With the winds staying light throughout the week many anglers found out that Sunshine was the place to be. From the Kayakers to owners of small craft the swell and winds let anyone have a go and most got rewarded. The fish are starting to take a multitude of different presentations, from slow-trolled garfish on pre-made troll rigs to hard-bodies and gang-hooked baits. If trolling take a look at lures in the 120-140mm size range.
Before you go offshore have a couple pre-rigged with wire so if you get snipped off you are ready to get back into the action straight away. If fishing whole pillies and you see fish busting up on the surface it is always worth pitching a gang hooked bait into the action and let it float down. You may see mac tuna on the surface but the spotties and Spanish are often just below feeding on the missed baitfish.
Other big fish in the mix have been some huge wahoo and a few chunky yellowfin tuna. Wahoo and tuna will take just about anything but love a high speed jet head, hex head or pusher style lure that creates a solid bubble trail. Take a look at the great range of pelagic offerings from Buku before your next trip. Lastly if you need help with tying a single strand wire haywire twist be sure to ask us how as this is super strong slimline connection to prevent bite offs.
Elsewhere out wide to North reef the run of cobia, pearlies, tuskies, maori cod and other reefies continues. These fish all taking baits dropped down on double hook paternoster rigs. If you do head out here, especially in the lead up to a moon phase be aware that currents can become strong. This will see you using 16oz of lead or more. Even further toward DI you can expect to find the previously mentioned fish along with jewies, gold spot cod, scarlet sea perch and snapper. High speed jigging is also claiming smaller longtail tuna and amberjack.
Surf fishing has seen some bigger dart and whiting off the beaches with pipis and live worms producing the better fish. Go down to your local gutter during the last of the run out tide and enjoy getting out to the deeper holes.
Back inside the Noosa River we have seen a multitude of mangrove jack captures. These fish have been found from the Noosa River mouth to as high as Lake Cootharabah so they are very spread out. The continued lack of rain and run off sees the river becoming increasingly saltier, especially with the spring tides. Try your luck around the bridges and rock bars, especially the back of Noosa Sound. The Rapala Jack deep lures are the perfect small profile deep diving lure that these fish love.
If you are after flathead and whiting you should look around the frying pan and dog beach sand flats especially during the run out phase of the tides. Both of these fish respond well to lures and baits with live beach worm, peeled prawn and whitebait for bait anglers. For those of you after trevally take a look around Woods bays, Noosa Sound and Weyba Bridge. These fish will hunt in packs during low light periods and will happily take small poppers and stick baits. Small 5-10 gram metals like Halco twisties worked back quickly also trigger a strong bite.
Freshwater continues to warm up and levels are dropping in all dams and lakes. Borumba is dropping quickly as this water supply is feeding the Mary River. With the warm water the fish will be sitting deep and seeking shelter. Take suspending jerkbaits like the new Atomic slim twitcher and hold these still after a few quick rips for the bite. Don’t forget Borumba is 4 wheel drive access only and as always travel with care.
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