With the cooler weather starting and water temperatures dropping this triggers the start of those great cool water species that we love in the Noosa River.
Larger winter bream, whiting and flathead have been on the chew around the River mouth, Dog Beach and Frying Pan areas. Live worms, fresh mullet, and frozen prawns have been working well.
Trolling the deeper sections of the river should also see a result. The Gympie Terrace stretch has also been producing some lovely sized whiting and bream. Live worms have been the dominant bait using a red longshank size 6 hook and a size 2 ball sinker. The Tewantin ski run section of the river has been producing mangrove jack, jew fish and trevally on dusk fishing soft plastics like the Fuze prawn heads and Samaki 3” boom baits. If you venture further up river between the lakes you may do battle with some nice sized flathead and the odd threadfin salmon. Live poddy mullet and herring have been the most successful baits.
Heading offshore, Laguna Bay has going off with tuna, and mackerel responding to metal slugs up to 40g. Using some lighter spin gear can make for a worthwhile fight. Sunshine Reef has been producing quality trout up to 6kg using live yakkas and pilchards. Also the Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and tuna have been thick on the closer reefs like Jew Shoal and Sunshine reef. Again using metal slugs up to 70g. Some quality reef fish like maori cod, sweetlip and squire have been on the chew from the same area. North Reef has been the standout for Spanish mackeral up to 15kg on trolled diving lures and floated live baits, the bottom has also been producing with snapper, cod, pearl perch and sweetlip. The Barwon Banks have been producing quality snapper up to 6kg using soft plastics and micro jigs. Early morning and late afternoon have been the most successful.
The beaches were a little quite due to the wind directions earlier last week, but the usually bream, whiting, dart have been on the chew using live worms and frozen baits like pipis, and prawns. On the southern beaches, jew are on the chew with a couple of medium sized fish taken around the Coolum and Peregian areas.
Now for all the latest information log onto fishingnoosa.com.au 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!