The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday November 30, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: The bar crossing was pretty much 'flat as' over the weekend and remained quite settled throughout the week...
Only one day lost to the weather this week. Wednesday was the victim and blustery, variable northerlies did the deed with a strong wind warning from the BOM shutting the gate for the day. Otherwise we had mostly light variable winds and a nominal swell to contend with.
We had no reports from out wide this week but a run north to Double Island Point was certainly worth the effort. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter up to D. I. on Saturday. Conditions started out beautifully but not long after we got there we had a strong offshore wind come up so we opted to fish in fairly close in calmer conditions. We caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, frypan snapper, coral cod, pearl perch and this quality knobby snapper (as pictured above) on a jig."
Pearl Perch
Back along the middle reef belt the pearlies were in good numbers and of top quality. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to North Reef on Tuesday morning. Wind was about 5 to 10 knots from the north and no current run. We caught snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and (as above) plenty of good size pearlies. And Trekka 2 fished there the day before... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour to North Reef on Monday. Conditions were beautiful with little wind and a slight northerly current. We caught pearl perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod, grass emperor, moses perch and (pictured below left) Maori cod."
Maori Cod Spotted Mackerel
Closer in on Sunshine Reef the catch was grass sweetlip, snapper, Maori cod and gold spot cod while further south, the spotties were hammering the bait schools. From Justin Tierney, above right... "Hey guys. I shop at Marcoola Davo's every week. Caught these spotties on slugs on Sunday around one of many bait balls off Coolum at about 7.30am. We also caught some snapper, sweetlip and golden trevally early in the morning. Great day as it was flat as a tack and could fly around finding new ground. Cheers, Justin." I'm sure you'll all agree that these quality spotties were more than worthy of this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.

We flew the drone from the river mouth, over the new opening at the bottom of the Frying Pan, then up to the Munna Flats and back to the mouth yesterday. It was about 11.30am, which was one and a half hours before a 1.84m high tide. Not perfect timing for the bar crossing but good enough to mark the flats and channels of the lower estuary. To view... CLICK HERE.

Adam from Davo's Tackle World and Mark from Breakaway Marine water tested the Clark/Honda Boat prize on the Noosa River on Thursday morning and she passed with flying colours. First words out of Adam's mouth after the test were.. 'She's fast!' And by the looks of it she sure is. Remember, all you have to do to be in the draw to win this great prize is spend $100.00 or more at any one of the three Davo's stores. How good is that! The winner will be drawn on Saturday December 15, 2018.

COASTAL: The open beaches were worth a look as the wind and swell moderated. Mostly it was the bread and butter species on the bite though with flathead active at north Sunshine Beach and, together with whiting, at Sunrise Beach. On the National Park headland, Dolphin Point was the spot for tailor, bream and trevally. Tailor were also on the chew around the middle groyne on Main Beach and on the Noosa North Shore (up towards Double Island Point) where the odd flathead and quality bream in numbers were an added bonus.

ESTUARY: Mangrove jacks were out and about in good numbers with the river mouth rock wall producing a few quality fish between dusk and dawn. Flathead were also on the prowl in the deeper channels from the Sand Bags to the mouth. River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We saw some good fish the last week. There's been plenty of whiting around the river mouth and Frying Pan area, mostly going for live worms. The Woods Bays fished good as well. We caught flatties, a few goldens and bream. We also fished Lake Cooroibah and up river from there catching flathead, whiting, grunter bream and giant trevally. Pictured is Terry from New Zealand (below left) with his 85cm flatty which he caught and released at the river mouth on a live beach worm."
Flathead Bigeye Trevally
The Woods Bays really fired up towards the end of the week. From Grant Pawson, above right... "Bill. I had the best topwater session in the Woods on Wednesday afternoon. Four big eyes around the 50cm mark and a tailor and heaps of misses ...boofs ... was insane."
Golden Trevally Mangrove Jack
Mangrove jacks were still working the deeper holes and pontoons of Noosa Sound while Weyba Creek was good for whiting, flathead and the odd golden trevally. From Summer Stevenson, above left... "Sunday 25th November. I used my rod that l won in a competition from Davo's last year. Mum showed me how to tie a knot. So l rigged up my rod. I put a prawn on and caught this trevally 50cms long. In Weyba creek in the afternoon, as the tide was going out. Thanks, Summer." Further upriver, flathead and GT's were active around Tewantin, while the stretch from the car ferry to the mouth of the first lake produced more jacks. From Eddie Walter, above ... "Hey Bill. Got out on Wednesday and managed to get 4 jacks between me and my mate Ben Lorentson and I managed to pull in my PB jack going 44cm on the Sunrise custom lure! And a smaller model going 39cm on the Z-Man motor oil Slim SwimZ 2.5". Regards, Eddie."
Lake Cooroibah yielded mud crabs and more lizards. Bradley from Gympie (above) caught and released this 70cm dusky there on Sunday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes yielded school jewfish, jacks and mud crabs.

FRESHWATER: The impoundments were still fishing well although the bite was a little slower during the full moon period. Fish at both Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam were responding well to surface lures and, down deep, metal vibes during the daylight hours.

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