The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday May 25, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Superb conditions on the local reefs this week with Saturday through until Wednesday pretty much as good as it gets for this time of year. Light to moderate variable southerlies and a nominal sub 1.0m swell created a pleasant, almost TGO environment. Even better, the fish were on the bite.
Frypan Snapper Venus Tusk Fish
Double Island Point came alive and the bigger boats made the most of the opportunity. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Saturday. Wind was about 12 knots from the south east with a southerly current. We caught good numbers of solid tuskies and nice squire but also caught pearl perch, goat fish, coral bream, iron jaw jobfish, frypan snapper, longtail tuna and fish of the day, a nice red emperor." Pictured above from that trip; Hayley Coombes from Wynnum West with a good frypan snapper and Alex Camera from Geebung with a venus tusk fish.
Maori Cod Red Emperor
And this report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Sunday. The conditions were perfect with little current and pretty well no wind. The fishing was a bit tough at first but we found a couple of good patches of fish after lunch. We caught venus tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper, gold spot cod, moses perch, trevally and, as per the photos above, Maori cod and quality red emperor."
Spanish Mackerel
Ben Robertson from Coolum (above) trailered his boat up to Double Island Point on Saturday and spent the morning out on the reef. Unfortunately, apart from one bust-off, nothing much happened until about 11.00am (which was bang on high tide) but then this 28.5kg Spanish mackerel nailed his pilchard floater and made his day. Job done, Ben pulled the pick and headed home, with a brief stop at Davo's for a photo for the Fish of the Week Competition.
Coral Trout
On the middle reef belt, Andrew McCarthy (above) fished North Reef on Saturday morning. It was quiet on the bait rigs with just the odd lipper and pearlie coming aboard. Then Andrew put a 42gm Shimano Colt Sniper Micro Jig to work and was delighted when this 6.0kg coral trout tried to run off with it."
Maori Cod and Scarlet Sea Perch Snapper
And we received this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Saturday morning in glamour conditions. No wind and no current. And the fish were on the chew. We caught gold spot cod as well as plenty of big Maori cod, scarlet sea perch, big pearl perch and small snapper. Pictured (above left) is Jim Williams with a double header of Maori cod and scarlet sea perch. Cheers, Theo." Wild Thing 2 fished south of there a few days later... "Hey mate. We fished Chardon's Reef on Monday. Wind was about 10 to 12 knots from the south with a slight southerly current. We caught moses perch, sweetlip, Maori cod, tusk fish, snapper (as above right), gold spot estuary cod and pearl perch."
Spanish Mackerel and Longtail Tuna
Sunshine Reef didn't disappoint either. From Scott 'Shoulders' Davis, above left... "Hey Bill. I fished Sunshine Wide on Sunday out of my kayak. It was pretty quiet until about 8:30am, then it was on. Bagged out on Spanish and a little tuna. The biggest Spaniard went 1.4m and 17kgs. All taken on garfish down deep. Cheers, Scott." And one more from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover, below right... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine on Wednesday. Winds were 15+ knots from the south with a light southerly current. We caught sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and quality coral trout."
Grass Sweetlip Coral Trout
Laguna Bay was good for the odd Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, sweetlip and pan size reefies. Report and photo from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Bill. Slipped out into the bay on Monday with my newest decky Aishia, pictured above left, who just loves sweetlip. We managed to pick up some fat specimens for dinner, along with a few cod and pearl perch. The surface was quiet. Bar no worries, but river tricky to navigate. Cheers Chicko."

Lots of boats headed out on Saturday morning. Only small sets on the bar (above left) but they were close together and packed a punch if you got your timing wrong. One tinny was as near to being rolled as you can get. A few boats hit the sand, at the mouth and on the bar. And just a reminder that the Davo's Social Fishing Comp is this weekend. Starts at 1.00pm today. As per the video above, lots of fun and prizes. Entry forms and Comp Rules (with information on target species, registration fees etc) are available at either of the Davo's stores.

COASTAL: Jewfish were the big ticket item on the southern beaches this week with some quality fish on the prowl at Yaroomba, Castaways (along with bream and flathead), Marcus, north Sunshine and north Alexandria Bay. Dart were also in numbers and well spread. On the National Park headland, the Fairy Pools and Dolphin Point produced bream, chopper tailor, squire, sweetlip and kingfish. From William Blahuta, below... "Hi Bill. This is by far the my most prized fish I have ever caught. Measuring only just shy of 1.4 meters, this cobia was caught on Tuesday night off the rocks of the Noosa headland and was by far the best 21st birthday present I could have asked for. Two mates of mine (Tayler and Lachlan Challis) and I set out three nights in a row this past week in search of catching the elusive jewfish. Like many great catches, it was well and truly what we thought was the end of the night when we heard what is probably one of the most exiting sounds known to the fishing population, the peeling line off a reel as the drag screams intensely. The monster of a fish took a strip bait of fresh mullet on a set of ganged hooks and roughly 15 minutes to pull in. Although not a jewfish, it was by far the hardest fighting fish I have ever landed. Tayler hooked a good grassy sweetlip the same night. Family and friends are all enjoying the beautiful tasting fish. Kind regards, William." This exceptional land based capture easily earned William this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Back towards Main Beach, bream, flathead and whiting were biting at Little Cove and around First Point. From Zachary Walpole... "Hi. My brother Nic got this 77cm flathead (below) on a ZMan Slim SwimZ near Little Cove on Main Beach. He was so excited to land it. Released it after a couple of quick pix." On the Noosa North Shore, whiting were biting down towards the river mouth end while bream, dart and keeper size Maori cod were reported around the coffee rocks at Teewah. Further north up and past Double Island Point the catch was queenfish (in numbers) trevally, longtail tuna and school jewfish.
Flathead Diamond Trevally
ESTUARY: The river mouth was fairly quiet this week with just the odd bream, whiting and flathead on the chew to keep the interest going. It was a lot more lively further up, though, with queenfish active along the current line and, together with tailor, golden trevally, diamond trevally and school jewfish in the Woods Bays. From Cade Holeszko, above right... "Hey Bill, Chicko and the boys. Caught this nice diamond on Sunday morning down in the Woods. Dad was in front of me on Saturday with a 69cm one but I managed to take him down on Sunday with this 71cm model. Caught it on a Smash Bait we picked up from Davo's on Saturday arvo after losing a fair few lures to tailor earlier in the day. We managed to tag and release a few diamonds in a really good session together with some school jew later in the day when the trevally shut down. Thanks for all the tips Chicko. Regards, Cade."
Golden Trevally
And we received this Fish of the Week entry from Daniel Deering, above... "Hey guys. I caught this nice 61cm golden trevally on Saturday morning on a Squidgy Prawn. I hooked it at the edge of the Woods Bay and it ran me all through the current line before landing it at the rock wall. It was released successfully." Plus this from Lyall Aughton, below left... "Hey Bill. Me and my brother went out fishing on Monday and I managed to pull up my first queenfish on a gold bomber fishing in Woods Bay. The lure had seaweed on it and it wasn't swimming right as it was on the surface splashing around and the queenie smashed it about 10 metres from the boat. Released." There were also a few trevally chasing surface lures at the Munna Point Bridge.
Mangrove Jack Queenfish
Upriver around Tewantin, flathead were on the prowl opposite the boat ramp and mangrove jacks were responding well to soft plastics and mullet strip baits from the Noosa Marina to the car ferry. From Jai Aughton, above right... "Hi Bill. I would like to enter the mangrove jack I picked up on Saturday into the fish of the week competition! He went 42cm and was caught on an Atomic Hardz Shiner in the Tewantin area. Took a few quick snaps then he went back home! Thanks, Jai." The only other reports were from the mouth of Lake Cooroibah where flathead were going for small, whole pilchard floaters.

FRESHWATER: Lake McDonald: Small saratoga and bass have been taking Ecogear ZX Blades fished deep around the weed edges. Bass have been hitting surface lures like the ZMan Finesse FrogZ fished over the lily pads near the Botanical Gardens.
Lake Borumba: Bass being caught around the weed edges on Ecogear Grass Minnows. Saratoga being caught on the surface. Lures like the Strada 70mm Dancer and Zerek Gandalf Frog have accounted for some good fish.

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