The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday February 22, 2016.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: It certainly wasn't a perfect week as far as the offshore brigade were concerned, but we ended up with four eminently fishable days out of the seven, so that was a pretty good outcome. Strong south easterly winds shut the gate at the beginning and the end of the week but otherwise, light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies and a 1.0m to 1.5m swell made for quite pleasant, and sometimes glassed out, conditions on the local reefs.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Small but powerful sets on the bar on some days caught a few boaties by surprise, more so a few hours either side of low tide, but to our knowledge there were no incidents. The stretch of river from the Woods Point to the mouth was more of a concern, in fact, with some boaties having better luck on the 'Dog Beach' side. Once in the bay, however, there were plenty of options. The reefs off Double Island Point were worth the extra fuel, producing an impressive range of species such as gold spot cod, snapper, squire, coral bream, venus tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, mahi mahi, hussar, mowong, yellowfin tuna, frying pan snapper, scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Molly Harvey from Mudjimba (above) is pictured with a nice mahi mahi or dolphin fish from Wednesday's Full Day (nine hour) Trekka 2 charter to Double Island Point. There was a small school of these pelagics cruising around the boat. This one went for a pilchard floater and another took a half pilly dropped just under its nose.
Snapper Spottede Mackerel
And from that same T2 charter we have Stephanie Tebbe from Minnesota in the USA (above left) posing with a quality snapper. While Bill Dorham from Forest Glen (above right) boated his 93cm, 4.5kg spotted mackerel (and a few Spanish mackerel) at 'D.I' on Thursday. It went for a whole pilchard floater.
Gold Spot Cod
Above, a few of the good eating size gold spot cod boated on Saturday's full day Wild Thing 2 charter to Double Island Point. And from the same charter we have Tracey Devenish (below left) with a yellowfin tuna and Lauren Dawson (below right) with a quality scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai.
Yellowfin Tuna Scarlet Sea Perch or Large mouth Nannygai
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef yielded the odd Spanish mackerel, Maori cod, grass sweetlip, moses perch and pearl perch as did Chardon's Reef but with the added bonus there of coral bream, venus tusk fish and the odd juvenile marlin. The Spaniards, though, were in better numbers at Chardon's. Chris Walter, Gavin Watts and Bruce Waldron (below) from the Noosa Offshore Fishing Club hit the jackpot there big time on Thursday morning. Crossing over the bar just after 5.00am they were trolling hard body lures close in on Chardon's twenty minutes later and after a frantic session, were on their way home with their bag limit of Spaniards just after 8.00am. Rapala X-Rap hard bodies did most of the damage with the Pilly Pattern and Red Heads working best.
Spanish Mackerel
Trekka 2 fished Chardon's on Thursday morning. Jen Robertson from Brisbane (below left) is pictured with Maori cod from that five hour charter and Andrew Tregenza from Victoria (below right) boated a quality sweetlip. The rest of the catch was coral bream, venus tusk fish, moses perch and Spanish mackerel.
Maori Cod Grass Sweetlip
Chardon's was certainly firing this week. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World (below) sent in this photo and a short report from Friday morning's trip...
"Hi Billybob. Slipped out to Chardon's this morning. Total glass out. Caught four nice conditioned Spannish on Rapala X-Raps. Also lost quite a few. Chicko"
Spanish Mackerel
As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...
Moses Perch and Pearl Perch Spanish and Spotted Mackerel Spotted Mackerel Maori Cod Moses Perch Spanish and Spotted Mackerel
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