The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday October 6, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Weatherwise it was a bit of a mixed bag on the local reefs this week, morphing from light variable winds to brisk, fresh to strong southerlies. Most days were fishable, however, although those in the smaller boats did better in the morning sessions ahead of the blustery afternoon sea breezes. The bar was a bit gnarly in the latter part of the week with a few small boats going aerial and having their noses slapped just when they thought they were in the clear. No incidents were reported, however, apart from the odd tinny getting stuck briefly on the sand flats coming back in around low tide.
Red Emperor
All of the reefs were on the do-able list this week with best results coming from the more distant locations. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Hards on Thursday. Winds were 15 knots from the south east, easing to 5 knots. Current to the south. We caught heaps of big hussar, big tuskies, Maori cod, moses perch, coral bream, big gold spot wrasse, spangled emperor and a cracking 81cm red emperor." Pictured above is Ron Wouters with his snodger red emperor. Below; Dean Alderson with a standout tuskie and Mitch Alderson with a thumper gold spot wrasse.
Venus Tusk Fish Gold Spot Wrasse
And from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "We fished The Banks on Saturday. We had light variable winds early, then an afternoon sea breeze from the south east. Slight current to the south. We caught snapper, jewfish, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, trag jew, grass sweetlip and rosy job fish. Pictured below with their jewfish are Daniel Kirst, Meridan Plains, Clinton from Moololabah, Emmaniel Shade, Melbourne and Kano Hochr from Gympie."
Jewfish or Mulloway
Other Trekka 2 trips to The Banks were on Sunday where conditions were a bit ordinary with 15-20 knot ESE winds and a southerly current. The catch: snapper, jewfish, quality spangled emperor (below), hussar and venus tusk fish. And on Thursday... "Conditions were southerly winds to 15 knots. Swell was one metre, no current. We caught snapper (as per below right), jewfish, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish and coral bream." 
Spangled Emperor Snapper
The only report we received from Double Island Point this week was from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hi Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I. on Saturday. It was one of the best charters we've done for a while with action from the first drop to the last drop. Conditions were light south easterly breeze with no current. We caught cobia, gold spot cod, tusk fish, gold band snapper, big pearl perch, longtail tuna and almost bagged out on snapper. Cheers, Theo." Pictured below left is Dan with a nice eating size gold spot cod and Tom (below right) with an epic pair of snapper and pearl perch.
Gold Spot Cod Snapper and Pearl Perch
On the middle reef belt, North Reef produced moses perch, pearl perch, snapper, coral bream, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, hussar, red emperor (on live fish baits) and cobia. Below, from Friday; Doug with a tusk fish from a Cougar One charter and Lino Scalise with a snapper from a Trekka 2 charter.
Venus Tusk Fish Snapper
And south of there, this from Travis McDonald, below... "Headed out early Saturday morning on Chris Hansen's 6.0 Haines Signature that he had spent hours on polishing and making the rig look like a show boat. Straight to Sunshine Reef with no luck then on to Chardons Reef. Only boated a few small reefies until we dropped a fresh fillet down and got slammed at 46 meters by this nice cobia. Gaffed, bled and put on ice. Lucky for the polish Chriso!"
Cobia or Black KIngfish
Apart from that, Massoud's Reef was the spot for quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, grass sweetlip, moses perch and the odd red emperor while Sunshine Reef yielded venus tusk fish, squire, grassy sweetlip, coral bream and coral trout. Young Billy Croft from Brisbane (below left) popped into Davo's Tackle World on Saturday after a trip to Sunshine (presumably with a big person) and had his photo taken with this 45cm sweetlip. Caught, apparently, on a bait jig. The coral trout below right? That was boated on a half day Wild Thing 2 to Sunshine on Sunday morning.
Grass Sweetlip Coral Trout
The only reports from Laguna Bay were of the odd spotted mackerel at Hall's Reef and further up (in close) near Double Island Point, cobia and snapper.

COASTAL: The surf beaches were fairly quiet this week although those angler prepared to put up with a bit of rain earlier in the week reported plenty of average size dart and the odd chopper tailor at Castaways Beach and, along with whiting, at Peregian Beach. The better quality whiting, though, were on the bite at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and the northern end of Alexandria Bay. Around the corner from there, Granite Bay and Dolphin Point were good for a few garfish while across the bay, the waters around the First Cutting on Teewah Beach produced quality bream and the odd flathead.

ESTUARY: The lower estuary continued to reward the faithful with bream, flathead, whiting and trevally all on the chew from Woods Bays to the river mouth. Angela Szonyi from Brisbane (below) caught her golden trevally on a whitebait near the river mouth on Sunday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Golden Trevally
And on Monday's charter, Gavin Allbut from Bathurst (below left) caught and released this 80cm flathead near the mouth on a lightly weighted whitebait. Bream, flathead and some elbow slapping whiting were biting in the Frying Pan and the sand flats opposite Munna Beach. The outer Woods Bay was a trevally hot spot with goldens, diamonds, GT's and even a coachwhip on the prowl. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Photo from Wednesday afternoon of Neil from the UK (below right) with a coachwhip trevally. Caught and released in the Woods Bays using a whole prawn as bait."
Flathead Trevally
The trevally were also active out from the Coast Guard station at Munna Point while after dark, the mangrove jacks were going for live fish baits around the back of Noosa Sound. Apart from that, flathead were responding to 4" Curly Tail soft plastics at the mouth of Weyba Creek and whiting were biting in Lake Weyba. At Tewantin, the waters opposite the Council Chambers yielded good flathead while the ski runs produced bream, grunter, flathead, whiting and trevally. Further up, Lake Cooroibah was good for bream, flathead and whiting while in between the lakes it was mangrove jacks, cod and trevally.
Whiting
Mangrove JackEstuary Cod
The Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize was hotly contested by the school kids on holiday this week and was eventually split between the two young guns above. Alexandra Curtin sent in her son Josh's entry, above left... "Hi Bill. Chicko sold the reel and young Josh caught a big whiting first cast in the lower estuary on Saturday. Thanks Davo's and Chicko!" Josh won the $50.00 store credit for his efforts. And above right, from Peter Spittal... "Hello Bill. My son Parker's first mangrove jack. From the upper reaches of the Noosa river. The guys at Davo's sold him his first Samaki lure and he got the job done. He got this nice estuary cod as well. Both fish released after a quick pic." Note: Parker turned eight years old on Monday so... Happy Birthday mate! And congratulations on winning the $50.00 ChaseBaits Australia soft plastics package for a great catch and release.

FRESHWATER: Some big saratoga have been landed at Borumba Dam this week using spinnerbaits and Z-man Finesse Frogs. Fishing around timbered areas early morning and late afternoon have been the best times, a very slow retrieve is also important when targeting these fish. The bass at Borumba are schooling well in water depths ranging from 15-25ft, Norries Spoons, Hot Bite tail-spinners and Halco Twisties have been the standout lures this week with some great size fish being boated from anglers using them. Lake Mcdonald has been a little hit and miss this week. Anglers fishing early morning have had the most success, casting small 2” soft plastics along the lily pad edges has been the best method.


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