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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 8 February 2024

Welcome to this week's Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. Fishing conditions continue to be tricky, with the remnants of the previous week’s flooding still affecting local fishing. Winds and swell should make offshore a no-go until a brief reprieve next Wednesday, after which conditions look to deteriorate again. Hot and muggy conditions look like they'll continue into next week, with showers and winds also predicted.

Offshore

Opportunities to venture offshore over the next week look limited, but as always, please check conditions to stay up-to-date. Over the last week, Smithy's Charters reported catches of Spotty Mackerel around the Caloundra reefs, along with sightings of Spanish Mackerel. Remember the Spanish Mackerel Southern Closure in currently in force (1 to 21 February). The FADs continue to be the spot for Mahi Mahi. Marlin and Sailfish were reported at 18 mile while the Barwon Banks delivered catches of Hussar and Tuskfish.

Estuary

Maroochy River

Fishing the Maroochy River has required patience this past week, with the water remaining murky from recent heavy rains. However, persistence has paid off in the lower stretches where Whiting and Trevally are making their presence known. We've also had reports of Jewfish, Grunter and decent sized Flathead catches. 7 gram micro jigs are proving successful, slicing through the less-than-clear waters with promise. The dirty water doesn't bother the Jacks, with some nice catches reported over the last week. Anglers are advised to be on the lookout as increased shark activity has been reported.

Harper caught this an absolute beauty of Mangrove Jack, measuring around the 50cm mark. Well done mate! @h.j.w_fishing21
Harper caught this an absolute beauty of Mangrove Jack, measuring around the 50cm mark. Well done mate! @h.j.w_fishing21

Noosa

The Noosa River continues to be hit and miss, due to less-than-ideal conditions recently. In the lower reaches, anglers have found success with Grunter Bream and Whiting, while Lake Cooroibah has been a hotspot for Trevally. Flathead and Whiting have been reported at the mouth, while Trevally have been spotted in Woods Bay.

Zach with a Giant Herring caught in the Noosa Rive on  Keitech Easy Shiner
Zach with a Giant Herring caught in the Noosa Rive on Keitech Easy Shiner @zachcfishing
Another great catch from Zach, this time using a Pro Lure Clone Prawn to nab this nice Mangrove Jack in Noosa @zachcfishing
Another great catch from Zach, this time using a Pro Lure Clone Prawn to nab this nice Mangrove Jack in Noosa @zachcfishing

Mooloolah River

In the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River, Sand Whiting have been a common catch, especially during the times when the tide is rising, bringing them closer to shore.


Caloundra

Caloundra continues to fish well despite the recent weather, with catches of Grunter Bream and Whiting reported. Mangrove Jack catches have been reported in good numbers, with some decent sized models caught in the canals and Currimundi Lake.

A nice Mangrove Jack caught in Caloundra this week. Image supplied.
A nice Mangrove Jack caught in Caloundra this week. Image supplied.

Freshwater


The freshwater fishing scene is currently quiet, as the Mary River and surrounding creeks are recovering from recent flooding. The increased water levels and turbidity have made conditions challenging for anglers, with many areas still inaccessible or offering limited fishing opportunities. As the waters gradually recede and clarity improves, fishing conditions in these freshwater areas are expected to slowly return to normal, but it may take some time before they fully recover from the impact of the floods.


As we wrap up this week's fishing report, please note that due to a temporary issue with our tank system, we won't have live beach worms available this weekend. However, we've got you covered with a wide selection of frozen bait and cured worms to ensure your fishing trip is still a success. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to helping you with all your fishing needs.


Tight lines,

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

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