The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday June 29, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it again this week with light to moderate south easterlies setting the pace from the get go. Sadly, after Sunday there wasn't a lot of joy with fresh to strong (15 to 20 knot+) variable easterlies and a 2m+ swell shutting the offshore gate until early Thursday.
Spangled Emperor
A couple of the charter boats took advantage of the good conditions and targeted Double Island Point ahead of the forecast weather change. This report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday. Wind was 10 to 20 knots south to south east with a light southerly current. We caught tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod, coral bream, Japanese sea bream, pearl perch and (as pictured above with Brad Dixon from Bundamba, Queensland) a cracking spangled emperor." And one from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Sunday in good conditions; a light southerly wind and no current run . We had the crew from the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club on with us. We caught red emperor, venus tusk fish, hussar and snapper." Photo below left. Interesting to see how each skipper interpreted the conditions.
Snapper, Venus Tusk Fish and Red Emperor Pearl Perch
There wasn't much in the way of pelagic captures this week with the bottom dwellers to the fore and very little, if any, surface activity reported. Thumper pearl perch were out and about in numbers though. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday on a seven hour. Wind was 10 to 20 knots from the south, no current. We caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, coral bream, snapper, grassie sweetlip and quality pearl perch." Pictured above right is Greg Nash and below, Dirk D'Silva (both from Victoria) with a couple of the thumper pearl perch.
Pearl Perch
And from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Sunday. Conditions were great with a light southerly breeze and no current. We caught Moses perch, pearl perch, snapper, Maori cod and grass sweetlip. Pictured (below left) is Brad with a nice Maori cod."
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Closer in, we received this Sunshine Reef report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine on Monday in ordinary conditions. Wind was 15 to 20 knots with no current. We had a hard time but managed a feed of tusk fish, moses perch, coral trout, monocle bream and grass sweetlip. Pictured (above right) is Liu Xu from Melbourne with a nice trout." There were also a few longtail tuna on the prowl out there.

COASTAL: There were lots of dart on the open beaches this week with whiting and bream in amongst them, especially at Peregian and Sunrise Beaches. Sunshine Beach was good for a few just legal size flathead while small trevally, tailor and quality queenfish were responding well to cast stick baits and 100mm surface poppers off the headland rocks. Apart from that, flathead were on the bite the bottom end of the Noosa North Shore and tailor (mostly in the 40cm to 60cm range) were active in the surf gutters around Teewah township. School jewfish were on the prowl further up at Double Island Point,

ESTUARY: Bream and flathead were worth targeting at the river mouth, as were the luderick if you were geared for it. I stopped off at the river mouth car park rocks around 9.30am on Saturday morning which was about an hour before low tide. Brian Smith (below left) had been there for a while but hadn't had any 'downs' until I arrived, then he hooked up on a good blackfish. I had to run back to the car and get my camera so only got footage of it being netted. While Brian was re-baiting I took my camera and tripod and scouted a good spot away over on the 'Platform' walkway, about 150 metres away but with a good view across the water to where he was fishing. My camera has a 20x zoom so I was able to get a different angle on things when he next hooked up. Forgot to mention it to Brian so you can see him looking around, rod loaded up, wondering where the hell I'd got to. Just as he was bringing the fish in, the Coast Guard vessel 'John Waddams' came motoring past and threw up a wake that nearly drenched Brian. A bare foot bystander kindly stepped in and netted the fish, saving Brian from getting his shoes wet. I had to go straight after this so missed what looked like being a good session.
Flathead
And we received this 'Fish of the Week' entry from Marissa Alexander... "Ian McBean (above right) couldn't have been happier with himself when he got this 70cm flathead. He caught it on a piece of pilchard drifting between the sandbanks near the mouth of the river on the outgoing morning tide on Saturday the 23rd of June. This crowned him winner our long running annual Noosa family fishing competition, so needless to say he had to bring it in to show his son-in-law (last year's winner with a 64cm flathead) and get a quick picture before releasing it back into the river. Cheers, Marissa."
Golden Trevally
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Well, while the weather has been a bit average, the fish certainly didn't mind and we got out most days the last week. We've seen nice flathead and whiting at the river mouth and a couple fringe eyed flathead near the Dog Beach. The Frying Pan is holding plenty of good size bream and tarwhine. Moving on to the Woods Bays, the pelagics are still there most days. Golden trevally have been the most popular there. Pictured (above) is Joe from New York and his Aussie family friend Hillary. Joe hooked this golden and passed on the glory to Hillary to get the fish up to the side of the boat. Measured 62cm. We caught it using a whole whitebait. Quick photo then released. Up at Tewantin we've seen some pretty impressive bream and a couple more flatties as well as heaps of mid size GT’s schooling up, so plenty of fun on the light stuff."
Tailor and Shovel Nose Ray
The Frying Pan area was also good for some quality whiting while the Sand Bags and Current Line produced tailor, golden trevally and, after dark, the odd mangrove jack. Tailor were also on the chew at Munna Point and, together with good bream and juvenile jacks, along the Noosaville stretch. From Tamara Clarson, above... "Hi. My name is Tamara and I am 19 from Brisbane. My family and I braved the weather on Wednesday for me to catch this 52cm tailor opposite Gympie Tce that we kept. I caught it using a Shimano spin combo, 6lb line and a mullet strip. The next cast, I spent 10 mins bringing in a 105cm shovel nose shark, that was released, on the same mullet strip. We only caught bream other than this but got bitten off twice which we think were other tailor." Tamara's efforts, despite the weather, earned her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Golden Trevally Mangrove Jack
From Paul Green... "Hi Bill. Every time we come up to Noosa for a holiday Adam and the boys at Davo's Tackle World always offer advice and service that is second to none. The best tackle store I have experienced. Spent some time with them on Wednesday afternoon and took their advice and the result was six golden trevally on Friday morning with five being released and the one kept. Pictured (above left) is my 81cm golden that took 15 minutes to land on 8lb line. Regards, Paul." And from local angler Mark Greentree, above right... "Hey Bill. Braved the cold on Saturday night with my boy chasing bream. I was happy with this great surprise... catching this 32cm pup. Not sure what he was doing out in the cold. Released safely after this quick pic."
Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
Plus two more Fish of the Week entries from the upper river system. One from Cooper Langan, above left... "Hi. I was trolling for mangrove jacks along the bank around the barge area (Car Ferry) on Monday when my bucket list fish hit my sunrise custom lure. It tried to run me back in the snags but luckily I got it out and when I saw my favourite fish come to the surface my eyes just lit up. We had no net so we had to do the trusty lift and as soon as it hit the deck the split ring got straightened with the hook snapping off. As soon as we got some pix of the fish we let it to go to fight another day. It went 41cm. Cheers, Coop." And this one from Eddie Walter, above right... "Hi Bill. Managed to go for a session and got a nice jack on a 60mm Sunrise custom lure on Monday. It went 37cm on the lie detector. The next day I popped into Davo's and picked myself up a River2Sea Mettle Minnow in a pilchard colour and a couple hours later picked up my PB flathead. It went 66cm. Thanks mate"

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