The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday January 6, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Another forgettable week as far as the weather was concerned. Variable easterlies dominated. Mostly from the north in the first half of the week with the predictable moderate to fresh afternoon sea breezes making life difficult for the late starters. Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much no go's when the forecast strong, wet south easterlies hammered the coastline. The bar? One swamping and one grounding around low tide, which for this hectic time of year is a good result.
Amberjack Venus Tusk Fish
Double Island Point was a much better option this week, producing cobia, amberjack, snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, rosy jobfish, mahi mahi, hussar and gold spot wrasse. Doug Warren from Coolum (above left) did a good job to boat his chunky highfin amberjack there on Friday's full day Trekka 2 charter.
And Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover summed it up well in his report... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday. Wind was 10 to 20 knots NNE. Current to the south. We had a wicked day smashing the dollies (mahi mahi) around a floating crate then moved on to the reef where we got snapper, venus tusk fish, pig fish, pearl perch, rosy jobfish, moses perch and hussar." Anthony Jaques from Sydney (above right) is pictured with a nice venus tusker that he boated there on the nine hour charter.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Back in along the middle reef belt, The Coffees yielded moses perch, Maori cod, gold band snapper and mahi mahi, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of cobia, snapper, mulloway or jewfish, squire and grass sweetlip. From Saturday's Trekka 2 charter to The Coffees; Matty Johns from Doonan (above) jumped on the floater with this dolly that nearly jumped in the boat on its first run. And Craig Cameron (below) boated his jewfish on Friday's Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef.
Jewfish or Mulloway
And Ethan Scarrabelotti from Kyogle in New South Wales (below) boated his stonker pearl perch on Monday afternoon's five hour Cougar One charter to North Reef.
Pearl Perch Maori Cod and Rosy Jobfish
Further south, Chardon's Reef was the spot for rosy jobfish, snapper, pearlies, moses perch, mahi mahi, Maori cod and hussar. Xavier Hodlott from Victoria (above) is pictured with a nice Maori cod and rosy job fish from Sunday's Trekka 2 charter to Chardon's. He also scored a quality dolphin fish (on the troll) on the way home.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef wasn't a bad option for the smaller boats with the odd Spanish mackerel, coral trout, cobia, snapper, mack tuna, squire, mowong and blue Maori cod on the bite. Dylan Cleary, Melbourne (above) boated a nice cobia there on Monday morning's five hour Cougar One charter. It went for a pilchard floater.
Spanish Mackerel
The winner of the $150.00 'Mackerel Lure Pack' from Davo's Tackle World Noosa is... Zeph Burton from Warner, Queensland. Zeph picked up a 10kg, 1.220m Spaniard (above) on a trolled saury bait at Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning. He brought it into Davo's to enter the Mackerel Mania Comp but had his photo shoot hijacked by the kids... Zai, Kayla, Zayden and Jack. So... it looks like they're all winners! Congratulations team Burton! In Laguna Bay, small mack tuna were active just off the headland while Spanish and spotted mackerel were going for trolled Halco Laser Pros and cast and jigged metal slugs at Jew Shoal and Little Hall's Reef.

COASTAL: Always lots of people out and about on the surf beaches during the Christmas break but of course that can slow down the fishing for the daytime anglers. For them, the stretch from Sunshine Beach to Castaways produced whiting (and the odd dart and flathead) around low tide. The more serious anglers targeted the northern end of Sunshine in the late afternoon and after dark for school jewfish and tailor. Lightly weighted whole garfish on ganged hooks got good results there. The middle rock groyne on Main Beach was worth the effort around first light with small tailor responding well to cast slugs and spinners around first light. The North Shore stretch was plagued by 'weed' so the only reports were of flathead and tailor on the bite at the bottom end and bream and whiting at Rainbow Lagoon at the top end.
Flathead Spanish Mackerel
Mia Andreassen (above) won last week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize with a thumper 2.5kg tailor that she caught on the North Shore. And here she is again, this time with a 50cm flathead that she tempted with a bonito fillet below the First Cutting. Looks like she might end up as an Alvey Reel cover girl at this rate. And from yak angler James McGregor, above right... "Hey fellas. Stopped in at Davo's on Wednesday and grabbed a few packets of slimies and pillies, but only ended up with slimies by the time I went fishing. Didn't leave them on the counter by any chance did I? Anyway, luckily the extra large slimies were all I needed and found a few mackies at DI. Here's the biggest one... it went 1.320m. Cheers. Oh. Just realized I've missed out on the mac comp. Bugger!" He would have won with that fish too.

ESTUARY: The ever encroaching sand along the river mouth car park rocks stretch has seen the focus change to light surf gear with the main targets being flathead, bream and whiting during the day and tailor between dusk and dawn. Paul Norris from Brisbane (below) caught and released this 80cm flathead near the river mouth on Monday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole whitebait. Those same bread and butter species were also active further up in the Frying Pan.
Big eye trevally were active in the Woods Bays (and the back of The Sound) at night while during the day it was bream, flathead, javelin fish and the odd shovel nose ray. Mark Crevatin (below) caught and released a white spot shovel nose in the Woods on Monday afternoon's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a prawn bait.
Shovel Nose Ray
Weyba Creek produced bream, flathead, estuary cod and a few good whiting. Seven year old CJ van der Maat (below) was fishing there with his father Nic in the latter half of the run-in on Monday morning when this thumper 42cm whiting tried to run off with his live yabby bait. Young CJ was more than up to the task, though, and soon had his prize in the boat. CJ's elbow slapper and his calm acceptance of his achievement won him one of this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prizes.
Upriver at Tewantin the catch was bream and javelin fish out from the Noosa Marina, small trevally around first light opposite the Council Chambers and flathead on soft plastics and whole prawn baits around the ski runs and Makepeace Island. Most of the mud crab captures came from the waters above the Tewantin Car Ferry.
Bass Saratoga
Borumba Dam produced some quality fish this week with spinnerbaits, hard bodies, weedless plastics and surface lures all working well. Be sure to get up early to avoid the rush at the ramps and increased noise from holiday boat traffic. Report and photos from Ed Wright, above... "Had an unbelievable session at Borumba Dam on Wednesday morning. I had never fished the dam, but was invited along by a friend who fishes there a bit. A pretty cold and wet morning but wow, what a couple of great fish. First was a monster 45cm bass which was followed by a 67cm saratoga. Both caught and released on small hard bodied lures. The toga took a tiny Atomic Hardz. Cheers, Ed Wright." Ed's great report and excellent first time result prompted Pete from Davo's to award him a bonus $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.

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