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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, April 18, 2014

Hervey Bay

Spanish mackerel and golden trevally at the Fairway Buoy, small snapper and scarlet sea perch off Rooney Point, spanish mackerel, longtail tuna and queenfish in Platypus Bay, coral trout in the Southern Gutters; lesser quality on the shallow reefs. Flathead and grunter bream in the Burrum River, sand whiting on the making tide along the beaches from Burrum Heads to Urangan, bream off the rocks at Point Vernon, flathead around the creek mouths and rocky groynes, longtail tuna, golden trevally, school mackerel, bream and flathead off the Urangan Jetty, school jew at River Heads, grunter bream and threadfin salmon in the Mary River and sweetlip, estuary cod and blue parrot along the reef edges in Sandy Straits.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Pearl perch, snapper, tuskfish, moses perch and sweetlip about 8 miles east of Wide Bay Bar yesterday.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Flathead along the drop offs throughout the Noosa River, sand whiting on the banks between the river mouth and Noosaville and bream in the deeper holes.

O Boat Hire & Bait Supply ph:5449 7513
Flathead, trevally, mangrove jack and bream at the Noosa River mouth, bream, flathead, moses perch and mangrove jack in Weyba creek, bream, flathead and school jew along the Noosaville reach and bream, flathead and grunter bream at Tewantin.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Snapper, coral trout, sweetlip, pearl perch, tuskfish, cobia, spotty and spanish mackerel on North Reef.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Flathead in the middle reaches of the Maroochy River, sand whiting near the entrance to Twin Waters Canals, tailor, jew and mangrove jack at the Cod Hole, sand crabs in the lower reaches and mud cabs throughout the river. A 24kg spanish mackerel was caught on the Outer Gneerings today.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Pearl perch, tuskfish and cobia at Caloundra 12 Mile, yellowfin, longtail and mack tuna around Old Woman Island, grassy sweetlip and tuskfish at Caloundra 5 Mile and Currimundi Reef, spanish mackerel on the Gneering Shoals, dart and whiting along the beaches, jew at the washing machine on the southern side of Point Cartwright, bream, chopper tailor and jew along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, bream and trevally in the lower reaches and mud crabs in the canals. A 27kg spanish mackerel and 7kg tailor were caught along Mudjimba Beach this morning.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Red throat emperor, tuskfish, coronation trout and southern fusilier on the Barwon Banks the past few days.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Grassy sweetlip, snapper and tuskfish at Caloundra 12 Mile and spotty mackerel at Caloundra 5 Mile and Raper Shoal yesterday.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Sweetlip at Caloundra 3 and 5 Mile Reefs, bream, sweetlip and small snapper early morning off the rocks at Kings Beach, bream and whiting between Bulcock Beach and Caloundra Bar, mangrove jack at night near the Pelican Waters Bridge, banana prawns south of Bells Creek mouth in Pumicestone Passage and mud crabs in the creeks.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Small snapper at Mission Point and 112, flathead at 112 and Glasshouse Creek mouth and sand whiting near the boat ramp at Donnybrook.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Flathead along the drop offs, bream in the creeks and sand crabs in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

School mackerel offshore from Skirmish Point, dart and whiting along the eastern beach, dart, whiting and flathead along the southern end of the island, jew at night under the Bribie Bridge, bream and flathead opposite Cornetts Supermarket and good bream in the canals.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Snapper on Scarborough Reef, bream, flathead and banana prawns in the Pine River, sand whiting along Margate Beach and mud crabs in Hays Inlet.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Longtail tuna off Mooloolaba, snapper on Scarborough Reef, jew in the deeper holes in the Pine River and banana prawns in the Pine and Caboolture Rivers.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Diver whiting and sand crabs in Bramble Bay, bream and whiting in the Pine River, flathead and whiting around the rock groynes at Eventide, flathead at the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek and bream and small snapper off Baxters Jetty.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Moreton Island

Conditions are good for beach fishing; expect to catch a few sand whiting in the low tide gutters and a few tailor at night off the headlands.

Sunrover Tours ph:1800353717

Wynnum Manly

Snapper, tuskfish and cod offshore from Point Lookout, diver whiting in the Rous Channel, spotty mackerel out from the mouth of the Brisbane River and flathead at the mouth of the creeks.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Fish all beaches for chopper tailor, dart and whiting.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Small snapper off Potts Point at Macleay Island, bream around Coochiemudlo Island and small snapper on the northern reef.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Small snapper around the southern bay islands and flathead in Canaipa Passage.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Spotty mackerel and longtail tuna north of Peel Island, snapper and jew at West Peel Artificial Reef, grassy sweetlip around the southern bay islands, bream, whiting and flathead around Point Halloran foreshores, sand crabs in the channels at the southern end of the bay and mud crabs in the creeks.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Bream along the southern end of North Straddie, Kalinga Bank and Crusoe Island. Worth fishing for tailor inside the Pin Bar.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880
Flathead in Jacobs Well Channel, mangrove jack around Kangaroo Island and sand crabs on Gold Bank.

Jacobs Well Family Boat Hire ph:5546 2229

Mangrove jack in Jacobs Well Channel and mud crabs in the creeks.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222

A few tailor inside the Pin Bar, sand whiting at the mouth of the Logan and Coomera Rivers, flathead in Jacobs Well Channel, bream near Slipping Sands and mud crabs in the rivers and creeks.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868


Blue marlin, yellowfin tuna to 30kg and mahi mahi in 400 metres east of Southport, snapper, pearl perch, wahoo, striped and small black marlin in 50 fathoms, spotty and a few spanish mackerel from wide of Southport Seaway to Mermaid Reef, sand whiting in the low tide gutters along the beaches, yellowtail king on top of the high tide in the Seaway, flathead around the north wall and Wave Break Island, sand whiting along the Carrara reach of the Nerang River, barramundi in Cypress Gardens canals and mud crabs in the Pimpama River.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840
Tailor and flathead on soft plastics inside the Pin Bar yesterday morning.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Southport - Offshore

Tuskfish, trag jew and flathead on the 36s east of Southport today.

Fish'n'Fun Charters ph:0402 211454
Spotty and spanish mackerel wide of the Pin Bar and blue marlin in 200 metres east of Southport today.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Dart, whiting and a few chopper tailor along the beaches, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks, trevally and bream close to the bridge pylons, mangrove jack around the snaggy banks and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire ph:5525 0338
Flathead, bream, tailor, whiting, trevally and grunter bream along the Cobaki reach of the Tweed River today.

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Spotty and spanish mackerel on Mermaid Reef, flathead throughout the Tweed River, sand whiting around Anchorage Islands, mangrove jack close to the bridge pylons and mud crabs in the upper reaches. We have moved premises and are now located at Shop 1, 64 Ourimbah Road, Tweed Heads.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Yellowfin tuna, grassy sweetlip, snapper, southern fusilier and pigfish at Tweed 9 Mile, Mud Hole and 24s today.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076
Snapper and moses perch around Cook Island today.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647


Sand whiting in the low tide gutters and school jew at night in the deeper holes along the beaches, sand whiting at the mouth of Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks, flathead and bream in the mid to lower reaches and mangrove jack around the bridge pylons and snaggy banks. We have moved premises and are now located at Shop 5, 15 Coronation Avenue Pottsville. (Cnr Coronation Ave & Berkley Lane).

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Snapper on the 32s east of Ballina, yellowfin tuna offshore from Lennox Point, tailor, bream, whiting, flathead and dart along the beaches, bream and jew along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, sand whiting and school jew along the town reach and mud crabs in the creeks.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Snapper, cobia, trag jew, spanish and spotty mackerel on South and Kahors Reefs, tailor and bream along the beaches and rock walls at the mouth of the Evans River and flathead, bream, whiting mud and sand crabs in the river.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Boondooma Dam

Bass and golden perch on blades and trolled hard bodied lures in about 8 metres of water around the points, out from the boat ramp and close to the timber in the Stuart and Boyne Rivers.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch located with sounder on blades and spinner baits cast to the banks throughout the dam.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Bass on spinner baits and live shrimp around stumps and snags in the bays.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on soft plastics and blades near the Eagles Nest, on trolled hard bodied lures along the buoy line and on live shrimp in the Bull Creek arm.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on vertically worked blades and frozen saltwater yabbies in 15 metres out from the main point opposite the boat ramp.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on plastics and blades to the east of the camping ground boat ramp in the main basin.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass on crank baits and blades along the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on soft vibes in about 8 metres of water in the main basin and on frozen saltwater yabbies and live shrimp around the black boy trees.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on trolled lures and frozen saltwater yabbies around the old creek bed at the southern end of the dam.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies, live shrimp and trolled hard bodied lures in about 12 metres of water. A 102cm cod was caught and released.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass at dusk on surface lures around the edges in the upper reaches of the western arm.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Western Rivers

Golden perch on bait along the Goondiwindi reach of the Macintyre River, downstream from Texas in the Dumaresq River and around the weirs and in the holes throughout the Condamine River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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