With the Noosa River still a little dirty after the rains, most of the predatory fish have been taken on the incoming tide. Good catches of trevally and tailor have been taken on small metal slugs on the incoming tide. The Dog beach and sand bags are still seeing plenty of good sized whiting both on baits and surface lures. Woods Bay and around the current line has had some good trevally as well as good sized bream and the odd jack. Gympie Terrace was busy with family’s fishing over last weekend and they were well rewarded with bream whiting and small moses perch, baits like worms, prawns, and yabbies have claimed some nice fish.
Quality flathead are showing up all along the river on the run out tides. Fishing plastics like the Keitech Easy shiners or Zman Curly Tails in the 3” size and 1/8th– ¼ jig heads has worked best, also having that bit heaver leader at around 10-12lb for a bit of bite protection is a good idea. Up river Jacks, flathead and school jew have been taking on prawn profile soft plastics. Drifting down on the outward tide has been a successful way to catch a feed. Mangrove jacks are still in good numbers. Fresh flesh baits or frozen baits like bonito have been working very well, you will need to up your leader size to around 25-30lb and 20lb main line if you are fishing around heavy structure. Zerek prawns fished weedless around structure has also seen some good results.
On the beach, the southern beaches like Peregian and Marcus have some great gutters at the moment, a well-timed evening fish on the incoming tide has seen some smaller jewies with large baits like mullet and large clumps of sandworms doing the job. Up on the North Shore big schools of swallow tail dart have been hitting every bait that hits the water, great fun for the kids with the odd good one amongst them. There are quality whiting and bream also siting in the gutters so lightly rigged worms on worm hooks and small sized sinkers worked through the gutter should see you with a feed of sweet whiting.
With a far bit of wind last week offshore anglers were using the hit and run technique, heading out early and making a run for home as soon as the wind started to pick up. Sunshine Reef and North Reef have been holding good mackerel including the odd larger spottie mackerel pushing close to 1m in size. Sunshine Reef has seen some great coral trout caught, a proven method to getting a great feed of trout is rigging snelled 6/0-7/0 octopus hooks and 40-50lb fluorocarbon, Making sure you use a 10 size ball sinker so the bait sits hard on the bottom.
For the Kayakers and smaller craft, you don’t have to go far to get into the tuna with long tails and mack tuna busting up bait in Laguna Bay and just around the corner at Jew Sholes, Slugs have been one of the ways to tangle with these speedsters, but for those that want a bit of fun, popper have also worked well. Anglers are liking the Storm Chug Bugs as they cast really well, big splashes from the poppers excite these fish into a surface strike that really get the heart pumping.
In the dams; with the recent rain and with more to come this will sure to stir things up a little for the bass and toga fisherman. Lightly rigged 2-3” paddle and wriggle tail plastics slow rolled along the edges has seen some nice bass. For the surface angler smaller lures like the Strada Dancer or Zeida are perfect for saratoga.
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 or Davo’s Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember: Tight Lines and Bent Spines!