rain fires up fish noosa spanish mackerel
Owen Gray from Brisbane was one of 50 anglers who competed in the AKS Noosa Offshore Challenge. His 11.5kg spaniard, picked up at Sunshine Reef on a trolled garfish, won him the top spot. Photo: www.fishingnoosa.com.au

Rain brings on the fish around Noosa

Offshore species like our famous coral trout responded well to the latest rain events, with some areas in the catchment receiving over 250mm. Sunshine and Halls Reef were the popular choices firstly due to their close proximity and secondly due to catches of estuary cod, grassy sweetlip and spanish mackerel as well as coral trout at Sunshine. North reef is where Maori cod, pearl perch, snapper and the odd cobia have been taken. Chardon’s rewarded anglers with grassy sweetlip, tusk fish and dolphin fish. Most fish on these shallower reefs were caught by using floated pillies down a berley trail. The bigger trout and reefies have enjoyed live yakka’s and slimeys snelled with 5/0 Mustad Hoodlums. Pelagics have been taking slow trolled dead baits such as slimeys and gar.

Thanks to the rain, the estuary is producing lots of bream around the sand bags, Munna Point and Tewantin Marina. Best baits used are strips of fresh mullet, peeled prawns and plastics such as the River2Sea curly tail grubs. Whiting around the frying pan and sand flats surrounding the river mouth are in good numbers and size. Try using live worms and yabbies for the bigger fish or throwing Nomad Design Dartwings around on the run in tides. Anglers have taken good flathead throughout the river system with the run out the preferred tide. Using soft plastics in the 3 to 4 inch sizes have made for some great sessions. Trevally of course are active in the early mornings with good numbers coming from Woods Bay and Noosa Sound. Using Strada Virals, Sugapens and Chug Bugs will provide you with good sized fish. Between the lakes upriver has shown smaller mangrove jacks with the bigger fish coming from the lower reaches around woods bay and the back of the sound. Night fishing is the better performing on live bait, mullet fillets and bonito fillets. If throwing lures try using Samaki Thumper tails and the 95mm River2Sea flick prawns.

The beaches and protected points of Noosa have been popular for chasing trevally and dart. Try throwing small slugs like the Arma Metalik and Radico Slugs on the start of the run out tide to secure a good feed. The other run out tide hot spot is the mouth of the river where big whiting are taking Instinct Whiting Prowler rigs. Also good bream and trevally in the same area taking peeled prawns and mullet strips.

Freshwater scene at Lake Macdonald is busy around the weed banks and feeder creeks due to the high amount of water flow into the lake after the rain. Try using spinner baits and small hard bodies or 1/6 ounce jig heads on 2.5 inch plastics. Borumba is suffering the same high amount of water flow into the dam with bass and Saratoga in the bays and the dead tree forest. The Yabba and Kingham arms are still fishing ok with nice bass taking surface lures like the Tiemco Cicadas, Strada Zeida walkers and Jackson Risk Baits.

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, Davo’s Boating and Outdoor in Noosa and  Davo’s Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!

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