NICE CATCH: Nick Kurtz landed a nice 50cm dusky flathead from the lower Maroochy River.
NICE CATCH: Nick Kurtz landed a nice 50cm dusky flathead from the lower Maroochy River. Contributed

Good winter conditions provide ideal opportunity for anglers to drop a line

FISHING: Today's full moon phase will have the fish feeding right through the weekend.

There will be good winter conditions today but fishing will be better close inshore and early in the protected bays. Conditions wider out from the coast will be choppy with south-westerly 15 to 20 knots winds turning southerly during the morning and seas 1-1.5m.

Tomorrow winds will be southerly 10 to 15 knots turning south-easterly during the afternoon with seas 1-1.5m.

Sunday will have good conditions with lighter southerly and easterly winds around 10 knots, so be ready to go.

There have been good snapper, spotty and Spanish mackerel and grass sweetlip from Point Cartwright and in the bay.

There are still spotty and school mackerel from Currimundi with Spanish mackerel and sweetlip from the gneering.

Sunshine Reef is seeing snapper, grass sweetlip, pearl perch, Moses perch, maori cod, coral trout and venus tusk fish.

Fraser Island is seeing a few early tailor and dart feeding in the gutters and whiting in the low tide gutters.

Otherwise, try for bream, whiting, flathead and chopper tailor off the ocean and western beaches.

There are some coral trout being caught as well as tuskies, sweetlip, cobia and Spanish mackerel out wide.

In the Sandy Straits and Mary River there is bream, longtail and mack tuna off the Urangan Jetty with winter whiting out from Gatakers Bay and south of Urangan Boat Harbour,along with bream around the rocky outcrops.

There is trevally on the deeper reefs, snapper and bream on the shallow reefs and a few bonito, school mackerel and mack tuna off the Urangan Jetty as well as bream, flathead, threadfin salmon, mulloway, blue salmon and prawns in the Mary and Susan rivers.

In Rainbow Beach, solid catches of chopper tailor, dart, whiting and trevally and bream have been feeding in the gutters along the beaches.

Try for bream and fish overnight for jew and the odd tailor.

Tin Can Bay and the creeks feeding into the Sandy Straits still house mangrove jack, quality dusky flathead, bream and the odd barra.

There are still mud crabs on the move and there are a few sandies in Tin Can Bay.

In the freshwater scene, try for bass and saratoga in the upper reaches of the Mary River.

There's been really good quality bass, golden perch/yellowbelly and saratoga feeding in the local dams - Somerset, Borumba, Lake Boondooma and Lake MacDonald.

The cooler weather has bass schooling up in the deeper holes so use a sounder to locate the schools.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam also has bass and golden perch on soft plastics and ice jigs close in along the edges of the creek bed between Bass Point and the two boat ramps.

Further south in Noosa, tailor, dart and bream can be found in the gutters on North Shore and Teewah Beach.

A 57cm golden trevally was caught and released in the lower estuary.

Bream, flathead, trevally and tailor are still in numbers in the Noosa river mouth, with bream, flathead and grunter bream along the Tewantin reach.

Bream, flathead, estuary cod and Moses perch are turnig up in Weyba Creek.

SEND your fishing pictures to sport@gympietimes.com.

Gympie Times


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