WITH the rain and storms on the weekend the mangrove jacks have really started to fire up, report of good fish coming from the stretch of water between Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba.
Fish the run out tide with soft plastics such as the Squidgy Wild Prawn or suspending lures like the River2sea live minnows worked close to the fallen trees and other structure for best results. There have also been reports of good sized jew coming from the same areas as well as down towards the Tewantin Ski Run. Spring time is the time for big flathead and as the weather warms, large female flathead will head down towards the river mouth to breed. It’s important to note that larger flathead are actually breeding females. The current QLD regulations state that all flathead 75cm and over must be returned to the water.
There are plenty of report of good whiting around at the moment. If you are into bait fishing, fish live or cured worms, yabbies or peeled prawns around places like the Frying Pan or the sand flats next to the Dog Beach. If using lures takes your fancy, fishing the shallow sand flats with surface lures such as the very effective Strada 70mm Float Pencil yields some great results.
Windy weather hampered the offshore brigade last week, but with the weather set to improve things should be looking up. Normally, spring time is a great time of the year to chase snapper on the closer-in reefs. Sunshine Reef, Jew Shoal, Little Halls and Big Halls will all be fishing well.
To improve your catch, try fishing your chosen spot at first light with a constant berley trail floating out the back. The warmer weather has also fired the long tail tuna up. These tuna can grow to 20KG+ and are a great tussle on mid-sized spin tackle. One of the pick of the destinations for chasing these tuna is around Laguna bay as well as following the coastline up the Noosa North Shore.
On the beaches: there’s been some promising reports from Double Island Point and Fraser Island with plenty of “chopper” sized tailor getting caught on both chrome lures and gang hook rigged pilchards. Slide Baiting is an effective way to fish the beaches as it gets your bait out further than possible with conventional beach tackle as it allows you to fish large whole baits that are to heavy to cast. If you’re after a bit more information on Slide Baiting, be sure to drop by Davo’s for all the info.
Whiting dart and bream have been in good number in most gutters along Noosa’s eastern beaches.
In the fresh water schooled bass will be hanging around the dam walls trying to spawn. These fish are often tightly packed in a big school and respond well to things like tail spinners and vibe lures worked through them. The edges should also be fishing well as the water warms. Try using dark coloured surface walkers such as the Lucky Craft Sammy lure during the low light periods of the day.
Still the odd Saratoga being caught in the sheltered bays, with the ever-popular zippin Ziggy still producing some nice fish.
The first ever Gone Fishing Day will be held on the 16th of October 2016. This is a day when all Australians can get out on the water for a fish and celebrate our love of fishing. It doesn’t matter if you have never fished before, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone. So why not sign up for the biggest fishing event on the Australian fishing Calendar. Jump on line and check it out and register at https://gonefishingday.org/
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 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!