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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 26 October 2023

The past week on the Sunshine Coast has seen some ordinary days on the water due to persistent winds. Unfortunately, the forecast for the next week suggests much of the same, with winds continuing to play havoc with fishing plans. Sunday’s full moon and the resulting higher tides should make for some good catches if you can manage to find a spot out of the wind.  Our advice? Keep an eye on the daily wind forecasts, find those sheltered spots, and remember, patience and persistence is key! 

Due to the challenging conditions this week, our report is shorter than usual.

Offshore Fishing

Over the past week, offshore fishing posed some challenges due to the conditions, yet The Hards continued to be productive with catches of Kingfish, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish and Hussar. North Reef also had a good showing with notable catches of Pearl Perch, Snapper, and Cobia keeping anglers busy.


As water levels in creeks continue to recede, finding Bass and Saratoga has turned into a bit of a challenge for anglers, with these fish taking to the deeper pockets and bends in the waterways for shelter. Despite this, over the recent weekend, a few persistent fishos managed to reel in some Bass. The successful strategy involved the use of top water weedless frogs, which are particularly effective along the shaded banks where the water runs deep. This shift in tactics, aligning with the changing water levels, proved fruitful, showcasing the ever-evolving nature of fishing in these waters.

Kody caught his first ever Jewfish this week. Well done mate!
Kody caught his first ever Jewfish this week. Well done mate!  @kodyb_ird

Maroochy River

If you could find a spot out of the wind, the Maroochy River was the spot for Mangrove Jack and Jewfish this week. Bream, Whiting, and Flathead were reported in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River, Trevally in the canals and beach fishos reported a few Dart at Mooloolaba. 


Noosa River wasn't immune from poor weather either, however reports of Sand Whiting at the river mouth, Lake Cooroibah, and the Frying Pan kept keen fishos busy. The Tewantin reach was vibrant with Trevally and Grunter Bream making a strong appearance. Woods Bay continues to be consistent, which catches of Bream and Moses Perch reported. Flathead and Whiting were spotted at the Noosa River mouth, resulting in a few good catches.


Windy conditions also prevailed in Caloundra this week, however small breaks in the weather resulted in good catches. A rare catch of a sizable Threadfin Salmon in the passage had anglers excited, with reports of Trevally and small Jewfish in the passage. School Mackerel coming in on the high tide and getting caught behind the old bar made for some surprise catches from the boardwalk and Coast guard boat ramp. The rocky patches off the beaches were home to a number of bottom dwellers, with some small reef fish spotted close to shore.

Archie caught his PB cod this week on a 62mm Pro Lure Clone Prawn
Archie caught his PB cod this week on a 62mm Pro Lure Clone Prawn @fishing_with_ab
Some interesting finds in Caloundra this week! Photo Credit: Tye Copeland
Some interesting finds in Caloundra this week! Photos: Tye Copeland

Australian Worm Farms Premium Live Bait Worms

We're thrilled to announce that Bait Master Fishing and Tackle is now your only Sunshine Coast stockist of Australian Worm Farms  premium bait worms! Our range includes European & African Nightcrawlers. African Nightcrawlers are known for their size and the fact that they don't require refrigeration. These worms are a favourite for freshwater fishing. European Nightcrawlers are suitable for both fresh and saltwater fishing, and can last up to 2-3 months if refrigerated. 


Our premium bait options include live beach worms (from Thursday each week), fresh mullet (when available)  as well as premium frozen options. As the only Sunshine Coast stockist of Australian Worm Farms premium bait worms, make us your go-to destination for all things fishing!

As we wrap up a farily ordinary week, we'd like to acknowledge the continuous support from our customers, especially amidst the breezy days and the ongoing Bli Bli bridge works that have quieted the town a bit. A big thanks to those who've made the effort to visit our store. As November approaches, don't forget to submit your photos for the Catch of the Month competition before month's end. Details are on our website and socials. You'll find us at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli. Don't forget the bridge lane closure when planning your trip. Alternatively, you can shop online and take advantage of free shipping on orders over $20 for Sunshine Coast locals. 

Tight Lines!

Trent & Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Cover Image Credit: @elifishesghee

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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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