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Sunshine Coast Fishing Report | Thursday 9 November 2023

Welcome to this week’s Sunshine Coast Fishing Report. Apologies for the lack of a report last week, however we back at it this week and it finally looks like the weather gods might be a little nicer to us than the previous month or so! Moderate easterly winds around 15 to 25km/h are forecast into early next week, with winds picking up again from Wednesday. If you are looking to try and get offshore, the earlier the better in terms of winds. There is little tidal movement at the moment which is affecting estuary fishing, and little to no rain predicted for the coming week. We may see a few showers on Friday, but nothing worth changing your plans for. 

Offshore Fishing

Offshore weather conditions over the last week have proved tricky at times, with those managing to get out enjoying some good catches. The Hards continue to fish well, with Amberjack, Snapper, and Pearl Perch in abundance. The Barwon Banks and closer reefs have reported good catches including Tuskfish, Cobia, and Sweetlip, alongside the steadfast Snapper and Pearl Perch. Mahi Mahi were also reported in good numbers around the FADs. With offshore conditions looking to be testing again this week, try the early morning before the wind picks up, or closer into shore.  

Estuary Fishing

Mooloolah River

The Mooloolah River’s lower areas have been good for catching Flathead, while fishing around structures such as pylons and trawlers have been hotspots for Trevally and Mangrove Jack. Additionally, the canals have been a quiet but effective place to fish for Bream and Trevally, especially when using smaller lures. These calmer waters offer a nice change of pace from the more challenging open sea conditions.

Eamesy caught a nice Snapper this week
Eamesy caught a nice Snapper this week @eamesy_fishing

Maroochy River

The Maroochy River has been fishing well, with plenty of baitfish spotted in both upper and lower reaches. Good catches of Jewfish and Trevally have been reported, caught on Holt Productions Swim Prawns and Pro Lure Clone Prawns.  Flathead and Whiting have been making a strong showing at the mouth of the creeks, with the flats also a hotspot for Flathead. Dart, Whiting, Bream, and Flathead continue to congregate near the sand bags at the river mouth, with Sand Whiting also biting around Goat and Channel Islands. Additionally, the mouth of Eudlo and Petrie Creeks are turning out to be favorable spots for Flathead catches. For those with a taste for the elusive Mangrove Jack, the mid to upper reaches of the river are the places to be.

Noosa River

Small tides and congestion have continued to make Noosa River fishing a challenge. A few Queenfish catches have been reported at the mouth, while Trevally continues to be caught around Tewantin, and Tailor at Woods Bay. Those trying their luck at Lake Cooroibah have reported catches of Whiting, Bream and Flathead. 

Louise with a small Jewfish caught in the Maroochy River this week
Louise with a small Jewfish caught in the Maroochy River this week


Beach Fishing

We’ve had some reports of Dart, Whiting, Bream catches of Mooloolaba, but conditions don’t look to be favorable for beach fishos this week. Similarly to offshore, try early mornings on the beaches to wet a line before the wind picks up. 


Freshwater Fishing

The recent rainfall has increased the river flow, which has in turn activated the fish, with more bites being reported. The water movement and the presence of prawns and bait fish have resulted in some good sized fish on the move. Catches have included Mary River Cod as bycatch, along with catches of Sooty Grunter, Bass, and the occassional Saratoga.

As we reel in this week's report, remember that Bait Master Fishing and Tackle is your one stop shop for bait, tackle and local advice. Whether it’s the rush of landing a feisty Queenfish at Noosa or the satisfaction of a hefty Flathead in the Maroochy, we're here with the tips, tackle, and local know-how to help you make the most of your next adventure. So come on in, share your stories, and let us equip you with everything you need for the week ahead. You’ll find live beach worms, premium bait options and more in store at 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli.

Here's to tight lines and the tales of the one that didn't get away. See you on the water!

Trent & Corinne

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle

Cover Photo: 

Bait Master regular Macca took his son out just down from our shop and was rewarded with a Mangrove Jack and his first Jewfish. Well done mate! @macca_wx

Lachy with a massive Grouper caught in the Noosa area @lachy_227
Lachy with a massive Grouper caught in the Noosa area @lachy_227

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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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