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Report 21/2/19

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:31 pm
by subeditor
Plenty of options for the river!

The Maroochy River has seen some nice whiting taken over the past week with plenty of quality fish caught. For the lure anglers whiting have been taking a strong liking to surface walking lures such as Bassday Sugapens and Nomad Dartwings in the 70mm size. Wading the sand flats around Chambers Island, Black Banks or casting over the banks near the Jet Ski run has been the spots to be, fishing the bottom of the tide and the start of the run in is the best time to chase these tasty fish. For the bait angler getting fresh bait is the way to go, so pumping those yabbies or collecting soldier crabs have been the perfect baits. Flathead numbers are still strong with plenty of legal fish on offer. Plastics fishing is a great way to chase flathead, tie on a 3” or 4” size paddle tail soft plastic and working it across the bottom has seen some good results around the shallow waters on the run out tide. Keitech Easy Shiners and the Zman MinnowZ are the perfect flathead soft plastic with realistic colouring and great swimming action these plastics are dynamite on big flathead. The upper reaches of the river worth a look, with good size school Jew, flathead and even jacks on the bite. Getting out early in the morning is the key with fish tending to feed more aggressively as the sun starts to rise. You will also find that darker lures in low light periods seem to work that bit better as the fish see the silhouette. Crabs have been a bit hit and miss but for those that know the river there has still been some good hauls of bucks.

On the beaches dart in great numbers, mid tide seems to see the smaller ones with the bigger fish on the incoming tide. The beachfront has also been good for quality whiting and bream. Maroochy Northshore Beach has had a few scattered gutters which have been producing fish. Low tide and the start of the run is the key with fish moving up into the shallows to feed. Peeled prawns and cured worms have had the most success. Fishing the top of the tide has seen the odd tailor along with bigger bream, trevally and the odd smaller jew from around the coffee rocks at Mudjimba and down towards Pincushion Island.

Offshore; the wind has still been pretty full on, with a few windows earlier last week to make a run outside. For those that could get out the Inner Gneerings has had decent size snapper along with pearl perch and sweetlip. When fishing the close reefs burley is key and if you can freeze it and get it to the bottom in a burley pot all the better. Pelagic numbers are still good with plenty of spotted mackerel Mack tuna and the odd spanish, fishing the bait schools with small to medium Micro jigs around 20gr or slugs around the 40g size have been claiming their fair share of fish.

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