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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 28 September 2023

The Sunshine Coast is gearing up for an exciting weekend of fishing, thanks to favourable weather conditions. While we might see a shower or two later today or early tomorrow, the weekend and into next week is looking dry. Winds are set to pick up however late Tuesday and are set to continue into next weekend. With Friday's full moon bringing big tides and high fishing efficiency, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are shaping up to be excellent days to wet a line. We recommend checking conditions on FishRanger before 

Offshore Fishing

Offshore fishing has been nothing short of spectacular this week, with a variety of species making a strong showing. Snapper, Pearl Perch, and Tuskfish are abundant, especially around the Hards. Anglers targeting Mahi Mahi should set their sights on the FADs, while those in search of Kingfish will find Caloundra to be a rewarding destination.


Freshwater

As the weather warms up, the freshwater fishing scene is heating up as well. Bass are becoming increasingly active, especially on topwater. Small weedless frogs and 3-inch Keitech Easy Shiners have been the go-to lures, producing excellent results. Saratoga are also getting in on the action, falling for the same techniques. Additionally, a few lucky anglers have reported catching Sooty Grunter on small hard body divers.


Caloundra

The past week in Caloundra was a treat for anglers targeting bread and butter species such as Bream and Flathead, with an abundance of big Summer Whiting also making their presence known. The rocky beaches have also been generous, offering up some nice little Snapper. A word of warning though, sharks have been spotted not too far behind them.


Bowen caught this nice Jewfish during a trip of the Sunshine Coast this week
Bowen caught this nice Jewfish during a trip of the Sunshine Coast this week @bowen.allchorn

Maroochy River

Although the river has been somewhat subdued, there's been a steady stream of Bream, Whiting, and Flathead being caught. As always, patience is key! The presence of weed in the river is also causing some issues for fishos, particularly when jigging soft plastics. As we approach the full moon, we're optimistic that the fish will be more active and bites will increase.


If you're keen on landing some sizable Flathead or Trevally, the Maroochy River's creeks and tributaries are where you'll want to cast your line. Optimal fishing times are around the turn of the tide, with Holt Swim Prawns and Pro Lure Clone Prawns proving to be the lures of choice. The Cod Hole continues to fish consistently, with some good Trevally and Queenfish on the chew. And as the temperatures rise, be on the lookout for Mangrove Jacks, who are likely to start making their seasonal debut. We’ve had a few catches reported already, so they are definitely on the move. 


Noosa

The Noosa River has also been quieter this week, but persistent fishos have still managed as ome good catches. The mouth has delivered some  Flathead, Whiting, and Grunter Bream, while the  Tewantin reach and Lake Cooroibah are seeing good numbers of Sand Whiting. For those fishing in the Frying Pan, Flathead and Grunter Bream are active, while those wetting a line at the Sound have had luck with Flathead and Queenfish.


The Pro Lure Clone Prawn continues to get the work done, rewarding Brayth with this 73cm Jewfish @brayth._fish3
The Pro Lure Clone Prawn continues to get the work done, rewarding Brayth with this 73cm Jewfish @brayth._fish3

As we wrap up this week's report, we invite you to make Bait Master Fishing and Tackle your go-to destination for all your fishing needs. With the school holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to stock up on gear and bait. Come experience our unique blend of quality products and friendly, expert advice. We're conveniently located at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli, and we're looking forward to being a part of your next fishing adventure.


Tight Lines!


Trent & Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Local angler Louise caught and released this nice sized Flathead in the Maroochy River this week
Local angler Louise caught and released this nice sized Flathead in the Maroochy River this week

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Deep End Fishing Charters

 

0499 044 458

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33–45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557


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Smithys Fishing Charters

 

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

Cnr Nicklin Way & Pt Cartwright Drive
Minyama QLD 4575


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