The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday January 26, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Apart from a bit of annoying, but fishable slop and chop over the weekend it was pretty much all systems go the offshore brigade. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies dominated from Monday on, the swell was around 1.0m (and dropping) and the bar was quite manageable.
Coral Trout
In Laguna Bay, the Hall's Reef stretch and Jew Shoal area were worth the time with cobia, Spanish mackerel and the odd spotted mackerel responding well to trolled and floated baits (live and dead) and jigged metal slugs. Sunshine Reef, however, produced most of the standouts with some quality cod, Spanish mackerel and coral trout on the bite. From local angler Dan Lever... "Hi Bill. Took the old man (above) out on Tuesday morning to try and catch a trout on Sunshine. After a few unsuccessful trips losing good fish to sharks, and the fish getting the better of us, finally boated this ripping 5.22kg, 75cm beast on a live yakka." Rodger Lever's colourful capture earned him the $50.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits
Fish of the Week soft plastics package.
Spanish Mackerel
Local angler Mark Bisman (above) was hoping to pick up a Spaniard at Sunshine Reef on Monday morning but wasn't expecting one of such humongous proportions. When his pilchard floater went off (about 10 metres off the bottom) and the fish went deeper he thought it was a shark so was pleasantly surprised 15 minutes later when this 36.4kg fish came to the side of the boat. His rig: 50lb braid, 60lb leader (no wire) to a set of 3x5/0 ganged hooks. 
Venus Tusk Fish and Coral Trout
And here's a couple more from Sunshine... Report and photos from
Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday on a five hour charter. Conditions were a bit ordinary early on with a 15 to 18 knot ESE wind and a one metre swell easing as the day went on. There was a slight current to the south. We caught venus tusk fish, coral trout, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, moses Perch, slatey bream and pearl perch. Pictured (above left) is Xavier Scanu from North Epping with a good venus tusk fish and (above right) Jake Wilson from Newcastle with a quality coral trout. "
Fry Pan Snapper and Pearl Perch.
Also on the bite at Sunshine Reef (and further out around Chardon's Reef) were cobia or black kingfish, spotted mackerel and plenty of gold spot cod. Although the mahi mahi seem to have gone to ground for the moment, North Reef was still a great option for other pelagics and some quality reef fish.
Report and photos from
Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Sunday morning. Conditions were sloppy on the way out with 15 knots from the east but once we got out it settled down nicely. We caught gold spot cod, Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, grass sweetlip and fry pan snapper. Cheers, Theo." Above, from that charter, is Greg from Caboolture with a good fry pan snapper and a pearly.
Maori Cod Snapper
Also from that three quarter day trip, Steve from Noosaville (above left) is pictured with a quality Maori cod. And this from local angler Jordan Zerk, above right... "Hey Bill. Jack and I snuck out to North Reef really early on Saturday morning before the wind got up. It paid off really well with a few nice size snapper coming on to the ChaseBaits Squids as the sun came up. Those plastics are unstoppable! It was a bit of a rough ride back though."
Spanish Mackerel
And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Tuesday. Wind was 10 knots ESE and a light current to the south east. We pulled a very nice feed of Spanish mackerel and also managed a few moses perch, coral bream, hussar and a lonely spotty mackerel." Pictured above with their Spaniards are Cam and Harry Ridley from Willoughby, New South Wales. Also on the bite out there; scarlet sea perch and skipjack tuna.
Cobia Pearl Perch
There was only one report from Double Island Point and it was from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Wednesday. Wind was 10 knots variable easterly. Light current to the south. We caught moses perch, tusk fish, gold spot trevally, silver trevally, golden trevally, tea leaf trevally, few nice cobia and some quality pearl perch. Once again the sharks gave us a flogging and took more than their fair share." Pictured above from that charter we have Richard Tillack from Morayfield with a nice cobia and Norm Embrey from Elimbah with a thumper pearl perch.

COASTAL: Dart were well spread on the eastern beaches with whiting an added bonus at Peregian and Castaways beaches and flathead on the prowl at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Further north, the middle rock groyne on Main Beach was good for flathead, as was the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore. Dart were also active there and, together with quality whiting, up around Teewah township and the Camping Grounds.

ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Fishing has been good to us once again. The river mouth has been great when the tide isn't screaming with everything from flatty to the odd spangled emperor. Fishing wise The Woods have been quiet but there's plenty of trevally still about in the deeper channels of the system. Plenty of jacks around most structures in the early mornings just hard to land them as most bust off on the light gear. Tewantin has been producing great tailor, javelins, bream, whiting and the odd shovel nose for a good fight on the light gear."
Barracuda Flathead
Above left, from Wednesday afternoon's charter... "Felix from Sydney caught and released this 50cm cuda. It went for a whole prawn bait. And Nick from Sydney (below right) landed a 56cm dusky there on Wednesday morning. It went for a whole prawn." And this from Rhonda Hodgson... "Our nine year old grandson James (above right) with a 42cm flathead which he caught in the river on his new fishing rod while staying with us on the school holidays. He was very excited!" Mangrove jacks were cruising the river mouth rock wall area after dark while further up, whiting were biting in the Frying Pan.
Still plenty of bream about, of course, with some good fish on the bite off the Sand Bags and, together with trevally (mostly golden) and flathead, in the Woods Bays and (along with the odd mangrove jack) in Noosa Sound. Maddison Dall from Wellington Point, Brisbane (above left) got her 66cm flatty on Sunday afternoon in The Sound on a whitebait. She said the four hour Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter was the best four hours of her life. So far, of course. And Nick from Sydney (above right) landed a 56cm dusky at the river mouth on Wednesday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait. 
Mangrove Jack
And what about this amazing story. The video clip (above right) sent in by Scott Muzeen has had over 95,000 views on our Face Book Page to date...
"Hi. I have attached a small video clip of my sons fishing on Saturday when young Denis lost his rod. While helping his brother, a mangrove jack snatched the mullet strip bait and pulled his rod into the water and we never saw it again until he was fishing using his brother Reggie's rod and caught his own rod. And to our amazement it still had the jack attached to it. It measured 44cm so it was a beauty. The other boys with them are Angus and Seb. Hope you find this as amusing as we did. Kind regards, Scott." Young Denis' fishy tale and excellent little video, won him this week's $50.00 store credit in the Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week competition. Apart from that, the waters opposite the Council Chambers at Tewantin produced a few flathead, the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was again the spot for the odd threadfin salmon while mangrove jacks were still on the prowl between the lakes.

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