Good catches around Cooloola over holidays
GOTCHA: Offshore this week has seen better conditions with winds north to north-easterly below 10 knots, tending north-westerly 10 to 15 knots before dawn, with seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore by early evening.
Tomorrow will be perfect, seeing lighter winds with westerlies 10 to 15 knots, tending south-westerly during the morning then tending south-east to south-westerly during the day and seas around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the evening. There have been good catches of quality red emperor, yellowfin tuna, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, hussar, iron jaw jobfish, pearl perch, spangled emperor and heaps of good tuskies from Double Island Point.
North Reef has had solid snapper, cobia and moses perch, mackerel, maori cod, coral bream, pearl perch and small mouth nannygai.
There are big cobia, snapper, coral trout, gold spot wrasse and sweetlip lurking around Sunshine Reef.
Tuna and mackerel are on the bite in Laguna Bay with mackerel, tuna, sweetlip, tusk fish and cod being caught off Coolum.
There is also plenty of snapper, hussar and tusk fish from the Hards as well as sweetlip and school mackerel from Raper Shoal.
Mack tuna, grass sweetlip, snapper and school mackerel have been reported from Arkwright Shoal and off Coolum.
The reefs off Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point have seen quality snapper, nannygai, red emperor, hussar, scarlet sea perch, sweetlip, pearl perch, tuskfish and cobia and cod about 20nm north and 15nm east of Wide Bay Bar.
Local reports on the inshore reefs in Hervey Bay include mack tuna, queenfish, school and grey mackerel between Urangan and Woody Islands with snapper and golden trevally closer to Fraser Island in Platypus Bay as well as off Moon Point.
Snapper, a few coral trout, mangrove jack, school mackerel and a few red emperor have been found in the southern gutters.
In the estuaries, dams and beaches scene, Fraser Island has had reports of dart, whiting, bream and a few good spanish mackerel along the surf gutters.
It is best to travel on low tide, drive cautiously and keep your eyes open for washouts and other fishers and their kids running about during the holiday period. It's a busy time on the coast so be careful.
Rainbow Beach has tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. A few flathead and bream can be had from Carlow Point. Catch golden trevally in Kauri Creek.
In the local dams and rivers, Borumba Dam has the bass schooling in the deeper holes, so best to use your sounder to locate the fish and use ice jigs.
Sooty grunter, good bass and golden perch on trolled hard bodied lures are the go with live shrimp and small metal slugs are best used in the Mary River and its tributaries.
In Noosa, some quality tailor, bream, flathead and trevally have been reported from the river mouth while queenfish are in numbers from the Frying Pan to the Noosa Sound.
Golden trevally, bream and flathead are biting in Munna Point as is trevally, tailor and good flathead around Tewantin.
Trevally, flathead and tailor have been found in Woods Bay with bream throughout the lower river.
Bream, flathead, queenfish and moses perch have been solid from Weyba Creek as the luderick are just starting up at the rocks near the river mouth.
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