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SE QLD Fishing Report

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  • 29 February 2024

    The southern Spanish mackerel closed seasons for east coast waters south of latitude 22˚S (located slightly north of Stanage Bay, between Mackay and Yeppoon) to the NSW border are from 1st to 21st of February and 1st to 21st of March.

    Hervey Bay

    Longtail and mack tuna in Platypus Bay, grassy sweetlip, coral trout, cod and blackall on the shallow reefs, snapper, pearl perch and jobfish deep dropping on the Shelf, flathead and school mackerel off the Urangan jetty, grunter bream, threadfin salmon and barramundi in Sandy Straits, sand whiting on the making tide along the beaches from Burrum Heads to Urangan, flathead, queenfish and grunter bream at the creek mouths, mangrove jack and barramundi in the Burrum River, barramundi, threadfin and blue salmon in the Mary River and sand crabs off Burrum Heads.

    Fishos Tackleworld Ph (07) 4128 1022

    Tin Can Bay

    Longtail tuna wide of Wide Bay Bar, trevally around Searys Ledge and mouth of Mullen Creek, flathead and trevally on the flats at the mouth of Crab Creek and trevally, mangrove jack and barramundi in Teebar and Kauri Creeks.

    The Chandlery Bait & Tackle Ph (07) 5486 4744


    Bream and whiting along the Noosaville reach of the Noosa River and mud crabs in the middle reaches.

    O Boat Hire & Bait Supply Ph (07) 5449 7513

    Dart, whiting, bream and tarwhine at the Noosa River mouth and Frying Pan, trevally and flathead in Woods Bay and flathead near the Coastguard building.

    Noosa River Fishing Safaris Ph 0429 030 823

    Pearl perch, coral trout, cod and cobia at North and Sunshine Reefs.

    Noosa Bluewater Charters Ph (07) 5449 9355

    Pearl perch, snapper, spotty mackerel and northern bluefin tuna at North and Sunshine Reefs and pearl perch, snapper and amberjack on the Barwon Banks.

    Deep Sea Fishing Co Noosa Ph 0411 222 749


    Sand whiting in the lower reaches of the Maroochy River and bream, flathead and trevally along the Bli Bli reach.

    Swan Boat Hire Ph 0403 601 452


    Grassy sweetlip at Currimundi and Murphys Reefs, spotty mackerel at Coolum Reef, mahi mahi around the FADs and mud crabs in the mid to upper reaches of the Mooloolah River.

    Tackleworld Kawana Ph (07) 5444 0714

    Grassy sweetlip and snapper at the Inner Gneerings and school mackerel between Old Woman Island and the Mooloolaba rock walls.

    Barry McDade Fishing Services Ph 0409 644 946

    Tuskfish, hussar and mackerel on the Barwon Banks and amberjack at the Hards.

    Smithys Fishing Charters Ph 0407 574 868


    Spotty and school mackerel at Caloundra 5 and 7 Mile, grassy sweetlip and snapper on the inshore reefs, flathead and whiting at the mouth of Bells and Coochin Creeks, mangrove jack in the canals and mud crabs in the creeks.

    Caloundra Fishing World Ph (07) 5491 4566


    Grunter bream and bream in the deep holes, sand whiting at Mission Point, mangrove jack at 112 and Poverty Creek mouth and mud crabs out from the mouth of the creeks.

    Donnybrook Takeaway, Bait & Tackle Ph (07) 5498 8247

    Bribie Island

    Sand whiting at Red Beach, snapper at White Patch, Banksia Beach and the Ripples and mangrove jack and bream in Pacific Harbour canals.

    Island Fishing Supplies Ph 0493 103 027

    Northern Moreton Bay

    Snapper and sweetlip around Mud, Green and Peel Islands, flathead, bream and grunter bream on the making tide at the mouth of the Caboolture and Pine Rivers, threadfin salmon in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and mud crabs in the rivers and creeks.

    Tackleworld Lawnton Ph (07) 3205 7475

    Redcliffe Peninsula

    Sand whiting along Margate Beach, in Hays Inlet and the Pine River, snapper, bream, grassy sweetlip and grunter bream around the inshores, rocky points and jetties, mangrove jack, estuary cod and grunter bream in Newport canals and mud crabs in the rivers and creeks.

    Hornibrook Bait & Tackle Ph 0483 846 966

    Brisbane River – Northern Moreton Bay

    Diver whiting off the Sandhills, in the Rous Channel and Small Ships Gutter, school mackerel around Hope Banks, Harry Atkinson artificial reef and Mud Island, sweetlip off Wellington Point, around Mud and Green Islands and mud crabs in the creeks.

    Mr Bait Ph 0431 222 721

    Moreton Bay Offshore

    Snapper and pearl perch at Deep Tempest and tuskfish, snapper, cod and yellowtail king at the One Mile.

    Frenzy Charters Ph (07) 3209 4576

    Wynnum Manly

    Sweetlip around Mud, Green and King Islands, school mackerel on the Hope Banks and near the Huybers Beacon, diver whiting near D’Arcy Light, on the Chain Banks and in the Small Ships Channel and snapper in the lower reaches of the Brisbane River.

    Water Tower Bait & Tackle Ph (07) 3396 1833  

    Nth Stradbroke Island

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

    Point Lookout Bait & Fresh Fish Ph (07) 3409 8724

    Redland Bay

    Spotty mackerel off Shark Spit and north of Harry Atkinson artificial reef, diver whiting on the Chain Banks and in the Rous Channel, grassy sweetlip around Mud, Green and Peel Islands, flathead near the southern bay islands, sand crabs off Wellington Point and mud crabs in the lower reaches of the creeks.

    Mossops Tackle Store Cleveland Ph (07) 3821 1240

    Bream, flathead and snapper in the clearer water around the southern bay islands.

    Seano’s Inshore Fishing Charters and Tuition Ph 0432 386 307


    Bream, flathead and mud crabs in Jacobs Well channel.

    Jacobs Well Boat Hire Ph (07) 5546 2608


    Snapper on the 18s, 24s and 36s, flathead, whiting and sand crabs in Southport Broadwater, mangrove jack on live bait around the bridge pylons in the rivers and sand crabs in the canals.

    Gold Coast Fishing Tackle Ph (07) 5679 0840

    Blue marlin in 400 to 600 metres SE of Southport.

    Ross McCubbin Fishing Charters Ph 0428 729 393


    Spotty mackerel at Mermaid Reef and the Gravel Patch east of Burleigh, tailor at night along the beaches, bream, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches of Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks, mangrove jack around the snaggy banks and pontoons and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

    The Boatshed Bait, Tackle & Boat Hire Ph (07) 5525 0338

    Tweed Coast

    Flathead, bream, mangrove jack, trevally, grunter bream and school jew in the middle reaches of the Tweed River.

    Brad Smith Fishing Guide Ph 0419 028 704

    Tuskfish on the 24s and 30s east of the Tweed. The current has been running from north to south and averaging about 2.5kts.

    Cushy Fishing Charters Ph 0418 631 076

    Evans Head

    Snapper, trag jew and spanish mackerel on Kahors Reef and North Ground, bream and tailor along Airforce and Main Beaches, bream, tailor and luderick along the rock walls at the Evans River mouth, bream, flathead and whiting in the lower reaches and mud crabs in the upper reaches.

    Evans Head Sports & Marine Ph (02) 6682 4536


    Boondooma Dam

    Golden perch on trolled lures in the Stuart River, around the Junction and Leisegangs Ledge and bass located with sounder on plastics and spoons in the deeper parts.

    Bjelke Petersen Dam

    Golden perch and a few bass on trolled lures around the creek bed and bass along the drop offs close to the timbered edges.

    Matthew Motts Sportfishing Charters Ph 0428 682 594  

    Lake Monduran

    Barramundi at night and early morning on large swim baits and paddletail plastics in the shallows.

    Fishos Tackleworld Ph (07) 4128 1022

    Lake Kurwongbah

    Saratoga at dawn and dusk on surface lures around the dam edges and bass during the day on spinner baits cast towards the edges.

    Tackleworld Lawnton Ph (07) 3205 7475

    Hinze Dam

    Saratoga at dawn and dusk on small poppers around the dam edges, bass during the day on small spinner baits along the tree lined banks and on small plastics in the deep water off the points.

    Moogerah Dam

    Bass on large crank baits in about 15 to 20 feet close to the timber and on small paddletail plastics slow rolled through the schools.

    Maroon Dam

    Bass at dawn and dusk on small poppers around the dam edges and during the day on dark coloured chatter baits along the drop offs towards the creek arm.

    Charltons Fishing  Ph (07) 3818 1677

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