Heading offshore, the weather gods have finally smiled on us and given use some great fishable days, plenty of angler took advantage of the great offshore conditions and did the run to the outer reefs, snapper, pearl perch, gold band snapper, cod and jewfish all on the menu this week with the good old paternoster rig loaded with pilchards and squid doing the trick, the Instinct pre-rigged Paternoster rigs are perfect for the job. Reports are also coming in of schools of tuna and mackeral around the closer reefs, floaters fished in a good burley trail has been the most popular way to find a mackeral while keeping an eye out for birds feeding on bait has seen anglers find the tuna. The closer reef have also really performed well with Sunshine Reef giving up some nice trout, sweetlip and snapper. Fishing hard to the bottom is key if you want to tangle with a nice trout, so big ball sinker right the way down to the hook. Soft plastics have also worked well with plenty of fist taken on 5-7” sizes Zman Streakz and Chasebaits Forkbaits. Make sure you use a good coating of Pro-Cure scent for the best results.
In the River; good sized whiting have been prowling around the river mouth and the frying pan during low light hours, using live bait like worms and yabbies has produced some nice table fish, surface walkers like the Strada Viral, Jackson Ebi Panic prawn have also been doing the job. Trevally and tailor have been feeding off the surface in the low light hour’s morning and afternoon, Woods Bays, the Noosa Sound and Munna Point and Bridge have fished well with poppers and walk the dog type lures.
Fishing those drop-offs near sand and mud banks has resulted in some quality flathead. Small fish baits like small pilchards, hardy heads and white bait cast up and worked over those edges has been the most productive technique. Using brightly colored soft plastics like the Entice Bungie Baits coated with scent has also claimed some big mommas. The upper reach of the river has been producing with some nice sized mangrove jack, being ready for battle is accentual as these brutes of the river pull line like no other fish, fishing braided lines to 20lbs and leaders to 25lb will defiantly help with the fight. School jew are again back in force after the recent rains, live baits like poddy mullet and herring have been the way to go as well as larger sized soft vibes, the Samaki Thumper Tails in the 100mm size have been perfect, the tail on these vibes put out a vibration the jew pick up on there lateral line.
On the beaches, the stretch between Teewah to Double Island on Noosa’s North Shore have been holding good number of tailor, morning and night on the incoming tide has been the prime bite time. Whiting, flathead, dart and the odd nice size trevally have all been taken from those same gutters. Tailor, Whiting, Bream have been caught along Sunshine beach and down towards Castaways. On the rocks around the Noosa National Park we are seeing some nice pan sized snapper and sweetlip. Whole large pilchards on ganged hooks or local squid on a suicide hook have been perfect baits. For those chasing tuna and trevally off the rocks anglers are having success with larger stick baits and poppers.
Up in the fresh water; surface lures are doing the damage during low light periods. Pencils and Frogs are working well. For pencils try the Strada Zedia and Viral lures, these are easy to use on calm waters and have been preforming well. Chasebaits wiggle bomb are perfect for casting against steep banks and allowed to sink. Borumba dam and Kin Kin creek are the perfect places to take this lure. The new Zman TRD Hogs plastics with Nedlockz jigheads are great for bass angler that are fishing around heavy structure as this stile of Jig head helps to keep hook away from the bottom.
Now for all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for up to date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Davo’s Tackle World in Noosa, Davo’s Boating and Outdoor and Davo’s Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!