The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 8, 2016.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: If you're a regular weekly fishing report reader you'll notice that we have now switched our report day from Monday to Friday.
This will hopefully reduce the workload and provide you with the most up to date information prior to the weekend. This first one, of course, will be a bit briefer than usual as our last report was Monday night. It will, however, cover from last Saturday morning until lunchtime Friday.

The run of great weather continued with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable southerlies dominating once again. Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit dud with 20 knot+ south easterlies and 2m+ seas shutting the gate temporarily but apart from that it was all systems go. Double Island Point was worth the trip with the reef fish in good numbers, if not size. On the bite out that way were pearl perch, snapper, mowong, moses perch, Maori cod and venus tusk fish.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef produced gold spot cod, large mouth nannygai, cobia, mahi mahi, Maori cod, moses perch, hussar, pearl perch, grass sweetlip, squire, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Nik Hope from London (above) boated his cobia there on this morning's five hour Trekka 2 charter.
Maori Cod Gold Spot Cod
And above we have Zoli Ocean from Brisbane with two Maori cod and Ryan Cokell from Doonan with a gold spot cod from Saturday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
Spanish Mackerel
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World (inset above right) did well at North Reef on Thursday... "G'day mate. Travelled to North Reef this morning. Had two crew on board keen to capture their first narrow barred and like me get a taste of the mackerel fever. We landed four in total along with two spotties. Cracker of a morning. The bar was shallow and tight coming in. The pics are my new deckie Sara Murphy and Davo's young gun Tyson Whitford. Cheers, Chicko."
Gold Spot Cod
Further south, Cougar One targeted Massoud's Reef late Thursday morning and Sunshine Reef later in the afternoon and came back with venus tusk fish, moses perch, squire, pearl perch and gold spot cod. Adam Jones from Sydney (above) boated his gold spot cod at Massoud's on that seven hour charter.
Spanish Mackerel
Closer in, Arkright Shoal yielded grass sweetlip, brownline sea perch, school mackerel, venus tusk fish, mackerel tuna and longtail tuna while north of there, Sunshine Reef was good for wahoo out wide and, in close, coral trout, Spanish mackerel, grass sweetlip, hussar, monocle bream, northern bluefin tuna, mackerel tuna and yellowfin tuna. Local yak angler Paul 'Dodgy' Anderson (above) paddled out to Sunshine Reef on his kayak on Thursday morning hoping to get in on some pelagic action. And he got that in spades when this 14kg Spanish mackerel took off with his slow trolled slimy mackerel bait. Paul said this was a super feisty fish which took him the best part of 15 to 20 minutes to get on board. He was worn out by the time he got back to Sunshine Beach with his quality fish and it was all he could do to hold it up for the camera. For his efforts we gave him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Mackerel Tuna
The tuna and mackerel were certainly out and about off the headland and in Laguna Bay this week. Nic Landsdown (above left) sent in this photo and report from his trip offshore on Tuesday... "My longtail tuna. Caught off Noosa headland. Caught with a Jarvis Walker White Tail rod (1.6metres) paired with an Okuma Femme Fatale 5500 reel. 15lb power Pro Pink braid with 20lb Black Magic leader and a Tsunami Holographic soft plastic lure."
And from Matt Browne... "Hi Bill. Hope you're enjoying this weather! Dave Hirst and I took our boys out to wrangle with a few tuna this morn and we didn't have to go far with mac tuna busting up everywhere around Jew Shoal. Here's a photo (above right) of one of the many Dave and the boys caught on cast metal slugs then tag-teamed to the boat for release. Most fish were of a reasonable size for mac tuna in the 5kg-8kg range. Cheers, Matt Browne."
Spanish Mackerel and Mackerel Tuna
While Will Clavarino sent us in these pix and a report from his weekend on the water... "Hey mate. Just a quick message. First weekend out in our new offshore boat and it was brilliant. Fish of the day for Saturday was this mack tuna (inset above left) as it was a great fight on light gear and fish of the day on Sunday was dad's metre plus Spanish mackerel that took a Rapala CD11 MAG trolling over Halls Reef." The weekend forecast, by the way, looks good.

Please Note: the latest bar crossing video (as at Sunday April 3, 2016) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it, simply... CLICK HERE.
ONSHORE: There wasn't much in the way of standouts reported from the Noosa North Shore with small dart picking at baits everywhere and the odd whiting in amongst them. Bream, tarwhine and whiting were biting on Main Beach early in the morning before the swimmers turned up. On the Noosa National Park headland, small snapper were reported on the prowl off Dolphin Point while chopper tailor were responding to small metal slugs around first light in the stretch from the Fairy Pools to Hell's Gates. Further south, jewfish and tailor were active after dark off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and in a good gutter at Castaways Beach. Local angler Chris Lawes (below) caught this 79cm jewfish or mulloway at Castaways around 8.00pm (near top of the tide) on Thursday night. It went for a pilchard bait on a paternoster rig. Whiting and dart were also on the bite there, and at Sunshine Beach, during the day.
Jewfish or Mulloway
In the estuary, the river mouth was still pretty quiet with just the odd jewfish on the chew at night and bream, flathead, small trevally and a few chopper tailor targeting the small baitfish schools during the day. Further up, the Frying Pan was good for bream, whiting and flathead. Zac Becker from Brisbane (below) caught this 50cm flathead on a whitebait floater in the Frying Pan on Thursday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Over in the Woods Bays, golden trevally and flathead were chasing live fish baits and prawns while GT's and small queenfish were responding well to surface lures around dawn and dusk.
Around the corner from there, Weyba Creek was the spot for bream, flathead and whiting while upriver, the Gympie Terrace stretch fired quite well at times, and when it did, it produced whiting, bream, tarwhine and the odd golden trevally. Live worms worked well there. Up at Tewantin, bream, tarwhine, whiting and flathead were active in the ski runs and up around Lake Cooroibah. There were also a few keeper size jewfish or mulloway boated near the lake mouth.
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