The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday August 25, 2017.
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OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors didn't get a look in this week with fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies hammering the coastline throughout Saturday and Sunday. Conditions improved from Monday onwards, though, but apart from mostly plate size reefies, it was fairly quiet on the inner reefs. There wasn't a lot of swell in the latter half of the week but the northerlies roughed up the waters somewhat, making life a tad unpleasant at times for those in the smaller boats. For those prepared to go the distance, the Barwon Banks produced squire, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and hussar.
Snapper Gold Spot Cod
And this report and pix (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished Double Island Point on Thursday. Winds: 15 to 20 knots variable northerlies. Little or no current. We boated gold spot cod, moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, red emperor, scarlet sea perch, Maori cod and snapper.
Cobia Coral Trout
Closer to home, North Reef yielded moses perch, pearl perch (in numbers), mack tuna, Maori cod, cobia and the odd jewfish while Arkwright Shoal was the spot for Maori cod, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and cobia. From Travis Vulich, above left... "Hi guys. I caught this 18kg cobia on Friday night about 1km offshore at Coolum. Strong south west winds but we could still fish in close. I got it on a set of gang hooks with a pilchard and a running ball sinker. We got out at about 3.00pm, picked up a nice tusk fish and a nice sweetlip within the first hour. Then we dropped a big fish and all was quiet for a good couple of hours. We moved about 500m away and still nothing. I called it at about 7.00pm if we don't get a bite in 10 minutes we'll call it a night. Straight away the floater took a run and I got it in and had a nice little 3 foot reef shark. Sorted the lines and bang straight away got a big run with the sinker bottom set up. Took about 7 or 8 runs and 10 to 15 minutes later we landed the 18kg cobia. Pretty stoked its the first cobia I've ever caught! Cheers, Travis." His in-depth report and quality fish won Travis this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were light north west winds with little to no current. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, squire and coral trout. Pictured (above right) is Julio from Melbourne with the standout trout." Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with just the odd squire and grass sweetlip reported on the bite around Jew Shoal and Hall's Reef.

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COASTAL: There wasn't much feedback from the surf beaches this week apart from dart and the odd chopper tailor and flathead on the bite at Peregian Beach and small snapper off the National Park headland rocks. Further around, bream and whiting were biting at Little Cove and First Point around dawn and dusk while whiting and flathead were out and about on the Noosa North Shore stretch. There were also a few snapper on the bite off the rocks at D.I.

ESTUARY: The bread and butter species were in good numbers at the river mouth this week with bream, flathead, whiting and tailor leading the charge. A little further up, The Platforms and lower Dog Beach stretch yielded lots of average size flathead, as did the Frying Pan. Whole prawns and small fish baits worked well there, although the bigger lizards were also going for trolled divers like the Jackson Divitis, Strada Dredge and Lucky Craft Pointers.
Flathead Whiting
Around the corner from there, the Woods Point current line and Woods Bays produced cale cale and golden trevally early morning and late afternoon plus quality flathead and bream during the day. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Piers Walker from London (above left) caught and released this 90cm flathead on a whitebait in the outer Woods Bay on Monday afternoon's charter." Whiting were also reported in the stretch from the sand flats at Munna Point up to Tewantin. Noah Nipperess from Sippy Downs (above right) caught his first ever whiting on a lure there on Wednesday afternoon. It was a Lively Lures Mad Mullet, bought from Davo's Tackle World that very morning. His achievement earned him a free Davo's Tackle cap.
The back of Noosa Sound was good for the odd just legal mangrove jack after dark while in Weyba Creek the catch was bream, tarwhine and flathead. Jim Mathlouras from Melbourne (above) caught a 60cm flathead on a a prawn bait in upper Weyba on Monday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Diamond Trevally and Flathead
Upriver, flathead and trevally were active in the Tewantin ski runs. From Matt Llewelyn... "Hi Guys. I was up from Brisbane for a few days. I had tried the mouth and Woods Bay during the weekend for only mild success so headed upstream to the Tewantin stretch before the first ski run on Monday morning. At roughly 7.30am I hooked onto something decent on the drift and after several tense moments and some expert maneuvering of the boat by my girlfriend to help keep the fish away from the moored boats landed this diamond trevally which went 70cm. Was great fun on light gear. Later in the day and only slightly further upstream I also landed this 70cm dusky flathead. Both went for Atomic Prawn plastics in Pumpkinseed. Cheers, Matt."
Apart from that, the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for bream and flathead. Pumpkinseed colour 5" Gulp Paddle Tail SP's worked well there.

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