The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday July 13, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a patchy week as far as the offshore scene was concerned but there were no actual down days. Sunday's forecast of strong winds certainly didn't occur so that was a bit frustrating. At best, though, it was sloppy. At worst, a tad marginal. On the upside, the fish were on the bite.
The forecast for Saturday was pretty good so Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover made the run to Double Island Point... "Wind was about 10 to 15 knots from the north west. We had a ball catching plenty of cobia, but we also got some great pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish, snapper, longtail tuna and scarlet sea perch." Pictured above, from that nine hour charter, we have Matt Brooks from Mountain Creek on the Sunshine Coast with one of the cobia boated on the day and Ken Fyvie from Ningi, Queensland (inset) with a nice scarlet sea perch or large mouth nannygai. Below left, also from Saturday's trip, Darren Hansen from Springfield, Queensland with a thumper pearl perch and Mike (below right) with a quality longtail or northern bluefin tuna.
Pearl Perch Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna.
North Reef really fired with quality snapper coming on the bite in good numbers. Report and photos below from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday in great conditions. We caught heaps of snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch and venus tusk fish."
Snapper and Grass Sweetlip.
Trekka 2 did well there too. Report and photo from skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Saturday morning. Conditions were a lot better than Friday and the big snapper were about and very much on the bite. We caught moses perch, pearl perch, hussar, grass sweetlip and snapper. Pictured (below left) is Mark Lilly with a snapper caught off a large bait ball that would make a lot of people jealous. Cheers, Mitch."
Snapper Large Mouth Nannygai or Scarlet Sea Perch.
And they did it again a couple of days later... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef again on Monday. Conditions were great with a steady southerly breeze. We caught moses perch, pearl perch, gold spot cod, snapper and (pictured above with Tony Dolan) a thumper large mouth nannygai."
Snapper Spangled Emperor.
From further south, this report from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We headed out on Tuesday with intentions of doing a nine hour at The Banks, however the weather gods had other plans. We made it as far as Chardon's Reef and decided to have a drop. We managed some snapper and a good gold spot estuary cod before calling it quits early." Baydon Price from Doonan (above left) is pictured with a snapper from that trip. Closer in; this report from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. Conditions were a bit bumpy and the current was fairly strong. We caught snapper, moses perch, tusk fish and spangled emperor. Pictured (above) is Tom Abbott with a standout spangled."
Moses Perch and Snapper
And finally, this report from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Friday. Conditions: 10 knot northerly wind and no current run. We caught jewfish, snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, oval cod and venus tusk fish." Pictured above we have Mitch with a moses perch and snapper, Greg with an oval cod and Ryan with a cracker jewfish. There were also a few longtail tuna on the prowl in Laguna Bay.

COASTAL: Dart were still in good numbers on the open beaches. Plenty of pickers, of course, but a few keepers in amongst the small fry, especially at Peregian Beach. Further up, Sunshine Beach was good for small flathead and the rocks at the northern end produced good bream on the outgoing tide.
On Noosa Main Beach, flathead were on the chew around the middle groyne. From 12 year old Sacha Dillon, above... "Hi. I went fishing at Noosa rock wall at the groyne on Sunday and I went down for fun not knowing that I was going to catch a big flathead. It put up such a big fight. I really hope I win fish of the week because I really need some more lures and a tackle box." On the North Shore, the waters around Teewah township produced the odd tailor.

ESTUARY: The luderick fired up at the river mouth car park rocks on Friday then went to ground again after the weekend. Bream and flathead were also hit and miss down there although there were some good unidentified aerial bust ups off the rock wall after dark. Further up, the Dog Beach was good for whiting (with live worms getting best results) while across in the Frying Pan area, small floated pilchards and prawn plastics accounted for a few flathead.
Golden Trevally and Mangrove Jack Black Spot Estuary Cod
The current line and Woods Bays produced a lot of the standouts this week with trevally (goldens and GT's) and tailor active around dawn and dusk and mangrove jacks and estuary cod at night. Local angler Kev Boyle (above left) did well there over the weekend, boating golden trevally, mangrove jack and catching and releasing two 80cm+ flathead. He got all his fish on fresh mullet strips. And we received this report and photo (above right) from Josh Dixon... "Got my personal best estuary cod on Tuesday night just after sunset at The Woods on a live herring. It went 2.57kg I got a pic and released it."
Greenback Tailor
Matthew Creeley's report might have been short but his fish (as above) certainly wasn't... "Hey Bill. Here’s a couple of photos of a 63cm greenback tailor I caught on a Storm Chug Bug surface popper last Wednesday afternoon. It was in the Woods Bays. It put up a good fight and was released successfully." Matthew's quality catch and release was judged to be more than worthy of this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Bream Mangrove Jack
Golden trevally were also in good numbers in the Munna Point area (going for slimy mackerel fillets) while the waters around the Munna Point Bridge and along the back of Noosa Sound yielded mangrove jacks and tarpon at night and tailor on surface poppers around first light. Upriver, the Noosaville stretch produced some good bream and, around Goat Island, quality whiting. Corey Forrest (above left) picked up his bream on a small pilchard off one of the Gympie Terrace jetties on Friday. Up past Tewantin, jewfish were going for plastic lures and live baits at the top of the ski run and below the mouth of Lake Cooroibah while mangrove jacks were out and about in the stretch between the lakes. From Jackson Smith, above right... "Hey Bill. I got this 43cm jack while out fishing with my mate on Thursday afternoon. It went for a trolled River2Sea diver. It put a great fight. Released after a quick pic."
School Jewfish or Mulloway.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the river report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Just like the weather being a bit up and down so has the fishing. The last week has been quite slow and we have really had to work hard for the fish on the tougher days. However, the upside is the last two days have been a great improvement so we should be firing again from Friday onwards. The lower estuary has not been producing as well as the week before but we were still able to snag plenty of bream and tarwhine around the river mouth and Dog Beach with a few of those good size goldens hanging around the Woods Bays as well. Early mornings have been good for the GT's getting around The Sound and there has also been some good size whiting. The upper estuary has been fishing a little better this week. We've seen plenty of giant trevally up past Tewantin, some good size flathead and plenty of javelin fish We also managed to get on to a couple silver jewies this week. Pictured (above) is Brendon Green from Sydney with a 54cm jewie which he landed and safely released while on one of our full day sport fishing charters on Wednesday. It went for an Atomic Plazos Prong."

Lake Macdonald: Bass have been schooling up around the deeper drop offs out from weedy bank edges. Surface walkers, 1/4 ounce spinnerbaits and Hot Bite Gang Banger G2 lures worked in these areas early morning and late afternoon.
Lake Borumba: Saratoga and bass being caught on surface walkers and Bassman spinnerbaits. Lures: Duo Realis Pencil 95mm, Lucky Craft Sammy 65. Smaller spinnerbaits cast into weed edges and worked back working very well.
Small plastics in the 2.5"-3” size working well in both areas with the Entice 3” Viber and Z-Man Hard Leg Frogz getting good results.

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