The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday August 10, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Light to moderate (with the emphasis on moderate) winds dominated the offshore scene this week. No glass outs reported but all days were were more than fishable. There was a good range of reefies (with quality snapper and pearl perch leading the charge) plus a few pelagics on the bite.
Yellowtail Kingfish
From out wide, this report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Hards on Friday in great conditions. Wind was about 5 knots with a strong current to the north. We had a hard morning but found a feed of snapper, moses perch, jewfish, fox fish, yellowtail kingfish and pearl perch later in the day." Above is Sam McNeil from Noosa with a yellowtail kingfish and below left, Wayne Costello, New Zealand with a quality pearl perch.
Pearl Perch Frypan Snapper
From D.I... report and photos (above right and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Sunday. The morning started out extremely foggy but once out of the bay it cleared up. We had a northerly breeze for most of the day with a light current from the north. We caught snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch, trevally, amberjack, longtail tuna and gold spot cod."
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Knobby Snapper
And this from our old mate Bob Jeynes... "Hey Bill. How are you going mate? Hope all is good and you're catchin' a few fish when you're not working on the awesome Fishing Noosa website. We just got back from a two nighter east of Double Island Point. Fishing was steady and we plucked good fish off every spot we fished. The crew was my mad cousin Freddy Dengate and his good mate Jason Witney (above right). Great fun had by all with plenty of snapper caught. We started out wide of D.I. and ended up finishing the trip close in. The closer ground was loaded with quality pearlies and snapper."
Coral Trout Maori Cod
The middle reef belt produced the goods for those in the know. From Neil Coxon, above left... "Hi Bill. I fished North Reef on Wednesday. Had a great day out on the water and caught this ripper coral trout. Cheers, Neil." Plus this report and photo (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. Once we made our way out of the thick fog on Sunday morning we fished North Reef. Conditions were good with about 10 knots of westerly wind and no current. We caught a good feed of snapper, frypan snapper, moses perch, slate bream, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some great pearl perch."
Cobia or Black Kingfish
And later in the week... "Hey mate. We fished Chardon's Reef on Wednesday. Wind was about 10 knots west to south easterly, light current to the south. We caught grass sweetlip, tusk fish, cobia, gold spot cod and snapper." Pictured above from that charter is Mark Cosens from the USA with his cobia.
Jewfish or Mulloway.
Trekka 2 fished closer in a few days ago... "We did a five hour to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday. The fishing started off a little slow with the odd tusk fish and moses perch coming aboard till we dropped the anchor on our 4th spot and landed a gold spot cod, followed up by a mulloway (above) and then a solid snapper (below left). The conditions weren't ideal with a light current, wind and swell all heading in different directions making anchoring a chore."
Snapper Snapper
And this report and photo (above right) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Cam Munro and I headed out to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning for a quick feed of snapper. Also caught a few grass sweetlip and got mobbed by a school of reef sharks. Out at 6.00am and back in at 7.30am. Small swell and shallow bar. Southerly wind and no current at all. Cheers, Chicko." In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was good for the odd early morning snapper.
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COASTAL: Whiting and dart were still out and about on the open beaches with some good fish reported schooling at Peregian Beach. Up the coast from there, jewfish, small tailor and dart were on the bite off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach while bream and whiting were biting at the top end of Alexandria Bay. On Main Beach some good gutters off the river mouth rock groyne produced flathead to 55cm while on the Noosa North Shore, bream and chopper tailor were active up towards D.I. Four year old Jordan Kelly, below left, is pictured with a nice bream from up around the top end.
Over 90 anglers entered the August Fishing Competition and the conditions couldn't have been better. Great weather, great fishing and great people. Not to mention great prizes and, of course, the great free sausage sizzle and drinks at the prize giving. The winners were:
Nick Singh: Biggest Bream (36.5cm)... $360.00 Gift Voucher.
Andrew McCarthy: Biggest Tailor (52cm)... $360.00 Gift Voucher.
Ray Schadforth: Lucky Draw Prize : $400.00 Penn/Berkley Gift Pack.
Jai Josey: Biggest Trevally (60cm)... $360.00 Gift Voucher.
Mark Arnall: Biggest Flathead (75cm)... $360.00 Gift Voucher.
Next Competition Scheduled for October 5 to October 7, 2018.

ESTUARY: Bream and flathead were still in good enough numbers at the river mouth to keep the land based anglers happy. The luderick, however, were few and far between at the car park rocks, even around the favoured tides. A bit disappointing but there's always next year. Further up, whiting were biting around the Dog Beach sand flats and in the Frying Pan while the golden trevally were still very in evidence in the current line and Woods Bays.
Golden Trevally
From Ed Wright... "Decided to stay in the river as it looked a bit bumpy in the bay on Saturday. Glad we did as we snagged a couple of monster golden trevally. They went for frogmouth pillies and were both released. Poppy’s one (above) nearly pulled her out of the boat!" Ed was disappointed that they didn't enter the Social Fishing Comp but he'll be happy to hear that Poppy's fish won this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits
Fish of the Week prize.
The outer Woods Bay also produced a few good tailor while the back of the Sound yielded big-eye trevally and, from the deeper holes, quality bream.
Golden Trevally Flathead
There were a few good flathead on the prowl in Weyba Creek and, together with trevally, upriver around Tewantin. From Jennifer Dixon Lane, above left; "Caught these nice guys trolling the river Saturday! Was very surprised as we were meant to be heading in at that point. Husband put the rod in my hand and said, just hold it. Not even 2 mins later... hooked the 65cm golden. Catch and release and line back out, not even 2 more mins and hooked the 89cm diamond!! Holy rolley!! As you can tell by my face, I was very chuffed for getting it in the boat!!" Last but not least... The river report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The river was a bit of a mixed bag this week. The lower estuary was pretty quiet with just a few bream and the odd flatty. The goldens and such are still hanging around The Woods and Coast Guard. We had better success along Gympie Terrace, Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah with some nice flathead, bream, whiting, tarwhine and some pretty reasonable estuary cod too. There's also a couple nice winter jacks getting pulled out of the snags and structures upriver of the Noosa Marina. Pictured (above right) is Xavier from Melbourne with his mid 50's flathead pulled out of the water up near Lake Cooroibah." Jewfish were also still active up in that area while mangrove jacks were on the hunt between the lakes.

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