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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 17 August 2023

While it might not have been a week for the record books, there’s still been a few solid catches on the coast over the past week. As we head into the weekend, conditions look mixed for the coming week. While the days will be warmer, the wind should keep most fishos at bay this week. As always, be sure to check the daily forecast before heading out.


The Snapper and Pearl Perch closure ended this week, with reports of both species being caught in good numbers since the reopening. The Hards has fished well over the past week, with Snapper, Pearl Perch, Amberjack and Tuskfish catches reported. Tuskfish have also been reported on the Barwon Banks, while good catches of Mahi Mahi have been caught out at the FADS.



Maroochy River

The Maroochy River has a bit of everything this week for those willing to persist.. There have been a few Big Eye Trevally, Moses Perch and Bream around the Cod Hole. If you head towards Chambers Island, you might find a few GTs and Cale Cale Trevally. A few good Jewfish catches have also been reported this week. The creeks are fishing better than the main river on the outgoing tide, with prawn and paddle tail soft plastics getting the most action.

A nice 66cm Cale Cale Trevally caught by Cormac
A nice 66cm Cale Cale Trevally caught by Cormac @cormacfishing

We’ve had reports of a few good sized Mud Crabs caught recently in the Maroochy River around Bli Bli, so it might be worth soaking the pots next time you head out. 

Noosa River

Tewantin Marina and Noosa Sound have been the go-to spots for Bream this week, while Trevally are making a show around Munna Point bridge. Big schools of Bream have been spotted and are best targeted with burley and unweighted hooks. For those chasing Flathead, the Frying Pan and at the mouth are your pick of the spots. The Tewantin stretch has also seen a bit of action this week with catches of Flathead and Trevally reported. If you’re fishing with bait, try pilchards and slimy mackerel.


The waters around Caloundra have been more generous this week. Inside the passage, Flathead are on the chew and many anglers have found them as bycatch while targeting Whiting with worms. Queenfish and Trevally have been terrorising bait schools on the turn of the tide.

Man holding 85cm flathead
Will caught this nice Flathead on an Ecogear ZX blade @willsfishing.sunnycoast

In need of some new gear? Our Afterpay Day Sale starts today and runs until Sunday 20 August. Take 20% off storewide (excluding clearance items). It's a great time to grab yourself a bargain and get stocked and ready for the warmer weather. Just enter code AFTERPAY30 at checkout. The sale is online only, but remember you can always click and collect in store.

Have you entered our Catch of the Month competition yet? We've had some great entries so far! You can find out all the details by clicking on the link above or checking out our Facebook or Instagram

If you need any gear, advice, or just want to share your catch of the day, drop by Bait Master Fishing and Tackle. We're located at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli, and we are always here to help you make the most of your fishing adventures. Tight lines, and see you on the water!

Trent & Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Cover image credit: @hayley_mueller87

Man holding 85cm flathead
Will caught this nice Flathead on an Ecogear ZX blade @willsfishing.sunnycoast

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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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