Peter Batey hits the jackpot with this feisty mangrove jack in Tin Can Bay.
Peter Batey hits the jackpot with this feisty mangrove jack in Tin Can Bay.

Hazardous conditions

Fishing IF you are planning offshore activities this weekend remember that the forecast is for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells developing through southern Queensland waters from late today and over the weekend.

So large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Today, which is the new moon phase, the winds and seas will be easing back with a north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and seas around 1 metre.

However swells will increase later in the day to an easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres.

Wind and sea conditions look okay for Saturday except for the predicted big swells.

So when conditions are right, remember there have been plenty of quality cobia being caught on all local reefs at present and some good spanish mackerel to 13.5kg around Halls and Sunshine Reefs.

Cobia, parrot, snapper and pearl perch from Wide Caloundra. Cobia and grass sweetlip from Sunshine Reef.

Cobia, snapper, pearl perch and Spanish mackerel form the banks.

Peter Batey hits the
Peter Batey hits the "jack pot” with this feisty Mangrove Jack in Tin Can Bay.

A few big Spanish mackerel from Jew shoal, Halls, Coolum and Sunshine Reef.

Wild Thing 2 fished Double Island Point for moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, maori cod, cobia, pearl perch and some nice scarlet sea perch. Catches of yellowfin tuna, pearlies, red emperor, hussar and gold spot wrasse and mahi mahi taken around the 25nm's east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Out from Hervey Bay: Longtail, mack tuna and golden and giant trevally in Platypus Bay.

Plenty of average grassy sweetlip, nannygai, blackall, tuskies, mackerel and the odd trout on the inshore and shallow reefs in the Bay. Golden Trevally and school mackerel on the Burrum 8 mile.

Barramundi, threadfin salmon, whiting, flathead and bream throughout the straits. Barramundi and threadfin salmon in the lower Mary and Susan River.

Estauaries, Dams and Beaches

Fraser Island: Best to travel the beaches on low tide this weekend with the forecast for large 2 to 3 meter, long-period easterly swells.

Target tarwhine, dart, whiting and trevall along the eastern beach gutters.

Plenty of whiting and catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs in the creeks.

Rainbow Beach: Big swells over the weekend will make beach travel difficult and dangerous around the Mudlo Rocks.

Tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point. Flathead, dart and whiting in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point.

Mangrove jack, barramundi, flathead, estuary cod and mud crabs in Kauri Creek.

Flathead on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona. Try for flathead, trevally and school mackerel from the Barge Crossing.

Paul Blackwell was ecstatic when a 12 kg Cobia he caught using a floating pilchard at Murphy's Reef last Saturday.
Paul Blackwell was ecstatic when a 12 kg Cobia he caught using a floating pilchard at Murphy's Reef last Saturday.

Local Dams and Rivers

There are plenty of good bass in all the local dams and the Mary River, so have a go as there are plenty of quality bass, saratoga and yellowbelly feeding at present.

Borumba Dam has bass and quality fighting saratoga hitting surface lures and fly particularly at dawn and dusk in the timbers and shallow areas.

Plenty of quality bass and golden perch on trolled lures from the junctions and barber pole in Boondooma Dam.

Remember, the Freshwater Open is on February 24-25 at Boondooma Dam. If you are interested, check out Good bass feeding in Lake McDonald.

Noosa: With the New moon tomorrow there could be a few fish on the bite for the next week including a few big jew on headlands and in the rivers.

Be aware, the prediction is for big long period swells from 2 to 3 metres offshore and on our beaches this weekend.

Big Flathead, bream and Tarwhine from the river mouth and Woods Bays. Bream out from Munna Point.

Flathead and grunter from along Tewantin stretch.

Mangrove from Weyba Creek, behind the Sheraton and under Munna Bridge.

Good mud crabs throughout the upper river.

Maroochydore: Heaps of pike eels and mud crabs between the cod Hole and the Motorway Bridge.

Bream to 32 cm and flathead from the river mouth. Mangrove jack in the creeks.

Whiting to 38cm predominantly in the lower river around Chambers Island and Twin waters. Golden, giant herring and trevally in the lower river.

Mooloolaba: Bream and trevally from around the boat moorings and local jetties.

Cod, trevally, whiting and flathead from La Balsa Basin.

Mangrove jack and cod around structure in the canals and Parrearra Channel. Mud crabs throughout the river.

Caloundra: Whiting, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in Currimundi Lake.

Flathead and golden trevally off the boardwalk. Whiting, bream and flathead throughout the passage. Muddies are moving around the creek and canal entrances.

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