Noosa River Mouth Fishing Well

With the water in the Noosa River being the colour it is, fishing the run-in tide is a must.

As the clean water from the ocean enters the river, baitfish start to become active and in turn, this brings all the other fish on the bite. The fresh has also pushed good numbers of bream down river and fired them up. Good catches of bream are coming from Gympie terrace, the Dog Beach, the Sandbags and the river mouth rocks. Best baits are any kind of oily flesh like mullet or bonito. Whiting are also caught in good numbers at the very top of the tide. Prawn style lures go great in this situation, as well as prawn baits.

There have been some nice flathead present in the Frying Pan at the start of the outgoing tide, prawn pattern soft plastic like the 65mm Fuze Prawn Heads have been doing the job.

The back of the sound has seen mangrove jack being caught on the run out tide. Live baits and fresh mullet strips being a real drawcard. Trevally and tailor have been worth targeting in Woods Bays on surface lures like Jackson Ebi Panics. Quality mud crabs being potted throughout the river. Weyba creek has been a popular spot. Fresh mullet by far the best bait for the pots.

On the beaches; live worms, and pipis have been responsible for the capture of some quality bream, whiting and dart. The gutters along North Shore have really looking good after the recent swells, with the approach of the new moon we should also see the odd jew and large tailor prowling those   same gutters.

There have been some cracker spanish mackerel coming from Jew Shoal, Halls and Sunshine Reef when conditions have permitted a trip across the bar. Most successful technique of late has been live yakkas and slimies on a wire stinger rig. These can either be floated on a drift or trolled very slowly behind the boat. Cod, good sized sweetlip and squire have also come from the closer reefs, once again only when conditions have permit.

In the fresh water; bass have been holding hard against the weed and eating grub pattern soft plastics in Lake McDonald.  For the fish holding in the deeper part of the dam try tail spinners and little max blades.

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