The Noosa Fishing Report
Saturday January 22, 2022.

Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We ran a half day trip on Friday morning tucking in out of the wind. We caught flathead, bream, trevally, moses perch and javelin fish. As pictured below, Ron’s flathead measured 67cm and Jess’s golden was about 40cm. Both released."

Flathead and Golden Trevally

Friday January 21, 2022: It was a good week for the offshore boys. No glass-outs (hard to get that with nor' nor' easterlies dominating) but with the winds mostly in the 10 to 15 knot range there were no down days. Blowy some afternoons when the nor' easter ramped up but otherwise all good until Thursday's fresh to strong south easterly change came through. The swell on the bar, of course, kept the small boat brigade on their toes but there were no issues.

Spanish Mackerel

Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We battled the rough conditions for a five hour trip on Thursday. We trolled along the dirty/blue water line out from Sunshine Reef and picked up a Spaniard. The lure that did the damage was a Rapala CD Magnum. After that we got the anchor out and got a nice mix of Maori cod, pearl perch, gold spot cod, moses perch and spotty mackerel. Decided to call it a day after that due to the 20 knots of SE and 2m swell. Cheers, Nat."

Golden Trevally

From Noah Walters, above... "Hi Bill. I caught this 50cm golden trevally at the Sand Bags on Thursday. It went for a 3" Holt Prawn. Released after a quick pic."

Spanish Mackerel

Results from offshore were certainly better before the SE blow. Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We ran two seven hour trips to North Reef on Wednesday. We started off trolling deep divers and were on to the Spanish mackerel (above and below left) straight away. The kids on board had a blast pulling them in.

Spanish Mackerel and Maori Cod

The bottom fishing was pretty good too. We got some quality pearl perch (below left), Maori cod (above right), snapper, cobia, longtail tuna and spotted mackerel. Conditions were pretty good with light winds and almost no current, however the swell on the bar continues to stick around. Cheers, Nat." 

Pearl Perch and Spanish Mackerel

From Damian Gartshore... "Hey Bill. On Wednesday, with good weather predicted, we headed out to chase Spaniards on trolled baits. My brother Kieran (above right) landed this 26kg cracker of a Spanish. Love watching your bar crossing videos - keep up the great work mate! Cheers, Damian."

Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "Fishing throughout the river has been productive. Plenty of good size whiting caught around high tide on the banks near the river mouth. Best baits have been worms and yabbies. Flathead have also been prevalent on the low tide in the same area. Small micro jigs have accounted for plenty of trevally and queenfish around the Current Line, Munna Point and the back of the Sound while mangrove jacks were going for flesh baits around the Sand Bags and up around the Tewantin rock ledges. Some good size jewies have been caught above Tewantin using soft vibes and 100mm soft plastic prawns. Mud crabs have been plentiful in Lake Weyba and Lake Coortharaba, going for bags of chicken mince and frigate mackerel."

Golden Trevally

From Jim Ambrose... "Hi Bill. Five year old local boy and keen angler Charlie Harris (above right) single handedly landed this 42cm golden trevally in the canal system at low tide in the middle of the day. Charlie is a keen, patient little fisherman who has caught some amazing fish around the canals. Regards, Jim."

Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Jason (below) landed this dusky on one of our two hour charters up in Tewantin on Monday. It took a peeled prawn bait. We also caught bream, javelin fish (grunter bream) and golden trevally."


Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Here’s a few pics (below) from our five hour trip to North Reef on Sunday morning. Conditions were pretty good once the early morning storms passed with only light westerly winds and a 2m+ easterly swell. The fish were fired up and we got a good mixed bag of snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod and moses perch. Take care crossing the bar as there’s some big sets coming through."

Maori Cod and Pearl Perch

Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Photos (below) from Saturday morning's charter. Pictured are Jacob and Daniel with a couple of 65cm flathead. We kept Daniel's and let Jacob's go. Fished the Woods Bays and the Frying Pan and then moved along up to Tewantin for javelin fish and trevally."


Report and photos (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Been running triple five hour trips the last few days. North Reef has been really productive and less sharky than Sunshine. On Saturday we got a heap of pan sized reef fish including snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, moses perch, sweetlip and cod, along with Spanish mackerel. Conditions have been good but the swell seems to be on the way up with some good sets on the bar. Cheers, Nat."

Spanish Mackerel.

And from local angler Josh Collins... "Hi Bill. Went for an early fish on Saturday morning and managed to boat some Spanish mackerel at Chardon's Reef before the tide turn. Young Amos (below right) in the picture was our lucky charm. Fish were caught on jigs and trolled hard body lures. Cheers, Josh."

Laguna Bay Sunrise and Spanish Mackerel.

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