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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 20 July 2023

Welcome to the weekly Sunshine Coast Fishing report, where we're excited about the growing popularity of our little report on the Sunshine Coast! Not only can you find it on our website and at Bush N Beach Magazine, but now you can also catch our weekly updates on Sunshine Coast News! If you’re a keen fisho and would like to contribute to our fishing report, send us a message on our socials or email You can also tag us in your catches on Instagram and Facebook. you'd like to

It’s been a pretty quiet week for fishing on the Sunshine Coast, with a few good catches for those willing to persist. Next week is looking cold and windy, with rain expected from late Sunday. 


Smithy from Smithy's Fishing Charters reported catches of Amberjack, Tuskfish, Hussar and Kingfish at the Hards, with Tuskfish and Hussar at the north Barwon Banks.

Offshore from Caloundra was very average this week with the choppy seas not giving much access to open water.

A reminder that the closed season applies to Snapper and Pearl Perch throughout Queensland tidal waters from 15 July to 15 August.



Maroochy River

Boy kneeling in the river holding a 62cm Golden Trevally
A nice Grassy Sweetlip caught by Ashton @ashton_fishing_qld

Fishing has been similar to last week, with Trevally still running in the lower reaches, and plenty of Flathead and Bream about. We’ve had reports of some nice soapies at the Cod Hole, along with schools of big Tailor.

Some decent size Flathead have been caught in the lower reaches of the Maroochy, with some good catches between 50-85 cm reported. They’ve been caught on the run out tide on soft plastic paddle tails. Try Berkley Powerbait Nemesis Paddle Tails or Gobblers Paddle Tails

Noosa River

Bream, Flathead, Trevally and the odd Mangrove Jack have been reported over the last week in the Noosa River. Around Munna Point and Noosa Sound are your best spots for chasing Flathead and Bream. In addition to Flathead and Bream, the lower reaches have been good for Trevally and Queenfish. 


Man holding 85cm flathead
Bait Master regular John caught this epic 85cm Flathead this week


The Caloundra end of the Pumicestone Passage has been fishing well over the last week, with catches of Jewfish, Flathead, Trevally and a nice 90 cm Barramundi, caught on live mullet. If you’re chasing Jewies, try live baits or soft plastics in the deeper water during the day, or up on the shallow sand banks at night.

Flathead have been in good numbers and are taking just about anything from live bait, soft plastics and whole pilchards. Try slow retrieving an unweighted baited rig into the current. You can try around the canal entrances, around bridges/pylons, or in gutters of the beach.

If you need fishing gear, ice and bait including live beach worms and fresh mullet, make sure you call in and see us at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli. We also offer rod and reel servicing and repair at the best prices you’ll find anywhere on the coast.

Tight Lines,

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Ben caught this good sized Tailor @ben_.fishin
Ben braved the cold to catch this nice sized Tailor @ben_.fishin

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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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