The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday February 8, 2019.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa

Below left. Friday was 'the' fishable day as far as the outer reefs were concerned and those who could, made the most of it...
Above right. For the rest of the week, the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was the only option for those chasing the pelagics...

OFFSHORE: As mentioned, there wasn't much of a window this week with Friday being the only real opportunity for the offshore boys to make their mark. Otherwise the moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) ESE winds were just blustery enough to make the outer reefs a no go.
Gold Band Snapper
Weather permitting, Double Island Point was worth a shot. Report and photos (above and directly below) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a nine hour to D.I. on Friday. The current run wasn't too bad but we still needed a 12oz to find the bottom. It didn't take long to find some quality fish including a red emperor that was right on 55cm which we released anyway. We caught gold band snapper, nannygai, squire, tusk fish, Moses perch, frying pan snapper, cobia, grass emperor, painted sweetlip and gold spot wrasse."
Large Mouth Nannygai or Scarlet Sea Perch plus Red Emperor
We received no other reports from the outer reefs. But from closer to home, we got this from Dave Leonard, below... "Got some good Spanish mackerel and yellowfin tuna off Sunshine on Thursday morning. Trolled hardbodies and livies on stinger rigs did the trick."
Spanish Mackerel and Yellowfin Tuna
And from the day before, this report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We ran a five hour to Sunshine Reef. We found an area holding lots of bait so anchored up and berleyed. We had spotties and cobia hitting live baits, pilchard floaters and metal slugs, however the sharks ended up with more than us. Pictured is Jemma Habermann (below) showing off a cobia she got past the sharks."
Cobia
Apart from that, the baitfish, birds and pelagics were on the move throughout Laguna Bay and, at times, less than 500m from the bar.

Mark the date! February 15, 2019. It's not long to go until the Free Seminar at Davo's Tackle World on how to catch mackerel. And here's more great news! In addition to insights from Adam, Chicko and Dave Leonard, renowned Marine Biologist Julian Pepperell will be offering up some valuable inside information on this exciting species. And get this... there will be drinks and a sausage sizzle, plus great specials on the night. Best to pop into the shop and pre-register, though, as numbers are limited.
$1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition
Don't forget! The Davo's $1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition runs until February 28, 2019. Pop into any of the Davo's stores and get your photo taken with your mackerel catch and be in with a chance to win an amazing $1000.00 shopping spree at Davo's. The winner will be announced on March 1, 2019. Please Note: It won't necessarily be the biggest fish. Points will also be awarded for the best photo, best smile and best story. Your entry will be uploaded to our FaceBook page and the number of 'Likes' it attracts will also determine whether it goes into the final six from which the winner will be selected. Good luck!

ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. It's been a fairly quiet week but regardless, we caught bream and whiting in the river mouth, a few small chopper tailor around the Coast Guard Station at Munna Point, the odd mangrove jack around the Sound and trevally along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Further upriver, bream, flathead and whiting around the Noosa Marina and javelin fish in the Tewantin ski runs. Geoffrey Sonners from Inglewood in Queensland (below) caught this 39cm mangrove jack in Noosa Sound on Wednesday morning's four hour charter. It went for a lightly weighted, whole whitebait."
Mangrove Jack
The river mouth was also good for flathead while the Frying Pan produced elbow slapper whiting. Across from there, mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the Dog Beach snags and the Sand Bags while queenfish and trevally were schooling in the Woods Bays.
Whiting
The jacks were also on the bite in Weyba Creek (along with some good whiting and a few queenfish) while the Gympie Terrace stretch yielded quality bream around the jetties and thumper whiting on surface lures around the sand flats. Denis Muzeen (above) is pictured with an elbow slapper whiting that monstered his new Bone colour, 95mm ChaseBaits Drunken Mullet lure. Now that's a fish with eyes bigger than its belly! Further upriver, the waters around the Noosa Marina were good for flathead, mangrove jacks and estuary cod while more jacks were on the prowl at Jew Hole near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and, of course, in the stretch between the lakes.

FRESHWATER: The impoundments were quiet for the surface anglers but hardbodies, spinnerbaits and suspending lures were working well around the snags, drop offs and submerged timber. While underway be sure to have a few deeper diving lures out the back. The Bassday Sugar Deep, Atomic Shiner and Rapala Jack Deep are excellent profile lures that work well while under electric motor power.
Bass
From local angler Eddie Walter, above... "Hey Bill. I had an awesome day out at Lake Macdonald with my good mate Denis Muzeen on Sunday morning, smacking a few big bass. Denis managed to get his pb going 40cm and I managed to get my pb going 46cm to the fork! I got my fish near Three Ways on a deep diving hard body lure. Had to use Denis' net which had about 5-6 holes in it. My bass went through the net and I had to fight it through the hole but still managed to land it! Released it successfully after a couple of pix." Eddie's quality fish and detailed report won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.

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