Marian Pearman caught and released this 78cm flathead around Tewantin using a whole prawn bait. Photo:

Good action in the Noosa River

With limited weather windows offshore, anglers have had to make the best of the conditions using a mix of bait and soft plastics. On the outer reefs like the Hards And the Barwon Banks, Cobia, Cod, Jewfish and larger Snapper in the 4-6KG range have been getting caught on a wide range of soft plastics, the 7” Berkley Nemesis and Squidvicious plastics in the Pink Shine Colour have really been working well. For the bait angler’s; pilchards, mullet and Californian squid have claimed some nice fish. Having a gang hooked pilchard floater in a good burley trail is a must this time of year.  Mid water pelagics like tuna, mackerel and dolphin fish have been hooked using this technique. On the closer reefs species including Pearl perch, sweet lip, cod and coral trout continue to show up and are getting caught on double snooded rigs fished with a live yakka. Live bait is the ultimate for most bait anglers so having some bait jigs is crucial, Sea Horse Bait Chaser rigs are working real well at the moment. We also have Sabiki Rods in stock which securely stow your live bait rigs and prevent hook ups in boat carpet and fingers.  Get those livies to the bottom using heavy leader in the 40-60lb range and size 8-10 size ball sinker right the way down onto those octopus circle hooks.

In the Noosa River; trevally are plentiful with cale cale, giant and golden trevally have been taken around Woods Bays and around Munna Bridge. 1/4oz jig heads and grub style soft plastics have been getting the bite. The Bungy Baits Viber 3” and Grubby 2.5” size plastics in the Entice Range have been working well, the good news is if you buy 3 packs we will give you one for free! Whiting are in very good numbers around the Frying pan, Dog beach and along the flats along Gympie Terrace. These fish happily feed on live beach worms, pealed prawns baits as well as yabbies. We have a wide range of bait pumps, sieves, live bait buckets and aerators to keep your bait alive and kicking. Flathead in the 45-70cm range are showing up all along the river front. Try the dog beach sand bags on a run out tide. Try lightly weighted small fish baits like small pilchards, hardy heads and white bait. The Strada Dredge deep diver have also been producing quality flathead along the run up to Munna Bridge. Kayak angler have done extremely well using this technique.

Fishing the beaches has been a little tough during the day so most anglers have planned there fishing around the early morning tide before the wind get up, whiting have been plentiful along with dart and bream. To try and combat the breezes angler have fishing the protected areas behind the points. Pilchards rigged on small gang hooks that are lightly weighted and wrapped with bait wrap have claimed fish like small snapper and sweetlip. Arma Metalic and Radico slugs are also luring Trevally when fished quickly through the wash.

The Noosa Everglades has been showing up good numbers of smaller Bass on surface lures including the Strada Zedia and Viral 80mm lures. Soft plastics cast into heavy cover is also working well. 3” paddle tail plastics including the Entice Paddler in motor oil has caught several good quality fish. Soft vibes as well as weedless rigged soft plastics fished with the new Owner Flashy Swimmer Rigs are working well at Lake Borumba, larger Saratoga are smashing them when cast up close to the trees and slow rolled out into deeper water.

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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