Estuaries the place to fish as offshore swells around Cooloola

21st April 2017 8:56 AM
WELL SPOTTED: Sam Murray landed this spotted grunter bream he caught with his dad and grandad in Petrie Creek during the week. WELL SPOTTED: Sam Murray landed this spotted grunter bream he caught with his dad and grandad in Petrie Creek during the week. Contributed

FRASER Island has seen better beach conditions recently with the return of autumn.

Solid catches of bream, whiting, flathead and a few tailor and school mackerel have been reported off

the beach, with jew, the

odd tailor and bream

caught overnight in the gutters.

Threadfin salmon and barra are still on the bite in the Sandy Straits and the Mary River with the chance of a few barra off River Heads.

There's been queenfish, mackerel, grunter bream and threadfin salmon off the Urangan Jetty while flathead and whiting can be found between the harbour and around Woody Island.

Sand crabs have been caught in the Urangan Channel, mud crabs in the lower reaches of the rivers and prawns in Sandy Straits along with trevally and spotty mackerel on the shallow reefs, bream, whiting, flathead and grunter bream in Sandy Straits as well.

Now with more settled conditions in Rainbow Beach, try for jew overnight, the odd tailor, whiting, bream and dart and along the beaches.

Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits still have quality mangrove jack feeding, quality dusky flathead, bream and the odd barra.

The big rains and run of fresh water has flushed the mud crabs on the move and there are a few sandies in the bay.

In the freshwater scene, try for bass in the upper reaches of the Mary River.

There's been really good quality bass and saratoga feeding in the local dams both in Boroumba and Lake MacDonald.

In the estuaries check out Noosa which has seen a few good whiting throughout the lower river as well as giant, golden and tea leaf trevally and flathead from around the river mouth, Noosa Sound and Tewantin stretch.

Offshore, stay in sheltered waters again today with a south-easterly 15 to 25 knots and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.

It looks like only marginally better conditions over the weekend to start with tomorrow having a south-easterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening and seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.

Before the windy conditions there were good grassy sweetlip, snapper and tuskfish at Caloundra 12 Mile and tuskfish, red throat emperor and hussar on the Barwon Banks.

Also good catches of coral trout, spangled emperor, small snapper and heaps of undersized red emperor, cobia, moses perch, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna on Sunshine Reef. Long tail and mac tuna off Coolum.