The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday June 15, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: There was a bit of slop and chop on the exposed reefs this week with moderate to fresh variable (southerly and northerly) winds dominating most days from late morning onwards. It was quite fishable, however, and the steadily reducing swell was a small bonus in an otherwise lackluster week.
Only one report from the more distant reefs this week and that was from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Thursday. Conditions started off a bit bumpy but by the end of the day we had a pretty well glassed out sea for the run home. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, lipper, cobia, longtail tuna, gold spot cod, trout cod, Maori cod and painted sweetlip." Photos and video directly above and below.
The cooler temperatures brought on the snapper bite and there were some good fish in the mix at times. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. Conditions were still a little lumpy after the poor weather at the end of last week. We caught pearl perch, snapper (as below), moses perch, a few gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, grass emperor and painted sweetlip."
Holy Moly! Check out this Fish of the Week entry from Dan Lever, below left... "Hey Bill. Got a couple of ripping snapper on Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Caught on pilchard floaters down a well laid berley trail. Biggest one went 82cm or 6.2kg." Dan's absolute thumper knobbies caused a major stir and lots of 'Likes' on the Fishing Noosa FaceBook page and won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Snapper and Gold Spot Cod Knobby Snapper
And we received this report and photo from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World, above right... "Ventured out to Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning to bag a few table fish for the team. We managed to scrape up ten fish. Mostly squire, couple of sweetlip, two Maori cod, moses perch and squid for entrée. Conditions were a delight with light offshore winds, no current and small swell, BUT, still a few Sharks on the hunt and the bar was shallow around low."
And from local yak angler Warren Norup, above... "Hi Bill. I fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday and got a nice winter Spanish mackerel. It went 127cm or 11kg. Got it on a trolled bonito." The only reports to hand from Laguna Bay were of a few grass sweetlip and squire on the bite out around Jew Shoal.

The bar crossing was 'easy as' most of the week and the river mouth and bay were a joy to behold in the warm glow of the rising sun.

COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the open beaches this week. Conditions during the day were good but being in the middle the New Moon phase the after dark, jewfish brigade largely gave it a miss. Those who fished dawn till dusk reported bream and quality dart on the bite along the northern end of Sunshine Beach and off the headland. On Main Beach, the river mouth rock groyne produced a few dart and whiting as did the waters opposite Teewah on the North Shore. There were also a few flathead on the bite there and at D.I. where chopper tailor, quality bream and school jewfish were also active.

ESTUARY: When asked, we predict (based on our records) that our luderick season typically starts in the second or third week of June. And here we are, second week of June and local blackfish angler Brian Smith (below) turned up at Davo's on Monday with the first fish of the season. Brian lost one other, better, fish but was happy to claim bragging rights for the second year in a row. He caught it at the river mouth using Coolum Cabbage a couple of hours before low tide. Brian picked up one other keeper there late on Wednesday morning but apart from the odd bream and flathead, it was otherwise quiet.
Luderick or Blackfish
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We've seen some cracking fish this week and the weather has been wicked. The river mouth has been productive for flathead and whiting and we caught tailor and bream in the Frying Pan. Landed quite a few goldens in The Woods (and dropped a few) along with the odd tea leaf and GT. Around the Coast Guard we picked up a couple oversize flathead and plenty of bream. Moving up into Tewantin a couple estuary cod, bream and flatty. The weekend looks good. Pictured below is Paul with his 63cm golden from Saturday's charter."
Golden Trevally
Also from Jimmy Free... "Hey Bill. Charlie (below left) caught and released this 76cm flathead in the lower estuary on the weekend. It went for a whole whitebait. And Peng from Melbourne (below right) boated this 70cm flathead in the Woods Bay on Monday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn."
Flathead Flathead
Colin Grassick and Peter Regan from Peregian Springs (below) hit the jackpot in the Woods Bays on Tuesday morning when their raw chicken baits attracted the attention of a couple of hungry golden trevally. Just out from there, the current line yielded goldens, cale cales and the odd chopper tailor.
Golden Trevally
The stretch from Munna Point to the Yacht Club held a lot of bait fish and consequently some good trevally and queenfish. From Mark Rodriquez, below left... "I caught this 59cm queenfish on a strip of fresh mullet along Gympie Terrace. I was using my new Shimano 15 Raider rod and the Daiwa 2500 reel which I bought at the Davo's 22% off sale. The combo handled the queenie jumping out of the water well. Loving my new toy. Regards, Mark Rodriquez,"
Queenfish Golden Trevally
And this report from Dennis James, above right... "Good day Bill. I caught this golden trevally off the jetty at the eastern end of Gympie Terrace on 6lb line with an Alvey rod and reel bought from Davo's Tackle World. It took me 20 minutes to land as I didn't have a landing net and asked the blokes on the next jetty to help. They used a very large bucket into which I swam the fish. Took the photograph and then released it. Kind regards, Dennis James."
A few trevally were also reported on the prowl at the first ski run at Tewantin. They were responding well to prawn profile plastics including the Gladiator Prawns and the ChaseBaits Flick Prawns. Small Jerk Shad style soft plastics like the Z-Man 3.75” StreakZ were working well in the dirtier water as well.

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