The Noosa Fishing Report
As at Friday November 12, 2021.
Tackle World Noosa

OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it this time around with light to moderate variable easterlies dominating. A modest but punchy swell on the bar on Saturday caught a few small boat skippers by surprise but there were no real issues. And a swing to moderate to fresh northerlies late Wednesday afternoon slowed things down a bit, especially for the smaller boats, but on the upside the forecast for this coming weekend (and beyond) looks the goods.

Those anglers with the bigger boats and/or larger fuel tanks who targeted the Barwon Banks over the weekend were well rewarded. The deeper eastern side seemed to be more productive with snapper, pearl perch, coral trout, cod, jewfish, cobia, amberjack and some solid yellowtail kingfish on the bite.

Venus Tusk Fish and Maori Cod

The other long distance option was Double Island Point and that was definitely worth the effort. Report and photos (above and below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We were pretty busy over the weekend. Managed to squeeze three trips in. We did two trips to North Reef on Saturday. While on Sunday we headed up to Double Island Point for a full day. Conditions were great up till about midday when the northerly wind started to build. Our weekend catch was venus tusk fish, Maori cod, cobia, pearl perch, grass emperor, gold spot estuary cod, snapper, moses perch and painted sweetlip."

Gold Spot Cod

And we received this report and photo (below left) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "A cracking red emperor from Thursday's trip to Double Island Point. Conditions were great with light easterly winds and no current. The rest of the catch was snapper, pearl perch, tuskfish, moses perch and sweetlip.

Red Emperor and Pearl Perch

On Sunday we had the Yachtie Fishing Club onboard so headed back up to D.I. Conditions were excellent with light northerly breezes and a slight current to the south. The guys did well to get onto some ripper pearl perch (to 3.4kg) and several mulloway. (As pictured above right and below). Cheers, Nat."

Jewfish or Mulloway

Plus this additional report and photos (below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini.. "Hi Bill. The bar had a little bit of swell on it on Saturday morning but settled down throughout the day. The fishing at North Reef was a little tough in the morning five hour but we found some better fish in the afternoon."

Snapper, Sweetlip and Pearl Perch

Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was popular with the small boat brigade, producing pearl perch, venus tusk fish, school Spaniards and the odd cobia.

Cobia or Black Kingfish

From Shannon Lacey, above... "Hey Bill. Fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning with a few mates before the wind picked up. Managed to get this nice cobia on a soft plastic with light gear. We also got a nice little bag of mixed reefies." There were also a few cobia out and about at Hall's Reef at first light.

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COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "The bread and butter species were out and about at Coolum this week with whiting, flathead and bream all holding up in the calmer water. After dark there were reports of tailor on the prowl around the rocks at Yaroomba. Dart were in good numbers at Marcus Beach (as were whiting) and, together with the odd quality bream, at Castaways Beach and further north at Sunrise Beach..

Sunrise at the river mouth rock groyne

The northern end of Sunshine Beach and Alexandria Bay were also good for whiting, as was Teewah (along with bream and dart) on the Noosa North Shore.

ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Whiting were in good numbers in the lower estuary this week with the sand flats at the river mouth and the Frying Pan arm producing most of the better quality fish. Up from there, flathead were active around the Sand Bags with the run out tide working best.

Sunrise over the back of Weyba Creek

Not far from there, trevally and queenfish were on the prowl in the Current Line at dusk while in the Woods Bays the catch was mangrove jacks after dark and trevally around first light. From Wade Steinbach, below left... "Hi. Went to the Woods Bays on Wednesday morning. Plenty of herring around the jetty. Managed to get a few for live bait. Threw one out on an unweighted circle hook and hooked up to this GT. Great fight on light gear."


Mangrove jacks (and mud crabs) were also out and about around the back of Noosa Sound at night while whiting were biting around the mouth of Lake Weyba. Further upriver, the Noosa Yacht Club stretch and the Noosa Marina were both good for more mangrove jacks and the odd trevally. From Anil Castle... "Hi Bill. My son Joel (pictured above right) with a dusk shot of a nice trevally he caught up at Tewantin on Saturday night after a long day. Safely released. Cheers, Anil." Apart from that, mud crabs were on the move up towards the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes."


Report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "There's still a lot of bream down near the river mouth when that tide begins to push in. There's also been some nice flathead in the Frying Pan, Weyba Creek and up at Tewantin. Pictured (above left) is Nyall Dawson with a 58cm flathead and Travis Scoble (above right) with a 65cm specimen. Both from Sunday morning's charter. The ski runs also fished well for trevally early in the morning."

FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments have been hot and cold with some anglers landing very chunky bass from both Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam. Be sure you check online before traveling to these areas as they can be closed for works. With the rains coming you can expect the fish to sit down deep so break out soft vibes from Samaki and Zerek and vibe the schools if struggling. You can also troll the weed lines with your favourite diving lure. As always be sure you have a SIPS permit so you contributing to more fingerlings released into the waterways."

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