The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Monday December 28, 2015.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Yeah! We had a wonderful lead-up to Christmas Day with very light to moderate variable northerlies dominating the offshore scene ahead of a light southerly change from Friday onwards. Unfortunately it now looks like we'll have to cool our heels for the best part of a week while the forecast fresh to strong (20 to 30 knot) south easterly winds and 2.5m seas and swell hammer the coastline. Ah well, as they say; 'You've gotta pay the piper some time".
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
We were spoilt for choice this week with a modest, 1.0m to 1.5 metre rolling swell and mostly light southerly running currents on most of the reefs. Double Island Point was worth a look and those who made the effort reported good catches of snapper, teraglin jewfish, pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, sweetlip, coral bream and mahi mahi. Lester Friend's mahi mahi (above) was boated there on Wednesday's nine hour Wild Thing 2 charter.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks produced quality mahi mahi on floated pilchards and surface lures, Spanish mackerel on trolled lures and surface poppers, wahoo, amberjack on deep jigs and yellowfin tuna. Local angler Jordan Zerk (above) sent these photos and a report from his trip to The Banks with his mate Joseph Trezise (below) on Thursday... "Hey mate, here are a few pix of a few fish we caught this morning out at The Banks. Plenty of bait and flying fish around out there. The dolly took a shallow diver lure as did the Spanish mackerel. The wahoo was caught on the surface with a lot of water being thrown around as he climbed all over the lure. We also had double hook ups on yellowfin tuna. All this in only one hour of fishing! Great morning! Merry Christmas!"
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Closer in, North reef was the spot for snapper, mowong, venus tusk fish, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, mahi mahi, jewfish, many lined sweetlip, red throat emperor, moses perch, squire, Maori cod and sweetlip. Josh McBride and Dean Boyce from the Sunshine Coast (below) are pictured with the first two Spaniards boated out there on Tuesday morning's five hour Cougar One charter. Skipper Alex Pollet reported the Spaniards and spotties were 'thick as'.
Spanish Mackerel
And Don Blanckensee from King Beach, Caloundra (below) boated this jewfish or mulloway there on Tuesday afternoon's seven hour Cougar One charter.
Jewfish or Mulloway
We had excellent (glassy) conditions on the local reefs on Sunday with 5 knot north westerly winds, a 0.75m swell and a slight current to the south east. Courtney Ryan from Brisbane (below right) is pictured with a quality Spanish mackerel, boated on a five hour Wild Thing 2 charter to the middle of North.
Further south, Chardon's Reef yielded Spanish mackerel, plenty of marlin, small northern bluefin tuna, squire, moses perch, hussar and gold spot wrasse.
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Sunshine Reef turned it on for the smaller boats and yakkers. The birds were working the bait schools and there was plenty of surface action with Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, small longtails and bonito responding well to cast slugs and pilchard floaters. For the bottom bashers; the catch was snapper, coral trout, moses perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish and fusilier. Local angler Matt Browne sent in this report from Tuesday morning's session on Sunshine Reef..."Ducked out to Sunshine this morning with Ben Kibble from Tewantin. He picked up two nice snapper on Z-Man soft plastics then the birds started working and he landed two spotties (above left) on cast metal slugs. There were plenty of them out there, feeding on the surface, so that's a good sign."
Spotted Mackerel and Coral Trout
Beck Geldard and her partner Sonnie spent Boxing Day (Saturday) offshore with Chicko and Marie Vella. They fished Hall's Reef first off but it was pretty quiet with just one spotty for their troubles, then moved out to Sunshine Reef where they boated a couple of coral trout, more spotties and a Maori cod. Beck is pictured above with her standouts. All fish, by the way, were taken on Davo's pilchards. Apart from that, Laguna Bay ran hot and cold with spotted mackerel chasing cast slugs in numbers and marked by the birds on the good days. Spanish mackerel were going for trolled baits and lures on Jew Shoal.
As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the 'Lightbox Gallery', simply click on the thumbnails below...
Spotted Mackerel Spanish Mackerel Mahi Mahi Pearl Perch and Maori Cod Snapper Spotted Mackerel
By the way, the latest bar crossing video (as at Saturday December 26, 2015) has now been uploaded to the website. To view it... CLICK HERE.
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