Fishing on the coast over the past week has been fairly consistent with good weather conditions, if you don’t mind a spot of rain! This weekend’s forecast looks favourable with calm offshore conditions. Friday promises to be a mild day with scattered clouds and a temperature range of 12-24C. The excellent weather continues into Saturday, with sunny skies, temps between 9-22C and steady offshore conditions. And, despite mostly cloudy skies on Sunday, the temperature should be between 13-22C. Overall, the weekend looks great for wetting a line.
Fishing around Caloundra has proven fruitful over the past week, with catches of flathead, dart, whiting and tailor off the beaches. Your best chances are during the early morning and late afternoon, when the fish are most active. Moving closer to the bar entrance, anglers have reported catches of queenfish, trevally, flathead and tailor.
Tides and currents have played a significant role in attracting these species to this particular area, so make sure you check tide times and conditions before heading out. The passage has been abundant with bream and good-sized flathead, with prawns and worms your best bet for bait fishing.
The Maroochy River continues to fish well, with reports of golden trevally caught around structures such as jetties, bridges and rock walls. Try the motorway or Bli Bli bridges. Using soft plastics and live bait has proven effective in enticing these fish. Bream fishing in the Maroochy River has been consistently good, with anglers having success using a variety of bait including prawns and soft plastics.
Flathead and trevally were also caught at the Cod Hole. Anglers have found success by casting soft plastic lures or using live bait near drop-offs and deeper sections. In Eudlo Creek, flathead have been biting well. Drifting with live bait and casting soft plastics along the edges of sandbanks were successful techniques. Mud crabs have been active further up the river, while sand crabs have been caught closer to the river mouth.
Tailor, flathead, bream and mud crabs were caught in good numbers in the Noosa River.
Smithy from Smithy’s Fishing Charters reported catches of amberjack, tuskfish and hussar at the Hards. The shipping channel has been a hot spot for snapper, with anglers finding success by fishing with bait such as pilchard, squid or soft plastics.
Further north, Double Island Point and North and Sunshine reefs have yielded catches of pearl perch, snapper, sweetlip, mulloway, cobia and mackerel. Anglers have employed various techniques – including bottom fishing with fresh bait and trolling with lures or live bait – to achieve successful outcomes.
As we wrap up another exciting week of fishing on the Sunshine Coast, we want to remind you that the best catches start at Bait Master Fishing and Tackle! Located at 311 David Low Way in Bli Bli – our shop is a one-stop destination for all your fishing needs. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your gear or stock up on essentials because we’re currently offering a tremendous 50 percent off on Rapala, 13 Fishing, Sufix and VMC. Call in to see us or shop online at baitmasterfishing.com.au Don’t miss this golden opportunity to bag a bargain and increase your chances of making your next big catch.
Until next week, tight lines and remember, the best stories are often found at the end of a fishing line!
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Trent and Corinne
Bait Master Fishing and Tackle