The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday October 28, 2016.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: A week dominated by northerlies isn't the most exciting thing to look forward to but fortunately they were predominantly light to moderate so while there were no TGO's to speak of, most days were fishable. Not much swell either so the bar wasn't an issue and not a lot of current, which kept the bottom bashers happy.
Red Emperor Cobia
The only report we received from Double Island Point was from Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills... "Fished D.I. on Wednesday for snapper, pearlies, cobia, red emperor, lippers, gold spot cod, Maori cod, moses, tuskies and hussar. Wind was 5-10 knots from the north. Swell 1.0m. 1.5 knot current run to the south. Pictured above from that trip is Laurie Semon from Aspley with a red emperor and local angler Bruce Bate who hit the jackpot when he scored a double header of cobia on the first drop."
While on Thursday they fished The Barwon Banks for snapper, amberjack, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, mulloway, trag jew, hussar and a tailor that was just under 70cm. Wind was 5-10 knots from the north. Swell NE 1.0m. 1 knot current run to the south. Craig from Yandina (above) boated the standout amberjack.
Gold Spot Cod Gold Spot Cod
Closer in along the middle reef belt, The Coffees produced squire, pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot cod and grass sweetlip, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of gold spot wrasse, brownline sea perch, Maori cod, trag jew and the odd cobia. Brendan from Horsham in Victoria (above left) boated his gold spot cod on Saturday's seven hour Trekka 2 charter to The Coffees while Damian's gold spot (above right) came from Tuesday's half day Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef.
And last but not least from North Reef, Andrew 'Spoon' Newham from Bowen Hills is pictured above with a cobia which he boated Saturday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
Mulloway or Jewfish
Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was good for moses perch, mulloway, coral trout, grass sweetlip and brownline sea perch. Not in big numbers but enough for a feed if you put in the time. Local lass Summer-Rose Solojoski (above) boated this quality mulloway or jewfish on Friday's five hour Wild Thing 2 charter to Sunshine Wide.
COASTAL: The surf beaches were pretty quiet this week. Having said that, there were still a few whiting on the bite at Sunshine Beach along with small swallowtail dart and the odd snub nose. North of there, queenfish were responding well to cast (small to medium size) metal slug lures at Hells Gates while legal size snapper were on the bite around the corner at Dolphin Point. Over on the Noosa North Shore the waters directly opposite the Third Cutting produced chopper tailor, dart and a few whiting. Further up, whiting were biting around low tide at the Camp Grounds and quality tailor and small jewfish were active after dark up towards the top end.
Golden Trevally
ESTUARY: Quality flathead were active in the lower stretches of the estuary with whole fish baits like whitebait, hardy heads and frogmouth pilchards working well, as were soft plastics and live prawns. Golden trevally were also out and about in numbers. Jack Davis from Melbourne (above) caught and released this 'golden' near the river mouth on Saturday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn. And below left, from local angler James Pearce... "Caught and released this girl at the Dog Beach on Monday morning on a Bloodworm Wriggler. About 75-80cm, 3-3.5 kg. Was around 10am, low tide. Only out of the water for a minute."
Flathead Golden Trevally
And from Kye Ferszt, above right... "Caught this beauty near the Sand Bags on Tuesday afternoon. Wasn't too much happening. Was there from 9.00am and only caught a 37cm whiting around lunchtime, and as I was getting ready to leave later in the afternoon this golden trevally decided to have a snack! I ran over to my rod as it was going for a run, (thought it was a stingray at first) and then yeah after 5-10 min fight I looked over my shoulder and these eight old dudes were laughing at me thinking I had a small fish on. I got it to the shore and every time it came close to the bank it just kept going for runs, so I yelled out to the old dudes to help me pull in my other lines so I didn't get tangled and they were shocked to see what was on the other end! It measured up at 73cm, 4.5kg. Was on a 6-8kg rod with 20 pound line and small hook. Bait was a live yabby." Kye's quality capture and very detailed report won him this week's Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
Flathead Flathead
Bream, flathead and whiting were active in the Frying Pan and in the Woods Bays where GT's were active at night. Goldie from Melbourne (above left) caught and released his 80cm flathead in the Woods on Saturday's Noosa River Fishing Safari while on the same charter, young Sam Davis (above) boated a 58cm specimen.
Golden Trevally Mangrove Jack
The back of Noosa Sound fired up with grunter bream, mangrove jacks and good size golden trevally on the bite. Local angler Tyler Corrie (above left) loves to net a feed of prawns for dinner but always keeps a few to use as live bait if he's going fishing. On Saturday night he got a good bucket load at the Noosaville boat ramp and after dinner, worked the banks around the Noosa Heads Lions Park and Sheraton Bridge with the left overs. It wasn't a busy night with just one potato cod caught and released, but all came good when this 4kg (70cm) golden trevally ran off with his bait just after low tide. And Joskie Robinson (above right) caught a 48cm mangrove jack in Noosa Sound in the very early hours of Monday morning. It was the last of the run-out tide and it went for a whole pilchard bait. Apart from that, Weyba Creek produced bream in the lower reaches and whiting to 44cm (on squid baits believe it or not) up around the bridges. Upriver, whiting were responding well to live beach worms in the Noosaville stretch and small mangrove jacks were taking live baits not far from the boat ramp. At Tewantin, the ski run was good for flathead (with soft plastics like the Chasebaits 4" Paddle Baits producing the bigger fish) and trevally while threadies and jacks were still making their presence felt between the lakes.

FRESHWATER REPORT ...Davo's Tackle World.
Soft plastics fished close around the weed edges in Lake Macdonald has been producing bass. Trolling lures like the Ecogear SX60 around the Main Basin is another successful way to target bass and yellowbelly at this time of year.
In Lake Borumba, spinnerbaits, soft plastics and live shrimp baits fished around the sticks have been catching bass and yellowbelly.
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