NICE CATCH: Dean Tomlinson landed this 41cm whiting off Bli Bli.
NICE CATCH: Dean Tomlinson landed this 41cm whiting off Bli Bli. Contributed

Gear up for winter fishing around Cooloola

THE colder offshore conditions forecast could be a good start to the winter fishing season.

Today there's a strong wind warning for Sunshine Coast waters.

Conditions will become very choppy and rough particularly out wide, so stay in sheltered waters with winds south to south-westerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore at times.

Winds will become southerly 20 to 25 knots during the morning, reaching 25 to 30 knots offshore during the afternoon and evening with seas one to two metres, increasing to two to three metres around midday.

Tomorrow, conditions will ease back by the afternoon with winds southerly 15 to 25 knots turning south-easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday may be the better day.

While conditions were okay the past few days, Trekka 2 fished Sunshine Reef with the crew catching grass sweetlip, pearl perch, coral trout, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna and spotty mackerel. Pearl perch and grassy sweetlip were on the bite on the Gneering Shoals and tuskfish, hussar and coronation trout on the Barwon Banks.

There were a few good grassy sweetlip, snapper and tuskfish at Caloundra 12 Mile and tuskfish, red throat emperor and hussar on the Barwon Banks.

Reports of grass sweetlip, squire, frying pan snapper, moses perch, jewfish, coral bream, cobia and gold spot cod are filtering through.

Long tail and mac tuna can be found off Coolum, while grass sweetlip, coral trout and longtail tuna have been reported from the Gneerings.

Venus tusk fish and spanish mackerel are on the bite from the Blinker, while some anglers are reporting longtail tuna in Laguna Bay caught on slugs.

Out off Double Island Point there has been some solid fishing action with tusk fish, maori and gold spot cod, a few mahi mahi, mackerel, cobia and amberjack, along with longtail tuna on the bite.

You can find red emperor, coral trout, snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, sweetlip, nannygai, gold spotted wrasse and cobia on the reefs north of Fraser Island and east of Rainbow


Hervey Bay's inshore reefs have continued to produce good catches of trevally, coral trout, grass sweetlip, black spot tusk fish and cod on the shallow reefs with longtail tuna and spotty mackerel in Platypus Bay.

Down at Noosa a few good whiting can be found throughout the lower river.

Queenfish have been reported at the river mouth while bream and flathead are on the bite at the Frying Pan.

Flathead and bream are in numbers along the Tewantin reach and trevally have been caught in Woods Bay, The Sound and Tewantin reach as well, while there are muds crabs throughout the canals and middle river.

At Maroochydore, the colder conditions forecast could be a good start to the winter fishing season so gear up for a few bream, luderick and tailor.

Jew, trevally, moses perch, cod, bream and tailor are in the Cod Hole.

Mangrove jack and bream can be found in Petrie Creek while mud crabs are in the Maroochy Waters canal, middle and lower river.

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