The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday February 15, 2016.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
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OFFSHORE: Hmmm. It's been quite a while since we've uploaded a one page report but the long run of fishable weather finally came to an end. Strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterlies, 2m to 3m seas and rain squalls dominated the offshore scene this week so it was time for the offshore boys to take a break.
Grass Sweetlip
Having said that, the bar crossing was as flat as a tack a few hours either side of high tide and the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was an option for those anglers still needing a fishing fix. And there were lots of people keen to do just that, despite the rather inclement weather, so the lads from Trekka 2 put together a 'Half Day in the Bay' excursion for half a dozen keen punters on Thursday morning. It was a bit sloppy, with 15 to 20 knot+ south easterly winds and a 1.5m to 2.0m+ wind driven swell, but certainly quite fishable. Big George Ristevski from Lalor in Melbourne (above) is pictured with the morning's standout grass sweetlip which he boated at Hall's Reef. The rest of the catch was school mackerel, reef shark, a flatfish and diamond trevally.
Wild Thing 2
We have a Winner! The 'Guess the Weight' Competition was won by Brad Russell from Narangba with the closest bid of 10.87kg. The mystery weight was 10.88kg. Congratulations Brad, you've won two Nine Hour (Full Day) fishing trips with Noosa Charters. Total Value: $440.00.
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ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit patchy this week with best results coming from the morning sessions before the south easterlies hit their stride. On the southern beaches, bream to 36cm and whiting were responding well to fresh mullet strips around first light at Castaways Beach while dart were in good numbers further north at Sunrise Beach. Chopper tailor were going for pilchard baits there in the late afternoon, conditions permitting. Off the more sheltered north facing outer points of the Noosa National Park headland; bream, squire and sweetlip were responding to pilchard and squid baits. Apart from that, dart were on the bite around the groynes on Main Beach and chopper tailor were active around dawn at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach.
Mangrove Jack School Jewfish
In the estuary, the river mouth fired up this week with the last few hours of the run-in tide producing particularly well. On the bite down there at various times were bream, queenfish, tailor, mangrove jacks, jewfish, trevally and flathead. Johnny Beck (above left) tempted his quality jack there about an hour after top of the tide on Tuesday morning. It went for a whole pilchard bait under a bubble float. And local angler Bob Hedges (above) caught and released a couple of mid 60cm school jewfish at the mouth a couple of hours before high tide on Wednesday morning. Both fish went for Berkley Gulp Nemesis soft plastics.
Flathead
And Dave Webby from Brisbane (above) caught and released this thumper 75cm flathead at the mouth on a live herring this morning. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time. Just up from there, bream, flathead, grunter bream and tailor were on the bite in the Frying Pan while the Sand Bags were good for bream during the day and quality mangrove jacks in the late afternoon and after dark. Bella Di Corleto from Tackle World Alpine Country (below left) caught her 35cm bream on a whole prawn bait near The Sand Bags on Tuesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. And on that same charter, and in the same area, Chris (below right) caught and released this 38cm bream. It, too, went for a whole prawn bait. It was the latter half of the run-out tide.
Bream Bream
Just around the corner in the Woods Bays the catch was bream, trevally (GT's and goldens around dawn and dusk) and flathead. In Weyba Creek it was bream, flathead, whiting, moses perch, estuary cod, the odd shovel nose ray and some quality mud crabs. Further upriver, quality bream and whiting were taking fresh prawn baits along the Gympie Terrace stretch around the top of the tide while at Tewantin; trevally were responding well to surface poppers around first light in the waters opposite the Council Chambers. The first ski run was good for bream, golden trevally, flathead, school jewfish and mud crabs.
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