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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 24, 2015

Hervey Bay

Red throat emperor, tuskfish and coral trout on Sandy Cape Shoals, scarlet sea perch, snapper, school and broad barred mackerel in Platypus Bay, sweetlip, coral trout and blackall at Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, grunter bream, school mackerel and golden trevally at Burrum 8 Mile, diver whiting along the western side of Big Woody Island and in Gatakers Bay, bream, flathead, broad barred mackerel, golden trevally and queenfish off the Urangan Jetty, flathead, bream and whiting in the lower reaches of the Burrum River and threadfin salmon in the mid to lower reaches of the Mary River.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022
Golden trevally and queenfish on the deeper reefs and longtail tuna in Platypus Bay; although sharks are still a big problem.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Fraser Island

Good dart at Waddy Point, tarwhine on the southern side of Yidney Rocks and sand whiting in the low tide gutters. Travelling on low tide along the eastern beaches is recommended.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Tin Can Bay - Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Spanish and spotty mackerel in the channel between Inskip Point and Fraser Island, squid and cuttlefish between Norman Point and Crab Creek, flathead on hard bodied lures on the flats in Tin Can Bay, sand crabs in Teebar Creek and mud crabs around Carlo Point and Poverty Point. With neap tides this weekend would be worth fishing for snapper, sweetlip, tuskfish and cod on Bluff Reef, Teebar and Searys Ledges.

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


Tailor early morning at the Noosa River mouth and in Woods Bay, flathead along the drop offs and bream in the deeper holes throughout the river.

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

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Coral trout, pearl perch, sweetlip, tuskfish and moses perch on Sunshine Reef and snapper, large mouth nannygai and mahi mahi on North Reef.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Tailor and jew at night along the north shore of the Maroochy River mouth, flathead and tailor around the sand bags at the river mouth, trevally, mangrove jack, flathead, bream and school jew along the Bli Bli reach, sand whiting in the lower reaches and mud crabs in the middle reaches and canals.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Snapper, grassy sweetlip, spanish mackerel and longtail tuna on the Gneering Shoals, grassy sweetlip on Currimundi Reef, snapper on Murphys Reef, longtail tuna between Old Woman Island and the Mooloolaba Blinker, dart, whiting and flathead during the day and a few jew at night along the beaches, bream and spotty mackerel along the rock walls at the Mooloolah River mouth, flathead and whiting in the Basin and bream and trevally on top of the tide along the La Balsa Park reach.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Tuskfish and hussar on the Barwon Banks and amberjack, pearl perch and yellowtail king at Caloundra Wide.

Smithy's Fishing Charters ph:0407 574868
Red throat emperor, snapper and mahi mahi on the Barwon Banks, pearl perch and trag jew at Caloundra Wide and snapper at Caloundra 12 Mile.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Snapper, red throat emperor, grassy sweetlip and school mackerel at Raper Shoal.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Sweetlip, spotty mackerel and small snapper on Raper Shoal and Currimundi Reef, grassy sweetlip and small snapper off the rocks at Moffat Beach, dart and whiting along the eastern side of Bribie Island, bream around the Coastguard Jetty and Boardwalk, flathead on the ebb tide off the NW tip of Bribie, sand whiting on the banks out from Military Jetty and near the boat ramp in Bells Creek and sand crabs in Pumicestone Passage.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Bream at Glasshouse Creek mouth and the SE side of Thooloora Island, sand whiting at Lime Pocket and Hussey Creek mouth and mud and sand crabs in the main channel.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Sand whiting at the mouth of Elimbah Creek and flathead along drop offs.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Sand whiting along the southern beaches, flathead along the drop offs, bream, trevally and mangrove jack in the canals and sand crabs in the main channels.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Mulloway on North Reef, tailor, flathead and bream off the Ted Smout Fishing Platform, flathead and whiting in Hays Inlet, the Pine River and along Clontarf foreshores and sand crabs in Bramble Bay.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939


Diver whiting off Sandgate and Nudgee, flathead and bream off Ted Smout Fishing Platform and in the Pine River, flathead at the mouth of Cabbage Tree Creek and a few mud crabs in the creeks.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Small snapper along the drop off at Wellington Point, mulloway at the mouth of the Brisbane River, tailor on top of the tide along Manly Harbour rock walls, squid at night along the Wynnum Manly foreshores and flathead and whiting on Lota flats.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

Dart along Main Beach and flathead and bream inside the Pin Bar.

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Small snapper off Potts Point at Macleay Island and near the red buoy on the SE side of Coochiemudlo Island, tuskfish on the northern reef and flathead on the NW end of the island.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Longtail tuna off the Sandhills and on the eastern side of Mud Island, diver whiting in the Small Ships Gutter, small snapper at Harry Atkinson and West Peel Artificial Reefs and tailor and flathead at the creek mouths and canal entrances.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Sand crabs in Jacobs Well Channel.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222

Sand whiting along the northern end of South Straddie, near Slipping Sands, on Gold and Green Banks, mulloway near Marks Rock, mangrove jack at Rocky Point and mud crabs along the edge of the main channels.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868


Sand whiting inside the Pin Bar and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the Pimpama River.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Snapper on the 36s north of Southport, spanish mackerel, cobia and yellowfin tuna feeding deep on the 24s, wahoo and yellowfin tuna at Tweed 9 Mile, dart and whiting in the low tide gutters and tailor at night along the beaches, giant trevally, school jew and yellowtail king in Southport Seaway, garfish off the Sand Pumping Jetty and around Parrot Rock, bream along the TSS reach of the Nerang River and flathead, sand and mud crabs throughout Southport Broadwater.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Southport - Offshore

Spanish and spotty mackerel in 20 fathoms east of the Pin Bar.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Spanish mackerel and a few yellowfin tuna on the 24s east of Southport.

Paradise Fishing Charters ph:0403 531428


Spanish mackerel on the Gravel Patch east of Burleigh, doggy mackerel on Palm Beach Reef, wahoo wide of Tweed 9 Mile, spanish mackerel at Fidos and Kingscliff Reefs, dart, whiting and chopper tailor along the beaches and bream and whiting in Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks.

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

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Spanish mackerel at Tweed 9 Mile and Fidos Reef, tailor and school jew at Hastings Point, tailor at South Beach Kingscliff, school jew in the lower reaches of the Tweed River, flathead along the Chinderah rock wall and in Cobaki Lakes and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

Anglers Warehouse ph:5536 3822
Wahoo and spanish mackerel at Tweed 9 Mile, snapper and pearl perch at the Mud Hole and Cook Island, amberjack and spanish mackerel on the reefs off Kingscliff, tailor at Pottsville, South Beach Kingscliff, Kirra, Bilinga, dart and whiting at Cabarita, trevally and school jew along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, trevally, school jew and a few mangrove jack around the bridges, sand whiting at the Anchorage, Oxley Cove and on sand flats behind Seagulls and flathead and bream along the walls at Cudgen.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, moses perch and mack tuna at Tweed 9 Mile and on the 24s east of the Tweed.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076


Tailor, tarwhine and school jew off the headlands, dart, flathead, bream and whiting at Black Rock and Wooyung and bream, whiting, flathead, mangrove jack and mud crabs in Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Small snapper on the 32s east of Ballina, spanish mackerel on the close reefs, bream along the beaches, flathead, bream and jew along the rock walls at the mouth of the Richmond River, flathead, whiting and jew along the town reach and mud crabs in lower reaches and North Creek.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Spanish mackerel, cobia and snapper on South Reef, spanish mackerel and cobia on North Ground, trag jew on Kahors Reef, bream, tailor and flathead along Airforce Beach and flathead, bream and mud crabs in the Evans River.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Lenthalls Dam

Lenthalls Dam recreation and camping area will be closed from Tuesday 28 April 2015 during the Lenthall Dam remedial works project. The recreation area is expected to be closed for a period of up to 5 months while the Dam is a designated construction site. For the latest information please visit:

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Boondooma Dam

Bass and golden perch on Smakos and live shrimp in the Stuart and Boyne Rivers.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch on Smakos cast to the banks in the main basin and golden perch on live shrimp and frozen saltwater yabbies around the timber.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Borumba Dam

Bass and saratoga on fly and surface lures close to the banks around dawn and dusk.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Somerset Dam

Bass to 55cm on soft vibes, tail spinners and spinner baits around Pelican Point.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on blades just out from the camp grounds.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies, live shrimp and vertically jigged blades just out from the dam wall buoy line.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Moogerah Dam

Bass on soft plastics and vibes along the edge of the timber and on the flats just out from the day use boat ramp.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies, live shrimp, worms, blades and lipless crank baits.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and spinner baits around the timber.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on frozen saltwater yabbies and live shrimp and a few cod to 75cm on trolled hard bodies.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass during the day on blades in the deeper parts of the bays.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Lake Gregory

Bass early morning and late afternoon on surface lures and fly.

Paul Dolan's Fraser Coast Sportfishing ph:4128 4952

Western Rivers

Golden perch and average cod on black and red or black and purple coloured spinner baits at Texas in the Dumaresq River and cod on spinner baits in the upper reaches of the Condamine River.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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