Conditions Have Been Tough for the Offshore Brigade

With conditions offshore not that favourable for anglers, those that have ventured across the bar have stayed relatively close as there has been only very short, limited weather windows.

Grassy sweetlip trout and squire have come from the closer reefs with a few mackerel and tuna on the closer reefs in the bay.

In the Noosa River, flathead have again featured with the Frying Pan area producing some great fish at the start of the outgoing tide, mostly on brightly coloured soft plastics and shallow running hard bodies. The 65mm Strada Pieta has been one such lure that has the runs on the board. Mangrove jack have also been present near the river mouth rocks, the outgoing tide at night time has been the prime time with live baits doing a lot of the damage. Soft plastics like the Zman Swimmerz as well as the Fuze 110mm fin bait have also claimed fish.

Good sized trevally have also been around the river mouth at the top of the tide with the clean water. Surface poppers like the new Fish Candy Baby Bells and fast retrieved smaller Halco Twisties have both been successful. Bream have been prevalent throughout the lower parts of the system are feeding well on fresh mullet strips, salted bonito and cut pilchards. Early morning and late afternoon have seen some quality golden trevally and giant trevally taken around the Woods Bays area. Mud and sand crabs still on the move throughout the systems. Fresh bait getting the quality specimens and it is best to leave pots set for at least a full tide change if possible.

Off the Rocks in the National Park; good sized bream, squire and sweetlip are being caught on pilchard and squid baits. The North facing areas have been the safest with the strong southerly winds.

Beach conditions have also been a little tough for anglers as well. With the bigger swells we have had in the past couple of weeks good gutters are in close, anglers have been having success with smaller lighter rods, casting small slugs and micro jigs and picking up dart, chopper tailor and small trevally. If the weather improves a trip up the North Shore should see some good results with bigger tailor and jew hunting in those same gutters.

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