Harry Somlyay landed this beauty using soft plastics in Petrie Creek.
Harry Somlyay landed this beauty using soft plastics in Petrie Creek. Contributed

The fish are on around Cooloola


THIS week's new moon phase on Wednesday has had the fish on the bite and more king tidal movements as well as the freshwater scene firing.

It's looking like a pretty good today and into the weekend for fishing.

Today's winds will be a light south to southeasterly about 10 knots, tending easterly inshore in the afternoon with seas below 1 metre.

However, there will be a solid swell running out wide with southeasterlies around 1 metre inshore and a southerly from 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore. That will decrease to 1 to 2 metres during the day.

Tomorrow, conditions are looking pretty good with winds south to southeasterly below 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning, seas below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening and swells decreasing.

So as conditions improve, particularly by the weekend, be ready to hit the local reefs for Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and spotty mackerel.

On Sunshine Reef there's been cobia, Moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, Spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and quality dolphin fish.

Spanish mackerel are around on Halls Reef while snapper, cod, venus tusk, red throat emperor and pearl perch from Caloundra 12 Mile are on the bite.

Spotty mackerel from Caloundra 9 mile, the inner gneerings and Currimundi reef while wahoo, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and mahi mahi are feeding from from the banks.

Double Island Point has had catches of Spanish mackerel, snapper, gold band snapper, cobia, coral bream, scarlet sea perch, tuna, some nice pearl perch and dolphin fish.

The crews on Rainbow Escape Charters have taken good catches of pearlies, red emperor, coral trout, good snapper and plenty of mahi mahi taken around 20nm east of the Wide Bay Bar this week.

Rainbow Beach

PEACE and quiet is about to descend on our favourite fishing spots and beaches as Queenslanders go back to school.

Bream, Spanish and spotty mackerel and small snapper have been caught off the rocks at Double Island Point. There are Mac tuna from the barge crossing channel and tarwhine, bream, flathead and dart along the beaches and Inskip Point.

Flathead, dart and whiting continue to feed in the gutters between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point.

There are also mangrove jack, flathead and estuary cod in Kauri Creek and flathead have been caought on plastics and hard bodied lures from Tuan and Poona.

Fraser Island

AS KIDS go back to school the conditions on the beach will calm down a little.

So be ready to target tarwhine, dart, whiting, trevally and bream along the eastern beaches low tide gutters.

There are plenty of whiting and reasonable catches of flathead a trevally along the western beaches as well, with a few good mud crabs being caught in the creeks.

Local dams and rivers

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

It is the closed season for wild barra, but in the lakes and impoundments the action will be on fire.

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

Do yourself a favour and investigate the huge range of Smak Lures for use in dams and rivers.

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