Tom Peard picked up this nice spanish mackerel while trolling a Samaki Pacemaker 7m plus deep diver off Noosa. Photos:

Noosa – weekly fishing report

Calm before the storm – Well, here we are again, with an impending storm to hit the coast. This need not be a bad thing, so read on… you can make a plan. Mid-week the wind dropped out giving those not doing the 9-5 daily grind a chance to hit the offshore scene. We also had a great start to Saturday morning and many anglers took full advantage. Noosa fishing

Sunshine and North Reef are the most popular spots, as have been the northern areas toward Double Island Point. For many anglers, the mixed bag that Sunshine offers keeps them coming back. For the pelagic anglers, there have been some nice spanish mackerel around. These fish aren’t the huge monsters associated with the end of the month and into June, but are in the 5-10kg range, which is the perfect eating size. Spanish can be hard to get, so ensure you are running a gang-hooked rig, and a small top shot of single-strand wire can certainly help you land a few. For those trolling lures, Samaki Redic jerkbaits have been catching a few fish, as have smaller Halco lures. Finally, always ensure you have a few TT Metal Hardcore slugs rigged up to 20lb combos because longtail tuna are around and likely to show up at any time. Noosa fishing

Snapper are showing up, with some solid fish coming in around the 4kg mark. This year could be a bumper season due to the heavy rainfalls to date. For many anglers, these fish are one of the best fighting reef fish around and fortunately they are a great lure and bait target. For lure anglers, you have so many options – from jigs to plastics and everything in between. For the beginner, come in and let us pick some of the most popular options for you, and show you how to rig them for success. Noosa fishing

Surf fishing sees quality dart, tailor and even snapper coming in for those with longer 12’ combos. Having a long rod with a softer tip allows you to fish light but make the most of getting more distance. For those on a budget, look at our range of Crucis Tempesta rods that are built on light-weight carbon blanks, so you can flick lighter bait out and hold the rod all day long without getting tired. Now is the time of year when many anglers are gearing up for tailor, so be sure to get all your sinkers, gang hooks and bait thread before the fish arrive.


Sam Rush boated this quality bream in Lake Cooroibah while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.


The river will see a big push in baitfish if the rain comes. Fish will sense the pre-storm build up and begin feeding hard, and the first few days following a rain event can be excellent. Reports of bigger bream are coming in and as things cool even further, you can expect to find bigger 30cm fish. When rain hits, lure anglers should break out prawn-style plastics. Many rivers are holding big numbers of prawns and the Atomic Plazos Prong is a great hybrid plastic with lots of movement – sure to gain the attention of flathead too.

If you enjoy snag bashing around Woods Bay and the Noosa Sound, try a TT Fiching Hidden Weight System jig head on a 2” grub because the internal weight allows the plastic to fall horizontally and slowly. This action on 4-6lb line will see big fish come out from hiding to smash your plastic on the drop. We also have the popular Cranka Crab lures that are designed for this style of fishing.

Those with crab pots should be gearing up as creeks and feeder drains start to spill and result in mud crabs on the move. If you require any pots, floats or tags be sure to pop in.

Freshwater dams and lakes are sitting at slightly over 100% percent, with Borumba Dam releasing water before the rain comes. It is always a good idea to check Seqwater online to see if your chosen dam is open before you leave. As the water cools, bass will start to move down from the upper reaches and begin schooling in the main basin. If you find these fish, they love a metal vibe, jig or spoon. If you don’t have an Ecogear ZX blade in your kit already, make sure you get one because these send out massive vibrations that drive bass crazy.

Now for all the latest information log onto for up-to-date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Tackle World Noosa, Noosa Boating and Outdoors and Northshore Bait & Tackle in Marcoola for all the right equipment, bait and advice to get you catching. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!

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