Stingray Pete has been at it again, this time with 1.1m barracuda.

Sunshine Coast – weekly fishing report

Happy new year! As we cast our lines into 2024, we’re anticipating another fantastic year of fishing on the Sunshine Coast. While this week’s report might not have our usual in-depth updates, due to the holiday break and recent weather events, we’ve still got some great information for you. Recent heavy rainfall and flash flooding put a dampener on some holiday fishing activities, but it’s been a boon for crabbers and has given the river a good flush out. As we look ahead to the weekend and into next week, expect hot muggy conditions with showers. By mid-next week, conditions look promising for those aiming to get offshore.


The offshore scene is still delivering despite the green water and lack of current. Anglers targeting the Hards are hooking into amberjack and kingfish using jigs, proving that perseverance and the right technique can yield results. On the Barwon Banks, tuskfish and hussar are responding well to bait. So, for those itching to hit the open water, there are still plenty of opportunities to reel in a great catch.

Steven and his son caught a few big mangrove jack in the passage at Caloundra.


In Noosa, the river mouth is bustling with bream and grunter bream, with the occasional tailor making an appearance. Further up towards Tewantin, the water is alive with trevally and school jewfish. Anglers are also finding success with flathead at the river mouth and a mix of grunter bream, bream and mangrove jack in Woods Bay, highlighting the area’s diversity and abundance.


The Maroochy River is buzzing with activity, thanks to the warmer weather. Mangrove jack are especially lively, with anglers reporting increased activity throughout the area. Trevally are also making their presence known, adding to the excitement. The recent rain and pressure changes have stirred up the land-locked lakes, offering anglers some unexpected action. With an abundance of bait, predatory species such as barracuda have also fired up, making for some thrilling fishing moments. And let’s not forget the crabs! They’re on fire after the recent rainfall, so now’s the time to drop those pots.


In Caloundra, the holiday season has been particularly kind to those chasing mangrove jack. The passage has been a hotspot for some fantastic catches, along with the usual suspects of flathead, grunter and bream.

Michael caught an impressive 1m barramundi in the Mooloolaba canals!


Michael managed to land a big barramundi in the canals at Mooloolaba on live mullet, proving persistence and a bit of holiday luck can go a long way!

While this might be a shorter report to kick off the year, the excitement on the water is as palpable as ever. The recent rains might have changed some plans, but they’ve also opened up new opportunities, especially for those chasing crabs or enjoying the refreshed waterways. As the new year gets underway, we’re looking forward to sharing more updates, stories and tips from around the Sunshine Coast. Remember to stay safe, check the conditions, and here’s to tight lines and great catches in 2024!

Trent & Corinne
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