offshore scene inshore action aplenty
From Jai Aughton: On Sunday we went out for 8 flathead to 64cm, 3 cod and 2 GT's including a 63cm brute. And on Monday I managed another 63cm GT and a 59cm tarpon. All released. Photo:

Offshore scene quiet, inshore action galore at Noosa

With the winds blowing a bit harder and combined wind/ground swell coming through the offshore scene was a bit quieter this week. A few charters went wider to Double Island and scored a mixed bag of reef fish including, cobia, parrot, pearl perch, snapper, sweetlip and the occasional longtail tuna. In closer around Sunshine and Chardons Reef’s the bite was a little slower after the full moon. Anglers still pulled in a nice mix of pearl perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, various cod species including estuary cod and smaller snapper. If doing a spot of drift fishing over the reefs then be sure to have a few Palms slow blatt wide and slow blatt oval jigs with you. These are deadly on the reef fish especially snapper and sweetlip. For the bait fisherman then be sure to use gang hooked pilchards drifted down in a burly trail. If losing baits to smaller fish come and grab some bait thread. This keeps your bait on the hook for the big fish.

Reports have come in this week of smaller jewfish from the gutters along Mudjimba the stretch and tailor off the rocks at Point Arkwright. At the mouth of Noosa River expect to pick up smaller flathead and bream and a few quality whiting. The headlands has a lot of bait fish gathering so be sure to catch a few and send these back out as live baits. Smaller plastics thrown into the wash work well on smaller trevally, bream and dart. Come and grab a pack of entice bungy baits which are 10x tough and built to resist big bites from fish. Chunks of pilchard and mullet fished on 3/0 octopus style hooks will see sweetlip and smaller snapper on the catch list. Up toward Double Island on Nossa’s Northshore chopper sized tailor have been caught on smaller pilchards and 2/0 gang hooks and size 4-8 ball sinkers.

The lower part of the Noosa River system has been the better place to fish with flathead around the river mouth and back toward the dog beach. Trevally can be found around the sand bags and the entrance to Woods Bay if on a boat. Munna Bridge has had a few chopper sized tailor taking small river2sea sea rock slugs and Zerek Tango shad hardbodies. Golden trevally are also found in these areas and love a well presented prawn or cube bait on a running sinker rig. Along Gympie terrace and around the camp site at Munna Point early mornings have seen some great golden trevally to 75cm taken on prawn baits. Further upstream around the marina smaller sized jewfish and trevally have been caught on a range of baits and lures. If on a boat try Atomic shiner and Daiwa double clutch lures. These will appeal to a wide range of species including flathead, tailor, trevally and of course jewies.

 With the lack of rain and warmer air temps we have had some cracking bass to 49cm caught at both Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam. These fish have been taking smaller hardbodies flicked up close to structure and weedy edges. Lucky Craft pointers and Bassday Sugadeep minnows have been going well. Also give surface lures a try during first and last light periods. Bigger lures like Lively Lures Ziggy 90 and Megabass dog-x are sure fire ways to raise a big bass or saratoga.

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