The Noosa Fishing Report

As at October 5, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Not an ideal week for the smaller boats. Forecasts of light to moderate winds tended more towards moderate to fresh and although the nominal swell wasn't an issue the wind driven chop and slop meant the tinnies had a hard time on the more exposed reefs.
Cobia or Black Kingfish
Having said that, there were diamonds in amongst the rough and the closer reefs of Double Island Point were a case in point. Report and photo (above) from Grant Budd, Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Hi Bill. I took Jay Hargraves and Kai Brown to D.I. for a jigging trip. We got smoked in the reef on Entice Flop jigs, River2Sea knife jigs and Storm Slow Rocker jigs. The tax men took our biggest fish, but we landed a mixed bag of longnose trevally to 65cm, small cobia and lots of small AJ's even taking bare jigheads!!!"
Scarlet Sea Perch or Large Mouth Nannygai Snapper
Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We headed up to Double Island Point on Thursday on a nine hour charter in great conditions. We caught snapper, Maori cod, moses perch, cobia, scarlet sea perch (nannygai) and finished off the day with a bit of whale watching. Pictured (above) we have Des Kelsey with the standout scarlet and Ross Griffin with a couple of snapper."
Large Mouth Nannygai or Scarlet Sea Perch
The middle reef belt worked well for those who knew their stuff or had good marks. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. The conditions started off nice but deteriorated a bit once the northerly breeze picked up. We caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, snapper and this cracking large mouth nannygai."
Cobia, Maori Cod and Grass Sweetlip.
And (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "I've had the last three days off to get out into my office but could only see a small window this morning. Crossed the bar around 6.45am, as captured on video further down. Slipped out to the gravel on North Reef. We sounded loads of bait so we persevered in that area. All on board were stoked with the quality grassies, Maori cod, snapper, tusk fish and one stray cobia. But we did have to work hard for them!! No current, home with the N/E around midday. Cheers, Chicko."
Pearl Perch and Snapper Coral Trout
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a look. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Saturday in good conditions. Wind was 10 knots from the north and no current run. We caught snapper, pearl perch, sweetlip and coral trout." Northern bluefin and mack tuna were also on the prowl there and in Laguna Bay.

The bar was pretty straight forward most of the week (see video clip below left) but turned a little bit gnarly this morning.
Above right. The $600.00 Costa Sunglasses and Apparel Prize Pack was drawn on Monday morning and the lucky winner is....

COASTAL: There were plenty of people out and about on the open beaches this week but not a lot of feedback apart from jewfish on the bite after dark at Yaroomba Beach and lots of small dart up and down the coast. On Main Beach, the middle rock groyne produced whiting and flathead while on the Noosa North Shore the waters around Teewah township yielded quality dart plus whiting and flathead.

ESTUARY: Tailor were on the prowl at the river mouth between dusk and dawn while during the day it was whiting, bream and flathead. Noosa local Callum Stibbe-Ryan, below, caught this 30cm whiting down there on Monday afternoon. It went for a whole prawn bait.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We've had some pretty exceptional days this week. We've caught flathead, bream, whiting, trevally and queenfish down at the river mouth on either tides... both morning and afternoon. Bream flathead and a few goldens at the Woods Bays. We also saw a few jacks around Noosa Sound and a few small giant trevally. Picked up a few more flathead along the Noosaville stretch. Up around Tewantin... plenty of javelin fish, flathead, bream, whiting and a few more small jacks so good to see they're on again. Pictured (below left) is Roy Hayes from Wollongong in New South Wales with his 79cm dusky which he caught and released on Wednesday mornings four hour charter. It went for a whole whitebait. And (below right) little Hugo from Melbourne with his 30cm whiting. Caught in Noosa Sound on one of our two hour charters using live beach worm."
Flathead and Whiting
The Dog Beach stretch also produced a few good flathead and around the snags, mangrove jacks. From Jake Lobegeier, below left... "Chicko was on the money when he said the big girls were getting around! After a lacklustre Saturday morning session which consisted of throwing the cast net around with little to show for it, I found myself resorting to hopping plastics around the river mouth. Thankfully at around 8:30am, my luck changed very quickly... Lying right up in less than a foot of water sat this 78cm lizard which took a liking for the Savage Gear 3D Manic Shrimp. Thanks to the crystal clear water I watched as the beast engulfed the little shrimp and shot off into the deep. Caught up in the fight, I was ignorant to the fact I had drifted into the fallen trees along the upper-end of the Doggy Beach. After a small panic I got myself into a small opening where I could get out of the tinny and focus on the fish, where thankfully I had two fellow anglers come to give me a helping hand. This beautiful fish had its photo shoot and then was released back into the depths to make someone else's day. The local advice dished out from the Davo's team has always been spot-on. I highly recommend tuning into the weekly 'Heads Up' before heading out as it could very quickly have you in a game of tug of war like this one. Thanks, Jake."
Flathead Whiting
Further up, the current line was still holding golden trevally and the Noosa Sound canals were good for jacks at night and good bream and whiting during the day. From Steve Down... "With school holidays in full swing, Harry and Isaac Down (above right) hit the fish rich canals of Noosa. After picking up some live worms from Davo's they picked a spot with some flats that drop off into some deeper water. After casting to the edge of the drop off Harry picked up this nice Whiting at 36cm. Fish like these seem more common than you think in these waters and only drive the obsession to fish for these budding little anglers. Thanks again to the team at Davo's who really engage with the kids when they walk in the store. This only excites them more and instills their love of fishing, keep up the good work."
Up at Tewantin, the waters around the Noosa Marina and opposite the Council Chambers were another option for golden trevally and the odd snodger flathead. Photo above from Aaron Macmillan... "Hi guys. Aaron here. I caught and released my pb flathead going 1m+ on Tuesday morning. I was flicking a Powerbait Minnow out the front of a jetty at the marina when I hooked up to something big and lost it. I then started reeling in again and it was back on and my drag was screaming and it had the biggest head shakes. After several minutes of fighting it I got it the surface and saw this big girl and so I dragged it to the side where my friend grabbed it with a cloth. I was so stoked." Aaron's outstanding catch and release effort earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove Jacks
Upriver from there, mangrove jacks were on the prowl in good numbers in the stretch between the lakes while flathead and grunter bream were on the bite at the mouth of Lake Cootharaba. From Jed Hamblin, above... "Super duper stoked with my first jacks from last Thursday's session!! After three full days of my Dad and I losing lures and watching jacks spit the hooks at the edges of the boat, I was able to pull in three of these beauties. My first one of the day went 35cm and then I was quickly able to upgrade that to 46.5cm. Another half hour went by and then I got my last one which fell 45cm. So much fun when you are using light line... even better watching them swim away when you release them. A toothy smile is what I received from these girls mad looking mouths. A very ancient looking beautiful fish! These all fell for Savage Gear Prawn Divers and Sunrise Custom Lures Prawn Star Divers. Great to share the stoke."

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