The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday December 2, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) north easterly winds dominated the offshore scene this week with the swell hanging mostly in the 0.5m to 1.0 range. Add to that an uneventful bar crossing (away from dead low tide), and relatively light currents on the local reefs, and it was a good outcome for the bluewater boys.
Only one report from Double Island Point this week and it was from
Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover.. "Hey mate. We fished D.I on Sunday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots ESE. No current. We got heaps of pearlies, tuskies, moses perch, snapper, slaties and a cracker amberjack, boated by Brett Waters from Coololabin, as per above.
Out wide, The Hards produced snapper, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, gold spot wrasse, Maori cod and venus tusk fish. The current was running fairly hard out there at times but those with plenty of lead did ok. Closer in at North Reef the catch was jewfish or mulloway, quality snapper, pearl perch, gold spot cod, Maori cod and moses perch. Jahn Knight from Ballarat (above) barely got to the bottom before this nice snapper came to the party. He was on Tuesday's Trekka 2 charter to North.

Jewfish or Mulloway
And Benoit Fourie (above) stopped at Hall's Reef on his way offshore on Sunday morning and managed to gather a few livies, one of which was a small grinner. Later on, and doing it tough at the top of North Reef, he was just about to call it quits when the rig with his last bait, the now dead grinner, got smashed by a 9.5kg jewfish.
Dolphin Fish or Mahi Mahi
Further down the line, Massoud's Reef was good for moses perch, gold spot cod, squire and dolphin fish or mahi mahi. Curtis Boag from Auckland in New Zealand (above) boated an extremely feisty dolly there on Tuesday morning's Wild Thing 2 charter. He had a bit of trouble holding it for the camera but got there in the end.
Dark Tailed Sea Perch Cobia
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold but on the good days it produced the goods with coral trout, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, snapper, sweetlip, dark tailed sea perch, pearl perch, moses perch, squire, cobia, venus tusk fish and lots of juvenile red emperor coming to the party. Keith Parker from Kingaroy (above left) boated a dark tailed sea perch there on Friday's Cougar One excursion and above right we have Robert Szabo from Hungary with a couple of cobia from Sunday's charter.
Coral Trout
Local angler John Roberts (above) has never caught a coral trout in his life so you can imagine his absolute delight when his fresh mullet bait attracted the attention of this 4.5kg beauty at Sunshine Reef about an hour before high tide this morning. For his efforts he won a Davo's Tackle stubby cooler complete with bottle opener.
Spanish Mackerel
Young Thomas Kibble (above) spent Wednesday morning at Sunshine Reef with his father Ben and Ben's buddy Matt. They'd been told by a friend that the mackerel should be there by now so they trolled the top end and outer edge with Halco Laser Pro (Pilchard pattern) hard bodies. Their persistence paid off big time when they picked up a 60cm spotty, and then a 105cm Spanish mackerel, which Tommy had a hand in boating. Good fish and good timing as this is the first mackerel weighed in at
Davo's Tackle World this season. Well done guys. Even better, their quality Spaniard took out this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.

COASTAL: Not much in the way of reports from the surf beaches this week. Dart and whiting were well spread on the south side but not in any significant numbers or size. On the North Shore, a few chopper tailor were reported on the bite at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach while whiting and dart were active north of Teewah.

ESTUARY: The lower estuary perked up a bit this week with bream, flathead, whiting and tailor active around the mouth and in the Frying Pan. Trolling bright pink minnows such as the Strada Dredge 70 has been a good way to locate the fish and then working the area hard with plastics will account for a few more. Small pillies or whitebait and live baits such as herring or prawns also got good results. Note: The six knot holiday speed limit is now in force. For more details... CLICK HERE.
Flathead (and the odd trevally) were also on the prowl off the Sand Bags and, together with bream, tailor (late afternoon and night) and javelin fish, in and around the Woods Bays. Mick Tombs from Inverell in New South Wales (below) caught and released his 74cm lizard near the Sand Bags on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait. And Emma Spicer (above) caught her 70cm flathead on a whitebait in the Outer Bay on Monday morning's charter.
Flathead Golden Trevally
Out from Munna Beach, trevally were smashing soft plastics, surface lures and rapidly retrieved slugs such as the Halco Twisties and the Arma 15gm silver ‘Twists’. Photo and report from Gary Housley.. "Took the kids out for a fish in the river on Saturday arvo. My young bloke's mate Zac Walpole (above) came along and got his first lure caught fish, a nice 53 cm golden trevally. He was pretty happy with himself. Fish was released. Caught on a Cultiva lure, baby bass colour. Cheers, Gary."
Mangrove jacks are becoming active around the lower estuary with the water warming up nicely. Live baits drifted into structure and cast plastics like the ever popular Gladiator Prawn have been working well. Weyba Creek produced bream and flathead, as did the Gympie Terrace stretch, but with the added bonus there of whiting. Fraser Johnson from Brisbane (above) boated this thumper whiting in the waters opposite the Yacht Club on Sunday morning. It went for a small, soft plastic prawn lure. Apart from that, school jewfish were reported at the first ski run and flathead, bream and javelin fish were on the bite in Lake Cooroibah and between the lakes.

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Lake Macdonald continues to fish well around sun up, particularly on the surface. Bass well over 40 centimetres are becoming very common once again. Bass Bay delivered some good bass and Three Ways was worth a look with small spinnerbaits, worked around the weed edges, getting good results.
Borumba Dam has produced some excellent saratoga of late as the spawning season is now over and the bigger females are hungry after six weeks or so without a feed. Bassman spinnerbaits worked slowly are a great tool for ‘Toga'. The water level is very low at Borumba so take great care in the feeder creeks and at the boat ramp. Recent rain and the promise of more will hopefully alleviate this problem. Good bass are hitting spinnerbaits and small plastics around the Eagles Nest whilst trolling small extra deep minnows has also delivered the goods.

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