The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday August 11, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Holy moly! This run of almost perfect winter weather just seems to go on and on! And it's looking great for the weekend, and a tad beyond. Light to moderate variable winds prevailed once again with the added bonus of little or no swell on the bar. Chilly mornings, morphing to blue sky days.
Jewfish or Mulloway
There were some good fish on the chew as well, with most of the visited reef producing the goods. Report and photos from
Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Friday. Conditions were good with 10 to 15 knot westerlies and a light current to the south. We caught gold band snapper, snapper, gold spot cod, pearl perch, nannygai, jewfish and grass sweet lip. Cheers, Theo." Above, Endre and Lauren with our standout jewfish. Below Dave with a thumper pearl perch and Lauren with a cracking gold band snapper weighing in at about 8 kilos.
Pearl Perch Gold Band Snapper
And this report from local angler Jackson Ross... "Hey Bill. Haven't been out fishing in some time but we shot out Wednesday arvo for an overnighter. The plan was to fish wide Double Island Point but on arrival the current was running hard. With the conditions being otherwise perfect, we made the call to relocate to north of The Hards. Ended up being a good call as we got our bag of snapper plus lots more which were released. Also some nice pearl perch, amberjack, jewfish and spangled emperor. Photos (below) are of Owain Ritson, our deckie for the night, with a nice jewie and knobby snapper." 
Jewfish or Mulloway and Snapper
Wild Thing 2 fished The Hards on the weekend. On Saturday it was windy in the morning but eased for a great afternoon of fishing. They caught pearl perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, tailor and moses perch. Sunday was perfect. A glass-out with a southerly current. The catch was the same as Saturday but with the added bonus of spangled emperor." Patrick Fischer, below left, is pictured with Sunday's standout venus tusk fish.
Venus Tusk Fish Venus Tusk Fish and Snapper
Trekka 2 targeted the Barwon Banks. Photos and report from T2 deckie Will Palfery... "Hi Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to The Banks on Saturday. Conditions were pretty ordinary to start with but dropped right off to 5 knots from the south and little or no current running south. Our crew (above) caught venus tusk fish, snapper, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch and moses perch." Pete Banders from Redback Plains, below, with the standout snapper.
Snapper, cobia and jewfish were in good numbers and of good quality at North Reef. From Tim Lawless... "Hi Bill. Finley Lawless (below left) hooked up his first ever snapper on Saturday morning using a Z-Man StreakZ soft plastic. On the first drop this thumper 72cm snapper took the lure and ran hard."
Snapper Jewfish or Mulloway
And Dave Nettleton (above right) fished North Reef on Wednesday... "Hi Bill. Another good day. We went in search of big fish, with lots of live bait, and bagged out on jewfish and cobia. Have to love fishing off Noosa in this weather." And from From Alisha Coyne, below... "Hi Bill. Fished North Reef on Saturday afternoon for a mixed bag of pearl perch, cod, sweetlip, cobia and this 80cm snapper that ate my live yakka. Not bad for my first ever snapper!"
Apart from that, the catch at Sunshine Reef was pearl perch (in good numbers and size), squire, Maori cod, grass sweetlip and the odd quality snapper.

COASTAL: Nice conditions on the surf beaches this week, and with the full moon phase in full bloom, some quality jewfish (mulloway) were out and about after dark around Coolum and south of there. Further north, Peregian Beach was good for the odd tailor and quality flathead, as was Castaways Beach but with the added bonus there of whiting. Quality whiting were also biting at Sunshine Beach while the waters off the rocks at the northern end produced a few legal size jewfish. Soft plastics, live pike and mullet slabs were the go there. On the Noosa North Shore, tailor and good size bream were in good numbers along the steep section of beach up past Freshwater while the rat yellowtail kingfish were schooling off the rocks up at Double Island Point.

ESTUARY: Flathead and bream were in pretty good numbers at the river mouth while just up from there, the bottom of the Dog Beach produced some good whiting on live beach worms, prawns and yabbies. Further up, the Frying Pan was good for bream, as was the current line off the Woods Point and the outer Woods Bay with some thumpers on the bite after dark. The current line was also a good option for flathead, cale cale trevally, golden trevally and tailor. Rob Mcildowie from Melbourne, below, caught this 70cm flathead on a whitebait in that stretch. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
And from local angler Jack Bell, below left... "I caught this nice flatty out of the current line on Sunday afternoon. She went 84cm. I was pretty stoked with this catch, being a jump from my former PB. It went for a Westin Mega Teez soft plastic on a 1/6 TT HeadlockZ. She was released after this quick pic."
Flathead Bream
Flathead were also active off Munna Point while bream were in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch. From Jim Evans... "Dee Evans (above) caught this 30cm bream in the canal outside Portside Noosa Resort on Wednesday afternoon using a 6 hook 'bait catcher' with a piece of prawn as bait."
Whiting were biting around the Munna Flats and along the north shore side of the Gympie Terrace stretch. Nine year old Noosaville girl Justine Hudson (above) was fishing that area with her mum and dad on Sunday afternoon when this elbow slapping 34cm specimen took a liking to her peeled prawn bait. It was a PB for young Justine. Even better, her quality catch won her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Flathead and Queenfish
Up at Tewantin, the waters opposite the Council Chambers produced trevally and, on the run-out tide, flathead, as did both of the ski runs but with the added bonus there of bream, javelin fish, tailor and queenfish. Steve Turner from Melbourne (above) caught and released this 63cm flathead and a queenfish in that stretch using lightly weighted whitebait as his draw card. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time. Apart from that, a few flathead and trevally were active up around the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and, together with bream and javelin fish, in and around the lake itself.

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