The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday December 14, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
Below left. Offshore was pretty much a no go in the first half of the week with 20 knot+ SE winds and a 2m+ swell prevailing...
Above right. From Tuesday onwards, conditions offshore had improved considerably although the bar was still a bit gnarly...

OFFSHORE: Under the circumstances, nobody (as far as we know) went much further than the middle reef belt. Report and photo (below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday. The bar still had some decent waves on it but once outside the conditions were quite nice. We had a light easterly wind and a steady current from the north. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, coral trout, grass emperor and pearl perch."
Cobia Coral Trout
And the following day the crew from Trekka 2 fished a bit closer to home ... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. Conditions were pretty good. The swell on the bar had dropped quite a lot overnight making the crossing easier. We caught yellowfin tuna, coral trout (see above right), venus tusk fish, painted sweetlip and grass emperor."
Coral Trout and Maori Cod
And this from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Slipped out for a lunch time run on Wednesday looking for mackerel. Couldn't raise any, so had a stop on Sunshine Reef for a feed of trout, cod and sweetlip, but minus a trout or two thanks to the tax man. I really think he’s identified the bottom of my boat!! Conditions were perfect... light winds, slight current to the south. The bar had settled down somewhat, although caution was still needed. Bring on the rain." Pictured above is Sonnie 'Smiley' Stevens with a trout and Maori cod.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
And above, from Jason Milne, Viking Kayaks... 'Hi Bill. Found this beauty out off Sunshine Reef on Thursday. I was trolling a pilchard on a squid skirted rig when it hit. Super aerial displays! My first ever dolly! Water temps were 25 degrees. Got it around the 32m mark."

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COASTAL: After the blow earlier in the week the bread and butter species made their presence felt along the open beaches. Dart and whiting were biting at Peregian Beach and (together with flathead) at Castaways Beach. Quality whiting were also on the bite at the southern end of Alexandria Bay while just north of there, trevally, chopper tailor and rat yellowtail kingfish were schooling off the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland. Trevally were also active at Dolphin Point. Across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, whiting were in good numbers at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and, together with flathead and dart, up around Teewah township.

ESTUARY:
The river mouth ran hot and cold this week with a few trevally hitting surface lures around first light and good flathead on the prowl in the deeper channels. From Geoff Lawrence, below... "Hey guys. Debbie and I have been having a bit of tough luck over recent weeks, fishing everything from hard bodies, softies, and poppers to livies, mullet fillet, and pillies!! Our luck finally changed on Sunday arvo at the river mouth with this awesome 63cm lizard!! This was a personal best for me so looking forward to the next. Cheers, Geoff."
Flathead
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The last week we caught some nice flathead around the lower estuary. The river mouth fished well for them. Plenty of bust offs around the Dog Beach... plenty of jacks along there. Still the odd pelagic getting around the Woods Bays, we also caught bream and flathead there. We had a few cracks around Coast Guard and ended up with some small queenfish and moses perch. Tewantin also fished well; we mainly caught bream, flathead and trevally, plenty of jacks getting done up there early morning late arvo. Below right is Erin from Victoria with her 73cm dusky she caught and released."
Giant Trevally Flathead
Whiting were responding well to small surface lures around the sand flats from the river mouth to the top of the Frying Pan with the last of the run in producing best results. Across from there, the Woods Bays fired towards the end of the week with mangrove jacks, big eye trevally and GT's chasing surface lures. And not far from there, trevally and queenfish were active around the Munna Point Bridge area and, together with mangrove jacks after dark, around the back of Noosa Sound. Young Sam Moawad (above left) caught and released this quality GT after a few hard yakka mornings working the surface in that area. Looks like that one went for a SugaPen surface lure.
Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
Weyba Creek was a good option for queenfish, whiting (live yabbies worked well there) and the odd flathead while up around Tewantin the Marina produced quality mangrove jacks. From Roy Hermence... "Hi Bill. My son Zane (above left) has been constantly fishing for these river brutes and managed to get this decent sized one after he finished work. On his third cast this thing came out from a pylon and smashed his 3" Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastic. He was stoked. Regards, Roy." Zane's colourful capture was a well deserved winner of this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, the first ski run was good for the odd trevally and mangrove jacks were still on the bite up towards Lake Cooroibah and, together with school jewfish, between the lakes. From Grant Pawson, above right.... "Hi Bill. Got this 50cm jack in the river on Sunday arvo on a Holt Swim Prawn. Released after a quick pic."

FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been firing with Lake Macdonald producing quality bass into the mid 40cm mark. These fish were going for surface lures like Lucky Craft Sammy 65's (at first light) worked out from the lilies and paused for the strike. During the day, vibes and blades and Jackson tail spinners cast into the deeper waters (with a nice slow retrieve) were getting a good response.

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