The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday September 15, 2017.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: When it was good it was very, very good but when it was bad it was awful. Haven't used that line for quite some time but it pretty much sums up the week in a nutshell. Blustery 20 to 25 knot northerlies shut the offshore gate on Wednesday and Thursday but the rest of the week was quite fishable, especially if you were able to get out and make the most of the morning sessions ahead of the brisk afternoon, variable northerly sea breezes.
Amberjack and Maori Cod.
The bar behaved itself most days and wasn't a problem if you worked the "three hours either side of high tide" rule. The more distant reefs continued to produce the bulk of the standout captures with Double Island Point leading the way. Report and photos from
Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished D.I. on Friday. Wind was 15 to 20 knots south west to south east. Strong current to the south. We got tuskies, heaps of big hussar, amberjack, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, coral bream, moses perch, spangled emperor and red emperor." Above we have Justin Lee from Evatt in the ACT with an amberjack and Maori cod and below, Dan Watt from Dayboro with a gold spot wrasse and Paul Taylor from Clear Mountain with a quality red emperor.
Gold Spot Wrasse Red Emperor
And the boys did it again on Tuesday... "Hey mate. Wind was 10 to 15 knots increasing to 30 knots by mid afternoon. No current. We got moses perch, snapper, cobia, jewfish and quality pearl perch." Pictured below: John Ormond from Tinana and David Crocket from Melbourne with a couple of jewies.
Jewfish or Mulloway.
And from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We ran a 9 hour charter to Double Island Point on Friday. Conditions were 15-20 knots of south, south west wind so we stayed in close and caught cobia, cod, pearl perch, squire and tusk fish. Below left is Glenn Hilber from Brisbane with a standout cobia"
Cobia Snapper
The Hards also produced some good fish this week. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Hards on Saturday. Wind was 20 knots south west to southerly. No current. We got gold spot wrasse, moses perch, sergeant baker, coral bream, amberjack, tusk fish and snapper to 75cm." Above right is Jennifer Van Gemeren, Tewantin with a quality snapper and below, Geert Deryk from Gympie with a thumper knobby.
Closer in on the middle reef belt, North Reef was the standout. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We ran a five hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. Conditions were 10 knot winds from the south west with a 1.0m swell. We caught red emperor, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, snapper and moses perch." Tim Duffield from Brisbane, below, nailed a gold spot cod and a solid pearl perch.
Gold Spot Cod and Pearl Perch
And below, from that same charter, we have Peter Norman from Palmwoods with a thumper Maori cod and Rob Voley from Gympie with a red emperor.
Maori Cod Red Emperor
Down the line, Massoud's Reef produced pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, snapper and moses perch while closer in, Sunshine Reef was good for pearl perch, grass sweetlip, estuary cod, longtail tuna and venus tusk fish. Mike Campbell, below, sent in this report... "Hi Bill. Fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday arvo and got this longtail on a floating pilly. Maxed out the 20kg scales. Estimated 25kg. Got a quick couple of photos and released him. Bit of current to the north and 10-15 knot ENE winds. Lots of whales. We hit a patch of pearlies just after dark and a couple of sweetlip, so got a feed and were back in by 7.30pm." Mike shared this week's Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize and was awarded the $50.00 store credit option.
Northern Bluefin or Longtail Tuna.

COASTAL: The northerlies made life a tad difficult on the open beaches this week but those who got out early in the morning got the best of the lighter conditions. There weren't many reports, though. From the eastern beaches; Sunshine Beach produced some good whiting, as did Peregian Beach, but with the added bonus there of flathead and dart. Around the National Park headland, bream, trevally and dart were schooling around the rocks with lightly rigged 3” plastics fished in the wash on 1/4oz jigheads and working well. Bigger plastics (3/8th 3/0-4/0 jig heads and Berkley Gulp Jerk Shads for distance casting) produced the odd keeper sized snapper to 50cms. On the Noosa North Shore; whiting (on live worms), flathead and chopper tailor were active up towards Double Island Point and opposite Teewah township while down towards the river mouth end the catch was bream and flathead.

ESTUARY: The river mouth was a bit more lively this week with bream, flathead, whiting and tailor in the mix. Quality whiting and bream were also on the bite in the Frying Pan and there was also the odd surprise capture. From Cade Holeszko, below left... "Hi Guys. Went for a fish with my Dad down the river on Sunday morning. I tagged a few small flatties and thought I had snagged my lure then I pulled up this nice Stargazer caught on a 3.5 inch Z-Man Trick SwimZ in Bad Shad colour. Bought from Davo's during the week to chase some big flatties. I released him after a couple of photos. Thanks, Cade."
Stargazer Flathead
Further along, the current line and Woods Bays were good for bream, trevally (cale cale and golden), tailor and flathead. Neville Clouten from Victoria, above right, is pictured with a 74cm flathead which he caught and released on a prawn bait in that area. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Milk Fish
And what about this report and photo from Antonio Guidi, above... "Hi Bill. Caught this milkfish on a Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastic in the lower river around lunchtime on Monday. It took me from the Coast Guard to T-Boats for an epic fifteen minute fight! He went 82cm. Released successfully after this quick photo." Antonio's quality catch and release earned him the $50.00 ChaseBaits soft plastics prize in this week's Davo's Fish of the Week Comp.
Bream Giant Trevally
Bream were active in Weyba Creek and, together with trevally, flathead and estuary cod, around the Noosa Marina and Tewantin ski run. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo (above left) from Friday morning of Mark Myers from Melbourne with a 35cm bream which he caught around Tewantin using a whole prawn bait. And (above right) pic from Monday morning of Gary Willis from Melbourne with a GT. Caught and released in the ski run. Also using a whole prawn bait." Apart from that, Bream, javelin fish, flathead and whiting were on the bite at Lake Cooroibah.

FRESHWATER: The closed season is over and the Everglades are once again open for bass. Surface lures like Strada Zedia and and Jackson Riskbait and Jackal Pompadour have been working well there as were creature style plastics like Gulp Crabby and Shrimp in the 2.5-3” range. At Borumba Dam the bass are schooling up around the boat ramp in 10mtrs of water. Bassman Spinnerbaits and TT Switchblades in the 1/2oz range are the best option. Micro jigs have also been working well with Searide Blue Blue being a favourite. Don’t forget to purchase your stocked impoundment fishing permit.

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