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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 13 April 2023

After a very busy Easter on the Sunshine Coast, beaches and waterways are starting to quieten down with the end of the school holidays approaching.  Weather conditions for offshore fishing look ideal this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with cooler mornings, warm daytime temperatures, and calm conditions. As winds are expected to pick up from mid-morning on Monday, this upcoming weekend is shaping up to be perfect. It’s also a great time for fishing and prawning leading up to the new moon on April 20th.

With the exception of Good Friday, the Sunshine Coast has lived up to its name, with perfect school holiday weather. Boat and jetski numbers increased on local waters, as did recreational fishos. We were particularly pleased to see lots of kids getting out and fishing, with some having a go for the first time. It was great to see kids coming into our shop excited to show us photos of their catch and tell us about the fishing adventures. 

The Noosa and Maroochy rivers continue to be great spots to wet a line. Flathead, Bream and Moses Perch were caught in the Maroochy River around Bli Bli, with Flathead and Bream also caught at the Cod Hole, and Whiting towards the mouth. Diamond Trevally and Jewfish have been caught in the upper reaches of the Maroochy. There’s still plenty of prawns about, with Eudlo Creek and Coolum Creek the pick of the spots. If you’re looking to pump Yabbies, give the sandy stretch between Chambers Island and Twin Waters a go at low tide. 

Sam (Mad Froffer) and Lachlan with a couple of nice Jewies​​
Zac caught his first Diamond Trevally on the Noosa River​​

The Noosa River is currently providing anglers with catches of  Trevally, Bream, and Whiting, with some anglers having success in landing Golden Trevally at the Noosa River mouth. Those casting a line in Woods Bay are finding plenty of Flathead and Trevally, while closer to Lake Cooroibah is yielding Queenfish and Jewfish. 

For those looking for the pick of the beach fishing spots, Marcoola has been great for dart, with plenty being caught on live beach worms from our shop.  

Offshore anglers are still seeing plenty of action, with Spotty and Spanish Mackerel, Yellowfin, Longtail, and Mack Tuna, and Cobia making up the bulk of the catch. Reports of Coral Trout and Cod catches have come in from Noosa, while Mooloolaba is still seeing Black Marlin and Wahool from the 50m line to the Hards, Mahi Mahi around the FADs and Snapper, Tuskfish, and Moses Perch on the Barwon Banks area. Caloundra fishos reported Grassy Sweetlip, Longail Tuna and Spanish Mackerel, and Snapper around the 12 Mile. As Snapper move closer to the coast in search of warmer water, there should be plenty to target in the coming weeks. 

In recent weeks, crabbing has become increasingly popular again. With the influx of tourists during the school holiday period, it's a good time to review Queensland crabbing regulations. Remember, jennies (female crabs) must be released back into the water, and male crabs (bucks) must be at least 15cm in size, with a maximum possession limit of 7 per person or 14 per boat (if there are two or more people on board). It's illegal to possess mud crabs with missing shells or claws without the rest of the crab, and interfering with another person's crab pots is strictly prohibited. Keep in mind that stealing crabs or pots is considered a criminal offense and can result in severe penalties. 

If you're a female fisho on the Sunshine Coast and would love to win some great prizes including a brand new tinny valued at $18,000, enter the 2023 Womens Fishing Classic. The competition runs from Saturday 6th May to Saturday 3rd June 2023 and is open to women of all ages and skill levels. Registrations close on Friday 28 April, so get in quick! The WFC community is friendly and supportive and it's a great way to meet other female fishos. I’m entering again this year and we are also offering a discount in store for entrants. You can find all the details at or search Womens Fishing Classic on Facebook.

We hope you have a great weekend of fishing and we'll see you again next week with our latest fishing report. Remember to drop in and see us at 311 David Low Way in Bli Bli, or check us out online at

Tight lines!

Trent and Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

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Thanks to our Sunshine Coast Fishing Report contributors:

Deep End Fishing Charters

0499 044 458

Berth 28, Mooloolaba Marina 

33–45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

Smithys Fishing Charters

Phone  0407 574 868

Cnr Nicklin Way & Pt Cartwright Drive
Minyama QLD 4575

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