The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday March 31, 2017.
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OFFSHORE: While the looming cyclone Debbie scenario played out further north, locally we had mostly light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable easterlies which set the scene for some pretty good fishing off Noosa. Thursday, when Debbie roared through, was definitely a no go, but apart from that it was a green light week.
Spanish Mackerel
Double Island Point tended to be a tad blustery at times but that was no deterrent to those keen to get amongst the pelagics, which were certainly out and about in numbers. Report and photos from
Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour to Double Island Point on Tuesday. Fishing was non stop with longtail tuna, yellowfin tuna and a few Spanish mackerel in the mix. We also lost a wahoo to the sharks but pulled a few reef fish with snapper, slate bream, moses perch, sweetlip and Maori cod coming over the side." Pictured above is Craig with a nice Spaniard and David from Toowoomba (below left) with a standout yellowfin.
Yellowfin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna
And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover..."Hey bud. We trolled D.I. on Tuesday because the sharks were bad. The wind was 10 to 15 knots ESE. We got so many longtails we were letting them go but there was the odd yellowfin, Spanish and wahoo amongst them." Above right we have James Powell and Lauren Rooney from Ferntree Gully in Victoria with a couple of yellowfins and Matt Anderson (below) with a thumper wahooooo!!! This thing apparently took 250m of braid in seconds.
There were also a few cobia, amberjack, venus tusk fish, fusiliers, hussar, gold spot cod and mahi mahi on the bite up that way. Closer in, the only report we received from the middle reef belt came from Trekka 2 deckie Wills Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to Chardons Reef on Sunday. Conditions were pretty good with 5 to 10 knot south easterly winds and modest swell. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, longtail tuna, pearl perch, mahi mahi and (below left) Maori cod."
Maori Cod Coral Trout
Sunshine Reef was once again a popular destination for the smaller boats, yak anglers and half day charters. Report and photo from Trekka 2 deckie Wills Palfrey... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday. Conditions where pretty ordinary with 20 knot+ south easterly winds and a one meter swell. We caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and, above right, this very nice coral trout which was boated by Nathan Cusack from Chinchilla, Queensland."
And local angler Mike Campbell (above) fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning and came back with a few grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and this 1.25m cobia, which went for a mullet strip bait. He also reported lots of longtail tuna busting up but didn't bother chasing them as the esky was looking pretty full as it was.
Spanish Mackerel
Sunshine Reef was also good for Spanish mackerel, as was Hall's Reef (along with spotted mackerel, grass sweetlip and longtail tuna, which were spread throughout Laguna Bay) and Jew Shoal, which also yielded the odd snapper. Jarrad 'Bonesy' Rodgers (above) headed for The Shoal in his kayak on Sunday morning, determined to nail a decent Spaniard. He was trolling a primo bait for the occasion, a whole bonito, and was disappointed when a 1.0m shark took off with it. And even more put out when the shark jumped into the kayak with him when he finally got it alongside. Anyway, after helping the Noah back into the water as quickly as possible, Bonesy was down to a few slimy mackerel backup baits but, fortunately, found he only needed the one when this 15kg Spaniard came to the party ten minutes later.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish Cobia Wahoo Coral Trout
As is often the case, we couldn't fit all of the great photos on the page. To view the full size pix, click on the thumbnails in the Lightbox Gallery above.

COASTAL: Whiting were biting from Castaways to Sunshine Beach this week with live worms, a long trace and heavy sinker getting best results. Quality bream were also active at Sunshine towards the top of the tide. Further north, tuna were in close to the headland rocks and responding well to cast 110mm to 120mm stick baits. On Main Beach it was mostly whiting while on the North Shore the low tide gutters north of Teewah produced whiting and bream while tailor were active after dark.

ESTUARY: Bream, flathead, whiting and tailor were on the bite during the day at the river mouth (as were mangrove jacks at night) and in the Frying Pan. There were also a few mystery bust-offs down there, and the odd surprise capture. David Francis (below left) was fishing the mouth in his tinny on Sunday night when this 4.2kg stargazer monstered his mullet strip bait. Being a chef, David was more than pleased too, as he knows from past experience that they are a beautiful eating fish.
Stargazer Tailor
And from local lad Jordy Knight, above right... "Hey guys. Managed to land this 63cm tailor on Friday night while fishing the Frying Pan on surface. It smashed my 70mm Sugapen popper and took me for massive runs on 4lb braid with 11.4lb mono leader. Stoked to have gotten it in the landing net and grab a couple of photos before releasing it. Next hookup got onto another big fish but lost the lot, spewinnn. Might have gotten a bit too confident after landing the first one. Cheers, Jordy."
Flathead were also in numbers off the Sand Bags, in the Woods Bays (together with bream, javelin fish and whiting) and around Munna Beach where golden trevally were also active. Ellis Lawson (above) did well on Monday's Noosa River Fishing Safari, catching and releasing a 65cm and (ten minutes later) a 75cm flathead at Munna Point. Both fish went for whole whitebaits. Mangrove jacks were on the bite around Woods Bay area at night with free floating baits such as frogmouth pillies, live poddy mullet/herring, whitebait and baby blue pilchards working well. Queenfish were on the move there and around the back of Noosa Sound around first light.
Young Lewis Sipp (above) got his father out of bed before daylight on Wednesday so he could fish the lower estuary before school. Armed with a surface popper he peppered the waters around The Sound before attracting the attention of this 55cm queenfish. Then it was off to Davo's Tackle World for a quick pic, then home for a shower, a change of clothes and off to school. Lewis' quality fish and early bird attitude won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/Chasebaits Fish of the Week prize.
Flathead Tarpon
In Weyba Creek the catch was bream, flathead and up towards the lake, quality whiting. Amit Nand from Brisbane, above left, caught and released two flathead on Saturday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. One at Munna Point and the other in upper Weyba Creek. Both fish went for whole whitebaits. Upriver at Tewantin, the mouth of Lake Doonella (as usual) was good for flathead on the run-out tide and the Noosa Marina area was the spot for good bream during the day and mangrove jacks at night. Last but not least, this freshwater report from Steve Sinclair... "G'day Bill. My son Dan (above) caught and released this 45cm tarpon up at Harry's Hut on Saturday. It went for a Rapala surface popper. He also caught and released two 35cm golden trevally. Really surprised to catch them that far up. Regards, Steve."

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