Andrew McCormack won the $50 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with the 58cm tarpon he caught and released in the Woods Bays. Photo:

Strong Wind Makes it Tough Offshore

With the wind up for most of the week, the offshore scene was pretty much shut down. A little earlier in the week some of the larger boats did manage a trip to the reefs east of Double Island producing some good snapper pearl perch and teraglin jew. Down on North Reef there are a couple of lovely dolphin fish (mahi mahi) caught, pearl perch, snapper, grassy sweet lip and Venus task fish were also on the menu. With the rise in water temperatures, we should start to see the mackerel, first to arrive will be school mackerel followed closely by the spotted with the Spanish mackerel not far behind.

Now is the time to stock up and make sure you have all the appropriate gear, diving lures like the new Zerek Bluewater craft Limited are perfect for the job, you can troll them at up to 10 knots and they will drive to 7m. Having a good range of slugs is also essential you need to match the size of the bait, The Arma slugs from Tackle World are perfect for the job. They come in a great range of colours and sizes.

The Noosa River has again been the saviour of most anglers, with the wind up the Noosa River has offers some great protection from the elements. The whiting have been outstanding over the last couple of weeks with some real elbow slappers coming from the river. Areas like the Frying Pan the Dog Beach and Gympie Terrace of all produce some cracka fish, we are also seeing some good schools of bigeye trevally around the turn of the tides, the low light periods have been the best and with the morning and evening tides at the moment perfect for targeting these fish. Giant trevally have also been in the mix along with big tailor. The sinking Jackson range of lures is perfect for these fish when they’re not quite feeding on the surface.

There’s a fair bit of movement up river with mangrove Jack’s coming from the structure that lines the area of river between the lakes, these areas are perfect for throwing suspending and diving lures close to the structure. We are also seeing good flathead from the lower stretches of the river, for the bait anglers, drifting small frogmouth pilchards has been working well and for the lure anglers slow hopping a soft plastic have been also doing the job.

On the beach the tailor have definitely started to make their way back from Fraser Island good quality tailor have been taken from most gutters along North Shore, the feeding fish are lean and hungry after spawning up at Fraser. Whiting, dart and flatties have also been inhabiting the same gutters.

Now for all the  latest information  log onto for up to date bar and fishing reports and don’t forget to drop into Davo’s Tackle world Noosa or 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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