Aaron Bailey fished the Maroochy River for this nice tailor.
Aaron Bailey fished the Maroochy River for this nice tailor. Contributed

Offshore conditions perfect around Cooloola


BEAUTIFUL winter conditions right through the weekend so it would be worth having a day off today and going fishing, particularly in the morning with winds variable below 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Winds tending north to north-westerly in the evening and reaching up to 20 knots offshore and seas below 1m, increasing to 1 to 1.5m by early evening.

Tomorrow will have favourable conditions close inshore but a bit choppy out wide in the morning with winds west to north-westerly 15 to 20 knots shifting east to south-easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas 1 to 1.5m, decreasing to 1m during the morning.

The crews on Trekka 2 charter to Sunshine Reef caught a solid feed of tuskies, sweetlip, moses perch, trevally, squire and had some fun on the jigs catching school mackerel.

There are catches of some quality red emperor, long tail tuna, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, hussar, jobfish, pearl perch, spangled emperor and heaps of good tuskies from Double Island Point.

There's also been snapper, hussar and tusk fish from the Hards.

Still lots of cobia around as well as snapper up to 7kg reported.

Red throat emperor and pearl perch are on the bite at the banks, while North Reef has seen solid catches of snapper, cobia and moses perch, mackerel, maori cod, coral bream, pearl perch and small mouth nannygai.

Cobia and spanish mackerel are still on the bite from Halls Reef.

Out from Hervey Bay, the southern gutters have had coral trout, cobia, tusk fish, sweetlip and cod with reports of trevally, spanish mackerel and snapper in Platypus Bay.

Trevally and school mackerel have also been caught around Wathumba and Rooneys Point and Burrum 8 Mile.

Inshore reefs have had snapper, blackall, cod and a few coral trout along with school mackerel, while the reefs off Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point have had good snapper, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, sweetlip, pearl perch, tuskfish and cobia, long tail tuna and cod, which has been found about 20nm north and 15nm east of Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries, dams and beaches

Fraser Island has seen bream in the deep holes and whiting and dart in the low tide gutters.

A few tailor, jew and the odd spanish mackerel have been feeding in the gutters as well.

Just keep in mind it is best to travel on low tide.

At Hervey Bay, try for barramundi and mangrove jacks in the Burrum River and squid around the rock ledges and weed beds.

Winter whiting is on the bite off Dundowran and Toogum while jew, bream, grunter, mackerel, flathead and a few tailor continue to feed throughout the Sandy Strait.

At Rainbow Beach, tailor, bream, flathead and dart have been caught along the beaches and at Inskip Point, with a few flathead and bream from Carlo Point.

There is golden trevally and barramundi in Kauri Creek.

Fresh water

IN Borumba Dam, the cooler weather has the bass schooling in the deeper holes, so best to use your sounder to locate the fish and use ice jigs for sooty grunter, bass and golden perch on trolled hard bodied lures and live shrimp and small metal slugs in the Mary River and its tributaries.

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