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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, October 24, 2014

Hervey Bay

Queenfish, broad barred and school mackerel off the Urangan Jetty, flathead on the flats in Sandy Straits, mangrove jack, barramundi and tarpon in the Burrum River and threadfin salmon, grunter bream and barramundi in the Mary and Susan Rivers. Tuskfish, sweetlip, trevally and spanish mackerel in the Gutters, red emperor, green jobfish, tuskfish and pearl perch wide of Sandy Cape Bar, spotty mackerel, longtail and mack tuna off Rooney Point, golden trevally and queenfish on the deeper reefs and school and broad barred mackerel at the Fairway Buoy; subject to wind.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Spanish mackerel off Rooney Point, mack tuna in Platypus Bay and trevally on the deeper reefs.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Flathead and whiting in the low tide gutters and tailor on top of the tide along the eastern beaches.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Pearl perch, snapper, tuskfish, msoes perch, spangled emperor and trag jew about 15 miles east of Wide Bay Bar the past few days.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Flathead between the Noosa River mouth and Frying Pan, trevally in Woods Bay and Weyba Creek and sand whiting in Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba.

O Boat Hire & Bait Supply ph:5449 7513
Flathead, bream, trevally and cobia at the Noosa River mouth, flathead, trevally, tailor, bream and whiting in Woods Bay, flathead, bream and whiting along the Noosaville and Tewantin reaches, school jew between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and bass around the Everglades.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Tin Can Bay

Flathead and whiting around the banks in Tin Can Inlet, trevally on live bait in Snapper Creek and it would be worth fishing for mangrove jack and barramundi in the creeks. A reminder that the closed season for barramundi begins at midday on 1st November.

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

Noosa - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, moses perch, cod, mahi mahi and a 15kg mulloway on North Reef the past few days.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Flathead, bream and whiting at Picnic Point, sand whiting around Chambers Island, trevally and school jew at the Cod Hole and along the Bli Bli reach of the Maroochy River, mangrove jack and flathead in Petrie Creek and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Mahi mahi and small black marlin at Caloundra 12 and 10 Mile, school mackerel at the Outer Gneerings and Currimundi Wide, snapper on Murphys Reef and wide of the Outer Gneerings, spanner crabs between the Outer Gneerings and HMAS Brisbane, dart, bream, flathead and whiting along the beaches, bream, trevally, flathead and whiting in the Mooloolah River and mangrove jack in the canals.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Red throat emperor, tuskfish, mahi mahi, gold spotted wrasse and moses perch on the Barwon Banks the past few days.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Grassy sweetlip and school mackerel on the Inner Gneerings and Raper Shoal.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Sand whiting between Military Jetty and NW tip of Bribie Island, dart and tarwhine off the rocks at Currimundi Beach, flathead at the entrance to the canals and mangrove jack in the creeks.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Bream, flathead and jew at Mission Point, bream at 112 and sand crabs in the main channel.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Small snapper along the drop off at Gallagher Point, sand whiting in Elimbah Creek and sand crabs in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Small snapper and jew at night under the Bribie Bridge, small snapper near Cooks Rocks and at the ripples downstream from White Patch, sand whiting along the southern beaches, mangrove jack in the canals and sand crabs in the main channel.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Forecast fresh to strong northerlies will make fishing hard in areas that are exposed to wind; try the sheltered rivers and creeks for whiting, bream, flathead and mud crabs.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

School mackerel in the Pearl Channel, sand whiting at Skirmish Point, the mouth of the Caboolture River and Burpengary Creek, flathead at the mouth of the Pine River, sand crabs off the southern end of Bribie Island and mud crabs in the rivers and creeks.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Bream off the Ted Smout fishing platform, flathead and whiting in the Pine River and around the rock groynes at Eventide and flathead, whiting, bream and mud crabs in Cabbage Tree Creek.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Snapper and jew around Mud Island, snapper on Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef and diver whiting off the Sandhills, in the Rous Channel and Small Ships Gutter.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

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

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Good snapper on Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, school mackerel close to the shipping beacons at the northern end of Moreton Bay, chopper tailor around Peel and Goat Islands, longtail tuna between Peel Island and Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, flathead in Canaipa Passage and sand crabs off Ormiston and Cleveland Point.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240
Chopper tailor around the Banana Bank, Peel and Goat Islands.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Bream and whiting along the southern end of Coochiemudlo Island, flathead off the NW side and small snapper on the northern reef.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207


Flathead in Jacobs Well Channel, sand whiting along Kalinga Bank, a few tailor off the NW tip of South Straddie and sand crabs in the main channels that lead to the Pin Bar.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222

Sand whiting in Tipplers Passage and flathead near the entrance to Swan Bay and off the NE tip of Crusoe Island.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880
Good bream in the surf at South Straddie, sand whiting along Kalinga Bank and near Ageston Sands in the Logan River, flathead near Cabbage Tree Point boat ramp, small snapper at the southern end of Russell Island and mud crabs in the Logan River.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868


Sand whiting in the low tide gutters at Bilinga, good jew on soft plastics in Southport Seaway, mangrove jack around the bridges and rocks walls in the rivers and canals, sand crabs throughout Southport Broadwater and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the rivers and creeks. Blue marlin and yellowfin tuna in 200 fathoms east of Southport and snapper on the 24s earlier in the week.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Trag jew and a few snapper on the 24s east the past few days.

Paradise Fishing Charters ph:0403 531428


Snapper at the Mud Hole, dart and tailor at North Palm Beach, tailor at Burleigh and Tallebudgera, flathead in the lower reaches of Currumbin Creek, bream and mangrove jack in the mid to upper reaches and mangrove jack in the canals.

The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire ph:5525 0338
Flathead, bream, whiting, trevally, mangrove jack, jew and flounder in the upper reaches of the Tweed River.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Dart and whiting along Bilinga Beach and in the surf gutters behind Kingscliff Bowls Club, a few jew off the south wall at Kingscliff, flathead along the Tumbulgum reach of the Tweed River, behind the Tweed Hospital and around Stotts Island, sand whiting near The Anchorage and in Cobaki Lakes, mangrove jack and jew close to the bridges at Barneys Point and Tumbulgum and sand crabs in the lower reaches. Pearl perch and snapper on the 36s, snapper and jew at Fidos Reef and yellowtail king at Tweed 9 Mile earlier in the week.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Dart and whiting in the surf gutters at Cabarita, jew at night along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, sand whiting on the making tide along the Tweed Heads Golf Course reach, bream opposite Ray Pascoe Park, flathead behind Seagulls and in Cobaki Lakes, bass and mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch and tuskfish wide of Tweed 9 Mile last weekend.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647
Snapper, tuskfish and mahi mahi on the 30s east of the Tweed last Monday.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Flathead, Australian salmon and a few jew along the beaches and flathead, whiting, mangrove jack, trevally and mud crabs in Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Bream, flathead and whiting along the northern beaches, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of the Richmond River and flathead in North Creek. Trag jew and a 32kg cobia were caught off Lennox Point last Monday.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Bream and whiting early before the wind freshens along Broadwater and Airforce Beaches, bream, whiting and flathead in the lower reaches of the Evans River and a few mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Boondooma Dam

Bass and golden perch on trolled brolgas and golden childs around the Junction, Barbers Pole, Pelican Point and at the start of the timber in the Stuart River. Brown, purple and black colours have been the most productive.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Golden perch on trolled hard bodied lures at Bass Point, Lightning Ridge and towards the caravan park, golden perch and dewfish on bait at the start of the timber and plenty of average bass on spinner baits cast to the banks on the eastern side of the dam.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Bass and saratoga early morning on surface lures and fly around the dam edges and bass during the day on spinner baits and vibration lures in the deeper parts.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Somerset Dam

Bass on live shrimp, tail spinners, soft vibes and blades at the Spit, Bay 13 and Pelican Point.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp just out from the boat ramp and in the Cressbrook Creek arm.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch at dawn and dusk on live shrimp, frozen saltwater yabbies, trolled spinner baits and hopped blades.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on TN60 Jackalls in the deep water around the timber towards the southern end of the dam and on soft plastics around the dam edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass on spinner baits and small crank baits around the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies, trolled hard bodies, blades and soft vibes in about 8 metres of water and a few on blades and lipless crank baits cast around structures.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on dark coloured lures along the drop offs leading to the old creek beds.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and live shrimp and cod to 110cm on large spinner baits and trolled hard bodied lures.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Cod on slow rolled spinner baits towards the dam wall and a few bass on fly and small hard bodied lures in the shallows.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Western Rivers

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and spinner baits at Goondiwindi in the Macintyre River and around Pratten in the Condamine River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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