The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 7, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Well, it wasn't the most inspiring week for the offshore brigade. Noosa certainly dodged the bullet as far as the full impact of ex-cyclone Debbie was concerned but we still copped a right flogging last Thursday as she passed through on her way to wreak havoc on the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales.
In the aftermath, unfortunately, we had strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterly winds and 3m+ seas and swell with us for the entire report week which put paid to any offshore excursions beyond the relative shelter of Laguna Bay. The tuna were on the boil in close, however, and those few diehards who made the effort did well with quality bluefins chasing trolled hard body lures, cast slugs and stick baits. Anyway, in the absence of offshore photos for the week we took the opportunity to put together a video rendition, below, of last month's captures from Double Island Point to Laguna Bay, featuring charter boats Cougar One, Trekka 2 and Wild Thing 2.
Early last month the Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week Competition grew in stature with the added support of ChaseBaits Australia. The revamped weekly competition prize is now a whopping $100.00, which comprises a $50.00 store credit from Davo's and a great $50.00 lure pack from ChaseBaits. The video, above right, is a compilation of photos of the standout entries, and the winners, from March 2017. Note... you can't win it if you're not in it.
COASTAL: It wasn't all that exciting on the surf beaches this week but with the school holidays up and running there were plenty of visitors determined to make the most of their stay in Noosa, regardless of the weather. Black Magic 'Snapper Snatchers' are back in stock at Davo's Tackle World and senior staffer Dave Crothers has been extolling their virtues to all and sundry. At his urging, a few surf anglers gave them a try at Sunshine Beach and picked up some good tailor on half pilly baits around dusk. During the day there were also a few whiting chasing live beach worms. Further north, the National Park headland rocks produced the odd squire while on Main Beach the whiting were biting around first light. On the North Shore, chopper tailor were active around sunset at the First Cutting and north of Teewah.

ESTUARY: The river system surprised a lot of people this week with some quality captures coming from the lower estuary in the latter half of the week. Flathead (soft plastics and small fish baits), bream, tailor (surface lures) and whiting (live beach worms) led the charge at the river mouth, in the Frying Pan and in the Woods Bays.
Pino Giliberti from Brisbane (above) caught and released a 75cm flathead at the river mouth on Saturday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole whitebait.
Golden Trevally Estuary Cod
There were a few trevally and cod around the lower estuary as well. From Marcus Thuler... "Hey Bill. My little fella Tully (above left) pulled this 47cm bad boy, his first golden, out on the turn of tide around the river mouth on Sunday afternoon. It went for a pilchard bait and was released after this quick pic." And young Jed Hamblin from Tinbeerwah (above right) fished the Woods Point on Sunday. Using garfish strips he caught and released a 42cm flathead then landed this 45cm estuary cod.
Tailor Flathead
From Robyn Isele..."Hi Bill. My husband Stephen, son Chris and I brought the tinny up to Noosa from Logan City for a break! Stephen caught and released a 95cm flathead at the river mouth on Tuesday morning and on Wednesday, dodging the wind and the showers, Chris (above left) caught this 65cm tailor on a live herring! Both family records for the boys! Thanks to Noosa for a great fishing holiday!" And from Gold Coast visitor Tim Hart... "Hi. I've been into Davo's Tackle World a few times as we have visited Noosa a number of times before. The guys there are so knowledgeable and helpful. My seven year old son Jack caught these 55cm/56cm flathead in the lower estuary on Thursday on the advice from Adam and Chicko. Cheers, Tim." With so many good entries in the FOTW Comp this week we split the prize between two finalists. Jack Hart (above right) was one of them so he wins a $25.00 credit at Davo's and two packs of ChaseBait soft plastics, value $25.00.
Trevally were busting up around first light at the Sand Bags this week but were chasing small baitfish so tiny metal slugs were the go there. Mangrove jacks were also on the bite there and in Woods Bay area after dark with free floating baits, frogmouth pillies, live poddy mullet/herring and fresh mullet strips getting best results. The Woods were also good for the odd GT plus bream, flathead, javelin fish and quality whiting. Bronson Millard (above) bought a packet of live worms from Davo's on Thursday and put them to good use in the Woods Bays, coming back with three nice whiting. These two fish went 35cm and 36cm. That's a nice dinner package there. Bronson's elbow slappers also earned him a share of the FOTW prize; a $25.00 credit at Davo's and two packs of ChaseBait soft plastics, value $25.00.
And from Mal Laurie... "Young George from Brisbane (above) caught this GT in the Woods Bays on Wednesday. He was using a 2 inch Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastic from Davo's." And from David Osborne... "Hey guys. Eight year old Madison Cotterell (above right) caught this 46cm jack on Tuesday arvo on a prawn."
There were good reports of bream, trevally and flathead around Munna Point on both bait and casting soft plastics and hard bodied lures. Jameson Blayney (above) caught his first ever flathead on Sunday and at 55cm it was a nice fish. He picked it up on a Squidgy Prawn soft plastic near the Munna Point Bridge. Queenfish were active around the back of The Sound while Weyba Creek was good for bream, flathead and whiting. Upriver, the north shore side of the Noosaville stretch produced good blue swimmer crabs while flathead and mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the top of the tide opposite the Council Chambers at Tewantin.

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