Weather Window got Angler Offshore at Sunshine Coast

HOW things have changed over the last week after that atrocious weather earlier in the month.

In the Noosa River, trevally have been in big numbers and seem to be traveling in small schools with dawn and sunset the prime attack times. In Woods Bays surface presentations have been the most exciting and effective ways to target these fish. The DUEL Silver Pop 60 has been a great lure for the job. Quality tailor have also been feeding amongst these trevally. As night falls there are still plenty of fish on offer so switch to soft plastics with larger paddle tails or grub tails. Queenfish have also been in the mix with the early morning and around the turn of the tide the best times, working the lower stretches of the river seems to be the most productive. Again larger surface lures have been the drawcard!

Good numbers of bream are throughout the lower estuary, they provide great fun for the kids on light line with lightly weighted fresh mullet pieces or prawns as bait. The ski run has been holding a large amounts of bait. Plastics like the 2.5” Dragon Maggots have been the go to lure for catching the tailor, giant trevally and diamond trevally. Larger presentations like soft vibes and bigger plastics have been accounting for jew and threadfin salmon in the same area. Larger profile plastics like the Fuze 110mm fin bait have been taking quality flathead from the Tewantin stretch up to the mouth of the first lake.

For the Offshore anglers, quality snapper have been coming from Chardons and North Reefs fishing early morning and late afternoon, Sunshine Reef has also been fishing well with squire, sweetlip, cod and jew all claimed last week. Reefs out from Double Island have been fishing very well for quality snapper, pearlies, jew, big reds and cod. Some local anglers headed to the Barwon Banks last Saturday and bagged out on snapper, all ranging from the 4-7kg mark. They also caught a green and rosy job fish, plus amberjack and pearl perch. There has not been a lot of run out there so paternoster rig with two dropper has been the main rig for the snapper. Soft plastics on the lightest possible jig head to get you to the bottom has also been a favourite.

On the beach, good numbers of dart, bream and whiting have all come from the gutters on the Noosa’s Northshore. Live beachworms have been one of the best baits, good quality jew have also come from the deeper gutters with the night high tide getting the best results. We are starting to see more and more tailor showing up on most Sunshine Coast beaches, angler’s fished pilchards or other whole fish baits. The rocks around the Noosa National park have also been fishing well for jew and small snapper.

In the Freshwater, some nice sized bass have been taken on surface lures from the edges of Lake McDonald with morning the best time. Later in the day try trolling around the bubble trail.

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