The Noosa Fishing Report

As at Friday September 21, 2018.
Brought to you by... Davo's Tackle World Noosa
OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore brigade with quality snapper and pearlies coming on the bite in close and out wide. The only off day was Monday when strong south easterlies hit the 25 knot mark. All others were fishable, especially the morning sessions.
The bar crossing continued to behave itself with a nominal swell and a bit of slop and chop as bad as it got. The more distant reefs were back on the agenda and were certainly worth the time and the extra fuel. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Friday in perfect conditions. We caught and released a good size black marlin (see short clip) and also bagged out on snapper. Pictured above from that trip, left is Garry Fraser with a good 85cm fish, centre; Donna Littely with two 75cm fish and right, deck hand Nat Turner with the standout knobby. A great day had by all."
Amberjack Venus Tusk Fish
Plus this report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hi Bill. We did a nine hour trip up to Double Island Point on Wednesday. We had little current or wind all day till the northerly kicked up in the late arvo on the way home. We caught hussar, snapper, amberjack, tusk fish and pearl perch. Pictured (above and below right) is Matt Boulton with a thumper snapper and venus tusk fish and (below left) Rob Webb with a nice pearl perch. Sorry, didn't get the name of the guy with the amberjack."
Pearl Perch Snapper
And the Barwon Banks really turned it on. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished The Banks on Friday in awesome conditions. Barely 5 knots of wind and a current to the south. We caught fox fish, massive teraglin jewfish, pearl perch and bagged out on quality snapper." Pictured below is Darryl Boreham from Tewantin with one of the standout knobbies.
Below: James Thomas from Tewantin's snapper went for a squid bait and Daniel Dayman from Mudjimba's knobby just looks surprised.
Snapper Snapper
From the middle reef belt, this report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday. Wind was less than 5 knots and current was running hard to the south. We caught Maori cod, moses perch, tailor, coral bream, gold spot wrasse and some nice pearl perch." Below left we have Frank Maiolo from Mudgee with one of the standout pearlies.
Pearl Perch Pearl Perch
And from local angler Neil Coxon, above right... "Hi Bill. I fished North Reef last Thursday. Found it very slow. Did a drift when the wind dropped off, using jigs, and managed to pick up this ripper pearly. Cheers, Neil." Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for lots of juvenile snapper along with the odd keeper. Snapper were also active at Jew Shoal. First light, before the boat traffic, was best there.

Below left. The swell on the bar was nominal over the weekend and almost non-existent towards the end of the week.
Above right. Buy a pair of Costa Sunglasses at Davo's during September and be in the draw for a $600.00 Prize Pack.

COASTAL: The only reports we received from the open beaches this week were of quality jewfish being caught after dark down around Yaroomba Beach at Point Arkwright. These fish will take a wide range of hardbodies, soft plastics, live baits and fresh dead baits. Be sure to have the correct line to stop these huge fish which will certainly brick you in a heartbeat once they know they are hooked. Heavy leaders of 50lb or greater are a must and a rod with a solid backbone will take you toward landing one of these silver ghosts.

ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We've seen some great fish over the last week. The water temp has risen a couple degrees over the last few weeks and the fish are loving it. We caught flathead, bream, queenfish and trevally at the river mouth. More flatties and goldens in the Woods Bays and opposite the Noosa Coast Guard. We picked up a few whiting in the shallower water in Noosaville and plenty of javelin fish and flathead at Tewantin. Lake Cooroibah also fished well for small mulloway, bream, flathead and a couple of small mangrove jacks,. Pictured (below) is Russell from Melbourne with a 76cm dusky and Lyn with a 50cm queenie. Both were caught near the river mouth on prawn baits on Wednesday morning's charter and both released."
Flathead Flathead
The flathead were out and about in numbers throughout the system this week with some snodger fish on the prowl in the lower estuary. Matt Rhodes, below left, did well there... "Hey Bill. Fished the river mouth on Friday arvo with my dad. We managed to snag some good quality flathead, drifting live herring on the runout tide. Biggest being 79cm which was released unharmed. Kept a couple for a feed. Cheers." Matt's quality catch and release earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Queenfish Flathead
And from Richard Green... "Hi. My nephew Hugo (above right), who is 11, had a cracking morning fishing the Noosa River on Sunday. Hugo had only fished once before in a boat and his best catch had been a 30cm whiting here in Noosa. We started at 5:15am fishing the Noosaville stretch around some structure with unweighted pieces of pilchards, and drifted them down nearing the end of the runout tide. After throwing a few pilly cubes as berley, the action was fast and furious with several bust offs. Within 30 mins Hugo had release several bream under 30cm and landed several good bream up to 38 cm and a flathead going at 49cm. Moving to the mouth river near the sandbags we drifted with lightly weighted whitebait and he landed a 59cm flathead and his smile grew even larger. He couldn't believe it. As the tide slowed, we decided to drift pilchards and whitebait opposite the Tewantin marina and Goat Island, where Hugo picked up his biggest catch of all, a 62cm flathead which nearly didn't make the net. Just before reaching the boat, a monster tangle occurred with my line and we thought the fish was lost as it swam off. After 10 mins of untangling, Hugo gently raised is rod to find the flathead had been on the bottom, and we finally landed him. By far his best day fishing and a memory he’ll never forget."
Mangrove Jack Mangrove Jack
Whiting were biting around the Munna Flats area and Goat Island while big eye trevally were responding well to stick baits and surface poppers along the Noosaville stretch between dusk and dawn. Further upriver, the lizards were out and about in Lake Cooroibah while the mangrove jacks were still making their presence felt in the stretch between the lakes. From Geoff Stirzaker, above left... "Hey Bill. Took my mate Dan jack fishing on Friday back up to my usual haunt. We trolled for a couple of hours with Jackall Squirrels and Flicker Shad hard bodies and caught some nice jacks in the low 40's. Given that I've released all the other fish, we kept a couple for a feed."

FRESHWATER: Freshwater has been heating up with the bass taking hardbodies and surface lures along the calm water edges early mornings and late afternoons. OSP Dunk and Ecogear SX48F lures get down deep to where the fish are and work well when twitched away from the snags. Out in the middle of Lake MacDonald the Bubble Trail is holding smaller fish that have been taking micro jigs.

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