SOLID CATCH: The crews on board Top Catch Catheters bagged a heap of snapper from the Barwon Banks during the week.
SOLID CATCH: The crews on board Top Catch Catheters bagged a heap of snapper from the Barwon Banks during the week. Contributed

Strong winds on the horizon around the Cooloola Coast


THERE'S a strong wind warning in Sunshine Coast waters, as a strong ridge is expected to combine with a developing low in the Tasman Sea to extend fresh to strong southerly winds into south Queensland waters from late today.

Rough conditions are forecast with north-westerly winds of 15-20 knots turning south-westerly 15-25 knots before dawn.

Winds could reach up to 30 knots offshore in the evening with seas 1-2m, increasing to 2-3m by early evening.

Tomorrow cold snap conditions will be similar with gusty southwesterly winds of 20-30 knots and big seas from 2-3m.

The cold southerly winds will ease back through Sunday, hopefully by the afternoon.

However, before these rough conditions there have been good catches on all local reefs.

North reefs have had pearl perch, cod, sweetlip, cobia and snapper as well as school and spotty mackerel in close between Mooloolaba and Mudjimba.

Snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, rosey job fish and moses perch have been on the bite in from the Hards, with venus tusk fish, snapper, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch and moses perch from the banks.

Reports of snapper, sweetlip and moses perch are filtering through from the blinker.

Out from Hervey Bay, the southern and northern gutter have had the odd coral trout, red emperor, mangrove jack, cod, sweetlip, tusk fish and nannygai.

There are also jew and a few threadfin salmon, as well as the odd barra, from the rocky outcrops, ledges and holes in the straights.

Double Island Point's closer reeds have had jew, hussar, pearl perch and cobia.

There's been tusk fish, nannygai, pearl perch, good snapper, hussar, moses perch, sweetlip, spangled emperor, red emperor, long tail tuna and some big cod about 20nm north-east and 15nm east of Wide Bay bar.

Estuaries, dams and beaches

FRASER Island has dart, whiting, bream and spanish mackerel, and chopper tailor in the gutters.

Please remember, the annual closed waters area runs between Indian Head and Waddy Point from August 1 until September 30.

During the closure period, all fishing is prohibited from the foreshore within this area from 400m south of Indian Head to 400m north of Waddy Point and continues 400m out to sea from the low tide mark.

At Rainbow Beach, the spotty mackerel and long tail tuna from the barge crossing channel have been on the run.

Tailor, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and at Inskip Point have been reported, while tailor from Middle Rock continue to feed.

There is flathead between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point and a few flathead and bream from Carlow Point.

Golden trevally, cod and barramundi are feeding in Kauri Creek.

Fresh water and rivers

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

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

The odd saratoga and plenty of bass have also been caught on surface lures while school bass are taking blades and ice jigs tight against the timbers as well.

Good bass and golden perch are still being caught on lures and live shrimp in the Mary River and its tributaries.

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