The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday April 28, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: With Friday and Saturday off the agenda it was a slow start to the week but conditions improved steadily after that until late this morning when the fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot+) variable southerlies returned and shut us down again for couple of days. Carbon copy of last week. Still, for those prepared to put up with a bit of slop and chop, the fish were still on the bite. We had no reports from out wide but there were snapper and venus tuskers on the chew at Double Island Point.
Spanish MackerelFrom the middle reef belt, we received this report and photo on Wednesday from Chicko Vella from
Davo's Tackle World... "Good afternoon all. Ventured offshore to North Reef this morning. Target species Spanish mackerel, which prefer to bite just before a change. Anchored up and presented floating pilchards and live baits attached to 15kg bait runner combos. Straight away it was on! Kept three nice Spaniards. That's my mate Sonny Stevens above with one of them. We were also plagued by lots of small longtail tuna. The bottom rigs produced a mixed bag of reef fish. All this time I was meant to be at work!!!! Lucky my boss understands?"
Coral Trout Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef continued to produce plenty of plate size reefies, longtail tuna and a few colourful coral trout. Grant Budd from Davo's Tackle World (above left) found himself with a few hours to spare on Monday so he popped out to Sunshine Reef for a quick fish. This quality coral trout was all he could rustle up in his allocated time but he was happy with that. It went, by the way, for a well jigged ChaseBaits Fork Bait soft plastic. And this report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday. Wind was southerly at about 15 to 20 knots and a reasonable current to the north. We got a great feed of lipper and tuskies but we also got squire, coral bream, monocle bream, gold spot wrasse and the nice trout that Jong Kim from Auckland, above, is pictured with."
And from that same charter we have Anthony from Brisbane with a gold spot wrasse and Grouch McAllister from New Zealand (below right) with a venus tusk fish.
Gold Spot Wrasse Venus Tusk Fish
And from Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery... "We fished Sunshine Reef on Monday. Conditions were average with 10 knot south easterlies, a 1.5 metre swell and a 1 knot run to the north. We caught sweetlip, pearl perch, coral trout, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna and spotty mackerel. Pictured below is David Russle with his longtail."
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced Spanish mackerel, as did Big Hall's Reef but with the added bonus there of sweetlip, spotted mackerel, squire and mack tuna.
The video above? Our Drone Dude, Ian from Sunshine Coast Aerial Photography, was cruising the river on Sunday afternoon and decided to do an aerial run from below the Noosa Marina at Tewantin to the river mouth. To squeeze it all in we had to 'fast forward' some of the footage but that's life.

COASTAL: A few tailor (mostly choppers) were reported on the prowl off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach this week. Lightly weighted pilchards and metal slugs worked well there with most of the action coming in the late afternoon. Not much else from that side of the coast apart from bream and whiting at low tide and mulloway going for live mullet at Peregian after dark. Whiting, bream and tailor were active around the cuttings and north of Teewah on the Noosa North Shore.

ESTUARY: The river mouth fired well with flathead, bream, trevally and queenfish on the bite during the day (best either side of the high tide) and tailor active after dark. Took the queenfish photo below at the mouth on Tuesday morning. We were joking about remembering peoples' names and old mate said mine's easy. Surname is Organ so think 'mouth'. Trouble is I didn't word associate his first name but I guessed correctly that it was Brian. The queenie, by the way, went for a live herring.
Les Szonyi from Brisbane (below) caught his 70cm flathead just up from the river mouth on Saturday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. While Graham Southern from Adelaide (below right) caught and released this 83cm specimen down there on Monday morning's charter. Both lizards went for lightly weighted whitebaits.
Flathead Flathead
Bream, flathead, whiting (at the very start of the run-in) and trevally were active in the stretch from the Frying Pan to Culgoa Point. From Heath Robinson, below left... "Hey guys. Caught this 70cm flathead around 8:00pm on Saturday night on the outgoing tide while trolling a Jackall hard body off the Sand Bags. Was an awesome fight. It was successfully released after a couple of quick photos." And there was the odd surprise capture as Conor Burrows (below right) found on Thursday... "Hey guys. Caught this 43cm spangled emperor today around the lower reaches of Noosa. Was using bait today as we forgot to bring our lure trays but after an hour of no fish with bait I happened to find a rigged Z-Man StreakZ in my back pocket of my shorts from last session. Five casts later with this lure and this emperor was giving me grief on 6lb but landed shortly after. Released after a few quick pix. Thanks to Adam from Davo's Tackle World for putting us onto the right spot. Cheers, Conor."
Flathead Spangled Emperor
The outer Woods Bay was good for bream, diamond trevally, queenfish and (more towards the current line) some quality golden trevally. GT's were also on the move there and around the back of the Sound while Weyba Creek produced bream, tarwine, whiting, trevally and flathead. Live worms and peeled prawns worked well there.
With the cooler weather now with us I've been walking to the river mouth for my bar pix. On Sunday morning on my way back I spotted ten year old Samir Moawad and his mum near the Munna Point Bridge. Mum was in a deck chair supervising Samir as he peppered the waters with a surface popper. They'd been there since about 5.00am with no luck. Anyway, they were there again on Monday morning so I stopped to see if he'd had any success. Still nothing but Samir was happily casting and retrieving while we chatted and then, bang, he was hooked up. Good fish. It pulled line for a few minutes but the young fella was up for it. Out of the water for a few quick pix, de-hooked and back in the water for an energetic and splashy exit. Well done mate. Patience is a virtue. And it has its rewards because young Samir's persistence and great catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. At Tewantin, flathead were on the bite in Lake Doonella on the run-out tide and GT's were chasing surface lures around first light off the boat ramp jetties and out from the Council Chambers.

FRESHWATER: Lots of red claw coming out of Borumba Dam as well as good size bass and a few yellowbelly. Some of the bass have been upward of 50cm. One of our customers went fishing with his girlfriend early this week and she caught three fish with the biggest being 53cm. It was the first time she has been fishing for bass. She caught them on earth worms that were dug from their back yard. Lake Macdonald has been fishing well for bass in the narrower parts of the system. They seem to be up in amongst the snags feeding on the glut of small insects that the recent rain has stirred up. Lots of great surface action for the top water anglers.

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