The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 21, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Ah well. The holiday crowd were chomping at the bit to head offshore and with Easter Sunday shaping up as their best opportunity they were in numbers at the boat ramps well before daylight. Light to moderate south easterlies were forecast but quite a few boaties overlooked the fact that the 1.5m swell was from the east (not a good thing on the Noosa Bar) and low tide was half an hour before first light. Many boats crossing between 6.00am and 7.00am got hammered by some solid sets which were standing up out the back. The same scene repeated itself on Monday, although most of the 'wet ones' occurred between 7.00am and 8.00am.
The bigger boats and the die-hards had been out prior to that, of course, although conditions were far from perfect. Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Clover sent this report on Double Island Point... "Hey mate. We ran nine hour charters to D.I. on Friday and Saturday. Winds were 15 to 20 knots from the south east with a light current run to the north. We got pearl perch, longtail tuna, squire, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod, coral bream and sharks, sharks... lots of sharks."
Grass SweetlipAnd on the middle reef belt, North Reef was back on the agenda, producing squire, grass sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, coral bream, jewfish, frying pan snapper and gold spot cod. Shannon from Victoria, above, is pictured with a quality grass sweetlip which she boated there on Sunday's
Wild Thing 2 charter.
Jewfish or Mulloway
And then we have this report and photos (above and below) from
Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were a bit sloppy with 15 to 20 knot south easterly winds and a 1.5 metre swell. Little or no current. Our crew caught grass sweetlip, squire, frying pan snapper, moses perch, jewfish, coral bream, cobia and gold spot cod. Cheers, Will." Photo details from that trip... Mark Handel from Caringbah in New South Wales, above, with a quality jewfish, Jeff Smart from Eagleby and Raoul Mckay from Cooroy (below left) did well on the jewfish and Raoul Mckay (below) with his cobia.
Jewfish or Mulloway Cobia
Sunshine Reef wasn't as dynamic as last week but still yielded a mixed bag of reefies such as pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip, hussar and venus tusk fish.
Red Emperor
In addition to that, Sunshine also produced longtail tuna and a few colourful catches. From Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover; "We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. The wind was 10 knots, increasing to 20 knots by the afternoon. No current. We got tuskies, moses perch, hussar, lipper, coral bream, coral trout and red emperor. Pictured is Louise Marshall, Caloundra (above) with a rare catch from there, a legal size red emperor and Annie Bowen (below left) from Doonan with a coral trout."
Coral Trout Mackerel Tuna
Laguna Bay was a good option for the smaller boats when the wind was up and the bar was more settled with mack tuna and northern bluefin tuna on the prowl from just outside the bar and throughout the bay. Local lad Bill Sizer, above right, sent us this report and photo on Monday... "Mack tuna. Caught off the back of a jet ski about a kilometre out from the bar this morning. Went for a cast metal slug. Released after this photo." A man of few words, but impressive deeds. Well done mate.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
And yak angler Roger Kingston from Buderim (above) was trolling a soft plastic behind his kayak on his way to Jew Shoal on Sunday morning when this longtail or northern bluefin tuna tried to run away with it. Unsuccessfully as you can see. That's all the offshore pix we have room for. To view a few more... just CLICK HERE.

COASTAL: Whiting were biting from Castaways to Sunshine Beach this week with live beach worms attracting some good fish throughout the daylight hours. Bream numbers were also on the improve there with best baits being fresh mullet strips. Mulloway were reported on the prowl off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and at Hells Gates. Large paddle tail soft plastics got best results there during the day and live mullet worked well at night. Small tailor were responding well to cast slugs off the headland rocks and longtail tuna were sighted in close but not hooked. The only other report was of tailor at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach.

ESTUARY: The lower estuary fired well this week with bream, flathead and trevally (cale cale, big eye, diamond, golden and GT's) on the move from the river mouth to Weyba Creek and up past Tewantin. Report from Chris Arnold from Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari... "Rebecca Beaton from Sydney (below left) with a 65cm flathead which she boated in the Frying Pan and a golden trevally which she caught and released around The Sound. Both went for whole prawn baits."
Flathead and Golden Trevally Flathead
And from John Wacker..."Young George Wacker (above right) caught this flathead near the river mouth (Dog Beach area) on Friday afternoon on a live yabby, Stradic 1000 with 6lb Fireline and size 6 long shank hook. Took about 10 minutes to land. Thought it was a stingray!" Mangrove jacks were also active in the lower system after dark. No monsters but there were lots of 35cm to 45cm fish chasing soft plastics in the late afternoon and live fish baits and fresh mullet strips after dark.
Golden Trevally
The Woods Bays produced trevally, bream, flathead, estuary cod and some quality queenfish to 90cm while Munna Beach yielded the odd golden trevally, as did Weyba Creek but with the added bonus there of bream, flathead and, at night, mud and blue swimmer crabs. Megan Bateman, visiting Noosa from Melbourne (above) caught and released this quality golden trevally in upper Weyba Creek on Monday afternoon's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait.
Flathead Flathead
There were also some good mud crabs (to 2.6kg) on the move in the Noosa Waters canals while flathead were in good numbers in Lake Doonella and small mangrove jacks were working the bridge structure. Just up from there, the Noosa Marina and ski run areas produced bream, trevally and flathead. Emma and Ben Bidner from Cooroibah (above) boated this 68cm flathead while fishing with their dad near the Marina on Friday afternoon. It went for a live herring. And Ike Brooks from Sydney (above right) caught a 50cm and a 67cm lizard at the Tewantin ski runs on Wednesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Both fish went for whole prawn baits.
Queenfish and Mangrove Jack
Max Kelly (above) had a ripper session in the river on Sunday morning. First off, he caught and released a 65cm (est) queenfish in the lower estuary on a Z-Man Slim SwimZ soft plastic then later in the morning, up between the lakes, he nailed a 51cm mangrove jack on a Dragon Maggot soft plastic. We said at the time that "It doesn't get much better than that."... but it does because Max's quality captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.

FRESHWATER: Bass have been caught in good numbers below the Lake Macdonald spillway. Borumba Dam has had some good reports of saratoga in the upper sections of the Kingham and Yabba arms. Yellowbelly have been caught in the deeper sections of Borumba as well. Try your hand at a few red claw before it cools down too much. You can catch these tasty crustaceans with a simple opera house trap.

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