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23-10-2013, 06:47 AM
Found this and thought it may be useful to some.

All of the distances are calculated from Point Cartwright, an area just outside of Mooloolaba Harbour that offers plenty of boat launching and fish cleaning facilities.

Location: S26Ί38’610” E151Ί10’250”
Depth: 6-15m
Distance: 3-5km
The Inner Gneerings is a shallow reef system commencing only 3km out from Mooloolaba. It is rough country with pinnacles and drop-offs that hold fish like sweetlip, cobia, pearl perch, tuskfish, small snapper and pelagics such as spotty and Spanish mackerel. The reef is best fished on an early morning tide change or evening high tide on dusk during full or new moon phases. It’s also a top area for squid fishing.

Location: S26Ί39’035” E153Ί11’872”
Depth: 15-20m
Distance: 5-7km
The Outer Gneerings is within 5km of Mooloolaba and situated on the northern eastern side of the blinker. This is great country and will often hold plenty of bait schools enticing many large pelagics like amberjack, mackerel and kingfish around. All sorts of reef species dwell around this system and by sounding around and finding the areas that are holding bait you will enhance your chances greatly. Great spot to fish in winter particularly at dawn or dusk.

Location: S26Ί37’008” E153Ί07’102”
Depth: 5-18m
Distance: 7.4km
Old Womens Island can be the only place you can fish during bad weather because there is always a sheltered side. The eastern ledge is known for the many rat kings that come on in October and remain around through the summer months.

Tuna schools smash bait schools around the entire area so look for the working birds. Reef species like tuskfish, Moses perch and snapper are caught during the winter months. Great area to catch squid. Can get very busy during holidays and on the weekends.

Location: S26Ί40’050” E153Ί14’310”
Depth: 20-40m
Distances: 7-11km
Murphys is a complex reef system that extends from inside the Mooloolaba 9km blinker to well outside its boundaries. Parts of the system are sheltered during the strong southwesterly winds we experience through winter. There are many spots on the inner side that hold a lot of smaller species but fishing into the night any sort of monster can brick you around here.

Plenty of snapper, mowong, Moses perch, parrot, pearlies, cod, sweetlip and emperor can be taken here and in the summer months trolling or float lining for mackerel. Pinnacles and hard bottom country is spread across this reef area so take your time and explore it carefully.

Location: S26Ί44’000” E153Ί10’300”
Depth: Breaks in bad weather on low tide 5-20m
Distance: 9.5km
Currimundi is another reef that is sheltered from southerly and westerly winds making it an ideal location to fish for pelagics like spotty and Spanish mackerel through summer. Baits schools hang around here bringing the tuna packs in during late October through to February. Night fishing is the best for all reef species. A lot of anglers use this reef to stock up on livies before heading out to the Caloundra Reefs.

Location: S26Ί49’520” E153Ί16’710”
Depth: 35-55m
Distance: 23km
Hook up on everything from snapper, sweetlip, pearl perch, teraglin, pearl perch, parrot, cod, red throat emperor along with plenty of live yakkas. There is a fair share of pelagics like cobia, mackerel and kingfish that frequent the area during the summer periods. The 12 mile has a reputation for running hot but can be patchy the next day so pick the best times and tides to fish.

Location: S26Ί48’500” E153Ί18’550”
Depth: 35-50m
Distance: 26km
This area holds mahi mahi, wahoo, mackerel, cobia and amberjack as well as quality pearl perch, spangled emperor, teraglin and snapper. The diversity of this system enables anglers to target specific species and then troll for tuna or other pelagics once the tide is running.

Fishing the structure around the area is the means to success. Amberjack are plentiful during August and September but can be taken right through the summer months. This area runs right through to the southern end of the Barwon Banks.

Location: S26Ί32’616” E153Ί31’964”
Depth: 35-120m
Distance: 43km
The ‘Banks’ is a large reef system that covers around 23km running north south. Any number of reef species and larger pelagics can be caught here, kingfish, amberjack, cobia, cod, snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, iodine bream, hussar, emperor, jobfish and trout, just a few to mention. With all the available species there also comes plenty of sharks so take care.

Anchoring in shallow areas around 40m with berley is advisable on the changing of the tide. Deeper areas around 85m can be drifted outside of the big full and new moon tidal changes. Paternosta rigs are successful for catching parrot and other bottom dwellers. Certain areas produce different species so it is a matter of exploring.

Location: S26Ί17’200” E153Ί38’015”
Depth: 50-80m
Distance: 62km (50km from Noosa Bar)
The Hards begins at the tip of the Barwon Banks and goes a further 20km north offering changing reef and bottom conditions along the way. This mark is close to the middle of the Hards so you can work around a fair bit. It’s typical rough country with plenty of kingfish, amberjack, tuna varieties, sailfish and wahoo during the warmer months. Top fishing for reef species throughout the winter period but be aware that it is a big trip and you can have days where not much happens. This is a terrific area to get some real quality marks for future fishing trips.

Location: S26Ί25’100” E153Ί09’150”
Depth: 20-35m
Distance: 29km (10km from Noosa Bar)
Well known for its pelagic fishing in the summer, in particular kingfish, mackerel and tuna varieties and can serve up some outstanding snapper, pearl perch, parrot, cobia, spangled emperor, grass sweetlip, trout and many other species. Sunshine Reef is a very good system (scattered boulders as per the National Park Hedland) mixed with coral reef and patches of sand. Grassies are very common there, possibly the most common catch on some trips. Maori cod and red emperor are often caught there too, although the vast majority of the reds are under size.

Location: S26Ί20’250” E153Ί05’110”
Depth: 15-20m
Distance: 38km (2km from Noosa Bar)
Halls and Little Halls reefs are worthwhile spots to start the adventure on the way to more distant reefs. These areas can fish outstandingly well after prolonged rain as they are the closest structures to the river mouth and a big fresh pushes prawns, herring, mullet and other bait out into Laguna Bay. Halls is also a great place to deploy a bait jig and collect a few livies.

Location: S26Ί22’626” E153Ί09’260”
Depth: 25-32m
Distance: 33km (7km from Noosa Bar)
Another spot to chase longtail tuna and other tuna varieties from October onwards. Spotty mackerel are often caught around Misery along with their bigger cousin the Spaniards. Baitfish can also be taken along with snapper and other reef species during the cooler months. Sometimes worth moving to if all the other reefs in the local area are tough fishing.

Location: S26Ί21’640” E153Ί06’890”
Depth: 10m
Distance: 35km (3.7km from Noosa Bar)
Jew Shoal is a very good area for fat longtails and passing schools of spotted mackerel in summer. Also worth trolling small rigged bonito or hardbodies for Spanish mackerel. Trollers regularly pick up quality snapper over JS in winter. Look for bait around this area and really only target it if you are heading out from Noosa bar. In the winter you can pick up snapper, cod and sweetlip and normally some mackerel hang around when they are on elsewhere.

Location: S26Ί23’920” E153Ί15’480”
Depth: 30-55m
Distance: 31km (9km from Noosa Bar)
Chardons is a very good option when Sunshine is quiet. Big Spaniards run up and down the coast out at Chardons late in the season and many marlin are hooked there too by trollers chasing the mackerel, and from time to time on floating baits while bottom bashing. (A mate of mine hooked a 2m blue at Chardons last Saturday on a floating squid bait on 6/0 gangs). Not many marlin are landed though.

Location: S26Ί16’550” E153Ί11’350”
Depth: 40-55m
Distance: 45km (15km from Noosa Bar)
Top spot to fish for mahi mahi, kingfish, mackerel in particular spotty, and Spanish. Also has a great range of reef species like spangled emperor, snapper and quality pearl perch. Again this is a worthwhile trip when there is a blow on around Mooloolaba and Caloundra areas. There is a fairly protected run up along the coastline.

Remember it is always best to plan a trip with a mate, so that if something happens when you are out a fair distance at least someone can assist you. Please ensure that you have the correct safety equipment and radios in place before proceeding on any fishing trip and you need to be aware of the catch and take limits on all species.

Reef 1 Inner Gneering: S26Ί38’610” E151Ί10’250”
Water Depth: 6m
Distance: 3km From Mooloolaba
Fish Species: Cobia, grass sweetlip, snapper, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 2 Murphys Reef: S26Ί40’050” E153Ί14’310”
Water Depth: 30m
Distance: 20km from Caloundra Bar, 11km from Mooloolaba
Fish Species: cobia, grass sweetlip, longtail tuna, Moari cod, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 3 Currimundi Reef: S26Ί44’000” E153Ί10’300”
Water Depth: 20m
Distance: 10km from Caloundra Bar, 9.5km from Mooloolaba
Fish Species: Cobia, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 4 Caloundra 12 Mile: S26Ί49’520” E153Ί16’710”
Water Depth: 40m
Distance: 17.5km from Caloundra Bar, 25km from Mooloolaba
Fish Species: cobia, mahi mahi, grass sweetlip, lontail tuna, Maori cod, parrotfish, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 5 Wide Caloundra: S26Ί48’500” E153Ί18’550”
Water Depth: 45m
Distance: 18km from Caloundra Bar, 26km from Mooloolaba
Fish Species: amberjack, cobia, mahi mahi, longtail tuna, parrotfish, pearl perch, snapper, spangled emperor
Reef 6 Barwon Banks: S26Ί32’616” E153Ί31’964”
Water Depth: 35m
Distance: 50km from Caloundra Bar, 42km from Mooloolaba, 49km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: Amberjack, mahi mahi, Maori cod, Moses perch, pearl perch, rosy jobfish, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel
Reef 7 Halls Reef: S26Ί20’250” E153Ί05’110”
Water Depth: 19m
Distance: 5km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: grass sweetlip, lontail tuna, spangled emperor, spotty mackerel, snapper
Reef 8 North Reef: S26Ί16’550” E153Ί11’350”
Water Depth: 55m
Distance: 18.5km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: Coral trout, mahi mahi, Maori cod, parrotfish, pearl perch, red emperor, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 9 Sunshine Reef: S26Ί25’100” E153Ί09’150”
Water Depth: 35m
Distance: 29km from Mooloolaba, 12.5km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: Cobia, coral trout, mahi mahi, grass sweetlip, longtail tuna, parrotfish, pearl perch, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel
Reef 10 Leach Shoal: S26Ί39’300” E153Ί10’420”
Water Depth: 15m
Distance: 20km from Caloundra Bar, 8km from Mooloolaba
Fish Species: Cobia, mahi mahi, grass sweetlip, parrot, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 11 Coolum Reef: S26Ί34’2500” E153Ί15’300”
Water Depth: 30m
Distance: 13km from Mooloolab. 29km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: grass sweetlip, longtail tuna, Maori cod, snapper, spangled emperor, Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel
Reef 12 Chardons Reef: S26Ί23’920” E153Ί15’480”
Water Depth: 50m
Distance: 33.5km from Mooloolaba 19km from Noosa River Bar
Fish Species: Coral trout, grass sweetlip, longtail tuna, parrotfish, snapper, spangled