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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 9 May 2024

Welcome to this week's Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. The past week has seen some good fishing days, with the odd shower about. Unfortunately it looks like showers will set in from today until early next week, so it's going to be another wet weekend on the water.

There's been some local media coverage and concern in local Facebook fishing groups about the presence of ulcers on some fish caught recently in the Maroochy and Noosa rivers. ABC News Sunshine Coast recently reported on the issue, saying "...the fish were infected with red spot disease or epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS), caused by the exotic necrotic fungus, Aphanomyces invadans". The disease is a result of recent heavy rainfall falling on areas of acid sulfate soils that then release sulphuric acid into creeks and estuaries. If you catch a fish with the disease, do not eat them. 

For more information, you can read the ABC News article here and Sunshine Coast News story here.


The weekend and into next week is looking promising for offshore fishos, with some good catches reported over the past week. Spanish Mackerel have been reported on the Barwon Banks and on the closer reefs. Sharks are continuing to be a problem, chasing the Mackerel on the closer reefs. We've also had reports of Amberjack and Kingfish out wide.

Tye with a nice Mack Tuna caught offshore this week. Photo Credit: @tyeost06 on Instagram


Whiting continues to be caught in good numbers in the Maroochy River, with Chambers Island, Picnic Point and Cotton Tree the pick of the spots. Some nice sized Flathead have been caught around the Bli Bli stretch, along with Trevally and the odd Mangrove Jack in the mid to upper reaches. Reports of some nice Tailor catches around the mouth have also started coming in.

Taj with something a little different this week - a Hair Tail Eel caught at the Cod Hole. Photo Credit: @tajs_fishing_adventures on Instagram
Lachie with a nice Mangrove Jack, caught and released. Photo Credit: @lachies_hooked on Instagram


In the Noosa River, catches of Bream, Trevally and Whiting continue to be reported, Some nice Flathead have also been caught from the mouth to the mid reaches Diamond Trevally have started making an appearance, along with Jewfish, with some models creeping over 50cm. Much the same as last week, Crabs continue to be reported in good numbers.

Calum with a nice Flathead caught on a Holt Productions Swim Prawn. Photo Credit: @calums_fishing7 on Instagram
A nice 58cm Diamond Trevally caught at Noosa on a Pro Lure Clone Prawn. Photo Credit: @hs_fishin on Instagram
Zach continues to reel in the fish, this time a mid-50s Jewfish caught at Noosa. Photo Credit: @zachcfishing on Instagram


There's been plenty of Pelagic action out the front of Caloundra, with some big Flathead getting around in the shallows. Some good crab catches have been reported in the passage, with both Mud and Sand Crabs on the move.

Fletcher with an epic Mackerel caught off Caloundra. Photo supplied.


Beach fishos have been rewarded this week with some nice catches of Jewfish and Snapper, from Caloundra through to Kawana.

As we wrap up this week's fishing report, remember that every cast is a new opportunity to make a great catch! Whether you're chasing the elusive Flathead in the Maroochy River or casting for Whiting at the mouth, Bait Master Fishing and Tackle is here to help with great gear and local tips. Stop by our shop on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore, or visit us online at

Tight lines,

Trent & Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

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