Big Tuna Schools in Laguna Bay

WHITING have still been in good numbers and have been the perfect target for the kids, with the dog beach Gympie terrace and the Frying Pan fishing well on the incoming tide.

Live worms, yabbies and pealed prawns have been the baits of choice. Bream have been in good numbers in Woods Bay on prawns, pillies and strips of bonito. Small soft plastics and blades have been the lures of choice, when it comes to chasing bream another great profile is crabs, the Crusty Crab from River2sea has been working extremely well. Lots of trevally have started making their way into the river, as the water temp drops this will only get better. Prawn profile soft plastics have been accounting for good numbers of golden and big eye trevally, tailor are also being hooked on plastics. Mangrove jack are still on the chew right throughout the system. Trolling the Strada Dredge lure around the various rock bars and jetties located around Noosa you should see a on these hard fighting red fish! The flathead population seems to be improving every year with more and larger females being caught and released. The stretch between Tewantin and the first lake and Weyba Creek seems to be a hot spots.

Huge numbers of long tail (northern Bluefin) and yellow fin tuna are prevalent in both Laguna Bay and Sunshine Reef. Best methods for targeting these hard fighting fish are small, long casting stick baits such as the Strada Howler 120. Weighing in at 30 grams, and weighted from the tail, these beautifully finished lures cast a mile and tuna love them! The Inshore Reefs are again the place to be with large schools of bait congregating on them. Halls, Sunshine Reef and Jew shoals have all been producing with good catches of sweetlip, snapper, coral trout, tusk fish, tuna and mackerel. Trolling diving lures around the reef edges and drop off has seen some great results.  Micro jigs have also been accounting for a great mixed bag of reefies as well as pelagics, Sunshine Reef is perfect for this style of fishing. Soft plastics have again been getting there fair share of reefies with the Z-man scented plastics working a treat.  Mackerel have been quite thick with good catches of spotted and Spanish mackerel coming from North Reef and Chardons Reef. North Reef has also seen a fantastic bag of reefies with Pearl Perch, snapper, tusk fish, maori cod, sweetlip, just to name a few.

On the beaches we are starting to see some good catches of winter bream coming through, dart are still hitting baits as soon as they hit the water. The odd tailor is starting to show up, whiting are in good numbers on the incoming tide with the deeper gutter holding some bigger fish.

Now for all the  latest information log onto 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!

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