SOLID CATCH: Eric Frei with a monster 90cm snapper from his favourite northern reef.
SOLID CATCH: Eric Frei with a monster 90cm snapper from his favourite northern reef. Contributed

Chill no barrier to top fishing results

GOTCHA: The winter fishing has been heating up over the past week with some solid catches reported from both the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts.


BEAUTIFUL winter conditions right through the weekend.

Today will become choppy in the afternoon with the sea breeze, with winds today north to north-westerly 10 to 15 knots, shifting north to north-easterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon and evening, with seas 1 to 1.5 metres.

Tomorrow will be okay closer in shore but could be a bit choppy out wide with north-westerly 15 to 20 knots with seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.

Sunday looks like the best day with west and north- westerly winds dropping right out.

The north reefs have had pearl perch, cod, sweetlip, cobia and snapper, while pearl perch, venus tuskfish, gold spot wrasse, spangled emperor and moses perch are in abundance from the Hards.

Out from Hervey Bay, the southern gutters and northern gutters have had coral trout, red emperor, mangrove jack, cod, sweetlip, tuskfish and nannygai.

There have been reports of quality snapper from Burrum 8 mile, 6 mile arch cliffs, 25 fathom hole and Wathumba coffee rock patches.

Cobia, mackerel and golden trevally are on the bite in Platypus Bay around the bait schools while Jew fish from the rocky outcrops, ledges and holes are feeding in the straights.

Snapper, cod, trevally and blackall from the artificial reef. Double Island Point closer reeds have had jew, hussar, pearl perch and Cobia.

Tuskfish, nannygai, pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, spangled emperor red emperor, long tail tuna and cod continue to be found about 20nm north and 15nm east of Wide Bay Bar.

Estuaries, dams and beaches

FRASER Island has seen whiting, bream, dart and Spanish mackerel in the gutters.

Keep in mind that it is best to travel at low tide.

At Hervey Bay, jewfish are on the bite off the Urangan boat harbour walls while Flathead, bream, tuna and jew are still being caught in solid numbers from the Urangan Pier.

At Rainbow Beach, spotty mackerel and long tail tuna can be found from the barge crossing channel.

Tailor, bream, flathead and dart are in numbers off along the beaches and Inskip Point.

Rivers and fresh water

LAKE McDonald has had good schooling bass in the northern facing bays, along with saratoga in the timbers on surface lures.

In Borumba Dam, yellowbelly are taking lure and bait in the timbers

with the odd saratoga and plenty of bass on surface lures.

School bass are taking blades and ice jigs tight against the timbers as well.

But there are good bass numbers and golden perch on lures and live shrimp in the Mary River and its tributaries.

Sunshine Coast

THERE are trevally, flathead and bream in Woods Bays with some nice diamond trevally in the lower river.

Flathead are on the bite from the river mouth, in between the lakes and along Tewantin stretch while bream and trevally in the canals. Grunter bream, queenfish and trevally along the Tewantin stretch with whiting and bream along Gympie Terrace.

Further south in Maroochydore, tailor from Mudjimba and Marcoola are in the surf gutter and in the river mouth.

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