The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 13, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Ah well. At least we can say the offshore scene is on the improve. Two days fishable this week which is 100% up on last week. Ha ha. The good news is that the weather is looking pretty settled for the weekend and beyond and if the coral trout are still on the chew there'll be smiles all round.
Grass Sweetlip Gold Spot Cod
Monday and Tuesday were the fishable days with light south easterlies and a modest swell prevailing. Under the circumstances, nobody (as far as we know) planned any trips beyond the middle reef belt and North Reef was the standout there. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Tuesday morning. Wind was about 10 knots. No current. We caught moses perch, tusk fish, grassy sweetlip and gold spot cod." From that trip (above) we have is Scott Absalom from Brighton with a quality grass sweetlip and Sofia Absalom with a nice gold spot cod.
Spotted Mackerel
And from the same waters we have this report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday morning. The conditions were quite pleasant with a light southerly breeze. We caught grass sweetlip, pearl perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, small snapper and a few spotted mackerel. Unfortunately we lost a really solid Spanish mackerel boatside but that’s fishing. Cheers, Mitch."
Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef was definitely the top performer this week, however, with coral trout out and about in almost plague proportions. This report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday afternoon. Wind had increased to about 15 knots since the morning with a northerly current. We caught some nice grass sweetlip, hussar, tusk fish, trevally, and half a dozen beautiful coral trout." Pictured above, from that five hour charter, we have Will Brewster from Mt Isa with a nice coral trout and below left, Mark Childs from North Lakes with another trout.
Coral Trout Coral Trout
And above right, this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Monday. Conditions were pretty sloppy on the way out but as the morning went on it got better. We caught coral trout, pearl perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, coral bream and sweetlip. Pictured (above right) is long time client Ben Whitby with one of two trout he caught. He picked up this one on his first drop."
Coral Trout Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
Last but not least, this from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Well I just have to thank my boss for giving me every Monday off. Sonny (above), Kez (above left) and I got into it. After navigating a tricky outgoing on the bar, offshore was a little rock 'n' roll. We fished Sunshine through the morning with good results; longtail, trout, venus tusk fish, sweetlip and cod were the species we took aboard. The bar on the way in was very shallow. Cheers Chicko."
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COASTAL: With the swell steadily dropping back the open beaches became a much more attractive proposition. The northern end of Sunshine Beach was the standout spot on the south side with flathead, the odd tarwhine and quality whiting on the bite. Further north, in the shelter of the headland, GT's and good size bream were active around Dolphin Point while across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, the stretch from the Third Cutting to the township of Teewah produced flathead, whiting and a few dart. Further north from there, some thumper bream were schooling off the rocks at Double Island Point.

ESTUARY Bream were in good numbers if not size at the river mouth with a few standout specimens in amongst the pickers. Quality whiting and flathead were also on the bite there, further up around the Dog Beach (where jacks were active in the snags at night) and in the Frying Pan towards high tide.
Trevally and Queenfish
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. This week we've worked mostly the lower estuary with a couple hours here and there spent up in Tewantin. It was great to see the wind ease off and the sun out over the last few days hopefully it decides to stick around. We've caught flathead, bream, queenfish, whiting, perch, javelin, spangled emperor and some really good trevally. There is still a bit of dirty water around but the fish certainly weren't bothered by it this week. Tewantin was pretty good on the run out in the ski runs. Got some pretty impressive trevally up there and a couple nice flathead. The lower estuary was also consistent. The Woods Bays had the odd soapy around, plenty of flatties still about. Had a couple nice oversize ones this week. The whiting were loving the prawns on the long shanks over the weekend in the shallower areas of the mouth. We've also seen quite a few good size bream over the 35cm mark. A bit of fun for the kids on the light gear. Ian Grellman from NSW (above) caught and released a 54cm trevally at the mouth and 49cm queenfish in the Woods Bays on Friday's charter. The trev was taken on a prawn and the queenie on a slow retrieved whitebait tail. And Phillip from Brisbane (below right) caught and released a 74cm lizard in the Woods Bays on the weekend. It went for a whole prawn."
Mangrove Jack Flathead
The Frying Pan also produced the odd surprise. This from Jardin Brough, above left... "Hey guys. Went out Saturday morning about 8am. Worked the lower estuary and got a nice mangrove jack and flathead in the Frying Pan on live mullet. Cheers, Jardin." And the Woods Bays were also good for the odd tailor around first light. Small surface lures like the Duo Poco Poco poppers, Atomic K9 walkers and the Nomad Chug Norris poppers worked well.
Whiting
Quality whiting came from the sand flats opposite Munna Beach, around Culgoa Point, in the Woods Bays and Noosa Sound. Aston Wright from Brisbane (above) caught his first ever whiting on Wednesday and at 35cm it was an excellent debut. He was fishing with a handline in The Sound when his prawn bait was taken by this elbow slapper. Aston's quality capture won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Whiting Saratoga
And from Jessica Williams... "Hi guys. This is my niece Billie (above left) with her two 40cm whiting, caught with her dad up the Noosa Sound on Saturday morning. Caught on freshly pumped yabbies." Mangrove jacks were on the bite around the Munna Point Bridge while Weyba Creek was the spot for mud crabs and, up around the lake, flathead. Upriver, flathead were on the chew in the waters opposite the Council Chambers at Tewantin and up around the sand flats and drop offs near Makepeace Island. Between the lakes, more mud crabs. And from the freshwater scene, this from Leon Ost... "My 11 year old son Tye (above right) had a special weekend after catching his first ever saratoga. He landed this 60cm beauty on a spinnerbait in the Mary River near Gympie early Saturday morning. It was released back into the river. We're new residents to Gympie and have been enjoying the fishing."

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