Nate with his personal best mangrove jack.

Sunshine Coast – weekly fishing report

Welcome to this week’s fishing report. Thankfully, the weather has started to improve after a run of poor conditions. Things are looking good for this weekend, with a full moon on Saturday. While mornings are fresh, the day-time temperatures are pleasant, so our advice is to get out and enjoy it while there’s no wind!

Our customers have reported great fishing at Moreton Island over the past week, with good catches of bass in our local dams and plenty on the bite in local estuaries and beaches.


The wind has continued to play havoc with most offshore attempts, but conditions are improving, and good catches are being reported again. Catches of tuskfish, snapper, red emperor and pearl perch were reported offshore from Noosa up to Double Island Point.

And there are still plenty of tuna and mackerel about – with solid catches around Sunshine Reef – in addition to coral trout, tuskfish and grass sweetlip. Big tuna and mackerel schools have been reported off Coolum and down as far as Moreton Island.

Will scored a decent 54cm flathead on an early morning mission.


With the wind down, many anglers took advantage of the weather – and it paid off! It was great to see so many mangrove jack being caught in good numbers still. MMD Splash Prawns were the most successful lure. Big flathead are on the move and will take almost anything on offer. Gobblers Paddle Shad or Paddle Tail and the Crossfire Lures 110mm hard-body are great lures to target them with.

Great catches of diamond trevally up to 60cm were reported. These bigger fish are fun to catch because they put up a good fight. Small prawn soft plastics and grubs should see you get among them.

Noosa River was busy with plenty of flathead, trevally, fingermark, bream and mangrove jack. Bream have been caught in the canals around Minyama, with flathead and plenty of baitfish caught around the Bells Creek mouth and Golden Beach boat ramp.

Lots of good-sized mud crabs were reported in the Noosa and Maroochydore rivers. Sand crabs are also starting to show up on either side of the mouth.

Zach caught an awesome flathead on a Squidgies Prawn Wriggler.


Snapper are on the move and some good catches reported off the beaches around Noosa and Coolum. Try fishing the gutters around Marcoola for your best chance at a decent catch.

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Tight lines!

Trent and Corinne
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