The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 14, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: With the south easterlies in the moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) range most of the week the more exposed and distant reefs were largely ignored by the offshore brigade. It wasn't such a deal breaker, fortunately, as Sunshine Reef really fired up, producing plenty of average size reefies such grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, estuary cod, pearl perch, moses perch, squire, a few quality coral trout plus the odd cobia, northern bluefin or longtail tuna and mackerel tuna. Monday was the standout (when the winds dropped briefly below the 10 knot mark) with glorious conditions encountered by those lucky enough to capitalise on it.
Coral Trout
The bar crossing was a bit gnarly at times with a few serious sets standing up out the back and catching the odd boaty by surprise. We scheduled a drone flyover for Monday morning to mark any changes since the recent passing of ex-cyclone Debbie. You can view the latest aerial footage and pix on the Noosa Bar Report. Email from Chicko Vella,
Davo's Tackle World... "With Good Friday coming up, there was good window to harvest my target species, trout and tuskies. Organised my deckie for Monday. Jumped a few curlers on the bar, straight to Sunshine Reef and Maddy (above) didn't disappoint, with a nice trout and good numbers of lipper and tusk fish. We may have been outfished, but we're going to eat well. Light winds, slight current to the north and a dropping swell. Perfect. Happy Easter. Chicko."
Coral Trout
Report and photo from
Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished North and Sunshine reefs on Tuesday. Wind was 15 to 18 knots from the south. Very light current to the north. We got grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, monacle bream and the cracker 76cm coral trout that Blake Schouten (above) is pictured with."
Venus Tusk Fish and Spangled Emperor
And from
Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday in 15 to 20 knot winds. Caught venus tusk fish, sweetlip, spangled emperor, squire an lots of undersized reds. Pictured above is Dale from Brisbane with a nice pair of tuskers and Mitch with a tusker and spangled emperor."
Gold Spot Cod
Report and photo from
Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. Great conditions... moderate winds, little run to the north and low swell. We caught sweetlip, pearl perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, snapper and gold spot cod." Daryl Love from Gympie is pictured above with a gold spot cod.
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Cougar One and Wild Thing 2 both fished Sunshine Reef on Thursday, coming back with squire, grass sweetlip, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, hussar, cod, monocle bream and coral trout. Above left is Gale from Brisbane with a trout from Cougar One and Robin Taylor from Mountain Creek, above right, with a trout from Wild Thing.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
From Grant Budd, Davo's Tackle World... "Got out on Monday to chase the longtails. For those of you throwing slugs you need to consider the switch to stickbaits and even plastics. We had no luck on surface lures so the humble plastic was sent out and first cast this chunky 10kg fish, above, whacked my Chasebait Dagger Bait in coconut ice. With the bar cranking out some overhead waves we decided to come in just after high tide and call it a safe end to a quick morning session."

COASTAL: There were plenty of families out and about on the surf beaches for the first week of the school holidays and respectable numbers of whiting, dart and bream on Sunshine Beach to satisfy most anglers. Late afternoon saw the bigger dart move in and at the northern end towards the rocks there were jewfish chasing large soft plastics during the day and fresh mullet slab baits after dark. A few unstoppable hookups off the headland rocks attracted the more adventurous anglers with small queenfish, tailor and big eye trevally chasing metal slugs as an added bonus. Around the corner, Dolphin Point was good for a few grass sweetlip.

ESTUARY: Flathead, bream and estuary cod were in numbers at the river mouth (along with whiting and trevally during the day and mangrove jacks at night), in the Frying Pan (together with tarwhine, tailor and trevally) and the Woods Bays where tea leaf trevally and GT's were responding well to surface lures and soft plastics.
Black Spotted Cod Tea Leaf Trevally
Brandon Johnstone (above) caught and released this black spot cod in the Frying Pan on Monday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn. And from Brady Reid, above right... "I was driving my tinny through Noosa Sound looking for patches of bait when I came across a school of tea leaf trevally busting up bait. I flicked for a couple of minutes with a few hits then I cast out in the open and pulled this 45cm tea leaf. Released after a quick photo. Thanks, Brady Reid."
Flathead Shovel Nose Ray
Michael Wilson, above, sent us these pix and report..."Hi. A friend and I set out from Brisbane on Saturday afternoon and headed to the Noosa River to chase jacks but this time around we didn't do well. It was nearly time to head home (3:30am Sunday morning) when we found this monster 98cm flathead sitting on the end of one of our lines. Was using a 20lb outfit, bait was a live herring on a 3/0 circle hook. A couple happy snaps and the fish was released unharmed." And this one from Peter McCrudden... "Hey Bill. Fished Munna Bridge on Saturday with the kids and Zac (above right) landed this cracker shovel nose on his cheap combo with 6lb mono. Took him 30 minutes to get it in with no help. Zac says 'my arms are killin but that was epic'. It was about 50mm shorter than him and was successfully released." Both of the above anglers tied for the Davo's Fish of the Week prize. So each get a $25.00 credit at Davo's and two packs of ChaseBaits soft plastics, value $25.00.
The sand flats opposite Munna Beach produced some nice whiting this week with peeled prawns and live beach worms getting good results. Further along, the Munna Point Bridge ran hot and cold with GT's around first light while the back of the Sound had big eyes and the odd queenfish. Weyba Creek was good for flathead, bream and whiting plus blue swimmer and mud crabs. Upriver, flathead were active at the back of Goat Island during the day and mangrove jacks put in a show at night. Up at Tewantin, Lake Doonella and the bridge area were good for flathead and bream. Jaimie Becker from Brisbane (above right) caught a 68cm flathead on a whitebait at Tewantin on Wednesday morning and Kelly Moore boated a 40cm bream near the Noosa Marina using a prawn bait. They were on a Noosa River Fishing Safari,
And Ryan Dreibelbis from Brisbane (above) caught and released this 76cm flathead at Tewantin on Tuesday's charter. It went for a whole whitebait. Apart from that, the jetties near the boat ramp and waters out from the Council Chambers had GT's chasing surface lures early in the morning. Bream and flathead were also active.

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