The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday November 17, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors had to cool their heels this time around but those anglers who managed to get out from Tuesday onwards made the most of the improving conditions. The bar settled down under the light to moderate overnight southerlies and the outside swell was 1.0m-1.2m at most.
Snapper Snapper
Not a lot of feedback from the outer reefs apart from these two reports from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished north The Hards on Wednesday. Wind was 15 knots NNE and there was a strong current to the north. We caught pearl perch, fox fish, sergeant baker and, as per the photos above, a good feed of snapper." And from Thursday's seven hour charter to The Barwon Banks..."We caught snapper, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, rosy jobfish, hussar, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, variegated emperor, coral bream, red throat emperor, northern bluefin tuna and pearl perch."
Red Emperor Snapper
North Reef has been very consistent lately and the area continued to reward the faithful. This report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished North Reef on a seven hour on Tuesday. Conditions were good with south easterly winds to 15 knots and a slight current to the north. We caught snapper, red emperor, moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, aerolate cod, gold spot cod and quality pearl perch."
Cobia or Black Kingfish
And this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to North Reef on Wednesday morning. Conditions were great with a light southerly breeze an no current. We caught cobia, red emperor, grass sweetlip, pearl perch, Maori cod and gold spot cod. Pictured (below) from that half day charter we have Bruce, doing the honours with a thumper Maori cod and a nice red emperor. Cheers, Theo."
Maori Cod and Red Emperor
Closer in, this report and photo (below) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished Sunshine on Tuesday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots decreasing to 10 from the ESE. No current. We caught good grass sweetlip, tusk fish, stripy sea perch and a nice coral trout. Tyler from Victoria doing the honours."
Coral Trout

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COASTAL: Whiting were in good numbers on the open beaches this week with some quality fish on the bite in close at Peregian and Castaways beaches and along with flathead, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Beach worms and half pilchard baits were working well there with Whiting Wacker rigs. Tuna and quality yellowtail kingfish were reported schooling within casting distance of the headland rocks. Flathead were on the bite around the corner towards Main Beach. From Jack Dekort; "My old man Arnie Dekort (below left) nailed this 68cm flatty at Little Cove on Friday morning on a whole prawn." On the North Shore, whiting were biting down at the river mouth end and north of Teewah while at the D.I rocks it was yellowtail kingfish and GT's to 5kg.
Flathead Flathead
ESTUARY: There was plenty of action in the lower estuary this week with bream, whiting and flathead active at the river mouth and, along with chopper tailor, in the Frying Pan and off the Woods Point. From Chris Locke... "Hi Bill. Fished the Sand Bags with Zoe (above right) on Monday morning and we got a couple of nice flatties. Both fell to soft plastic prawn lures right at the top of the tide." Prawns, pilchards and live fish baits also got good results.
Golden Trevally
The current line was good for a few GT's and golden trevally in the early morning, as were the Woods Bays but with the added bonus there of flathead, bream, chopper tailor and the odd whiting. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo from Monday afternoon's charter of Tyler Sherman from Sydney (above) with a nice golden trevally. Caught and released in the outer Woods Bay using a whole prawn bait as his draw card."
FlatheadAnd Terry Beckett from Auckland, New Zealand (above) boated this 65cm flathead in the Woods Bays on Tuesday morning's charter. Around the corner from there, mangrove jacks were active after dark around the Munna Point Bridge and around the back of Noosa Sound. Live baits worked well there.
Golden Trevally Flathead
It was feast or famine along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Cody Van Rensburg (above left) and Noah Williams (above right) did well around the bottom end over the weekend. From Cody... "Here’s my first golden trevally going 54cm. Caught and released Saturday. Lure: Halco Red Mad Eye in Curly Tail. Was just hopping it. Conditions: Overcast and raining until the afternoon once it had cleared up. Also caught a couple of honeycomb cod and moses perch during the day, until the afternoon when I hooked another golden, this one feeling much bigger. It almost half spooled and wrapped me around the pylon until I flicked the bail open and ran to the other jetty. Once there I reeled as fast as I could and he was still there until he took another big run and snapped me off." And a brief report from Noah... "Saturday. 78cm flathead caught on Z-Man Slim SwimZ. Baby Bass colour. It was released." The boys took out this week's Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize with Cody winning the $50.00 store credit and Noah the $50.00 soft plastics package,
Flathead Golden Trevally
Further up, bream, javelin fish, trevally, flathead and whiting were biting around Tewantin and, along with tailor and school jewfish, in the ski runs. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo of Nathan Mayes (above left) with a 72cm flathead, caught around Tewantin on Tuesday." Between the lakes it was mangrove jacks, the odd fingermark and trevally. From Brad Hart... "My eight year old nephew Marshall from Taupo, New Zealand (above right) landed this trevally at the top of Lake Cooroibah on Friday. He was trolling a pink Micro Mullet. It gave him a really good fight."

FRESHWATER:
At Lake Macdonald, the bass were a little hard to catch but are sitting deep around the Bubble Trail and deeper holes. Blue Blue micro jigs and small spinner baits were working well, as were 3” Berkley Swimming Mullet plastics on 1/8th jigheads. The Borumba bass were deep around the boat ramp, along the float line and around the entrance to Yabba and Kingham Arms. Entice Assault Vibes and Ecogear ZX35 blades worked well there.


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