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Fishing report

Fishing report - Hervey Bay to Evans Head and

SE Queensland Dams

These reports are the latest information available from bait and tackle shops, charter boats and guides in south-east Queensland and are updated every Friday afternoon.

If you want more specific information on locations, bait availability, boat hire and boat ramps, please contact the report source.

Updated at: 4.30pm Friday, July 25, 2014

Hervey Bay

Coral trout, sweetlip and mangrove jack in The Gutters, snapper and golden trevally off Arch Cliffs and Rooney Point, golden trevally on the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, diver whiting in Gatakers Bay and south of Round Island, bream and flathead on the flats along the western side of Fraser Island, bream, whiting, flathead, trevally and queenfish in the Burrum River, threadfin salmon, bream, jew and grunter bream in the Mary River and bream and school jew at River Heads.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Snapper and longtail tuna in Platypus Bay, golden trevally and queenfish in Sandy Straits and bass in the upper reaches of the Mary River.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Tailor at night on the southern side of Yidney Rocks and just south of the Maheno and a few jew at night at Waddy Point. The Inaugural 2014 Fraser Island Tailor Season Weigh In starts on August the 1st and will run to October the 3rd for more details visit our web site.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch and moses perch about 14 miles east of Wide Bay Bar yesterday.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Good bream from along the Tewantin reach to Lake Cooroibah, trevally near the entrance to Lake Cooroibah and flathead on the drift near the car ferry at Tewantin.

O Boat Hire & Bait Supply ph:5449 7513
Bream, flathead, whiting and trevally at the Noosa River mouth and in the Frying Pan, bream, flathead, trevally and tailor in Woods Bay, bream and flathead along the Tewantin reach and bream in Weyba Creek.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, hussar, tuskfish, gold spotted wrasse and moses perch offshore from Double Island Point today.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Good bream at dusk along the beaches and at the mouth of the Maroochy River, sand whiting to 36cm in the canals, flathead around Cotton Tree and Bli Bli, bream and flathead in Petrie Creek and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Pearl perch, spotty and spanish mackerel at Caloundra Wide, snapper, grassy sweetlip and tuskfish at Caloundra 5 and 8 Mile Reefs, small snapper on Currimundi Reef, Raper Shoal, Murphys Reef and the Inner Gneerings, bream, tarwhine, flathead and whiting along the beaches, a few tailor off the rocks at Point Cartwright and bream, trevally and tailor in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Pearl perch and snapper on the Barwon Banks the past few days.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Snapper to 4.5kg on Murphys Reef on Tuesday.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Snapper, pearl perch and tuskfish at Caloundra Wide, snapper and sweetlip float lining at Caloundra 8 Mile, small snapper near the coffee rock at the NE end of Bribie Island, bream and whiting along the beaches, squid off the rocks at Kings and Moffat Beaches, luderick on the last of the ebb tide along the Boardwalk, bream around Military and the Coastguard Jetties and trevally on yabbies throughout Pumicestone Passage.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Flathead in Glasshouse Creek, sand whiting at 112 and tailor on top of the tide in the main channel.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Sand whiting at the mouth of Elimbah Creek, small snapper at 112, Gallagher Point and White Patch, bream around Shag and Parrot Islands and chopper tailor on top of the tide in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Flathead on plastics between White Patch and Sylvan Beach, small snapper near the entrance to the canals and good bream in the canals.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Snapper and tailor on Scarborough and North Reefs, bream around the rocky foreshores, whiting along Margate Beach and flathead in Hays Inlet and the Pine River.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Snapper at Shallow and Deep Tempest, tailor on Scarborough Reef, squid around the rocky foreshores of Redcliffe Peninsula and flathead on soft plastics along the Dohles Rocks reach of the Pine River.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Diver whiting in Bramble Bay, bream off the Ted Smout Fishing Platform, flathead and whiting in the Pine River and along the Eventide Wall, flathead at Cabbage Tree Creek mouth and bream near the trawler moorings.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Small snapper along the drop off at Wellington Point, threadfin salmon and jew in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River, chopper tailor at dawn and dusk along Manly foreshores and sand whiting on Lota flats.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Fish all beaches for tailor, dart, bream, flathead and whiting.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Snapper near the red buoy on the SE side of Coochiemudlo Island and on the northern reef.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Tailor and small snapper early morning around SW rocks at Peel Island and flathead opposite Cabbage Tree Point.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Snapper at West Peel Artificial Reef, diver whiting in the Rous Channel and on the Chain Banks, snapper and jew near the wharves in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and flathead and bream at the Logan River mouth and inside the Pin Bar.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Bream are widespread throughout the Pin, flathead in Jacobs Well Channel, sand whiting in Tipplers Passage and on Green and Gold Banks and jew along Kalinga Bank and at the Logan River mouth.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868
Bream at the Five Ways and flathead at the southern end of Canaipa Passage.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880
Flathead and sole on the drift near Slipping Sands and bream and flathead just north of Rocky Point.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222


Good snapper on the 18s, 24s and 42s east of Southport; best float lining using light lead. Amberjack on the 50s, small black marlin on the 36s, tailor at dawn and dusk around the rock groynes at Tallebudgera and Currumbin Beaches, trevally, chopper tailor, flathead and school jew in Southport Seaway, flathead early morning on the making tide around the banks in Southport Broadwater and flathead and bream in the upper reaches of the Nerang, Coomera and Pimpama Rivers.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840
Flathead on trolled lures inside the Pin Bar on Tuesday.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Southport - Offshore

Snapper and trag jew on the 36s east of Southport on Tuesday.

Paradise Fishing Charters ph:0403 531428
Pearl perch, snapper and cobia on the 50s and 36s NE of Southport yesterday.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Trag jew on Mermaid Reef, cobia offshore from the desalination plant, chopper tailor at Burleigh and Tallebudgera Groyne, flathead in the surf gutters from Currumbin to Bilinga, flathead, bream and trevally in Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks and bass in Clear Island Waters canals.

The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire ph:5525 0338
Flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and jew in the middle reaches of the Tweed River.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Pearl perch and snapper on the 36s east of the Tweed, a few spanish mackerel and wahoo on Tweed 9 Mile, tailor around the rock groynes at Cudgen Creek mouth and near the Sand Pumping Jetty at Fingal, tailor, trevally and bream along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth and school jew around Barneys Point, Tweed Heads Bypass and Tumbulgum Bridges.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Tailor at night at North Kirra, Cabarita and Fingal, trevally and yellowtail king along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, luderick on the last of the ebb tide near Boyds Bay Bridge, school jew at night near Cobaki Bridge and along the Murwillumbah reach and mud crabs around Stott Island. We are located at 45 Kennedy Drive Tweed Heads.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper and tuskfish on the 36s east of the Tweed on Tuesday.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076
Snapper, tuskfish and trag jew on the 36s east of the Tweed Bar.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647


Snapper on the local reefs, dart, bream, whiting and school jew along the beaches and bream, whiting, flathead, trevally and mud crabs in the upper reaches of Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks. We have moved premises and are now located at Shop 5, 15 Coronation Avenue Pottsville. (Cnr Coronation Ave & Berkley Lane).

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Snapper and pearl perch on the 32s east of Ballina, bream, tailor, dart and jew along the beaches, bream along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, jew to 15kg at night along the town reach, luderick around Munsies Point and Prospect Bridge and bream and flathead in Mobbs Bay.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Snapper and trag jew on Kahors Reef and North Ground, tailor and bream along Broadwater and Airforce Beaches, luderick along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth and bream, whiting and flathead throughout the river.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Lenthalls Dam

Bass located with sounder on trolled plastics and blades in the deeper parts.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Boondooma Dam

Golden perch on frozen prawns and saltwater yabbies in the main basin and on hopped masks around the Boyne River timber. A few bass on Smak ice jigs in the deep water in the second basin.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Golden perch on live bait fished close to the bottom in about 6 to 8 metres of water around Bass Point and at the start of the timber.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Somerset Dam

Bass on ice jigs, blades and soft vibes at Pelican Point, Eagles Nest and Queen Street.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass at dawn and dusk on soft plastics, blades and crank baits around the dam edges and during the day located with sounder on soft plastics, soft vibes and ice jigs in the deeper parts.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

A few bass on blades worked close to the bottom.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on bait opposite the dam wall in the main basin and on soft vibes around submerged structure.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on bait in the deeper parts.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on worms and frozen saltwater yabbies and a few cod on spinner baits.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Western Rivers

Golden perch on bait and cod on large spinner baits at Goondiwindi in the Macintyre River, cod on spinner baits downstream from Texas in the Dumaresq River and golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and a few cod on spinner baits in the upper reaches of the Condamine River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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