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Bait Master Fishing and Tackle report: impressive catches offshore

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We’ve enjoyed warmer days and some good rain and storms this week, which has helped clear out our rivers and creeks.

As we head into the first week of December, anglers can expect similar conditions, with showers and storms predicted through to Sunday. Expect the odd shower early next week, before clearing up to partly cloudy and mostly sunny weather towards the middle of the week.

Summer is definitely here with hot conditions set in for the next week. If you’re heading out to wet a line, make sure you slip, slop, slap and take plenty of water with you.

Offshore: The inshore reefs have been a hub of activity this week, yielding an impressive variety of catches including Snapper, Pearl Perch, Tuskfish, Cobia and Sweetlip. Anglers targeting the FADs have been rewarded with Mahi Mahi, while those venturing to the Hards have encountered Amberjack, Cobia, Kingfish, Pearl Perch, Snapper and Tuskfish, indicating a vibrant offshore fishing environment.

Freshwater: Fishing is on the rise with the swelling of the rivers. The weirs are producing Yellowbelly and Sooty Grunters, and Bass are becoming more active, especially in the early mornings and late afternoons. Anglers using spinner and chatterbaits, as well as small soft plastics on light jigheads, are finding success.


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Maroochy River: Fishing seems to be picking up, likely influenced by the current moon phase and recent rains. Golden Trevally are making a significant appearance in the river, along with Estuary Cod, Bream and Grunter. Flathead and Bream are being caught in good numbers through the Bli Bli section of the river. Plenty of Mangrove Jacks are being caught, predominantly on live baits, but also on the larger Pro Lure Clone Prawns. The lower reaches have seen Sand Whiting and Sand Crabs, while some good mud crab catches have also been reported. There’s been plenty of reports of large bait balls of herring this week. The incoming tide has been the most productive over the last week.

Caloundra: Anglers have reported Sailfish, Spanish, Spotty and School Mackerel offshore, while closer to shore, the Passage has continued to deliver good catches including Longtom, Mangrove Jacks, Golden Trevally, Sand Whiting and Sand Crabs. The inshore reefs have also yielded some good Sweetlip catches, while Flathead have been reported near the new bar entrance. Mangrove Jacks are also making their presence known in the creeks and canals.


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Noosa: The Tewantin reach of the river continues to deliver Bream, Whiting and Trevally, while Woods Bay has been great for Flathead. If you’re targeting crabs, the lower reaches have delivered some good catches of Sand Crabs, while Mud Crabs have been caught in the mid to upper reaches.

As we wrap up this week’s report, there’s some good news: the Bli Bli Bridge is now open again, bringing easier access back to the area. We look forward to welcoming back some familiar faces and new visitors alike, especially as we gear up for the upcoming school holidays. It’s a perfect time to stop by, catch up on the latest fishing stories and get ready for your next fishing adventure. Here’s to smooth travels, great catches, and exciting times ahead.

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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