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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 23 November 2023

Fishing this week on the Sunshine Coast has been relatively quiet, with only a few notable catches reported. Unfortunately, the anticipated rainfall from last week was less than expected, so our river systems are still in need of a good flush. However, the upcoming weekend holds promise, with only a few showers, milder temperatures, and gentler breezes expected. Saturday morning presents the best window for offshore fishing before the winds gain strength. Looking ahead to next week, although the rains may return, lighter winds could provide ample fishing opportunities for those willing to brave a bit of wet weather. Remember to check out Fish Ranger or Seabreeze.com.au  before heading out!
 

Offshore Fishing

Conditions allowed for a few sneaky offshore trips this week, with Tuskfish and Cobia making an  appearance on the Barwon Banks and the Hards. Mahi Mahi are also showing up at the FADS. Sunshine Reef and North Reef have delivered some good catches Coral Trout, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Sweetlip. 


Estuary Fishing

Maroochy River

Maroochy River catches were similar to last week. Whiting continue to be reported in good numbers, with Flathead and Grunter thriving in the murky waters. Jacks have started to fire, with some good catches reported. There is an abundance of bait fish in the river, so it’s a great time to throw in the cast net for some livies. Some of the bigger Mangrove Jack catches reported have been caught on live bait.


Prawn and paddle tail soft plastics continue to be your best option for soft plastics. If you’re looking for something new, try the MMD Flatfish soft plastic lure, which is designed to imitate a juvenile Flathead. They’ve just arrived in store and are proving to be very popular already. 

Zach caught this nice Trevally in the Noosa River this week on a Holt Productions Swimminnow @zachcfishing
Zach caught this nice Trevally in the Noosa River this week on a Holt Productions Swimminnow @zachcfishing

 

Noosa River

Consistent with previous weeks, the Noosa River is offering a challenging yet rewarding fishing experience. Sand Whiting at the mouth and Woods Bay continue to be a reliable catch, along with Trevally, Flathead, and Bream around Tewantin. 


Caloundra

Caloundra area has been buzzing with activity over the past week, with some great catches reported. The Passage has been especially lively, with reports of Mangrove Jacks, Flathead, Whiting, and the less commonly seen Fringe Eye Flathead. Local fisho Kosta made a notable catch off Kings Beach rocks, landing a Spangled Emperor on a rock crab. 


Freshwater Fishing

The recent rainfall has rejuvenated our river systems, bringing a welcome surge in river flow and, with it, more active fish. The increased movement in the water, coupled with an abundance of prawns and bait fish around drains and fast-flowing areas, has led to some exciting catches. Anglers are reporting Mary River Cod as a surprising bycatch, along with Sooty Grunter, Bass, and the occasional Saratoga. This uptick in activity makes it a great time for freshwater fishing enthusiasts to explore these dynamic environments

After a well fought battle, Pete finally nabbed this elusive Cod on 80lb leader and 120mm Pro Lure Clone Prawn @stingray_pete
After a well fought battle, Pete finally nabbed this elusive Cod on 80lb leader and 120mm Pro Lure Clone Prawn @stingray_pete

As we wrap up this week's report, remember we are here to support your fishing endeavors, rain, hail or shine! Swing by Bait Master Fishing and Tackle for all your essentials, including our popular live beach worms. We're located at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli, and ready to help you gear up for your next outing.

Happy fishing, and see you on the water!


Trent & Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle



Cover Photo: @zachcfishing 



Jett with a nice Sooty Grunter caught during a freshwater session this week
Jett with a nice Sooty Grunter caught during a freshwater session this week @jettsflickin_

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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


deependfishing.com.au

Smithys Fishing Charters

 

Email: info@smithysfishing.com.au
Phone  0407 574 868

Cnr Nicklin Way & Pt Cartwright Drive
Minyama QLD 4575


smithysfishingcharters.com.au

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