Sunshine Coast
Northshore Bait & Tackle staff member Rhyder Worth with a cracking 79cm snapper from Barwon Bank.

Winter fishing heats up on Sunshine Coast

WITH this winter feeling colder than previous years, most days gave way to clear skies and the classic winter westerly wind. Sunshine Coast heats up

This saw offshore conditions clear up and reef fish on the chew.

The end of June provided anglers with a few great opportunities to land mackerel and snapper before the rain arrived and cooled the water even further.

For many anglers, July meant trying to head out for snapper before the annual snapper and pearl perch closure.

From July 15 to August 15, all snapper and pearlies are off limits to all angling in Queensland.

This is to allow the fish time off from angling pressure to spawn. Sunshine Coast heats up

If fishing during this time and you accidently land either fish, they must be returned.

With many anglers uncertain on how to vent fish – not popping the swim bladder when exposed in the mouth – now is a great time to learn, or buy a release weight.

For help with this, drop in and we can step you through the process.


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Dylan Versteegen with a big buck from the mangroves.


Winter is the time of year when swell on coastal bars is around 1m or less, making the Noosa Bar safer to navigate.

For those heading out under the cover of darkness, remember that whales are in migration, so go slow and keep radios turned on.

Should you require any flairs, jackets and boating goods, be sure to pop into Noosa Outdoors, which is next to Tackle World Noosa.

With offshore water at its coldest for a couple of months, you can target jewfish, cobia, amberjack and even longtail tuna in the deep.

These fish make excellent lure-fishing targets and you can get very specific if you prefer a challenge.

Depending on your chosen target, you could decide to hit up North Reef for jewies and cobia, with AJs coming further afield from Double Island.

As lure anglers, it is important to know your target so you can get kitted up accordingly.

The inshore reefs will most likely hold sweetlip, tuskfish, cod and smaller cobia, with Sunshine Reef the more popular system.

If you are a bait angler, you may want to drop the berley trail while snapper are on pause and try drift fishing.

Drifting with the aid of a parachute or electric motor can yield amazing results. Sunshine Coast heats up


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