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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 18 April 2024

Welcome to this week's Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. We've enjoyed another week of great conditions, which made for a pleasant ending to the school holidays. Local fishos are happy to have their local spots back, and there's been plenty of fish on the chew. The weather forecast for the weekend and into next week looks pretty grim, with wet and windy conditions predicted. Expect higher tides peaking mid-week due to Wednesday's Full Moon, which may affect fishing conditions.


We've enjoyed another week of prime offshore conditions, with both Smithy's Charters and Deep End Charters reporting some great catches. Spanish Mackerel were abundant on the close reefs and at Barwon Banks. Also at Barwon Banks, there were reports of Tuskfish and Hussar. Some impressive Amberjack were caught at the Hards, and there were also catches of Mahi Mahi and Cobia.

Lachlan was over this moon this week to catch and release his PB Flathead, measuring almost 90cm. Well done! Photo Credit: @lachies_hooked on Instagram


The Maroochy River continues to fish well, with reports of Bream and Grunter at the lower end of the river. Plenty of Whiting continue to be caught at the mouth, Picnic Point and along to Cotton Tree. The Cod Hole has delivered some good Trevally, and Flathead have been caught towards the mouth. Jewfish are showing up in good numbers, with small mullet your pick for bait. We've continued to hear reports of some big bull sharks getting about, so make sure you stay alert. Eudlo Creek has been the spot for Flathead, with some beauties caught and released, while the Mooloolah River has also delivered some nice Flathead and Whiting.

Matt managed to nab this 82cm Tuna just near the mouth. Nice work! Photo Credit: @matthew_fishing_13 on Instagram

The Noosa River has been a mixed bag, with a few of our customers reporting multiple donut days recently. Flathead and Bream seem to be the main catch over the past week, with Whiting and Grunter Bream also caught towards the mouth. 

The past week has seen some good Bream, Whiting and Flathead catches in the passage at Caloundra, along with Sand Whiting and Dart off local beaches. 

With more rain predicted over the coming week, mud crabs will continue to be on the move in most of our local creeks and estuaries, so it's a great weekend to soak those pots. 

Jamie caught his first Noosa River Flathead, measuring 80cm and caught on a 10g pink jig. Photo Credit: @fishing_with_jw on Instagram
Andrew called in late last week to stock up on some fresh mullet for a night beach mission, and promptly turned it into a 59cm and a 69cm Jewfish! Well done Macca! Photo Credit: @macca_wx on Instagram

Freshwater Fishing

Dynamic currents in our local freshwater creeks continue to energise Bass, especially near structures like weirs and runoff areas. The most suitable lures continue to be spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, while small to medium surface lures are attracting Saratoga.

As always, Bait Master Fishing and Tackle is your go-to spot for all your fishing essentials. Please note that we will be closing early tomorrow at 4pm to celebrate Trent's 40th birthday. Additionally, we've adjusted our hours on Sunday to 9am to 12 noon for this week only. Whether you need bait, tackle, or some friendly advice, we’ve got you covered. Stop by at 3/99 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, right across from Aldi, to make sure you're fully equipped for your next fishing adventure.

Tight lines,

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

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