The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday January 4, 2019.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa

Below left. With the swell coming from the east and never going below 1.5m, there were always going to be a few aerials...
Above right. The swell, in fact, picked up slowly but steadily as the week progressed so the bar was best around high tide...

OFFSHORE: Conditions offshore earlier in the week would be best described as marginal, but fishable. A slowly increasing easterly swell made life difficult for the smaller boats, especially on the bar, but a nice window on Wednesday and later on Thursday morning saw lots of anglers heading out to the locals to make the most of it. And the good news was, the pelagics were out there in numbers.
Spanish Mackerel and Cobia
Nobody (that we know of anyway) ventured further than the middle reef belt this week but as you can see by the photos on the page, they really didn't have to. From Michael 'Mullet' Mcgregor... "Hey lads. Headed out to Chardon's Reef on Wednesday and got a nice lil mixed bag... a couple of Spanish mackerel, one spotted mackerel, a cobia and a grass sweetlip. Pictured (above) is my mate Rhys with one of the Spaniards (which went for a trolled garfish) and me (inset photo above left) with the cobia which I caught on a soft plastic"
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... " Hey Bill. We fished Chardon's Reef last Thursday. Conditions were a bit choppy however we found a patch of warmer water and sure enough some mahi mahi. We ended up landing three on pilchard floaters and caught snapper, pearl perch and venus tusk fish on the bottom. Pictured (above) is Gary and Michelle with a couple of the dollies."
Cobia and Spotted Mackerel
Sunshine Reef and (to a lesser extent) Laguna Bay came good towards the end of the week with pelagics and reef fish on the chew. Report and photos from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Well. We finally received a couple of days grace of weather to get offshore, but the swell kept the smaller boats thinking…. Checked last years mackerel arrival and to the tee they have shown up at the same time. Good size spotties, cobia and the odd Spanyardo…BUT !! We had lots of sharks to contend with. Wednesday was the golden day!! Happy New Year! Chicko." Chicko's mates Kai and Sonnie are pictured above with a cobia and a few spotties from the trip.
Coral Trout Red Throat Emperor
Oh, mustn't forget the bottom bashers. Report and photo (above left) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. On Sunday morning we fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour charter. We moved around a fair bit but ended up with a pretty good looking esky consisting of coral trout, pearl perch, Maori cod, cobia and tusk fish. Cheers, Nat." And from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini..."Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. The bar had the odd decent wave on it, but once outside, conditions were great with a light easterly wind. We caught sweetlip, moses perch, red throat emperor (above right) and yellowfin tuna."
Spanish Mackerel
Wednesday morning looked like being the pick of the litter this week with 7 to 10 knot north easterlies forecast for early on. Norman Dalangin and his mate Tim Nixon read it right and paddled out in their kayaks to work the northern end of Sunshine Reef and the waters about a klik off the headland. It paid dividends, too, with Norman picking up a thumper 19.5kg Spaniard (as above) on a squid skirted, trolled pilchard and Tim nailing a 10kg specimen on a trolled, squid skirted slimy mackerel. Norman's standout capture, though, ticked all the boxes and won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Coral Trout, Spotted Mackerel and Bluefin Tuna Cougar One had phone problems over the last week or so but managed to get a couple of pix (as above) through to us last night. They're from the last few trips to Sunshine Reef where the catch was tusk fish, pearl perch, coral trout, spotted mackerel and tuna.
Note: Thursday morning started off a bit ordinary but once the wind dropped the spotties, mack tuna, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, cobia and Spanish mackerel came on the bite in numbers. The birds were also working in Laguna Bay, as were the spotties and the yellowfin.

ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The river fished well early morning and late afternoon away from all the boat activity. We had to move around a fair bit but ended up doing pretty well each trip. We went fishing for whiting through the middle of the day at the mouth as they were biting regardless. We also caught flathead there. Early mornings in the Woods Bays we caught some good pelagics, mostly long nose and GT’s chopping through the schools of bait. The bream were hiding out a bit under structures but still feeding after casting into them. We also caught javelin fish, flathead and whiting up in Tewantin. Pictured is Justine from Austria with a 79cm flathead she caught and released at the mouth on a live worm while fishing for whiting."
Flathead and whiting were also biting in the Frying Pan, around the flats off the Sand Bags (where mangrove jacks were active in the deeper waters and, along with more jacks, in the Woods Bays. Ella Waldron from Tewantin (below) was fishing the Woods with her parents and big brother Lucas on Tuesday morning when her live worm bait attracted the attention of this 500gm elbow slapper. She didn't have too many problems landing her catch but big bro' had to do the honours when it came to holding the it for the camera.
The current line was good for tailor and trevally, as was the back of Noosa Sound. From Valentino Serra, below... "Hi guys. 53cm golden trevally from a recent arvo session. By far the most crazy land based fight I've ever had with it doing a huge run with passing boats running over my line and it running under jetties after a hectic 10 min fight I landed this beast. I got him on a small micro jig."
Golden Trevally
Weyba Creek produced the odd trevally and some nice whiting (on small surface lures) during the day and mangrove jacks on live baits and mullet strips after dark. Below left, Beau from Peregian Beach, age 10, caught his trevally there on Friday on the last of the incoming tide. It went for a whole prawn bait. Further upriver, bream were active around the Gympie Terrace jetties (around dawn and dusk, before and after the holiday boat traffic) while estuary cod and mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the Marina at Tewantin.
Trevally Mangrove Jack
Up from there, the first ski run and Makepeace Island yielded school jewfish while flathead and threadfin salmon were reported near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. The stretch between the lakes was still an option for a few jewfish and mangrove jacks in the deeper holes. From Grant Pawson, above right... "Got this 44cm jack on Tuesday on a Zerek Fish Trap. Around midday at the start of the run in tide."

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