This is one of the best bream seasons we have seen in a long time and the Noosa River is prime hunting ground! This time of year bream school up in big numbers, this is their spawning season and with this they are hungry and willing to take a wide variety of lures and baits. Throughout Woods Bay small soft plastic curly tail lures like the Zman 2” and 2.5” Grubz and Squidgy Prawns have been nailing some quality fish. When targeting bream on soft plastics jig head selection is quite important, as you want the lure to sink fairly slowly and stay in their faces.
Dropping your leader size too will see better numbers, most anglers opt for a 3 to 6lb leader when targeting these wary fish. Small metal blades and micro jigs are another good option for targeting schooling fish and produce a wide variety of bycatch as well. In the frying pan, shallow diving hardbody lures like the Ecogear CK40F and SX40LC have been working well along with Cranka crabs. Cranka crabs are ideal as they sink slowly with their foam claws sitting up, perfectly imitating a sand or rock crab. If you want to soak a bait for a bream, fresh strips of mullet are pretty hard to go past. The river mouth and dog beach around the top of the tide have seen some nice fish caught.
Woods Bay and the current line has seen some great catches of golden, diamond, cale cale, tea leaf, big eye and giant trevally with some nice tailor in the mix. Some lures worth trying are the River 2 Sea Rover, OSP Dunks, Atomic Shiners, Keitech 2” Easy Shiners and Blue Blue micro jigs. Live bait and pilchards will also work if lure fishing isn’t your thing.
There’s been some really nice flathead caught in the upper reaches of the river, trolling lures around the entrance of the first lake has worked well, Trolling favourites have been the Ecogear SX60, Jackall Squirrel 67 and River 2 Sea Mettle Minnow.
Offshore; with the wind picking up most days around early to mid-morning a lot of angler tended to hang in close. Slimy mackerel are everywhere at the moment and snapper are starting to show up in good numbers around the close reefs and off the headlands feeding on the slimies. Floating pillies has also been a productive methods and will catch a wide variety of reefies and pelagics as well. Sunshine Reef has been fishing well for maori cod, grass sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch and the odd coral trout, for those that made the run out earlier in the week North Reef fished well for sweetlip, moses perch, some cracker mulloway and cobia.
Now for all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for up to date bar and fishing reports and don’t forget to drop into Davo’s Tackle World Noosa or Davo’s Bait &Tackle Northshore at Marcoola to find out what’s biting and where, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!