Grant Budd

Warm weather around the corner

AUGUST sees the end of winter and the hint of warmer times ahead. This is also the time of year when we often have low swell on the Noosa bar, which makes for safer crossings. The biggest change in July is the snapper and pearl perch closure for Queensland. If you are intending to go offshore between July 15 to …

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Winter kicks off on Sunny Coast

WITH the cooler waters the mackerel and tuna are almost gone, so methods will have to change, as these are no longer easy to find. This is the time where the main target species becomes the hard-hitting, head-thumping snapper. These fish certainly know how to fight, especially when they hit the 80cm mark, which ideally should be returned after a …

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Huge variety off Noosa

Noosa mangrove jack

DO you remember this time last year? With COVID-19 closing many areas including freshwater dams, lakes and parks as well as beach access and restricting charter operations, this year is very different… with no closures. We sure are lucky to live up here in paradise! Noosa variety April is one of the best months to catch pelagics with North, Halls, …

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Huge selection on inshore reefs

WITH March shaping up to be a cracker, it is this time of year we tend to see solid weather patterns come through. On the plus side, the school holidays are a distant memory and the swell keeps most of the smaller craft inside the river, making for quieter conditions offshore. Inshore selection The best fishing will be had over …

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Noosa fires in February

WITH the new year in full swing, the fishing has also changed for the better along the coast. February is often a wet month and with big swell hitting the coastal bars and beaches, it is going to be a case of adjusting your style and approach according to the conditions. Fortunately, the coast offers so many options – if …

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Holiday action on the Sunshine Coast

WHAT a great time to go fishing in the the Sunshine Coast region. For the offshore anglers our pelagic season is in full swing, with spotty and spanish mackerel, juvenile black marlin, tuna and cobia all within easy reach. It is often a case of who can get up the earliest to beat the boat ramp traffic. Offshore the Sunshine …

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La Nina shines on

THIS is the time of year when I start to get excited, not for the weather but for the fishing it brings to the coast. The two biggest targets for anglers now are tuna and mackerel, as they start to filter across our bays. They bring with them stories of being bitten off and the line-burning runs we all dream …

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Warm weather wakes up Noosa fishing

WITH winter behind us, water temperature is increasing and the species list on offer is improving. Estuaries will see packs of whiting and bream during the day, with flathead one of the biggest targets and there are huge models out there. Offshore we can expect to find large jewfish, trout, cobia, pearl perch and even early pelagic action. In dams …

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Spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast

WITH Spanish almost gone, winter is the time when several species are on everyones’ lips. For the beach fishos jewfish and tailor are prime targets. In rivers, an influx of golden trevally have made their presence known, and offshore snapper are coming on before their one month seasonal closure starts on July 15 for breeding. Offshore we are seeing better …

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Fishing fun on the Sunshine Coast continues

fishing autumn noosa

WITH what can only be described as a long, hot and very wet summer behind us, I am enjoying the cooler weather. Now is the fun time of year we see a crossover in fishing. It’s more noticeable offshore where the summer species hang around and cooler water winter species start to show in greater numbers. We still have to …

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