Will Bradford and Riley Schellaars from Noosaville tempted their 65cm flathead with a 3" Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastic late on Monday morning. They were fishing the top of the Frying Pan on the run-in tide. Photo: www.fishingnoosa.com.au

Noosa a great school holiday fishing destination

With the unfavourable southerly gusts we have experienced over the last couple of weeks,  for school holiday fishing the Noosa River is still fishing exceptionally well in the wind protected areas like Weyba, River Mouth and the Frying Pan. Good numbers of quality elbow slapper summer whiting have been on the bite around the frying pan and weyba. Using live baits including live worms and surface lures like the zip bait skinny pop 70mm and Zerek Poparazzi 50mm poppers have been producing the quality fish.
Being spring time means the bigger flathead have moved into the system so fishing the river mouth area, woods bay and current line have been producing the goods. Drifting strips of fresh mullet, frog mouth pilchards and prawns have been gaining the most success; as well as slowly hopped 4” & 5” soft plastics along the bottom like Squidgy 100mm paddle prawns and the gladiator prawn. Remember you must release a flathead which exceeds the limit of 75cm and the legal length is 40cm. Heading further upstream has seen the trevally on the chew opposite the Tewantin council chambers and ski run. Using baits like fresh mullet strips, small live baits and soft plastics have been working a treat.

Along the local beaches, bream, whiting, dart and flathead have been prevalent along the gutters with live worms and fresh pipis have been the best bait options. Fishing the white water in the gutters has seen the best catch rate. A simple running sinker rig, and the all-time favourite whiting whackers have been the rig of choice. With the full moon approaching make sure you hit your favourite spots for one of those elusive silver Jew.

With the howling southerlys this week has meant it has kept many anglers offshore. But for those keen anglers who did manage to brave the weather and sea ventured out and reported catches of long tail tuna in Laguna bay, halls reef and sunshine. Also mixed bag of reefies like sweetlip, squire and moses perch have been prevalent along our in close reefs. With the weather looking better this coming week make sure you plan a trip out wide as that’s where the bigger reef fish have been congregating as well as small black marlin and the odd mackerel or two.
Fishing the fresh water like Lake McDonald and Borumba Dam have seen great catches of bass being caught along the weed edges using small 3” soft plastics like the keitech range of soft plastics.

Davo’s Tackle World in Noosa are having a great junior fishing competition for the duration of the School Holidays! The Comp will start on Saturday 19th September and finish on Sunday 4th October, with the winners drawn on Monday 5th October. There are two categories Junior Under 14’s and Senior Under 18’s.The Under 14’s prize is a Storm Trickster Rod and Okuma Ceymar reel valued at over $280 and the under 18’s prize is a Storm Mojo rod and Rapala Contessa reel valued at over $450. Entry is free, for details on how to enter call in and see the team or give the shop a call.

Now for all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for up to date bar and fishing reports and don’t forget to drop into Davo’s Tackle World Noosa or Davo’s Bait &Tackle Northshore at Marcoola to find out what’s biting and where, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!

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