The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday November 16, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
Below left. The bar was quite straight forward on the weekend. Not much swell there or in the bay. Plenty of birds working. ...
Above right. The winds eased and swung south easterly in the latter half of the week. The swell on the bar remained relatively modest. We flew the drone over the river mouth on Thursday. Not a lot of change to the bar crossing. To view, CLICK HERE.

OFFSHORE: It was a bit cooler this week with predominantly light to moderate south easterly winds dominating from the get go. A brief move up into the moderate to fresh range, however, limited offshore activity to the shelter of Laguna Bay on Monday and Tuesday.
Gold Spot Cod and Grass Sweetlip
As you can see by the videos at the top of the page, the bar wasn't a challenge. The exposed reefs were a bit lumpy at times though, so most stuck to the locals until Thursday. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a five hour trip on Sunday morning. We moved about on North and Sunshine and found some good fish. We had a 10 to 15 knot south east wind with a light current from the north. We caught venus tusk fish, spangled emperor, pearl perch, snapper, grass sweetlip and gold spot cod."
Snapper
South of Sunshine, Arkwright Shoal was another close-in option. From Daniel Penwarden, above... "I headed in to see the boys at Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola last Thursday afternoon, picked up some pillies and ganged hooks and raced back to Mt. Coolum to get in the kayak and get on the water. After a week of strong northerlies I was pretty pumped to get out in the water. I dragged the kayak down the Boardwalk and was out there. it was 35km SW winds so I headed north towards the rocks at Point Arkwright. No hits on the lures on the way there so I decided to change it up and put a whole pilchard with 3 ganged hooks on and send it out unweighted while I had a little rest. After flicking my softbait around for 15 mins I decided to call it quits and head back home to the Boardwalk. It was 40km S winds and I was heading south which was very average and slow. Ten mins in and the baitrunner goes off, I pull this fat snapper in. Only 50m out from the rocks at Point Arkwright. I call it a day and head home at what I feels like is a rate of knots but look to the beach and see people walking faster than me. So I paddle in and walk the kayak home. Not bad for a Thursday afternoon. Forty minutes on the water, fifty minute walk home." Daniel's great effort, quality catch and very detailed story won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, there were quite a few small mack tuna under the baitfish in Laguna Bay.

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COASTAL: Not much feedback from the open beaches this week. Having said that, there were a couple of reports of tailor on the prowl in the surf gutters up towards the top end of the Noosa North Shore. And Main Beach was certainly worth a look with quality whiting on the bite around the river mouth and middle rock groynes and, together with good bream, around First Point. Further out along the headland, Dolphin Point produced a few chopper tailor while small mack tuna were at times within slug casting distance of the rocks.

ESTUARY: It was fairly quiet throughout the system this week although the river mouth was still good for the odd flathead in the deeper channels, mangrove jacks at night along the rock wall and whiting on the sand flats, in the Frying Pan and (along with grunter bream) in the outer Woods Bay. From Mark Knox... "Charlee Knox with a whiting and her sister Sydnee (below) with a javelin fish. They caught them at the Noosa Harbour Resort on live worms bought from Davo's Tackle World. Both fish were released after a quick photo shoot."
Whiting and Grunter Bream
And this river report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "It wasn't a bad week. We did see a few tough sessions but overall it was pretty good. The river mouth has plenty of flathead, trevally and a few queenfish about. There's also plenty of whiting on that incoming tide. We caught flathead, bream and striped sea perch in the Woods Bays as well as some juvenile jewfish and the odd golden trevally. There has also been some tailor around the Coast Guard in the early morning. Tewantin fished well... just outside Lake Doonella had good fish on the ebb tide and we caught plenty of flathead between the cable ferry and northern end of Lake Cooroibah. Pictured (below left) is Hannah Pritchard from Sydney with her 68cm flatty she caught on a prawn on Monday’s sport fish charter."
Flathead Flathead
The Woods Bays also had the added bonus of the odd GT around dawn and dusk while mangrove jacks were active around the back of the Sound and (together with quality whiting) in Weyba Creek up as far as (and especially in between) the two bridges. Further upriver, the Gympie Terrace stretch produced some good bream and (around and across from Goat Island)... flathead. From Karin Sowieja, above right... "The sun was starting to set and I was looking for something a bit more challenging after having only caught a few small fish on live bait. That's when I got a bit cheeky and had the brilliant idea of stealing my boyfriend's rod. I decided to have a go using his soft plastic bait (Keitech Easy Shiner 3") and just seconds after casting the line, I caught my very first flathead, on my first try ever using soft plastics! I suppose beginners luck really exists!" Up from there, the deep water opposite the Tewantin boat ramp and the second ski run stretch yielded school jewfish, the mouth of Lake Cooroibah; flathead and between the lakes; mangrove jacks and more jewfish.


FRESHWATER: The impoundments were fishing well for saratoga and bass. With the warmer weather the water temperatures are starting to climb so break out your surface lures and be on the water for dawn and dusk. Borumba Dam has stopped flowing over now which should make navigation easier while it is full. Once the sun is up try the new Rapala Jack deep Jerkbait along the weed edges. Working the edges with spinnerbaits and lightly rigged soft plastics like Keitech Easy Shiners on weedless hooks is also producing some cracking fish. If out in the open the Jackall TN60’s and soft vibes and hard metal vibes are working well on the schooled up fish.

The Davo's Berkley Social Fishing Competition. November 2018.
Fifty eight anglers entered the last Davo's/Berkley Fishing Comp of the year. Although the weather was good, the fishing was tough but, regardless, there was a winner in each of the six species categories and that's all that mattered. Oh, and the free sausage sizzle, free beer and free soft drinks went down a treat as well. And the winners were...
Bream (33cm) ... L. Anderson $200.00 Gift Card
Flathead... D. McDongall (81.5cm) $200.00 Gift Card
Trevally... J. Aughton (48cm) $200.00 Gift Card
Early Bird Prize... A. McCarthy $250.00 Prize Pack
Crab... S. Skinner (16cm) $200.00 Gift Card
Mangrove Jack... J. Imberger (45.5cm) $200.00 Gift Card
Whiting... B. Clince (35.5cm) $200.00 Gift Card
Lucky Draw Prize... J. Housley $400.00 Prize Pack

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