The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday March 9, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Offshore might be looking pretty ordinary at the moment but at least the first half of the week was fishable. About as good as it gets in fact. Light to moderate variable winds were the norm rather than the exception until Monday night and as you can see by the photos below, conditions on the local reefs were excellent until the strong south easterlies moved in on Tuesday afternoon. Then, for the bluewater boys, it was all over bar the shouting.
Snapper Pearl Perch
While the going was good the more distant reefs were well and truly on the agenda. Double Island Point in particular was well worth the effort, as you can see by this report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday. Wind was 0 to 10 knots variable with a light southerly current. We caught snapper, cobia, moses perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, coral bream and heaps of quality pearl perch."
Cobia and Gold Band Snapper
And Gary Johnson from Hawaii (above) wanted a day to remember when he holidayed in Noosa so he booked Wild Thing 2 for himself on a nine hour trip. He spent Monday at Double Island Point with Paul Glover and his deckie and had a ball landing cobia, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, quality pearl perch and gold band snapper. Conditions were great, with light variable winds and a nominal southerly current run. Doesn't get much better than that."
Jewfish Gold Spot Cod
From the middle reef belt, this report from Jake Garlick, Breakaway Marine, above left... "Hey Bill. Headed out to North Reef on Sunday morning and got a few nice reef fish (grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch) plus cobia and jewfish. My mate caught a 5kg jewie on the bait jig. Ha ha. It was a great morning." Plus this report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished North Reef on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions were good with a light north westerly breeze on both days and a slight current to the south. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, gold spot cod, cobia and grass sweetlip." Pictured above right we have Kayne Maskill from Roma with one of a number of gold spot cod boated over the weekend. And below left, Peter Gainey from Brisbane with his cobia. Below right... Michael Halbauer from Brisbane with a quality grass sweetlip.
Cobia Grass Sweetlip
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef continued to produce well. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Friday morning. Wind was 10 to 15 knots from the south east with a southerly current. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor, trevally, coral bream and a nice coral trout. Michael Wearmouth from Noosa Heads (below left) did the honours with the trout."
Coral Trout Spanish Mackerel
And from local angler Craig Tod, above right..."Boated this 110cm (12kg-14kg est.) Spaniard at Sunshine on Saturday morning. Caught it on a pilchard floater just before the tide turned. Christened my new 10kg-20kg Wilson Live Fibre rod on it. Got a great deal from Chicko at Davo's Tackle World the day before. 40lb braid, 50lb leader, Penn SpinFisher 7500 reel. Great rig. Recovering from a broken heel bone so it was hard work but a great result!"
Spanish Mackerel
And last but not least, one more from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour charter on Monday. Conditions were good with a light north westerly and a slight current to the south. We caught Spanish mackerel, grass sweetlip, monocle bream, moses perch and Venus tusk fish. Nick from Noosa Waters is pictured (above) with a great Spanish mackerel which fed all the crew." The only reports from Laguna Bay were of the odd northern bluefin tuna and mack tuna (in numbers) along the Hall's Reef stretch and the shark nets running parallel to the headland.

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COASTAL: Before the blow the bread and butter species were out and about on the open beaches with flathead on the prowl at Peregian Beach. Further up, whiting were biting at Castaways Beach and (together with quality tarwhine) at Sunshine Beach. North of there, Lion Rock in Alexandria Bay was a good spot for GT's while around the corner of the headland, Dolphin Point produced some good size bream and, after dark, jewfish. On Main Beach, mack tuna were in close around First Point at times and responding well to cast slugs while whiting and flathead were active along the middle groyne wall towards the top of the tide. On the Noosa North Shore a good gutter opposite Teewah township yielded the odd quality whiting and a few flathead.

ESTUARY: The changes in the sand banks and flats around the river mouth has seen some thumper bream and whiting coming on the bite around the top of the tide. Flathead were also on the bite there, and up around the Dog Beach stretch, with soft plastics and live fish baits getting good results.
Giant Trevally
Further up, the Woods Point current line and the Woods Bays were good for some thumper GT's (mostly feeding on the surface) and quality golden trevally (down deep) with Chug Bug and Bassday Sugapen surface lures, Z-Man Slim SwimZ soft plastics and ChaseBait curly tailed soft plastics working well. From local angler Shane Wagner... "My nephew Hunter Stojczan (above) caught and released this 55cm GT in the Woods Bays on Sunday. It went for a Storm Chug Bug surface lure. He was armed with a Berkley Blast rod and a Shimano 1000 Sustain reel loaded with 4kg braid and 6kg leader."
Tarpon Trevally
Report and photo from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Well, the fishing has been kind to us considering the weather we have had. Been fighting up to 2 knots of tide in some parts of the river but still managing to get a few. The last week we have seen some good GT’s and golden trevally. Some great size whiting in the shallows around the river mouth. A couple more jewies and the odd tarpon putting on an aerial display around the Sound and in the Woods Bays. Moving up river we've still seen some good flathead around the Tewantin area so good to see the river cleaning up a bit after all the rain last week. Pictured (above) is Sam from Sydney with a 53cm tarpon caught on a prawn in the lower estuary and released soon after." And Doonan lad Jack Baird (above right) caught this trevally at the Pirate Park near the Noosa Yachtie on Saturday morning. It went for a live herring.
Mud Crab
Mangrove jack numbers were a bit down but the quality was still there. Best fish came from the Woods Bays, the back of the Sound and Weyba Creek between dusk and dawn. Mullet strips, live baits and poddy mullet were the best baits. Samaki Thumper Vibes, Jackall Transams and River2Sea Flick Prawns best lures. Weyba Creek was also the spot for the odd quality mud crab like the monster above. Tias Colefax found this thumper buck in his crab pot there on Sunday morning. It went 23cm across the carapace. Tias' quality capture and his bravery in the face of this cranky crab's claws also won him the bonus of this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits
Fish of the Week prize. Upriver at Tewantin, the waters opposite the Council Chambers were (as usual) good for a few flathead while the top of the first ski run produced school jewfish.

FRESHWATER: Lake MacDonald: Bass have been caught around the weed banks and up near the feeder creeks this week. Water flowing into the lake still which is bringing the fish on. Bassman Spinnerbaits and small suspending hard bodies are working very well.
Borumba Dam: Bass and saratoga in the bays and in the standing timber along the deeper drop offs. The Yabba and Kingham arms are still fishing great with some nice toga being taken on the surface early in the mornings. Tiemco Cicadas and Lunker Hunt Popper Frogs have been working well.

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