The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday September 7, 2018.
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OFFSHORE: It was all up to the weekend warriors to get the runs on the board this week with light to moderate variable northerlies on Saturday morphing to variable southerlies on Sunday. Not much swell on the bar or offshore, either, so no dramas for the smaller boats. It was downhill after that, however, with 15 to 20 knot+ south easterlies (and a 1.8m-2.0m swell) roughing up the exposed reefs from Monday, before dropping back late Thursday morning.
While the weather permitted, Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover chose to do a run out wide... "Hey mate. We fished The Hards on Sunday. Wind was 15 knots from the south east. Current from the north west. We caught heaps of venus tusk fish, moses perch, hussar and (as pictured above) snapper."
Jewfish or Mulloway Humpback Whales
And Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini worked the middle reef belt... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. Conditions were a bit bumpy early on from Friday’s northerly blow but settled down nicely during the trip. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, teraglin jewfish and (as pictured above left) mulloway." And let's not forget the whales. Paul Glover snapped this 'mum and bubs' (above) at North Reef earlier that week.

Below left. As mentioned earlier, the bar turned a bit gnarly midweek and one boat came to grief while attempting to cross around 4.00am
Above right. The winner of the Ultimate Penn Package was drawn earlier in the week. To find out who won, just click or tap on the video.

COASTAL: The open beaches were at their best over the weekend with school jewfish coming from the surf gutters at the top end of Yaroomba Beach and tailor off the rocks at Point Arkwright. Further up, bream and whiting were biting at Peregian Beach while the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach produced small jewfish and dart. Apart from that, Dolphin Point was good for squire and the rocks at Double Island Point yielded chopper tailor.

ESTUARY: Whiting were in good numbers and of good quality around the sand flats of the river mouth and the Frying Pan (going for live worms, yabbies and small surface poppers) while flathead were active there in the deeper channels, and off the Woods Point, on the run-out tide. Shane Hart from Lake Macdonald (below left) picked up this 73cm flathead on a 100mm Squidgy Wriggler soft plastic on Sunday. He released it after a couple of quick pix. Trevally were still on the prowl opposite the Coast Guard, the back of Noosa Sound yielded mangrove jacks while Weyba Creek produced good whiting.
Flathead Diamond Trevally
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The river fished really well this week. Good flathead and bream around the river mouth and we saw some nice diamond and golden trevally at the Woods Bays. Noosaville had plenty of whiting and flathead with the bream hanging around the structure. Tewantin and Cooroibah produced flathead, bream, a few estuary cod and small mangrove jacks. Pictured (above right) is Wayne Phillis and his grandson Ollie Gator Goldthorpe with their 67cm diamond trevally which went for a prawn in Noosaville. We released it after this photo."
Tarpon, Flathead and Giant Trevally.
Upriver, the waters from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah were good for flathead and trevally. From Jai Aughton, above... "It's been a bit blowy but the fishing has been great. On Sunday we went out for 8 flathead to 64cm, 3 cod and 2 GT's including a 63cm brute. And on Monday I managed another 63cm GT and a 59cm tarpon. All released." Jai's numerous captures (and releases) earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
Trevally were also schooling in the stretch between the lakes, as were mangrove jacks. From Shayla Sinclair, above left... "Hey Bill. I was fishing between the lakes with my dad at sunset on Saturday when my PB Jack smacked my Twerkz Gold Digger. After a huge fight on light gear after he got me bricked in a snag, I managed to get him into the boat without a net. I'm so happy with this 43cm Jack that is now my PB. We released it after a couple of quick pix. Cheers, Shayla." And from Geoff Stirzaker, above right... "Hey Bill. I ducked out for a couple of hours on Saturday and did a bit of trolling between the lakes with my mate Greg. Had a hot little bite on the tide change. We landed GT's, flatties, cod, bream and this nice jack that measured in the low 40's."

FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald: Bass have been schooling up around the deeper areas like Bass Bay and the Botanical Gardens. Chasebaits 2.25” Curly Bait have been the go to lures for many anglers rigged on a 1/8oz jig head. And Hot Bite Gang Banger G2 lures worked in these areas early morning and late afternoon. Trolling along the deep drop offs working well for schooled bass using a variety of different deep diving hard bodied lures.
Lake Borumba: Saratoga and Bass being caught on spinner baits, surface lures and hard bodied diving lures. Lures: Jackall Mask Vibe, Atomic 60 Shiner, Megabass Dog-X JR and River2Sea ChaseBaits Bobbin Frog. The main basin has been producing large numbers of schooled bass on the troll. Z-Man 3” Slim SwimZ and smaller Bassman spinnerbaits cast into weed edges rigged with small curly tail plastics worked back slowly working very well.

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