The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday December 16, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors were out of luck this week with 20 knot+ variable easterlies slopping and chopping the exposed reefs from late Friday afternoon through until Monday night. Conditions improved pretty quickly from Tuesday onwards, however, with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies prevailing.
Red Emperor
Despite the more favourable weather pattern in the latter half of the week the fishing would be best described as hard yakka with only modest numbers of keeper size reef fish on the bite and a distinct lack of mackerel, after what looked like a promising start to the season. A sudden drop in water temperature from above 25 degrees to around 22.5 degrees mid week may have had something to do with it, in which case things should improve in that area over the next few days. Some of the bigger boats targeted Double Island Point with mixed results.
Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover sent us this report and photo..."Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Wednesday. Wind was 10 knots NNE with a moderate current to the north. We boated moses perch, pearl perch, squire, frying pan snapper and a red emperor. Matt Geaney from Charters Towers (above) doing the honours with that one." Other species on the bite up that way were venus tusk fish, sweetlip, trag jew, snapper and gold spot cod.
Gold Spot Cod Moses Perch
The middle reef belt was quiet with multiple pick drops necessary to bag a decent feed of fish. At North Reef the catch was moses perch, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and squire. Local angler Anthony Mcalpine (above left) is pictured with one of the gold spots boated there on Friday's Wild Thing 2 charter. Further south, Trekka 2 fished Massoud's Reef on Tuesday and ended up with some Maori cod, moses perch and teraglin jewfish. The wind was 10 to 15 knots ESE. Swell 2.0m from the east with a 1 knot current run to the south. Steven Nightingale, from PNG (above right) managed these two cracking inshore moses.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef yielded the odd spotted mackerel, mackerel tuna, pearl perch and squire while in Laguna Bay the tuna (longtail and mack) were on the move with some good surface activity, especially from the mack tuna, towards the end of the week. Jason Milne from Viking Kayaks (above) was working a boil at Little Hall's Reef on Friday morning when his 3" Z-Man StreakZ soft plastic was taken by this 17kg northern bluefin tuna. Jason and his kayak ended up a few kilometres away at Jew Shoal before he managed to tire and boat his fish. He said there were birds working and a number of boils but the tuna were skittish and fast moving.
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COASTAL: It was still fairly quiet on the surf beaches. Whiting were down in numbers but up in size at Sunshine Beach with cured and live beach worms on Black Magic Whiting Snatchers pulling the odd quality fish. Tailor were also on the bite there with metal slug working well in the late afternoon and whole pilchard baits after dark. There were reports of a few mystery bust-offs at Hells Gates (more than likely longtails) and jewfish going for Z-Mann soft plastics after dark. In the bay, Little Cove was still good for whiting before and after the crowds, as was the middle groyne on Main Beach around first light. There were no reports from the North Shore.

ESTUARY: The bread and butter species lead the charge in the lower estuary with bream, flathead (on the run-out) and golden trevally on the bite at the river mouth. Ben Dowling from Brisbane (below) caught and released this 76cm flathead near the river mouth on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn.
And Rob Newton (below) had a fine time on Tuesday morning's charter, boating a 40cm bream in the lower Gympie Terrace stretch first up, and an hour later, a 72cm lizard at the river mouth. Bream and flathead were also active in the Frying Pan and, together with mangrove jacks, around the Woods Point and in the Woods Bays.
Flathead and Bream
Jardin Brough (below right) caught his 50cm mangrove jack on a live herring off the Woods Point on Sunday night. It was around 8.30pm, on the run-out tide. A few anglers also reported getting smoked there at times. Across from there, big eye trevally were on the chew at Munna Beach on the run-out tide after dark while the Munna Point Bridge continued to yield GT's (on and off) on surface lures around first light. The back of Noosa Sound was another mangrove jack producer after dark.
Giant Herring Mangrove Jack
Upriver, giant herring were schooling just below Tewantin and small jacks were out and about near the Noosa Marina after dark. Greg Woodrofle from Brisbane caught and released a giant herring (above) near the Marina on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn. Apart from that, bream, flathead and javelin fish were on the prowl at the ski runs and school jewfish were going for fresh mullet strips, soft plastics and live fish baits at night near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah.

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With the recent storms and fresh water the lakes are a little quieter. Lake Macdonald is still producing bass around the Bubble Trail and edges of lily pads. Having a range of weedless plastics and spinnerbaits and vibes will be sure to keep your options open. For the surface angler looking to land a few, the first light bite periods have been the better option before the winds pick up.
For anglers headed to Lake Borumba this holiday season in search of Saratoga then it really will be a case of getting started early to avoid other water users and general noise produced from holiday boat traffic. Those fish caught have been sitting lower down in the water so going weedless is one of the best ways to find them.

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