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The Sunshine Coast has offered a mixed bag of fishing conditions this week. While estuary fishing has been relatively subdued, offshore waters have been hot with some great catches reported. The weather has been a blend of sunny days and light breezes, punctuated by windier spells and the odd thunderstorm. Looking ahead, the forecast suggests that we're in for a bit of a rough patch, with windy conditions expected to dominate.
For the upcoming week, Friday and Saturday mornings stand out as the best times for fishing. These days offer favorable tides, with lows at 0.2 meters and highs reaching 1.6 and 1.7 meters. On Friday, expect northeasterly winds of 15 to 20 knots and seas around 1 to 1.5 meters, along with a chance of showers. Saturday's winds will shift to north to northwesterly at similar speeds, but seas could rise to 1.5 to 2 meters. Both days also boast "very high" solunar activity, often a good sign for fishing. However, there's a risk of thunderstorms, so it's crucial to check the latest weather forecasts before heading out.
Bass season is heating up on the Sunshine Coast, offering a range of freshwater fishing spots to explore. Local favorites like Baroon Pocket Dam and Ewen Maddock Dam are excellent for boat and kayak anglers, while the Mary River provides a more natural setting. If you're up for a drive, Borumba Dam is another top spot, especially for its scenic beauty. Ewen Maddock Dam is particularly kayak-friendly as only non-motorised craft are allowed on the dam. When it comes to tackle, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and surface lures are your best bet, suitable for light to medium gear. Bass are structure-loving fish, so look for them near logs, rocks, or underwater vegetation, especially during the low-light conditions of early morning and late afternoon.
For those interested in technique, surface lures work well in the early morning and late afternoon, especially in areas where underwater vegetation sits at least a foot below the surface. A twitch-and-pause action can be particularly effective. During midday, aim for areas where the wind is parallel to the weed beds and use subsurface lures close to the bottom. Surface lures around 65mm are effective, along with spinnerbaits and vibrating blades. Try Bassman Spinnerbaits or Tiemco Tiny Cicadas.
Offshore fishing has been nothing short of spectacular this week, with a variety of species making a strong showing. Snapper are thick at the moment, with plenty to be found in close. The Hards have been a hotspot for Kingfish, Cobia, Amberjack, Snapper, and Pearl Perch, making for a great day out. The Barwon Banks and North Reef have also been bustling with activity, boasting catches of Snapper, Pearl Perch, Cobia, Longtail Tuna, and Moses Perch. For those fishing off Caloundra, the deeper waters around the rocky headlands have been particularly generous, especially for Snapper and Tuskfish.
That wraps up this week’s report. With the weather warming up and school holidays just around the corner, it’s a great time to plan your next fishing adventure and we’d love to be part of it! For that old-school tackle shop feel and friendly service you can trust, make Bait Master Fishing and Tackle your new favourite local tackle shop. Drop by and see us at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli. Happy fishing, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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