NICE FLATTY: Alexander Milne caught and released this beautiful dusky flathead at his favourite fishing spot near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.
NICE FLATTY: Alexander Milne caught and released this beautiful dusky flathead at his favourite fishing spot near Picnic Point in the Maroochy River.

Best fishing spots for the weekend


BEST to stay in port today, with winds east to south-easterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres.

Conditions will improve during the weekend, maybe tomorrow afternoon, particularly Sunday and of course, Monday, ready for back to work. So get prepared to wait it out before you can chase a few tuna, mackerel, other pelagic and some good reef fish that are feeding along the coast.

As conditions improve, be prepared to try local reef, like North and Sunshine Reef for moses perch, tusk fish, maori cod, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod, including snapper, cobia and coral trout. Spotty and spanish mackerel and plenty of tuna and long tail tuna from the Blinker. Cobia, tuna, snapper and grass sweetlip from Caloundra 12 mile.

Passionate angler Allison McDonald caught a good bass at Borumba.

From east of the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island you can expect some excellent catches of big cod, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, pearlies, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi, while there are also large good size cod being fairly active on the closer in reefs.

Out and around Hervey Bay

CONDITIONS settle down for the weekend particularly Sunday so have a go in Platypus Bay for longtail and mack tuna, golden trevally, queenfish, school and spotted mackerel.

There have been a few good coral trout, grassy sweetlip, blackall, good quality cod, tusk fish, queenfish, big golden trevally and mackerel on the inshore reefs and around the islands and deeper ledges throughout the Bay.

Nice red taken by a crew member on Rainbow Escape Charters on St Patric's Day off Double Island.

Great Sandy Strait, is producing, barramundi, and threadfin salmon have been the main targets, around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and bream throughout.

Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Barramundi, bream, grunter, whiting and mangrove jack in the lower Burrum River. There's queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally at the Urangan Pier. Giant trevally have been taken out the end and have been a challenge to land as usual.

Estuaries, Dams and Beaches

FRASER ISLAND: Always best to travel closer to low tide as possible. Target dart, whiting, trevally and the odd tailor along the eastern beach gutters.

On the western side of Fraser island there's been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there's a few good grunter bream and quality muddies and some solid flathead have also been reported.

Rainbow Beach: Try for bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach.

Tin Can Bay is fishing well for whiting, bream, flathead, trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and a few good muddies. Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek. A few good flathead, bream trevally and mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Local dams and rivers

IN THE dams quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly are feeding at present. Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting surface lures and fly. Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions in Boondooma Dam. The Monduran Dams sponsor a barra social weekend that will be starting in two weeks from April 6 to the 8. Book now for a fun weekend.

Noosa: The lower estuary is fishing well for flathead to 66cm. Whiting, trevally and jack in the lower river. A 42cm bream was taken around Noosaville Boat Ramp.

Flathead and grunter from along the Tewantin stretch. Target mud crabs throughout river.

Maroochydore: Still a few good mud crabs throughout the river. Bream, grunter, whiting and flathead at the motorway bridge and Twin Waters. Golden trevally, whiting and flathead from Cotton Tree and around Got and Channel Island. Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally around the rock walls, pontoons and jetties between the Mouth and Minyama Island.

Cod, trevally and flathead from La Balsa Basin. Grunter bream from McKenzies Bridge area and mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Try for whiting, flathead and bream in Currimundi Lake. A few bigger bream from the boardwalk area. Whiting, bream, grunter and flathead between the bar and Golden Beach. Muddies in the creeks and mangrove areas throughout the passage.

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