The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday August 17, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Variable, but mostly light to moderate winds (from the north and south) dominated this week. No glass outs but all days were quite fishable.
A bit like last week actually. Modest but punchy sets over the weekend caught a few out on the bar around low tide with one tinny swamped on Saturday.
Venus Tusk Fish
There were no reports from out wide this week but Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover targeted one of his favourite, distant reefs on the weekend... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Saturday. Wind was 10 knots from the south with a southerly current. We caught moses perch, amberjack, coral bream, gold spot wrasse, cobia, snapper and some monster tusk fish. Pictured (above) is Luke Steinhart from Bli Bli with a real thumper venus tusk fish."
Spangled Emperor Snapper
And (above) from the same charter we have Luke Ainsworth from Albany Creek with a spangled emperor and Troy Porter from Narangba with a snapper.
Jewfish or Mulloway
Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini targeted the same area later in the week... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to Double Island Point on Tuesday as the tides on the bar didn't really allow us to get a nine hour trip in. The conditions were great with a light southerly breeze in the morning before it glassed out for the run home. We caught moses perch, pearl perch, hussar, Maori cod, venus tusk fish and, as pictured above, jewfish or mulloway.
Moses Perch
Cougar One fished the middle reef belt... "We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday morning. Great conditions. Wind was a light southerly and no current run. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, cobia, jewfish, snapper, tusk fish and grass sweetlip." Above, from that charter, is Henry from Brisbane with a couple of nice moses perch and (below) Henry and his mate Ben with a few jewfish and a cobia and Michael with a horse of a Maori cod.
Jewfish and Cobia Maori Cod
And Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover scheduled a seven hour trip there the following day... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Wednesday. The wind was 10 to 15 knots north west to northerly with a current to the south. it was a tough day however we managed a few nice ones. We caught some big moses perch, Maori cod, frypan snapper, snapper and a yellowfin tuna. Geoff Botterill from Digby in Victoria is pictured (below) with the yellowfin tuna."
Big Eye Tuna
Back closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced longtail tuna, snapper, coral trout and grass sweetlip. Tuna were also reported schooling in Laguna Bay.

COASTAL: Dart were in good numbers along the southern beaches this week with Peregian Beach yielding some of the better fish, along with a few good whiting. On the National Park headland, small chopper tailor, dart and good bream were active around Lion Rock at the southern end of Alexandria Bay, and off Hell's Gates, where small jewfish were also reported on the prowl. Around the corner from there, bream and dart were on the bite at Dolphin Point while across the bay on the North Shore, the waters around Teewah were good for flathead and whiting while the top end produced bream and tailor.
The lower estuary is becoming quite difficult to navigate either side of low tide as last week's aerial drone footage (see above) shows...

ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. The last week we only briefly fished the lower estuary. We did see a few nice flathead and some good golden trevally around the river mouth but certainly had more success further up. There has been plenty of whiting opposite the Yacht Club and some really good flathead just outside Lake Doonella on the run out tide. We also saw some decent golden trevally around the Tewantin ski run area, and also up into Lake Cooroibah which is where we saw our best flathead numbers and sizes for the week. Pictured (below) is Harry with his 64cm golden trevally. He got it on his second cast of the morning on a prawn bait up in Tewantin. It was safely released after the photo."
Golden Trevally
As Jimmy said above, there wasn't a lot happening at the mouth this week. No more luderick captures as far as we know either so it looks like the season was short and certainly the least exciting in recent memory. Never mind. Always next year. The whiting were still biting though with some good fish coming from the sand flats of the Dog Beach and the Frying Pan. There were also a few goldens on the bite opposite the Coast Guard station at Munna Point. Flathead were also on the prowl (and going for drifted whole baits) from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah. Jewfish were located there in the deeper sections.
Golden Trevally
From Flynn Sinclair, above... "Hi Guys. After a good weekend of teaching my mates how to fish in the Noosa River and getting them onto a heap of nice flathead on Saturday and Sunday, I managed to land (and release) a lovely 55cm golden trevally on the trusty Jackall Squirrel on my last cast of the day. Cheers, Flynn." His quality fish, good story and Colgate smile was enough to win Flynn this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.

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