NICE ONE: Keen angler Andy Gunn caught and released this feisty saratoga last Friday at Borumba Dam.
NICE ONE: Keen angler Andy Gunn caught and released this feisty saratoga last Friday at Borumba Dam. Contributed

Offshore conditions to settle

OFFSHORE conditions today will settle down more with winds southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to south-easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon but still with a solid south-easterly swell from 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning which looks like abating through Saturday and Sunday.

Try to target longtail tuna, a few spotties, pearlies, moses perch and nice Spanish mackerel from D.I.P to North reef.

Long tail tuna and mackerel between Mooloolaba and Coolum and a few good tuna on Halls Reef.

Spanish and spotty mackerel on the Gneerings and the Blinker.

Grass sweetlip from the Gneerings.

Grass sweetlip, pearl perch, cod, snapper and tusk fish from Caloundra 12 mile.

Big mackerel from Arkwright Shoal and north reef. At Sunshine Reef there will be Spanish mackerel as well as cobia and sweetlip.

On the estuaries and beaches Fraser Island is solid when the big seas ease back.

Try for dart and whiting in the low tide gutters and school mackerel off the beach at the Cape.

Try for jew and bream over night in the gutters.

There are a few longtail tuna in Platypus Bay and school mackerel on the inshore reefs.

There are trevally on the flats in the Sandy Straits and threadfin salmon and barramundi in the Mary and Susan Rivers.

Look for bass in the upper reaches as well.

At Rainbow Beach you can find dart, tarwhine and whiting in the gutters.

Try for jew, the odd tailor, bream and trevally along the beaches at Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits.

They are ideal for quality mangrove jack, big flathead, bream and the odd barra.

It is definitely worth putting the crab pots in for a few mud and sand crabs.

The freshwater scene has had reports of good quality bass in the upper reaches of the Mary River, while bass and Saratoga have been feeding in the local dams at Borumba and Lake MacDonald.

Noosa has had reports of diamond and giant trevally in the lower estuary with the biggest going about 59cm.

A 53cm mangrove jack was taken over night and a few quality flathead was caught and released.

A few nice whiting and flathead in the Frying Pan and in Woods Bay.

Sand crabs are feeding in Weyba Creek along with bream, tarwhine, flathead and (at night) mangrove jacks.

Squid were also out and about in the lower reaches and there are quality mud crabs throughout the system.

Further south in Maroochydore there are some good quality flathead being caught throughout the river system at present.

There are still sand crabs in the lower river and the Maroochy Waters Canals as well as whiting from Twin Waters, Picnic Point and Cotton Tree.

There are still a few sand crabs around and mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches as well as jacks throughout the middle river, creeks and canals.

Down in Kawana fish the rock walls at the Mooloolah river mouth and along La Balsa Park for trevally, bream and flathead.

There are flathead upstream from McKenzies Bridge and reasonable whiting in the Basin.

Look for mangrove jack and a few grunter in the upper reaches and it is worth putting the pots in for sand crabs in the canal.