Sunshine Coast Noosa
Sonnie Stephens boated this coral trout while fishing Sunshine Reef with Chicko Vella from Tackle World Noosa.

Sunshine Coast Noosa – weekly report


As we start the last month of spring, the last week of October provided some anglers with a shot at some impressive fish offshore. Those with larger boats have been getting some great fish as the lead up to the new moon proved successful.

Out toward Double Island, reports of pearl perch, cobia, jewfish and extra-large nannygai have been coming in. Live bait have certainly done the damage on 80lb plus gear. If looking for a great live bait rod, the new Shimano Raider series features a short powerful jig rod which makes for excellent bottom bashing on big fish. Pair this with one of the many new reels from Penn and you have a powerful combo.

In closer, North Reef has seen a few boats land some nice cobia, sweetlip and pearlies. Most anglers are making the most of the huge pilchard we are currently stocking and sending these down whole or on a paternoster rig. If on anchor, these pilchard will work wonders unweighted and allowed to sink to the bottom in 50-60m. All too often big mid-water fish will pick these up and give you a great fight without making it to the bottom. Sunshine Coast Noosa

Sunshine Coast Noosa
Cobia and gold band snapper from a recent Trekka 2 charter to Double Island Point.


Surf fishing is seeing a continued run of whiting with many fish hitting the low 40cm mark. These are mostly taking live worm and yabby bait. We have a big range of pumps and sieves to help you catch a few as well as worming supplies. Other fish are small dart and the occasional bigger flathead around the deeper holes around the rocks of the river mouth. Sunshine Coast Noosa

Inside the river, things have quietened a little during the windier days. Those who made the effort while lure fishing were rewarded with jewfish, mangrove jack, flathead and trevally.

While we have some rainfall, it’s a great idea to run prawn style soft plastics. With a huge range out there take a look at options from Atomic, Chasebaits and Zerek to name a few. If you have a quality sounder you can try fishing between the lakes and use side scan to find the fish. It is important to know how to use this and if you need help pop into the boating and outdoors shop next to Tackle World and see our sounders and how side scan works. Sunshine Coast Noosa


Around the mouth and the sand bags this area is forever changing so you can expect to usually find whiting, bream, trevally and flathead. Small, unweighted whitebait drifted in the current work very well here. It is important to fish around 3kg to get the bite and achieve the best possible presentation. The Shimano Bream Raider is the perfect rod for flicking baits and small lures and it has a great action making it an all-round rod.


Freshwater has seen some very big bass getting caught as the waters start to warm up. First light bite is always better and throwing small poppers including the Zerek Poparazzi are a great way to get a big bite. With Borumba Dam below 75 percent capacity, it is important to go very slow in the timber sections as huge trees are just below the surface. Don’t forget the wild barramundi fishery is now closed until next year and the coral reef fin fish closure is in place from November 2-6. This starts from the tip of Fraser Island and extends along the entire east coast and beyond.

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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