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Welcome to winter on the Sunshine Coast! The temperature has certainly been dropping at night, but we’ve still been lucky enough to enjoy beautiful sunny days. The upcoming week looks good, with mostly pleasant temps ranging from 9°C to 24°c and showers forecasted for next Tuesday. Offshore, conditions look pretty good over the coming weekend and into next week, with winds picking up on Tuesday along with the forecasted rain. The Solnar Calendar shows Saturday, Sunday and Monday as the pick of the days for fishing efficiency.
Noosa local reefs have been producing some quality Snapper, Pearl Perch, Grassy Sweetlip, Gold Spot Cod, Venus Tuskfish, Mulloway and the occasional Spanish Mackerel. Plenty of Mack and Longtail Tuna are still on the move.
Glenn from Deep End Charters reports that good catches are being had offshore from Mooloolaba, with plenty of good size Pearl Perch, Snapper and Grassy Sweetlip. Smithy from Smithys Charters also reported great catches including Amberjack, Kingfish, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish and Hussar at the Hards, and Snapper in the shipping channel.
The Maroochy River has been on fire with these cooler early mornings. Flathead are thick and can be found soaking up the son in the shallows. Prawn imitation and paddle tail plastics are your best options for lure fishing. Crossfire Lures Minnows have been claiming some great flattys up to 90cm.
Trevally species are really starting to fire us and are great to target on light gear. Major Craft Jigpara 7g Micro Jigs jigged back at speed have claimed plenty of Golden and Diamond Trevs over the past week. The trusty Pro Lure Clone Prawns jigged at speed also works a treat.
Some bigger Jewfish are turning up with catches up to 98cm. Fresh squid and live bait have been a popular way to target them. Pro Lure Live Cray soft plastics slowly sunk to the bottom around bridge pylons and other structures have delivered great results.
As of today, the 1st of June, the protected season for Australian bass commences, and it will remain in effect until the 31st of August, 2023. Over the winter months, these species migrate towards certain estuary areas for their spawning period. This protective measure is put in place to safeguard them during this crucial time, thereby ensuring their continued abundance for future generations of anglers. Throughout this closure period, Australian bass are designated as a no-take species across all tidal waters in Queensland.
The closed season doesn't apply to stocked impoundments. You can found stock impoundments on the Fisheries Queensland website.
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Tight lines and calm seas,
Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle
0499 044 458
Berth 28, Mooloolaba Marina
33–45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557
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Cnr Nicklin Way & Pt Cartwright Drive
Minyama QLD 4575