Tate Keys caught and released this nice bass from Borumba Dam.
Tate Keys caught and released this nice bass from Borumba Dam. Contributed

All the latest fishing news from around Cooloola

FISHING: When offshore conditions improve, remember there have been good catches of longtail tuna up to 18kg between Mooloolaba and Coolum on 20g Samaki torpedo slugs.

Spanish and spotty mackerel can be found on the Gneerings and the Blinker, as well as coral trout and grass sweetlip.

Grass sweetlip, pearl perch, cod, snapper and tusk fish have been found from the Caloundra 12mile, with big mackerel from Arkwright Shoal and north reef.

At Sunshine Reef there are a few quality spanish mackerel, as well as cobia and sweetlip.

There has been mahi mahi on floating baits between the Barwon Banks and the 50s and juvenile black marlin east of the Barwon Banks.

Fraser Island has had reports of dart and whiting in the low-tide gutters, but try for jew and bream overnight in the gutters as well.

A few longtail tuna have been caught in Platypus Bay, with school mackerel on the in-shore reefs, threadfin salmon in the Sandy Straits and lower reaches of the Mary River, and bass in the upper reaches.

At Rainbow Beach, dart, tarwhine and whiting can be caught in the gutters and try for jew, the odd tailor, bream and trevally along the beaches in Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits, 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 seen good-quality bass in the upper reaches of the Mary River, as bass and saratoga have been feeding in the local dams, Boroumba and Lake MacDonald.

You can find trevally between the Noosa River mouth and also at Tewantin, evidenced by an 82cm flathead that was caught and released.

Mangrove jack up to 55cm have been caught at night on live bait in the lower reaches of the Noosa River.

There are a few nice whiting and flathead in the Frying Pan and in Woods Bay, with bream, estuary cod and moses perch in Weyba Creek.

Mud and sand crabs have also been caught throughout the system.

Maroochydore has had reports of quality flathead released up to 90cm at Twin Waters and the mouth of Petrie Creek.

A few good bream in the 30cm range have been caught in the lower river, as well as sand crabs, which can also be found in the Maroochy Waters canals.

There are solid numbers of whiting at Twin Waters, Picnic Point and Cotton Tree, with trevally throughout the system following the bait schools.

There are mud crabs in the middle and upper reaches, as well as jacks throughout the middle river, creeks and canals.

Mark Planck,

Swan Boat Hire

Gympie Times

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