @jacobfishing_

Noosa River

Fishing in the Noosa River has been challenging recently, with many anglers finding themselves with more empty hooks than they'd care to mention. However, if you're persistent, there are some Bream and Whiting to be had. For those willing to play the long game, the occasional Flathead is still making an appearance.

Maroochy River

Good catches are definitely starting to ramp up in the Maroochy River. Anglers have been particularly pleased to see Mangrove Jacks making their presence felt thanks to the warmer conditions. MMD Splash Prawns and Pro Lure Clone Prawns have been flying off the shelves, with fishos keen to nab a good sized Jack. 

The Cod Hole has delivered some good sized Jewfish, Trevally and Flathead this week, with the occasional Mangrove Jack. The creeks continue to fish well for Flathead, with paddle tails being the pick of soft plastics. Crabs are also on the move. The predicted rainfall over the coming weekend should help to flush the big bucks out.


Spring conditions have settled in, with anglers reporting a mix of catches from big Snapper to Mahi Mahi offshore, and Grunter Bream, Flathead, School Jew and Hairtail in the passage. Keep an eye out as there have been reports of Stonefish in popular spots. 

Brayth also caught a nice sized Mangrove Jack on an Ecogear Balt 3.5” @brayth._fish3
Brayth also caught a nice sized Mangrove Jack on an Ecogear Balt 3.5” @brayth._fish3

Important Update: Bli Bli Bridge Lane Closure

As many of you may already be aware, the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is initiating an 8-week repair project on the Bli Bli bridge, starting on Monday, 9th October 2023. While we understand the importance of these repairs, the lack of community consultation and impact on local businesses are concerns for us and many others in the community.

What Does This Mean for You?

The westbound lane heading into Bli Bli will be closed for the entire duration of the repair works. This means you won't be able to access our shop from the eastern side of the bridge. An alternative route will be in place via the Sunshine Motorway, Bradman Avenue, and David Low Way. We understand that for many people, that isn't a feasible option.

Access to the jetty on the northern side of river will also be removed. We know this is an extremely popular spot for our local anglers, particularly young fishos and families. TMR have also confirmed that boat access under the bridge may also be closed at different times. 

Brayth also caught a nice sized Mangrove Jack on an Ecogear Balt 3.5” @brayth._fish3
The westbound lane of the Bli Bli Bridge will be closed for 8 weeks

Community Impact

While the bridge repair is essential for long-term safety and infrastructure, the 8-week closure will have a ripple effect across our community. Beyond the impact on small businesses like ours, the closure will also limit opportunities for recreational fishing, boating and other watersports. 

The detour is also likely to exacerbate local traffic conditions, which are already under considerable strain, especially during peak hours. This could lead to longer travel times for residents and might discourage visitors from coming into town, affecting local tourism and commerce. 

Your Support Means Everything

We want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our Sunshine Coast locals customers. Your continued support, especially during challenging times like these, means the world to us. It's the community that keeps small businesses like ours thriving, and we are so grateful for your support. Thank you for choosing Bait Master Fishing and Tackle for your fishing adventures. We look forward to being a part of many more to come!

If you have concerns about the upcoming project or would like more information, please contact TMR Project Manager, Doug Engelking on 5451 7055 or email

Tight lines!

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Cover Image: @ryder_fishin

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