The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday May 18, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore brigade. A couple of down days (as far as the exposed reefs were concerned) due to the fresh to strong southerlies but otherwise it was all good. The bar crossing was pretty much 'flat as' after the weekend and the fish were on the bite at most locations.
Red Emperor and Snapper.
No feedback from the outer reefs although a few boats targeted Double Island Point. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Friday in tough conditions. Wind was 15 knots from the south west with a southerly current and a north east slop. We caught moses perch, good size pearlies, gold spot cod, school mackerel, some nice snapper and a nice little red emperor." From that trip (above) is young Toby from Palmerston in the ACT with a red emperor and a quality snapper and (below left) Amanda Smart from Peregian Springs with a thumper pearl perch.
Pearl Perch Gold Spot Cod
And on Monday they fished North Reef... "Wind was 15 knots from the south tending south west. Light southerly current. We caught snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot estuary cod, cobia, grassie sweetlip and some nice pearl perch." Pictured above right from that trip we have Brett Sharpe from St. Clair in New South Wales with a plump grass sweetlip and below, Matt Zuccaro from Noosa with a nice cobia and quality gold spot cod.
Cobia and Gold Spot Cod
The WT2 camera must have been running hot this week. Here's another report and photos from Paul Glover, this time from Wednesday's charter... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef today. Wind was about 20 to 25 knots. No current. We caught tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch, coral trout and slate bream. Pictured (below) with their standouts from the five hour trip are Colleen Russel from Bray Park and Jarrod Clare from Albury in New South Wales.
Grass Sweetlip Pearl Perch
And Dave Ablett from Tinbeerwah (below) fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday, dropping the pick at a number of spots without much luck. Moving north of the reef, for one more go, he wasn't far off packing it in when this 11kg yellowtail kingfish took his squid bait on the bottom. Dave had to put in the time to get a result but it was doubly worth it as his efforts also earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Yellowtail Kingfish
Sunshine Reef also saw a bit of Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and longtail tuna activity at times, as did Hall's Reef and Stingrays in Laguna Bay.

We carried out the monthly aerial drone flyover of the Noosa Bar last Thursday (May 10) and afterwards, as usual, did a slow tour of the lower estuary to mark the sand flats and channels. You can view that footage in the video clip above left. And a timely reminder that the monthly Davo's Social Fishing Comp is on again, commencing Friday night, May 25, 2018. As per the video above, lots of fun and prizes. Entry forms and Competition Rules (with information on target species, registration fees etc) are available at either of the Davo's stores.

COASTAL: Wow! The southern beaches turned it on this week with anglers reporting jewfish on the bite after dark at Peregian, Marcus and Sunshine Beaches. Mullet flesh and live beach worm clusters were the preferred baits there. Flathead, dart and whiting were biting at Castaways Beach. On the headland, the Fairy Pools produced tarwhine, quality bream, rat kingfish and cobia while not far from there, a few jewfish were apparently hooked but not landed after dark at Dolphin Point. Across the bay, the waters around Teewah township (more specifically the coffee rocks) yielded whiting, dart, bream and some good size dart either side of high tide. Further north, the Double Island Point stretch was good for flathead, jewfish, yellowtail kingfish and the odd cobia. From Scott Cairns... "Levi 'Lucky' Cairns (below left) caught this flathead off the rocks at Spookies (north side of Double Island Point) on Monday. Caught on a small whole pilchard on 10lb mono line and his new Shimano Taipan rod recently purchased from Davo's for his 10th birthday."
Flathead Golden Trevally
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. The river fished well the last week, plenty of flathead, bream and trevally at the river mouth. The Woods also had plenty of flathead hanging around. Around The Sound and in front of Coast Guard; bream and trevally. Up at Tewantin; flathead, queenfish and heaps of shovel nose as per usual. The run out tide has been fishing better in most areas. Pictured (above right) is Terry from Victoria with his golden trevally. Caught on a prawn bait at the river mouth on Tuesday. One of many trevally we saw that morning."
Golden Trevally Mangrove Jack
Whiting were also biting in the shallows at the river mouth while small queenfish and chopper tailor were on the chew in the deeper holes. Further up, the Woods Point and current line produced a few golden trevally. From Nathan Moore, above left... "My biggest fish ever, a 49cm golden trevally. Caught on a beautiful, sunny Mother's Day on the Noosa River. Near the Sand Bags, using a frozen prawn as bait. Have a great day. From Nathan, Kylie and Paul." Mangrove jacks were active in the Woods Bays. This from Monty Morgan-Giles, above right... "Hi Bill. I’m super-excited! I went on a ‘Night Fish’ with Dad at Woods Bay and caught my first ever Mangrove Jack (Dad has never caught one!)! Hooked it on a piece of fresh mullet. It gave me a really good fight on light gear, and was much more fun to catch than bream or flathead. Thanks to Mr Chicko for the fresh mullet. Can’t wait to go fishing again soon."
Mud Crab Blubberlip Bream
Weyba Creek was good for whiting, mangrove jacks (after dark) and up towards the lake, mud crabs. Local lad Isaac Iliffe (above left) caught this nice 1.1kg muddie in Lake Weyba on Friday night using a Maori cod frame as his draw card. Further upriver, the Gympie Terrace stretch produced yellowfin bream, golden trevally and the odd quality blubberlip. From Andrew Ohlsen, above right... "Hooked up on this blubberlip bream on Sunday near the U-Drive Boat Hire jetty. At first I thought the line was hooked on a passing hire boat (a little too relaxed after a few beers and nice arvo in the sun with the family) but then started getting a few big head knocks and soon realised I was onto a decent fish. After about 10 minutes of fighting it and hoping my amateur knots would last I was able to get it up on the river bank. After a quick photo and measure we released it and happily saw it swim away. It came in at just over 60cm. Still rapt! Glad Davo's sold me a quality whiting rig as I can’t believe the tiny hooks and swivels didn't bust! Cheers, Andrew."
Mangrove Jack Golden Trevally
The mangrove jacks were also on the prowl around Tewantin, as were flathead, trevally and bream. This from local angler Grant Pawson, above left... "Hey Bill. I got this beautiful 50cm mangrove jack on Sunday on a 60mm Jackson Flow Shad lure. The back treble snapped getting this thing in the net. Put up an epic fight on 10lb braid. Released, so stoked." And it appears there was a lot of action up around Tewantin this week. This report from Jai Aughton... "Hey Bill. Decided to go out on Wednesday morning targeting some golden trevally, as per the photo above right. We managed to get our target plus a few other species like the odd GT and a couple of good flathead. All fish were released happily after some quick snaps. Thanks mate. Jai"

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