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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 31, 2015

Hervey Bay

Spanish mackerel on Sandy Cape Shoals, pearl perch, snapper and jobfish on the Shelf, red throat, coral trout, snapper, tuskfish and grassy sweetlip in the Gutters, snapper at the 25 fathom hole, Roy Rufus Artificial Reef and Burrum 8 Mile, snapper, longtail tuna and trevally in Platypus Bay, bream at River Heads and South Bank, sand whiting in Sandy Straits, along Shelly Beach and in the first channel out from Urangan Jetty, flathead, bream and mulloway off the Urangan Jetty, flathead at the creek mouths along the western side of Fraser Island, blue salmon and flathead in the lower reaches of the Mary River and queenfish, trevally and bream in the mid to lower reaches of the Burrum River.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Snapper at dawn and dusk in Platypus Bay and trevally in Sandy Straits.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Tailor, dart, tarwhine and whiting along the eastern beaches and flathead and bream along the western side of the island. From midday 1 August to midday 30 September 2014, all fishing is prohibited on the foreshore within an area from 400m north of Waddy Point to 400m south of Indian Head, and 400m out to sea from low water. The closure does not apply to the collection of worms and pipis by hand. Outside the closed water area, anglers fishing for tailor should ensure they adhere to the species size limit of 35cm and the possession limit of 20.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Tin Can Bay - Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Suggest fishing for flathead, whiting and bream on the banks in Tin Can Inlet and tailor, dart and whiting along Rainbow Beach.

Tin Can Bay Boat Hire, Bait & Tackle ph:0408 329167
Snapper, red emperor, tuskfish, pearl perch, hussar and moses perch about 12 miles east of Wide Bay Bar.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Tailor, trevally and mulloway at the Noosa River mouth, bream around the structures and deeper holes, flathead and bream at Munna Point, sand whiting in Lake Cooroibah and flathead between Tewantin Marina and Makepeace Island.

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

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, amberjack and moses perch on the Barwon Banks.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Tailor and mulloway at night along the beaches, flathead and bream along the Bli Bli reach of the Maroochy River, luderick, tailor, bream and flathead around the Cod Hole, bream, tailor and mulloway off Picnic Point, flathead at Cotton Tree and Eudlo Creek mouth and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Amberjack, snapper and yellowtail king at the northern end of the Barwon Banks, snapper at Arkwright Shoal, Sunshine and Coolum Reefs, tailor and bream along the beaches, bream throughout the Mooloolah River and flathead around McKenzies Bridge.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Pearl perch and trag jew on the Barwon Banks, amberjack and yellowtail king at the Hards and snapper at Caloundra 5 Mile.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868
Snapper, pearl perch, pigfish and trag jew at Caloundra Wide and snapper and pearl perch at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Snapper on Raper Shoal, around the NW Fairway Buoy and coffee rock off the NE side of Bribie Island and a few cobia at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Snapper at Caloundra Wide and on Currimundi Reef, tailor, dart and a few mulloway along the beaches, flathead along the drop offs and bream in the deeper holes in Pumicestone Passage and a few trevally in the canals.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Tailor on top of the in the main channel, flathead along the drop offs and bream in the deeper holes.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


School mackerel in the main channel, small snapper in the deep water off White Patch and Gallagher Point and flathead along the drop offs.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Sand whiting along the southern beaches, flathead along Godwin Beach, good bream in the canals and try for dart, whiting and tailor along the eastern side of the island.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Snapper on Scarborough Reef and along the rocky foreshores, diver whiting in Bramble Bay and flathead in the Pine River and Hays Inlet.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Snapper and bream on Scarborough Reef, yellowtail king off Cape Moreton and flathead along the drop offs and bream around the rocky areas in the Pine and Caboolture Rivers.

Tackleworld Lawnton ph:32057475


Diver whiting in Bramble Bay, flathead, tailor and bream off the Ted Smout fishing platform, sand whiting at the Pine River mouth, flathead at Cabbage Tree Creek mouth and bream around the trawler moorings.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Snapper on Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, diver whiting off the Sandhills and in the Rous Channel, tailor in the surf at Moreton Island, snapper and cod around Peel Island and bream and snapper along the drop off at Wellington Point.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

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

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Snapper on Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef and the NW side of Peel Island, diver whiting in the Rous Channel and Small Ships Gutter, spotty mackerel near Peel Island, school mackerel in the Rainbow Channel and flathead around Cabbage Tree Point.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240
Diver whiting in the Rous Channel, on the Amity, Banana and Pelican Banks and flathead and bream in Canaipa Passage.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Tailor and bream along the eastern side of Coochiemudlo Island, snapper on the northern reef and near the red buoy on the SE corner and flathead around the NW side of the island.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207


Tailor in the surf at South Straddie, bream and tailor inside the Pin Bar, bream at the Five Ways, in Jacobs Well Channel, along Kalinga Bank and Short Island and sand whiting near Slipping Sands, at the mouth of the Logan and Coomera Rivers.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868
Flathead and bream at the mouth of the Logan River and good bream inside the Pin Bar and in Jacobs Well Channel.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222


Flathead and tailor on hard bodies and soft plastics in Southport Broadwater.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Snapper, yellowtail king and leatherjacket on the 50s east of Southport, snapper and pearl perch on the 36s, spanner crabs in 55 metres, spanish mackerel, cobia and trag jew on the close grounds, dart and whiting in the low tide gutters and tailor at night along the beaches, giant trevally, yellowtail king and hairtail on the change of the tides around the pipe in Southport Seaway, flathead on soft plastics at the Aldershots, in Whalleys Gutter and Tiger Mullet Channel and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the Pimpama River.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Snapper and trag jew on the 36s NE of Southport.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

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

Gypsy Charters ph:041780533


Snapper on the 30s east of the Tweed, dart and whiting in the low tide gutters and chopper tailor at dusk along the beaches, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of Currumbin Creek and trevally on live bait in the upper reaches.

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

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Pearl perch and yellowtail king on the 50s east of the Tweed, small snapper at the Mud Hole and Fidos Reef, chopper tailor at dawn and dusk along the beaches, a few mulloway at night at Pottsville and Hastings Point, bream along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth and in the canals, luderick at the end of the Dry Dock Road and near Boyds Bay Bridge and flathead along the Tumbulgum reach, around Ukerebagh Island and in Cobaki and Terranora Lakes.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Wahoo and mahi mahi at Tweed 9 Mile, spangled emperor, snapper and jobfish on Kingscliff Reef, tailor at Black Rock and North Kingscliff, dart at Casuarina, mulloway at night off headlands at Fingal and Hastings Point, trevally, tailor and mulloway along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, luderick on the south side of Boyds Bay Bridge, at the entrance to Jack Evans Boat Harbour and the end of Dry Dock Road.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish and a 14kg mulloway at the Mud Hole and Cook Island.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647
Snapper, tuskfish, maori cod and gold spotted wrasse wide of Tweed 9 Mile.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Dart, tailor, flathead and tarwhine along the beaches, mulloway at night off the headlands and flathead, bream, whiting and a few mud crabs in Mooball, Cudgera and Cudgen Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Snapper, pearl perch and leatherjacket on the 32s east of Ballina, snapper and leather jacket on the 48s and 52s, bream, tarwhine and a few chopper tailor along the beaches, bream along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, luderick around Burns Point Ferry, the Porpoise Wall and along the town reach, flathead between Broadwater and Rileys Hill and sand whiting in North Creek.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Snapper, trag jew, cobia and leather jacket on North Ground and Kahors Reef, bream, tailor and mulloway along Broadwater and Airforce Beaches, bream and tailor 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 on ice jigs and blades at the Junction, Barbers Pole and Pelican Point. The golden perch have been quiet.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch between Bass Point and the dam wall; jigging ZX blades was the most productive method.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp, soft plastics, vibes, ice jigs and blades out from the camping ground points, the Eagles Nest and Deer Island.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies in about 15 metres; a sounder is necessary to locate the schools.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on blades and soft plastics around the points.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass on live shrimp around the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on vertically jigged blades, jackalls and mask vibes in the main basin and on bait around the boulders opposite the dam wall.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on bait and Ecogear ZX Blades in the deeper parts.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden and silver perch on worms and frozen saltwater yabbies and a few cod to 70cm on spinner baits.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass early morning on surface jitterbugs and blades around the points in the western arm.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Lake Gregory

Bass located with sounder on deep fly, small vibration lures and small plastics around the dam edges.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Western Rivers

Golden perch on bait and a few cod on surface lures, shallow diving hard bodies and large spinner baits in the Macintyre River, cod on spinner baits and surface lures downstream from Texas in the Dumaresq River and golden perch and cod on spinner baits, hard bodies and frozen saltwater yabbies between Cecil Plains and Warwick in the Condamine River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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