The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday June 22, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable westerlies holding sway until late Monday. Not a lot of joy after that, though, with fresh to strong south westerlies dominating. There were, however, some good fish on the bite during that short window. The only fly in the ointment was the small low tides on the weekend which caught a few boaties out in the afternoons. To view the video... CLICK HERE.
Pearl Perch Pearl Perch
We got some good feedback from the more distant reefs but not a lot of photos. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Saturday. The conditions were absolutely amazing all day with little current and not a breath of wind. There was still a lot of surface action but a lot more spread out and harder to get the boat on top of the fish when they were up chasing bait. We caught pearl perch, Moses perch, grass emperor, gold spot cod, trevally, cobia and painted sweet lip. Pictured (above left) is Adam with a nice pearl perch."
And this report from local angler Geoff Stirzaker... "Hey Bill. I went for a run up to The Hards on Saturday with my mate Shaun and his young bloke Tyson and a couple of other blokes. Wind was a mild sou' wester in the morning with not much swell and very little current. We fished the morning bite and caught good pearl perch to 60cm, Maori cod, gold spot cod, cobia, moses perch (which were some of the biggest I've seen). hussar and parrot. Photo (above right) is of Rich from NSW with one of the standout pearlies. The pearlies were taking squid, pillies, and Storm micro jigs and Gulp soft plastics."
Coral Trout
Closer in, the middle reef belt certainly delivered the goods. Glenn Allen (above) and a couple of the lads from the Noosa Offshore Fishing Club fished Sunshine Reef on Friday morning. It was pretty quiet so they moved on to North Reef and then on to The Coffees where they boated a few grass sweetlip before Glenn's marinated 'snapper wing' bait attracted the attention of this quality coral trout. Happy with a feed for all, they headed for home.
Coral Trout Snapper
And we received this report and photos above from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Sunday. We had a 15 knot westerly wind with a small amount of current from the north. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, snapper, coral trout and mowong."
Jewfish or Mulloway
Grant Budd from Davo's Tackle World, above, put in some time there too.. "Hi Bill. Went to North Reef on Saturday to try out the ChaseBaits Ultimate Squid. They certainly work on the jewfish, as you can see. It measured 110cm. I released it and it swam off strongly to fight another day. Cheers, Grant."
Jewfish and Cobia Venus Tusk Fish
The crew from Cougar One were also in on the action... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. Conditions were great with light westerly winds and no current run. We caught plenty of jewfish or mulloway, cobia and pearl perch as well as a few gold spot cod." See photo above left. Closer in on Sunshine Reef, we received this email from Angela Gamlin... "This is eight year old Katie Gamlin (above right) fishing offshore for the first time at Sunshine Reef with her Dad on Saturday. She baited her own hook with pilchards and reeled this gorgeous 33cm venus tusk fish in all by herself. Awesome day on the water. Dinner was sorted, thanks to Katie's fish and a 45cm snapper that was a team effort with her Dad. Cheers, Angela."
Spanish Mackerel
The yak anglers were out in force on the local reefs too. Local yak angler Warren Norup, above, really put in the time... "Hi Bill. Fished Sunshine Reef on Friday and picked up this 130cm Spaniard on a trolled slimy mackerel. Went again on Sunday. It was windy out wide so came back in to get this 132cm, 14.2kg fella on a trolled bonito." Warren's persistence and quality captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And Jarrad Rodgers, above, worked the Hall's Reef stretch, and waters north of there, on Saturday morning, hoping for a decent Spaniard. He got one (think he said it was around 10kg) on a trolled bait but then hit the jackpot when this absolute thumper 28kg cobia monstered his 7" white paddle tail soft plastic. It gave him a hell of a fight, as you can imagine, but twenty minutes later Jarrad had his prize on board his kayak and was paddling for shore.

COASTAL: There wasn't much in the way of standout captures on the open beaches this week but there were still a few of the bread and butter species on the bite. Dart and flathead were active on Marcus Beach while the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced some good bream and tarwhine. Lachy Beadle from Tewantin (below) fished the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach with his dad on Sunday morning and picked up this stonker 36cm tarwhine around mid tide. It went for a whole prawn bait. Further up, the northern end of Alexandria Bay was good for bream and flathead while at the Fairy Pools the catch was trevally and chopper tailor. Back on Main Beach, the middle rock groyne was worth a shot for whiting and the odd flathead.
On the North Shore, flathead and whiting were biting down toward the river mouth while up at D.I. it was bream, tailor, school jewfish and rat kingfish.

ESTUARY: The luderick or blackfish season got off to a good start at the river mouth car park rocks last week, with consistent catches of these feisty little sport fish reported. I was a bit busy early Wednesday but found twenty minutes to visit the river mouth just after 10.00am to check on the action. Col Russell (below) already had three fish in the bucket and had lost half a dozen to the rocky bottom at Sandy Cove. He hooked up just as I was about to leave but after a good tussle (see video) got cut off in the rocks at his feet. Never mind. He was happy with three he had and was also ready for home.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris.. "Hey Bill. The last week we've caught bream and flathead at the river mouth and a couple long toms off the surface. In the Woods Bays we've seen plenty of goldens of good size as well as tea leafs and giants. The usual suspects around the Gympie Tce area being flathead, bream and whiting. Up at Tewantin, a few estuary cod and flathead around the first ski run. Pictured is Phil (below left) with his 68cm Golden he landed at The Woods. We ran into a school of them so this was one of a number he landed that morning, going for whole prawn baits. We got a quick piccy and let it go." Whiting were also biting around sand flats of the Frying Pan and the Dog Beach. Live worms, live yabbies and peeled prawns were working well for the bait fishermen. Small surface lures were working on the bigger fish with Strada Viral 65mm being the 'go to' lure.
Golden Trevally Blubberlip Bream
The Woods current line was also good for the goldens (along with GT's and small tailor) while Weyba Creek was a good option for bream, javelin fish, whiting and flathead. Further up, yellowfin and blubberlip bream were out and about along the Noosaville stretch. From Jai Aughton, above right... "Hey Bill. Picked up this beast of a blubberlip on Thursday! It pulled some string that's for sure. After a few shots he was released." Above Tewantin the waters from the car ferry to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and the upper stretch between the lakes produced jewfish. Mostly juveniles but good fun on light gear.

FRESHWATER: Schooled bass in Lake Macdonald and Lake Borumba have been responding well to deep diving hard body suspending lures. Jackall Squirrels 79SP and Daiwa Tournament D-Spike’s were working well on the troll. Bass and small saratoga were active around the weed beds and shallow edges holding structure. Surface walkers and frogs cast around these areas in the early morning and late afternoon were still producing most of the fish.

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