The majority of boats stayed in closer due to winds or tide heights dictating return times home over the Noosa Bar during the week. Those who did manage to go wide to Double Island were treated to a mixed bag of snapper, tusk fish, jewfish, amberjack, moses perch, coral bream and spangled emperor to name a few as we move toward the full moon.
North reef and surrounding reefs has produced jewfish, sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, yellow fin and mac tuna. With the majority of fish falling for fresh baits fished on paternoster rigs and 6/0 hooks and a big snapper sinker. Baits to use include mullet, pilchard and local squid.
If out wide and in deeper waters be sure to try a few jigs as cobia and amberjack will take one of these with ferocity never experienced with bait fishing. Jigs to try that work very well are river 2 sea knife jigs and black magic flipper jigs. These can be jigged quickly to the surface to entice a solid reaction bite.
If fishing with plastics try Chasebaits 7 inch fork bait and Berkley Gulp jerk shads on 6/0 hooks and ¾ to 1.5 oz jigheads. In closer Sunshine reef has been accessible for smaller craft with snapper, sweetlip, cobia, coral trout and pearl perch on the menu.
The Noosa River has been fishing well right through to the upper reaches. In the lower estuary flathead, bream, tailor, whiting and trevally have been caught on a wide range of baits and lures. if fishing around the dog beach then deep diving hard body lures are worth a try for trevally and flathead. Try Jackall squirrel and Lucky craft pointers in the smaller sizes as these get down deep to where these fish like to hide.
If fishing around Munna Point then soft plastics on 1/6th-1/4oz jigheads are better with smaller 2-3 inch Zman slim swimz and Grubz. Surface fishing has slowed a little but is always worth a try during early morning and late afternoon. The new Bassday Sugapen 58mm is sure to be a success as are Fish Candy Skinny dog surface walkers. Expect to catch tailor and trevally around woods bays, frying pan and Munna Bridge.
Bait fishing around the river mouth, Munna Bridge and along Gympie terrace are the easier to access areas. Use light 6-8lb lines with the lightest sinkers and rods you have to have the best chance. Smaller prawn, squid and pilchard cubes are the best options if targeting smaller species with larger whole fish baits best for bigger trevally and flathead.
For the surf anglers; with the lack of swell the gutters have filled in with sand a bit. These will have been given a stir up what with the wind swell from earlier SW winds and impending larger swell arriving later this week. Up along Fraser and Noosa north shore look for bird action as the tailor have been reported in good numbers and are taking gang hooked pilchards.
Closer to Noosa the Noosa Bar has been providing anglers with quality flathead and whiting taken on lighter gear and fresh worm and flesh baits. If headed out on the rocks be sure to watch for set waves and be sure to fish with bigger whole fish baits and live garfish. Jewfish and Cobia patrol these areas so expect to use heavier rods and lines to land them. The middle groin on Noosa main beach is a lot of fun when there is low swell. Take lighter estuary sized outfits and small baits for flathead, bream, dart and whiting, just watch your step!
In the Freshwater; the bass in both Borumba and Lake Macdonald are still feeding however can be shut down. Slow rolling blades, spoons, spinner baits and plastics is the most successful method. Look at Bassman spinnerbaits, Gangbanger spoons, Ecogear blades and even Gulp swimming mullet profile plastics. Of course having a few trusty surface walkers is a must and anything in the 70-80mm size is great. Saratoga are a little more dormant but bigger lures like the Duo Realis Pencils sure do create a lot of noise sure to get that reaction bite!
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, Davo’s Boating and Outdoor in Noosa and Davo’s Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!
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