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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, August 28, 2015

Hervey Bay

Coral trout, sweetlip and cod in the Gutters, small snapper on the inshore reefs, flathead and diver whiting in Sandy Straits, sand whiting along Shelly Beach, bream and squid around the rocky outcrops, bream and longtail tuna off the Urangan Jetty, grunter bream, threadfin and blue salmon in the Burrum River and flathead at the mouth of the Mary River.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Snapper in Platypus Bay, trevally on the deeper reefs and flathead in Sandy Straits.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

There is a shallow outer bank running along most of the surf beach and the tailor are hanging outside the bank. Good dart under the white water along most of the beach and flathead in the shallow drains. A 15kg mulloway was caught earlier in the week. Travelling on low tide along the eastern beaches is recommended.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Tin Can Bay - Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, gold spotted wrasse and moses perch about 12 nm east of Wide Bay Bar.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666
Snapper, sweetlip, tuna and amberjack on the local reefs, tailor at dawn and dusk on the northern side of Rainbow Shores and flathead on the ebb and whiting on the making tide on the sand flats around Tinnanbar and Poona.

Tin Can Bay Boat Hire, Bait & Tackle ph:0408 329167


Sand whiting on the flats from the Noosa River mouth to Tewantin reach, bream around structures and in the deeper holes throughout the river, trevally at Munna Point and in Woods Bay, flathead between the ferry crossing and Makepeace Island and flathead, trevally and bream in Lake Cooroibah.

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

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, hussar, moses perch, yellowtail king, cobia and mulloway off Double Island Point.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Bream, dart and tailor along the north shore of the Maroochy River mouth, bream, trevally and chopper tailor between Chambers Island and the Cod Hole, chopper tailor and trevally along Oyster Bank Road, flathead at the creek mouths and flathead and whiting between Bli Bli and Dunethin Rock.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Red emperor on the Barwon Banks, tailor and mulloway at dawn along Kawana Beach, tailor and school mackerel off the rocks at Point Cartwright and along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead, bream and school jew in the canals and good bream in the Basin.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Pearl perch, snapper and amberjack on the Barwon Banks and snapper, amberjack and yellowtail king on the Hards.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868
Snapper, tuskfish and trag jew on the Barwon Banks.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Snapper, tuskfish, pearl perch and moses perch on the Barwon Banks and pearl perch and amberjack at Wide Caloundra.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Snapper at Caloundra 5 Mile and the NW Fairway Buoy, longtail tuna offshore from Moffat Beach, chopper tailor and flathead at the northern end of Bribie Island, flathead along the drop offs in Pumicestone Passage, bream around Military and the Coastguard Jetties, sand whiting at the mouth of Coochin and Bells Creeks, luderick along the Boardwalk and school jew near Pelican Waters Bridge.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Bream and small snapper at Mission Point and mud crabs in the creeks.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Fish close to the mangroves at the mouth of Ningi and Elimbah Creeks on the top of the tide for bream and around the banks between Poverty Creek and Gallagher Gutter as the tide ebbs for flathead and whiting.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Suggest fishing for bream around Cooks and Tiger Rocks, sand whiting along the southern beaches and flathead along Sylvan Beach.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Small snapper at night and early morning around the rocky outcrops, flathead and bream off the fishing platforms, flathead along Scarborough and Clontarf foreshores and flathead, whiting and bream in the Pine River.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Tailor at the entrance of Kedron Brook Floodway, flathead and bream at the mouth of the Pine and Caboolture Rivers and sand crabs in Deception Bay.

Tackleworld Lawnton ph:32057475


Diver whiting in Bramble Bay, flathead, bream and whiting in the Pine River, flathead and bream off the Ted Smout Fishing Platform and flathead at the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Small snapper and bream around Mud Island, small snapper along the drop off at Wellington Point, diver whiting in the Rous Channel and flathead along the foreshores.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Tailor along Main Beach, bream off the headlands and at Amity Point and flathead inside the Pin Bar.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Bream around Coochiemudlo Island, tailor along the eastern side, small snapper on the northern reef and flathead at the NW end of the island.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Snapper and mulloway around Peel Island and flathead in Canaipa Passage.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Small snapper at West Peel Artificial Reef, diver whiting off the Sandhills and in the Rous Channel, flathead in Canaipa Passage, bream at night at Cleveland Point and sand crabs in the deep water around the southern bay islands.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Flathead and bream in Jacobs Well Channel.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222

Tailor in the surf at South Straddie, off the Sand Pumping Jetty and inside the Pin Bar, flathead in Jacobs Well Channel and along Kalinga Bank and plenty of bream along Short Island.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868
Flathead at the mouth of the Pimpama and Coomera Rivers and tailor and mulloway inside the Pin Bar.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880


Flathead on soft plastics around Crab Island and inside the Pin Bar.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Yellowfin tuna in 800 metres, snapper, amberjack and yellowtail king on the 50s, snapper and cobia on the 36s, cobia and trag jew on the 18s and 24s, flathead and luderick in Southport Seaway, tailor inside the Pin Bar, flathead and a few mangrove jack along the Hope Island reach of the Coomera River and flathead and sand crabs throughout Southport Broadwater.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch and mulloway on the 36s NE of Southport.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Snapper and tuskfish on the 20s and 30s, dart, whiting and chopper tailor along the beaches, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

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

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Snapper at Fidos Reef and the Mud Hole, yellowtail king at Tweed 9 Mile, tailor at Cabarita and Pottsville Beaches, trevally and tailor along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, flathead and whiting behind the golf club, flathead at Tumbulgum and in Cobaki Lakes and mulloway around Tumbulgum and Barneys Point Bridges.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Pearl perch, snapper, flathead and tuskfish on the 30s, a few spanish and spotty mackerel on Palm Beach and Mermaid Reefs, tailor off the headlands at Cabarita and Hastings Point, dart and whiting at Bilinga and south of Cabarita, trevally and chopper tailor along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, sand whiting around the Anchorage and sand banks off the tick gates at South Tweed, flathead and whiting behind Seagulls and in Cobaki Lakes, luderick at Boyds Bay Bridge and Jack Evans Boat Harbour and it would be worth setting a few pots for mud crabs.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper and tuskfish on the 36s east of the Tweed Bar and pearl perch on the 24s.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647
Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, flathead and pigfish on the 30s east of the Tweed Bar.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Tailor, dart, whiting, bream and tarwhine along the beaches, school jew at dawn and dusk off the headlands, bream, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of the creeks, trevally around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Snapper on the 32s, bream, tailor and whiting along the beaches, bream, flathead and luderick along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, flathead, bream, luderick and school jew along the town reach, sand whiting in North Creek and school jew around Wardell Bridge.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Snapper and trag jew on Kahors Reef and North Ground, bream and a few tailor along the beaches, bream and luderick along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth and bream, whiting and flathead in the lower reaches.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Boondooma Dam

Bass and quality golden perch on ice jigs around the points.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch on little Max blades, no particular spot, as the fish are widespread and a sounder is necessary to locate them.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Bass and saratoga early morning on surface lures around the dam edges and bass during the day located with sounder on blades in the deeper parts.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Somerset Dam

Bass on live shrimp, soft plastics and tail spinners at Queen Street and on the big house side of Pelican Point and golden perch located with sounder on trolled hard bodies.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp around the Eagles Nest.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on trolled shallow diving hard bodies near the weed beds and along the steep banks in the northern arm. A few have been caught on frozen saltwater yabbies off the bank.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on shrimp and saltwater yabbies in about 12 metres of water in the main basin and on trolled hard bodies, ZX blades and soft vibes along the Washpool bank.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch to 55cm and a few cod on blades and soft vibes.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and cod at dusk on trolled lures.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass on trolled deep divers around the dam edges.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Western Rivers

Golden perch and a few cod on spinner baits, hard bodies and frozen saltwater yabbies between Cecil Plains and Warwick in the Condamine River and a few golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies at Goondiwindi in the Macintyre River and at Texas in the Dumaresq River. A reminder that catching Murray Cod is not allowed in the Barwon, Macintyre, Balonne and Dumaresq Rivers from 1st September to 30th November.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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