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Recent weeks have seen less than ideal conditions for anglers, with relentless winds continuing to make it tough. What we’re really looking for is a good drenching to give the rivers and estuaries a proper flush. With any luck, the forecasted warmer temps will brew up some storms to deliver the rains we need.

Anglers should prepare for varied weather conditions for the upcoming week on the Sunshine Coast. The weekend is looking wet and windy, with showers and thunderstorms predicted through the weekend and into next week. These conditions suggest an opportunity for the much-needed rain to refresh our local waterways.

Tidal conditions show high tides peaking at around 1.8 metres. Offshore anglers will want to take advantage of the calmer mornings before the wind strengthens, particularly on Friday. Mid-next week look to be the best offshore days, with winds picking up again heading into the weekend. The wave data indicates moderate conditions, suggesting a cautious approach for offshore activities. Remember to check out Fish Ranger or Seabreeze before heading out.


This past week, offshore fishing has been productive, with a good mix of reef fish keeping anglers busy. Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish and Cobia are making regular appearances, especially around The Hards. There’s also been a surge in Amberjack catches. With the arrival of blue water currents, it’s clear that the summer fishing season is upon us. These conditions are creating great opportunities for anglers of all levels to enjoy some successful offshore trips.


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Maroochy River

It’s been a mixed bag in the Maroochy River recently, with reports of a few quieter days on the water. Despite this, the river is still delivering some good catches. The mouth of the river is offering up some good Sand Whiting, while Flathead, Bream and Grunter have been more active in the mid to upper reaches, thriving in the murkier waters. Trevally are also showing up around the Motorway Bridge pylons. We’ve had lots of customers instore over the past few weeks preparing to chase Mangrove Jacks. While some have been caught, mainly in the upper reaches and around Dunethin Rock, the general increase in fish activity in the river is a good sign that they might soon be making their presence more well known.

Noosa River

Noosa continues to be challenging, with many donut days reported. The river system will hopefully benefit from the rain predicted over the coming week. Catches of Sand Whiting have been reported at the mouth and Woods Bay, with Trevally also in the bay. Reports of Flathead, Trevally and Bream around Tewantin continue, whils some good Flathead have been caught near the mouth. Lake Cooroibah is not to be overlooked, with Bream, Trevally and Moses Perch reported in good numbers. If you’re looking for a feed of crab, we’ve had reports of some nice full pots around Noosaville, with hopefully more crabs on the move with the upcoming rain.


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In Caloundra, Mangrove Jacks have been the highlight, eagerly hitting a variety of baits from hard-bodies and soft plastics to both dead and live offerings. The waters have also been productive for Trevally and some quality Flathead, keeping anglers on their toes. Beach fishos have had luck with catches of Dart and Whiting, while a few flat days have seen some nice reef fish in catches in close.


The beaches stretching from Mooloolaba to Coolum have been a great for beach fishos, with Bream and Dart reported along Mooloolaba beaches. Northward, from Mudjimba to Coolum, we’ve had some reports of Dart, Tailor and Whiting.


With the recent warmer weather, the fishing conditions in our local freshwater dams have been favourable, similar to last week’s trends. The increased river flow from recent rainfall has led to more active fish and a higher rate of bites. This has resulted in a variety of catches, including Bass, Mary River Cod, Sooty Grunter, Bass and occasionally Saratoga.

As we wrap up this week’s fishing report, a heartfelt thanks goes out to our loyal customers who continue to detour around the Bli Bli Bridge closure to visit us from North Shore, Coolum, Noosa and beyond. Your support means the world to us.

Keep your reels spinning and your spirits high!

Trent and Corinne, Bait Master Fishing and Tackle 

Bait Master Fishing and Tackle is at Shop 4, 311 David Low Way, Bli Bli. They have bait, live beach worms and all the gear you need to make your next fishing trip a success. Phone 5345 9824 or visit baitmasterfishing.com.au. 

The team also love hearing about your catches, so make sure you tag them on Instagram or Facebook, or email them through to info@baitmasterfishing.com.au.

Fishing report contributors

Deep End Fishing Charters: Berth 28, Mooloolaba Marina, 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Phone 0499 044 458 or visit deependfishing.com.au.

Smithy’s Fishing Charters: Corner Nicklin Way and Point Cartwright Drive, Minyama. Email info@smithysfishing.com.au, phone 0407 574 868 or visit smithysfishingcharters.com.au.

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