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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, March 27, 2015

Hervey Bay

Coral trout, snapper, scarlet sea perch, cod and mackerel in the Gutters, longtail tuna in Platypus Bay, sweetlip, snapper, trevally and jew on the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, school mackerel and grunter bream at Burrum 8 Mile, school mackerel near the Fairway Buoy and off the Arch Cliffs, sweetlip, tuskfish and blackall at night on the shallow reefs, broad barred mackerel, queenfish and bream off Urangan Jetty, sand whiting on the flats off Booral, banana prawns off Poona and Maaroom in Sandy Straits, barramundi and mangrove jack in the Burrum River and Eli Creek and threadfin salmon in the Mary and Susan Rivers. Worth setting a few pots for mud crabs in the creeks.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Barramundi and threadfin salmon on soft and rattling vibes in the Mary River, queenfish on surface lures and plastics in Sandy Straits and longtail and mack tuna in Platypus Bay; however sharks are a big problem.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Dart have been the main species caught along the eastern beaches. Travelling slowly on the low tide would be safest.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Tin Can Bay - Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Sweetlip, tuskfish, cod and small snapper at dawn and dusk on Bluff Reef and Teebar Ledge, mackerel around Inskip Point, trevally and mackerel in Snapper Creek and sand whiting around Ida Island and Tinnanbar.

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


Flathead, bream, whiting, mangrove jack, school jew and trevally at the Noosa River mouth, bream, whiting and flathead at the Frying Pan and along the Noosaville reach, bream, flathead and trevally between Woods Bay and Munna Point and in the deep holes in Noosa Sound, flathead, whiting, estuary cod and mangrove jack in Weyba Creek and grunter bream, flathead, whiting and mangrove jack from the Tewantin reach to entrance of Lake Cooroibah.

O Boat Hire & Bait Supply ph:5449 7513

Noosa - Offshore

Spanish and spotty mackerel on North Reef.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Sand whiting and chopper tailor in the lower reaches of the Maroochy River, trevally between the Cod Hole and Oyster Bank Road, flathead off Chambers Island, Picnic Point and towards the Cod Hole boat ramp and mud crabs along the Bli Bli reach, in Maroochy Waters Canals and Eudlo Creek.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Spotty mackerel at Caloundra 12 Mile, Murphys Reef and Gneering Shoals, pearl perch and grassy sweetlip on the Barwon Banks, dart, bream and school jew along the beaches, bream, school jew and small snapper along the rock walls at the mouth of the Mooloolah River, flathead and whiting in the Basin and bream and mangrove jack around the weirs.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Spotty and spanish mackerel at the Gneering Shoals and North Reef Noosa.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868
Coral trout, rosy jobfish, tuskfish and green jobfish on the Barwon Banks.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Spanish mackerel at Coolum Reef and Old Woman Island, grassy sweetlip, snapper and school mackerel at Raper Shoal and grassy sweetlip, spotty and spanish mackerel near the NW Fairway Buoy.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Sweetlip and small snapper around the coffee rock off the NE tip of Bribie, longtail tuna at the NW Fairway Buoy, dart, whiting and chopper tailor along the beaches, golden trevally and whiting near Military Jetty, good bream near the Power Boat Club boat ramp and Coastguard Jetty, school jew at the entrance to Pelican Waters Canals and on top of the tide along the Boardwalk, sand whiting at the mouth of Bells Creek and sand crabs in Pumicestone Passage.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Grunter bream at the mouth of Glasshouse Creek, mangrove jack in Coochin Creek, flathead along the drop offs and banana prawns in the creeks.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Flathead along the drop offs, bream on top of the tide at the mouth of Ningi Creek, small snapper at the Ripples and mud crabs in the creeks.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Diver whiting in Deception Bay, bream in the shallows opposite IGA and try for sand whiting along the southern beaches.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Flathead and whiting in Hays Inlet, along the Deep Water Bend reach of the Pine River, at Suttons and Margate Beaches and sand crabs in Bramble Bay.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Cobia around the beacon near Curtin Artificial Reef, bream, whiting and flathead at the mouth of the Pine and Caboolture Rivers and sand crabs at the southern end of the bay.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Flathead and whiting along Eventide foreshores and at the mouth of the Pine River, flathead at the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek and bream around the trawler moorings.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Snapper around Mud Island, threadfin salmon, school jew and snapper near the Brisbane River mouth, bream on top of the tide along Wynnum Manly foreshores, sand crabs off Wellington Point and banana prawns in the rivers and creeks.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Dart and whiting at Flinders Beach and Amity Point and chopper tailor and whiting inside the Pin Bar.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Snapper off Potts Point at Macleay Island, tailor along the eastern side of Coochiemudlo Island and diver whiting along the southern end of the island.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Snapper, bream and school mackerel between Goat and Peel Islands.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Spotty mackerel and longtail tuna north of Peel Island, spotty mackerel near the old Four Beacons and on the Hope Banks, diver whiting in the Small Ships Gutter, sand whiting around Amity Point, tailor at night at Cleveland Point, sand whiting at the mouth of Tingalpa Creek and entrance to Raby Bay Canals and sand crabs throughout the bay.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Sand whiting in the deep holes near Slipping Sands and flathead at the northern end of Tipplers Passage.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880
Tailor and mackerel inside the Pin Bar, sand whiting around Never Fail Islands, Logan River mouth and in Redland Bay Channel and flathead near Slipping Sands and Tabby Tabby Island.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868
Flathead, bream and whiting along Kalinga Bank, bream and whiting off the NE tip of Crusoe Island, sand whiting near the Cod Marsh and sand crabs in Southport Channel.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222


Wahoo and spanish mackerel from the Gravel Patch east of Burleigh to Tweed 9 Mile, dart, whiting and a few tailor in the surf at South Straddie, Burleigh and Bilinga, mangrove jack, spangled emperor and snapper in Southport Seaway, mangrove jack in the Coomera and Nerang Rivers, flathead on the shallow weed banks at the northern end of Southport Broadwater, sand crabs throughout The Broadwater and mud crabs in the rivers and creeks.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Spanish mackerel on the 18s east of Southport and tuskfish, trag jew and flathead on the 24s.

Paradise Fishing Charters ph:0403 531428
Blue marlin in 250 metres east of Southport.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Spotty and spanish mackerel on the Gravel Patch, Mermaid and Palm Beach Reefs, dart and chopper tailor along the beaches and flathead, trevally, bream and mud crabs in Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks.

The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire ph:5525 0338
Flathead, bream, whiting, trevally and jew in the mid to upper reaches of the Tweed River and flathead, bream, whiting and grunter bream in the middle reaches of the Nerang River.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Wahoo and spanish mackerel wide of Tweed 9 Mile, chopper tailor, dart and bream along the beaches, mangrove jack along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, trevally and school jew around the bridges and flathead in Cobaki and Terranora Lakes.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Pearl perch, snapper, maori cod and tuskfish on Tweed 9 Mile, a few spotty and spanish mackerel on Palm Beach Reef, tailor at dusk at Black Rock and Cabarita, school jew off Cabarita headland, dart and whiting at Bilinga Beach, bream and flathead along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, trevally at night around Boyds Bay Bridge, mangrove jack and trevally near Cobaki Bridge, sand whiting at The Anchorage, bass in the upper reaches and mud crabs in Cobaki and Terranora Lakes.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, yellowtail king and trevally between Cook Island and Tweed 9 Mile.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647
Snapper, maori cod, tuskfish and banana fish on Tweed 9 Mile and the 24s.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Spanish and spotty mackerel offshore from Black Rock and Wooyung, tailor, school jew, bream and tarwhine along the beaches and bream, whiting, flathead, mangrove jack and mud crabs in Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588

Evans Head

Snapper, trag jew, spanish and spotty mackerel on the close reefs, tailor and bream along Airforce Beach and bream, whiting and flathead in the lower reaches of the Evans River.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Lenthalls Dam

A few bass and barramundi at dawn and dusk on surface lures around the lily pads. The camping ground is fully booked for the Easter break.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Boondooma Dam

Bass on heavy Smak spinner baits in the deep water at the start of the timber in the Stuart River, golden perch on live bait and trolled hard bodies at the start of the timber in the Boyne River and bass and golden perch on plastics and blades around Pelican Point.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Golden perch and bass on trolled hard bodies, spinner baits and blades cast towards the dam wall and golden perch on live bait and frozen saltwater yabbies close to the timber.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Bass and saratoga at dusk on surface lures and fly around the edges.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Somerset Dam

Quality bass on soft plastics in about 12 metres of water near Pelican Point and on soft vibes and spinner baits at the start of the timber at Kirkleagh.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp in the Bull Creek arm and on spinner baits and blades in the Cressbrook Creek arm.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on Ecogear ZX blades, trolled lures and frozen saltwater yabbies out from the pontoon, the point opposite the boat ramp and on the right hand side just out from the buoy line at the dam wall.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on soft plastics and blades just off the timber in the main basin.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch, silver perch and eel tailed catfish on live shrimp and worms and golden perch on blades and soft vibes cast to the submerged rocks in the main basin.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on live shrimp, TN60 jackalls and Imakatsu Piranhas around the timber.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch, silver perch and eel tailed catfish on frozen saltwater yabbies, live shrimp and trolled hard bodies and a few cod on spinner baits around the timber.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Try for bass and saratoga on fly and surface poppers around the dam edges.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Lake Gregory

Bass at dawn and dusk on surface busters and vibration minnows around the dam edges.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Western Rivers

Golden perch on lipless crank baits and cod on hard bodied lures along the Goondiwindi reach of the Macintyre River and golden perch on bait and cod on spinner baits at Texas in the Dumaresq River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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