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Big swells offshore Sunshine Coast

With big swell and strong winds only the charter boats have been making the bar crossing with a few smaller craft only just making it out. With all the swell and variable winds sunshine reef has been the pick of the spots. Those dropping pilchard and squid baits have been catching snapper, pearl perch, cod, small cobia and the odd longtail tuna. Soft plastics to use would be 4 inches in length and paddle tail style for extra vibration. Darker colours are always preferred while there is high sediment in the water.

Surf fishing has been quiet due to the swell however if you are going rock fishing be sure to fish with a buddy and wear a life jacket. The rains and swell will have carved out some quality gutters along the beaches so it is always worth a closer look. If the waves aren’t breaking into the gutter you should be in with a chance of catching a mixed bag of bream, whiting and flathead and not forgetting dart. Lightly weighted worms would be great as the current carries them out into the surf you can expect them to get picked up by a fish.

The Noosa River has been fishing well despite the rain. We have seen some under sized jewies around woods bay and the current line which are taking a wide range of soft plastics and soft vibes hopped along the bottom. The drop offs toward the river mouth are holding nice sized flathead with whiting been taken on fresh worms and live baits. Be sure to use a length of red tubing when using bait for whiting to make your bait stand out.

Further toward the coastguard and Munna Point multiple species of trevally have been caught with GT, big eye and golden trevally the more common species. These have been taking a range of deep diving lures like Atomic shiner and Jackall squirrels. If running baits keep the sinker as light as you can and let the current do the rest.

Mangrove jacks are out and about with live baits during the night time getting the better fish. These fish love to sit near the heaviest of structure and will run you deep inside it once hooked. Heavy fluorocarbon leaders of 30LB or more will help with 20lb main line and 4/0 octopus or greater sized hooks should get you in the running to land one. Be sure to give these fish no love as all too often lines are broken in a split second. Make sure you have a landing net as you never know what you may hook in the evening time.

The rains have topped up Lake MacDonald and Borumba to 100% full and are now over flowing. If going to Borumba make sure you plot a course on GPS as the majority of trees that were above the water line will be just below so going slow is important when outside of the ski zones. Sub surface lures and deep divers are claiming Saratoga and Bass with Jackall squirrels, OSP dunk and Daiwa Double clutches catching quality fish. Don’t forget to check your SIPS permit is in date too.

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 for all the right equipment, bait and advice to get you catching. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!

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