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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 24 August 2023

It's been a quiet week for fishing on the Sunshine Coast! Conditions haven't been great, with only a couple of good days with light breezes between the windier spells. While estuary fishing has been on the quieter side, offshore has been nothing short of spectacular, with Snapper showing up everywhere. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the next week looks pretty ordinary with windy conditions expected again. If you're planning your next fishing adventure, late next week might be your best bet, with slightly calmer conditions predicted. Make sure you check conditions on Fish Ranger before you head out.

Offshore Fishing

The Hards continue to be a hotspot for anglers, with reports of Snapper, Pearl Perch, and Amberjack catches. Snapper are everywhere, providing ample opportunities for those looking to reel in this prized catch. 

Snapper fishing offshore from the Sunshine Coast is an experience like no other. These fish are abundant in the region, especially around the Hards. Anglers can find success using various techniques, such as jigging or using soft plastics. The key to catching snapper is understanding their feeding habits and choosing the right bait or lure to match. Local knowledge, patience, and the right gear can turn a day on the water into a snapper-catching adventure. 

We recommend booking a charter with Smithy from Smithy’s Fishing Charters or Glenn from Deep End Fishing Charters who are both bagging out on Snapper at the moment.

Taj managed this nice sized Bream this week
Taj managed this nice sized Bream this week @tajs_fishing_adventures

Noosa River

Good Bream catches continue, particularly on the outgoing tide using pillies for bait. Flathead are about the river mouth and have been caught on prawn imitation and paddle tail soft plastics. If you’re chasing Trevally, try Woods Bay and Noosa Sound.

Maroochy River

Maroochy River continues to deliver catches of Bream which are scattered throughout the river, while the odd Flathead have been caught in the mid to upper reaches. Again, patience is key if you’re chasing Flathead. With the weather warming up, we should see some bigger flatties on the move, and you may even find the odd Mangrove Jack starting to venture out. A few Trevally, Jewfish, and Whiting have also been caught.


Caloundra is serving up mixed catches in the passage, with Flathead, Grunter, Jewfish, and the occasional Giant Herring being caught on soft plastics around the mouths of creeks. Summer Whiting are also making a big appearance, especially for those using beach worms as bait.

Rollo called in this week to stock up on Pro Lure Fishtails, and was immediately rewarded with this nice Flathead!
Rollo called in this week to stock up on Pro Lure Fishtails, and was immediately rewarded with this nice Flathead! @rolz_rendering
Have you entered our Fishing Competition for August? It
Have you entered our Fishing Competition for August? It's not too late! Click the image to find out more.

With a quieter week on the fishing front, it's a great opportunity to fine-tune your techniques and explore new spots. Whether you're targeting specific species or looking to try something new, don't hesitate to experiment with different baits and lures. Drop in and see us if you need some advice and gear recommendations. We’ve had quite a few customers recently who’ve been stocking up before heading out on trips to some of Queensland’s beautiful freshwater fishing spots. It’s worth getting in touch with campgrounds or tackle shops local to your destination before heading out to get the insider info on what’s biting and on what.

For that old-school tackle shop feel and friendly, helpful service you can trust, make Bait Master Fishing and Tackle your new favourite local tackle shop. As a small, family-owned business, we take pride in offering personalised advice and quality products to make your next fishing trip a success. You’ll find us at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli next to the car wash. We pride ourselves on stocking quality bait at great prices including Sea Queen frozen bait and premium locally caught bait that we freeze fresh. Happy fishing, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Tight Lines!

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Cover image credit: @zav_yz85

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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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