Jacob with a nice yellowfin tuna.

Sunshine Coast – weekly fishing report

Welcome to the weekly Sunshine Coast fishing report. After perfect conditions recently, this weekend is looking just as good with minimal swell and light winds. 

Offshore anglers have had great success over the past few days. Glenn from Deep End Fishing Charters at Mooloolaba reported lots of snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish and grass sweetlip being caught at Barwon Banks. Spotty mackerel are in good numbers at the moment and the spanish mackerel season has recently reopened – making it a great time to get out on the boat.

Jarvis with a nice spotted mackerel caught off Caloundra.


If you’re after spotty mackerel, Glenn recommends a slow-floated pillie on a ganged hook with wire trace. Another option is to paravane troll. To target spanish mackerel, slow trolling with dead or live bait when the boat is just in gear is a good option. Halco Laser Pro DD or Rapala Magnums are the lures of choice.  

Smithy from Smithy’s Fishing Charters at Minyama reported catches of black marlin from the 50-fathom line to the Hards, tuskfish and hussar on Barwon Banks and mahi mahi at the fish aggregating devices. Mixed tuna schools – including mack, longtail and the occasional yellowfin – have been seen from Kawana to Bray Rocks.  

The Noosa and Maroochy rivers have been consistent with good catches of flathead, bream, mangrove jack and whiting. Twin Waters was a hot spot this week, with catches of golden trevally, tarpon and longnose trevally. 

Noah with his first mack tuna. Well done!


Our lure of the week is the Pro Lure Clone Prawn. This little beauty is one of our best sellers – consistently bringing in big catches up and down the coast. Available in three sizes – 62mm, 93mm and the new 120mm – it’s a versatile bait that can be rigged in many ways.

Use subtle twitches and pauses, cast it near structure such as pylons, jetties, bridges and rock walls to reel in bream, bass, whiting, mangrove jack, flathead and barramundi. Check them out in the shop or on our website. 

We hope you have a great weekend of fishing, and we’ll see you next week. Remember to drop in to see us at 311 David Low Way in Bli Bli, or check us out online at 

Tight lines! 

Trent and Corinne, Bait Master Fishing & Tackle





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