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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, September 12, 2014

Hervey Bay

Coral trout, sweetlip and tuskfish in the Gutters, snapper, golden trevally, queenfish, yellowfin and longtail tuna in Platypus Bay, school mackerel and tailor around Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, flathead and bream on the flats south of Moon Point, sand whiting along the beaches from Burrum Heads to Urangan, flathead, trevally, mangrove jack and tarpon in the Burrum River and bream, flathead, grunter bream and threadfin salmon in the Mary River.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Fraser Island

Conditions are great for beach fishing; expect to catch tailor, dart, bream, flathead and whiting.

Fraser Island Retreat ph:4127 9144

Rainbow Beach - Offshore

Snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, sweetlip, moses perch and trag jew about 12 miles east of Fraser Island yesterday.

Rainbow Beach Reef Fishing Charters ph:5486 8666


Sand whiting and a few flathead from the Noosa River mouth to Tewantin reach and mangrove jack close to the mangroves near the entrance to Lake Cooroibah.

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 flathead, bream and trevally in Woods Bay and Weyba Creek.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris ph:0429030823

Noosa - Offshore

Pearl perch, snapper, tuskfish, maori cod and moses perch on Massouds and North Reefs.

Noosa Bluewater Charters ph:54499355


Bream throughout the Maroochy River, sand whiting around Chambers Island and Black Bank, bream and flathead in Petrie Creek, trevally at the Cod Hole, sand crabs in the lower reaches and mud crabs in the middle reaches.

Swan Boat Hire ph:5443 7225


Pearl perch, snapper and tuskfish at Wide Caloundra, snapper and tuskfish at Currimundi Reef, snapper and grassy sweetlip at the Gneering Shoals, bream and tailor off the rocks at Point Cartwright, tailor in the surf near Kawana Surf Club, bream and flathead in the lower reaches of the Mooloolah River and sand whiting in the canals.

Kawana Bait & Tackle ph:5444 5551

Mooloolaba - Offshore

Snapper and trag jew on the Barwon Banks today.

Odyssey Charters ph:5478 1109
Snapper and pearl perch at Wide Caloundra.

Barry McDade Fishing Services ph:5437 7754


Mack tuna near the NW Fairway Buoy, flathead inside Caloundra Bar, at the northern end of Bribie Island, around Military Jetty and entrance to the canals, sand whiting off Golden Beach, at Bells Creek mouth and entrance to Currimundi Lake and bream along the Boardwalk.

Caloundra Fishing World ph:5491 4566


Snapper and whiting at 112, flathead around the red beacon out from the Donnybrook Boat Ramp and bream in Bullock Creek.

Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle ph:5498 8247


Flathead along the drop offs, bream at the mouth of Ningi Creek and sand crabs in the main channel.

Toorbul Store & Caravan Park ph:5498 8210

Bribie Island

Flathead at Woorim Beach, bream and jew around the Bribie Bridge, sand whiting at White Patch, small snapper near the entrance to Pacific Harbour Canals, mangrove jack in the canals and sand crabs in the main channel.

Bribie Sports & Cycles ph:3408 1347

Redcliffe Peninsula

Snapper on Scarborough Reef, diver whiting in Bramble Bay, flathead and whiting in Hays Inlet and sand whiting along Margate Beach.

Hornibrook Bait & Tackle ph:3284 6939

Northern Moreton Bay

Threadfin salmon and jew in the Brisbane, Pine and Caboolture Rivers, squid around Woody Point and Redcliffe Jetties and bream, flathead and whiting at the mouth of the creeks.

The Tackle Shop Carseldine ph:3862 9015


Diver whiting in Bramble Bay, bream and flathead off the Hornibrook and Ted Smout fishing platforms, sand whiting at the mouth of the Pine River and flathead, bream and mud crabs in the creeks.

Sandgate Bait & Tackle ph:3269 9701

Wynnum Manly

Snapper on Harry Atkinson Artificial Reef, bream inside the Pin Bar, mangrove jack in Raby Bay Canals, flathead along the foreshores from Wynnum to Wellington Point, sand crabs at the southern end of the bay and mud crabs in the creeks.

Water Tower Bait & Tackle ph:3396 1833

North Stradbroke Island

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

Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish ph:3409 8724

Redland Bay

Flathead in Canaipa Passage and tailor around Goat and Peel Islands.

Moreton Bay Charters ph:0433 732310
Flathead on the NW side of Coochiemudlo Island, tailor and bream around the jetty and small snapper on the northern reef.

Coochie Boat Hire ph:3207 8207
Pearl perch and yellowtail king at Deep Tempest, spanish mackerel on the 7s, snapper on soft plastics at West Peel Artificial Reef, diver whiting in the Rous Channel, flathead and jew inside the Pin Bar, small snapper at dusk at the entrance to Raby Bay Canals and sand crabs at the southern end of Moreton Bay.

Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland ph:38211240


Bream and chopper tailor inside the Pin Bar, flathead along the northern end of South Straddie and Crusoe Island, sand whiting in Tipplers Passage and near Ageston Sands in the Logan River and jew at Marks Rock and along Kalinga Bank.

Gem Bait & Tackle ph:3287 3868
Flathead near Slipping Sands in Canaipa Passage, at the northern end of Tipplers Passage and in Jacobs Well Channel.

Jumpinpin Charters ph:5546 1880
Bream, whiting and sand crabs off the NE tip of Crusoe Island and sand whiting along Kalinga Bank.

Rudy Maas Marina ph:5546 2222


Pearl perch, amberjack, yellowtail king, samson fish and small black marlin in 85 metres of water east of Southport, small snapper on the inside edge of the 36s, dart, whiting and flathead along the beaches, tailor, bream and tarpon in Southport Seaway and flathead throughout Southport Broadwater.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840
Flathead on lures inside the Pin Bar.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393

Southport - Offshore

Snapper and pearl perch on the 36s east of Southport and snapper and cobia on the 24s.

Paradise Fishing Charters ph:0403 531428
Snapper and trag jew on the 36s NE of Southport today.

Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters ph:0428 729393


Small snapper on the 30s east of the Tweed, dart, whiting and tailor along the beaches and bream, whiting, flathead and trevally in Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks.

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

Brad Smith Guided Fishing ph:0419 028704

Tweed Heads

Dart and tailor at North Kirra, tailor and jew at Cabarita and Fingal headland, bream, tailor and flathead along the rock walls at the Tweed River mouth, bream, whiting and flathead around the Piggery and Stotts Island, sand whiting in Endless Summer and Clear Island Waters Canals, bass in the upper reaches and mud crabs in Cobaki and Terranora Lakes.

Drift Tackle & Takeaway ph:5599 5520

Tweed Coast - Offshore

Snapper, tuskfish and pigfish on the 32s and 36s east of the Tweed.

Cushy Fishing Charters ph:0418 631076
Snapper, pearl perch and tuskfish on the 24s and 36s east of the Tweed.

Down Under Charters ph:0408 753647


Pearl perch and snapper on the local reefs, tailor, bream, dart, flathead and school jew along the beaches and flathead, bream, whiting, mangrove jack and mud crabs in Mooball, Cudgen and Cudgera Creeks.

Pottsville Bait & Tackle ph:02 6676 0588


Snapper on the 32s and Riordan Shoal, bream, jew, tailor and Australian salmon along the beaches, bream and jew along the rock walls at the Richmond River mouth, bream and flathead in the lower reaches and mud crabs in Emigrant and North Creeks.

Daves Bait Shop ph:02 6686 2481

Evans Head

Pearl perch on the 32s east of Evans Head, snapper and trag jew on Kahors Reef and North Ground, bream and jew along Airforce Beach, flathead and bream along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth and flathead and mud crabs throughout the river.

Evans Head Sports & Marine ph:02 6682 4536

Freshwater Reports

Lenthalls Dam

Bass on lipless crank and spinner baits around the dam edges.

Fishermans Corner ph:4128 1022

Boondooma Dam

Bass on tail spinners around Pelican Point and The Junction and on trolled hard bodied lures through the narrows.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Bjelke Petersen Dam

Bass and golden perch on trolled hard bodied lures along the old creek beds.

Matthew Mott's Sportfishing Charters ph:0428 682594


Somerset Dam

Bass on soft plastics, tail spinners and soft vibes between Pelican Point and Kirkleagh.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cressbrook Dam

Bass on live shrimp, soft plastics, vibes and tail spinners out from the boat ramp through to the Eagles Nest. Opening times for all water based activities is from 6am to 8pm.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Cooby Dam

Golden perch on trolled shallow diving hard bodied lures and spinner baits close to the weed edges and on live shrimp and frozen saltwater yabbies in the deeper parts. Opening times for all water based activities is from 7am to 8pm.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Maroon Dam

Bass to 48cm on soft plastics, live shrimp and fly around the weed edges.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Leslie Dam

Golden and silver perch on trolled hard bodied lures in about 3 metres of water in front of the Washpool and golden perch on bait in about 9 metres of water opposite the dam wall.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Coolmunda Dam

Golden perch and a few cod on bait along the old creek bed.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Glenlyon Dam

Golden perch on live shrimp, frozen saltwater yabbies and hard bodied lures in about 6 to 8 metres of water.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

Hinze Dam

Bass located with sounder on deep fly around the rocky points.

Gold Coast Fishing Tackle ph:56790840

Western Rivers

Golden perch on hard bodied lures and bait at Goondiwindi in the Macintyre River and Texas in the Dumaresq River, golden perch on bright coloured lures at St George in the Balonne River and golden perch and cod on bait and lures around the weirs and in the holes throughout the Condamine River. A reminder that catching Murray Cod is not allowed in the Barwon, Macintyre and Dumaresq Rivers from 1st September to 30th November.

Tackle World Toowoomba ph:4632 9770

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