Anglers, your prayers are answered this weekend
TODAY is the first day of winter, so get ready for some fantastic winter fishing.
You can expect a few months of quality catches of bream, luderick ready to feed, schools of mullet, tailor and jew along the coast, with snapper moving closer inshore, squid and a few school mackerel on the menu.
After this week's full moon on Wednesday, the start of winter, cold southerly, southwesterly winds around the 10-15 knot mark currently forecast including fine sunny days, you should be ready to go this weekend for some great fishing.
Offshore: Okay conditions particularly close inshore with winds south to southwesterly 15-20 knots decreasing to 10-15 knots late in the morning.
Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Maroochydore in the evening and seas 1-2m.
Tomorrow still good conditions close inshore early and choppy out wide with winds south to southwesterly 15-20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening with seas 1-2m and Sunday there will be similar conditions.
With that in mind, Wild Thing 2 crews fished Double Island Point on Wednesday, where they caught heaps of hussar and big tuskies but we also caught longtail tuna, rosie jobfish, moses perch, coral bream and ornate cod.
Sunshine and North Reef have had coral trout to 6kg, also a 19kg spanish mackerel, taken by slow trolling and drifting, on a deep trolled slimy mackerel and yellow tail kingfish, snapper and grass sweetlip and also a few cobia.
Local reefs have had snapper, pearl perch, nice tusk fish, cod, tuna and spanish mackerel off Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra.
Out on the reefs off Double Island catches of snapper, yellowfin tuna, spanish mackerel, pearlies, jew, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse.
Trout, spanish mackerel, cod, grass sweetlip, cobia and tusk fish from the Barwon Banks. Reefs off the Wide Bay Bar and Double Island there have been getting good quality snapper, spanish mackerel a few big pearlies up to 6kg, big jew, cobia, red and spangled emperor with a liking for live baits, gold spot wrasse and a few mahi mahi.
Out and around Hervey Bay: In the central part of the bay you will find quality trout tuskies, sweetlip, moses perch, good cod and nannygai on the bite. Also still good school mackerel and long tail tuna in the channel from Moon Pt to River Heads and worth a try around Big and Little Woody Islands.
Winter is a good time to jig for some good eating quality squid and for superb bait, try around sheltered or structured areas throughout the bay.
Also a few sand crabs to be taken around Burrum Heads and Woodgate.
There have been a few good sweetlip, cod and coral trout on the local reefs from Kingfisher Bay to Moon Point. Longtail tuna and a few spotty mackerel have been taken off the top in Platypus Bay.
The snapper are moving into the inshore waters and hanging around structures, so places like Moon Ledge, Channel Hole, Three Ships and the Goorie are worth a try.
Great Sandy Strait is still producing, barra, and threadfin salmon around the mouth of the Mary River including whiting, flathead and plenty of bream showing up throughout. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.
The winter whiting numbers are increasing and they are starting to congregate in schools so try around Gatakers Bay, towards Toogoom and around the Woody islands. There's queenfish, golden trevally and giant trevally and squid off Urangan.
For more information on fishing the Bay do yourself a favour and check out the Facebook page Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing.
Estuaries and Beaches
FRASER Island: Target dart, whiting, bream, chopper tailor and quality jew moving through the gutters at night along the eastern beach.
On the western side of Fraser island there's been plenty of whiting and catches of flathead and trevally, while in the creeks and the flats there's a few good grunter bream, flathead, still a few mud crab and promise of a few sweet sand crabs on offer.
Rainbow Beach: The jew have been moving through the gutters particularly at night and try for chopper tailor at dawn and dusk and go for flathead, dart, whiting in the gutters through the day at Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point and Teewah Beach.
A few good whiting, bream and dart up the beach and around Inskip Point.
Tin Can Bay is fishing well for a few chopper tailor whiting, bream, flathead, trevally and mangrove jack in the snaggy areas in the creeks and still getting a few good muddies.
Local Dams and Rivers: Borumba Dam has been on fire lately for quality bass.
Generally there are quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding in the dams at present. Also there has been excellent catches of barramundi in Lake Monduran.
Borumba Dam has bass and saratoga still hitting lures and fly. And there are plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures at Boondooma Dam.