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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 03, 2015

Hervey Bay

Snapper in Platypus Bay, squid between Big Woody and Picnic Islands, flathead along the western side of Fraser Island, diver whiting in Sandy Straits and Gatakers Bay, bream around the rocky outcrops and Urangan Jetty and sand whiting on the making tide between Burrum Heads and Urangan.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Snapper, trevally, longtail and mack tuna in Platypus Bay, mulloway along the drop offs between Kingfisher Bay and Ungowa and barramundi and threadfin salmon on vibes and soft plastics in the deep holes in the creeks along the western side of Fraser Island.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Tailor and whiting on the northern side of Indian Head and Waddy Point, tailor south of Eurong and flathead and whiting on the western side of the island.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Tin Can Bay - Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Golden trevally on live bait at Norman Point, diver whiting throughout Tin Can Bay and flathead on the last of the ebb at the mouth of Carlo and Teebar Creeks. The beach is improving; it is now possible to drive between Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point two hours either side of low tide.

Tin Can Bay Boat Hire, Bait & Tackle ph:0408 329167
Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, amberjack, moses perch and an 8.5kg coral trout about 12 miles NE of Wide Bay Bar.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Tailor and bream at the Noosa River mouth, tailor at the Frying Pan, bream at Munna Point, trevally and a few mangrove jack in Woods Bay, flathead between the entrance to Doonella Lake and Makepeace Island and sand whiting off the sand bags next to the dog beach.

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

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Amberjack, snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, gold spotted wrasse and moses perch on the Barwon Banks.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Mulloway along Coolum Beach, tailor and mulloway at the Maroochy River mouth and Cod Hole, bream, flathead and trevally at Cotton tree, trevally, tailor, bream and mulloway at the Cod Hole, flathead and estuary cod at Minti Street, golden trevally and bream at Bli Bli, mud crabs in the upper reaches and sand crabs in the lower reaches.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Tuskfish, red throat emperor and coral trout on the Barwon Banks, cobia at Caloundra 9 Mile, bream, dart and a few mulloway along the beaches, bream along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, in the Basin and along the La Balsa Park reach and mulloway in the deeper holes.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Snapper, moses perch and southern fusilier on the Barwon Banks and maori cod, pearl perch and snapper at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Amberjack and yellowtail king at Caloundra Wide, snapper on the inshore reefs and mulloway on the eastern side of Moreton Island.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868


Sweetlip and pearl perch at Caloundra 12 Mile, snapper on Raper, Arkwright and Gneering Shoals, dart, bream, tailor and mulloway along the beaches, mulloway off the rocks at Shelly and Moffat Beaches, bream and luderick along the Boardwalk, bream in the Blue Hole and opposite the Power Boat Club, tailor on top of the tide in Pumicestone Passage and flathead in Currimundi Lake.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Diver whiting and chopper tailor in the main channel and snapper and bream in the deep holes off Gallagher Point, 112 and mouth of Glasshouse Creek.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Bream on top of the tide at the mouth of Ningi Creek, sand whiting in Elimbah Creek, flathead along the drop offs and sand crabs in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Good bream off the Bongaree Jetty and in the canals, bream and mulloway under the Bribie Bridge, sand whiting along the southern beaches and flathead along Sylvan Beach.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Diver whiting in Bramble Bay, flathead and tailor along Scarborough Rock Walls, bream and snapper around the rocky outcrops, flathead along Clontarf foreshores and bream, flathead and whiting in the Pine River. We have moved premises and are now located at 176 Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf (Cnr Hornibrook Esp and Main Road).

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Amberjack and yellowtail king on the 50s east of Moreton Island, snapper on Scarborough Reef, around Mud and Peel Islands, diver whiting on the Cockle Banks and bream, flathead and tailor in the lower reaches of the Pine and Caboolture Rivers.

Tackleworld Lawnton ph:32057475


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

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Snapper at Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, Green, Mud and Peel Islands and the Brisbane River mouth, diver whiting in Fishermans Gutter and squid at night along Manly Harbour rock walls.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Good bream, dart and chopper tailor along Main Beach, bream and chopper tailor along Flinders Beach and bream around Amity Point.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Tailor along the eastern side of Coochiemudlo Island, tuskfish on the northern reef and flathead on the NE side of the island.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Bream, tailor and flathead on the NW side of South Straddie and at the northern end of Southport Broadwater.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Snapper and mulloway on the NE side of Peel Island, diver whiting in the Rous Channel, school mackerel off Amity Point and mulloway along Main Beach, North Straddie.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Bream and flathead along the eastern side of Crusoe Island and flathead in Jacobs Well Channel.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222

Tailor in the surf at South Straddie, chopper tailor inside the Pin Bar, flathead and mulloway along Kalinga Bank, whiting near Slipping Sands and at the Coomera River mouth, bream along Short Island and at the Logan River mouth and bream and flathead along the rock wall at the junction of the Logan and Albert Rivers.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868


Blue and striped marlin in 350 metres, yellowtail king in 84 metres, snapper, amberjack and yellowtail king in 24 metres, tailor, bream and flathead along the beaches, tailor, trevally and mulloway in Southport Seaway, flathead on soft plastics throughout Southport Broadwater, tailor and trevally around Wave Break Island, bream near TSS and Chevron Island and sand whiting along the Bundall reach of the Nerang River.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840
Flathead and tailor around the pilchard schools in Southport Broadwater.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Southport - Offshore

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

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Flathead, bream, trevally, tailor, luderick and mulloway in the lower reaches of the Tweed River.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Pearl perch on the 36s, spanish mackerel, yellowtail king and mulloway at Tweed 9 Mile and Fidos Reef, tailor at Fingal Headland, mulloway off the south wall at Kingscliff, dart behind the Kingscliff Bowls Club, good bream along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, bream and luderick in the Blue Hole, flathead along the Tumbulgum reach and in Cobaki Lakes, luderick around Barneys Point and Tumbulgum Bridges and luderick near Boyds Bay Bridge and at the end of the Dry Dock Road.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Tuskfish, snapper, pearl perch and flathead on the 30s east of Cook Island, tailor and dart in the gutters at Kingscliff, Cabarita, Bilinga and Burleigh, bream and tailor along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, luderick on the southern side of Boyds Bay Bridge, at the entrance to Jack Evans Boat Harbour and the end of Dry Dock Road and flathead and whiting along the Tumbulgum reach.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, tuskfish, morwong, pigfish, yellowtail king and flathead on the 30s east of the Tweed Bar.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076
Snapper, tuskfish, trevally, yellowtail king and green jobfish at Tweed 9 Mile and Cook Island.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647


Tailor, dart, bream, tarwhine and mulloway in the surf gutters from Cabarita to Brunswick Heads and flathead, bream, whiting and mud crabs in Cudgen, Cudgera and Mooball Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Good bream and tailor along the beaches, bream and mulloway along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth and bream, whiting and school jew in the lower reaches.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Snapper, trag jew and spanish mackerel on North Ground and Kahors Reef, tailor off the headlands, bream and flathead along Airforce Beach, bream and luderick along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth and bream, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Boondooma Dam

Bass and golden perch on spinner baits, jackalls and blades cast to the weed banks throughout the dam. The green coloured Mini Coop was the most productive.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch on spinner baits and blades fast retrieved on the shallow banks towards the dam wall and golden perch and freshwater jew on live bait fished close to the bottom at Bass Point and the start of the timber.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

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

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Somerset Dam

Bass on live shrimp around the timber at Kirkleagh.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp off the steeper points in the main basin and on soft plastics and shrimp around the Eagles Nest.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch at dawn and dusk on blades and soft vibes around the weed edges and during the day on blades and frozen saltwater yabbies in the deeper parts.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on soft plastics in about 12 metres of water in the main basin and on spinner baits at dawn and dusk around the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass on soft plastics, crank baits and blades around the weed pockets.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on TN60 Jackalls cast to the dam edges and on frozen saltwater yabbies in the main basin. A few cod to 75cm on trolled hard bodies along the rock wall near the buoy line.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden and silver perch on bait along the rock walls and drop offs leading to the old creek beds.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on live worms and frozen saltwater yabbies and a few cod to 80cm on trolled hard bodies.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Western Rivers

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and cod on surface lures at Texas in the Dumaresq River, golden perch and cod on spinner baits, hard bodies and frozen saltwater yabbies in the upper reaches of the Condamine River, golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies along the Goondiwindi reach of the Macintyre River and cod on surface lures and large spinner baits upstream from there.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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