Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "Average conditions made it a little difficult for catching some species this week but we should see things gradually improve. At the moment, the better quality flathead have been caught around the mouth of the river with bright pink soft plastics working well. The Woods Bays were good for GT's, tailor and queenfish. Most fishos have been using small minnow style soft plastics or working the surface with medium size poppers.
There has been a good run of mullet in the river, try cast netting the edges of the river to bag a few good fresh baits. The upper reaches of the river have been producing a few mud crabs, the mouth of Lake Cootharaba and Weyba Creek has been the most productive areas. Big schools of large winter bream have been seen around the mouth of the river. Fish the start of the run-out tide to catch a feed of these guys."
Very much a wintry feel here in Noosa with record low temperatures mid week. Overcast and dull grey to boot with rain off and on. Not bad conditions on the local reefs most days though, with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable southerlies pretty much the norm. The lack of swell on the bar was a bonus.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We’ve been flat out with the school holidays in full swing and the fishing has been hot. On Saturday we fished up at Double Island Point for quality snapper, mulloway, venus tusk fish and big numbers of pearl perch. Didn’t get many photos from that trip as we were struggling to keep up with the action. On Sunday we ran a seven hour trip to North Reef where we caught more mulloway, quality large mouth nannygai, Maori cod, gold spot cod and grass sweetlip. And on Monday morning we fished North Reef again on a five hour for some quality snapper. Good fun on the light gear. Cheers, Nat."
Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "The fishing in the river this week has been amazing with lots of great reports from our customers. Plenty of flathead around the 45cm-55cm mark coming from the mouth of the river, Gympie Terrace, Lake Weyba and Tewantin. Most customers have been catching them on small blue pilchards, whitebait and herring. If you prefer lures the 4" Keitech Minnow would be your best bet. Bream have been thick with big numbers caught around the structure between U-Drive Boat Hire and Tewantin Marina. River prawns have been the best bait, early morning for the bigger fish.
Big schools of trevally and tailor have been found around the Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound and Munna Point. Micro jigs and small plastics have been the pick of the lures when targeting these species. Best tide to fish for them was the last of the incoming tide. The rock spit at the mouth of the river has been producing some good tailor on a high tide using ganged pillies. The beach fishing from North Shore to Teewah Beach producing some good quality tailor and flathead. Fishing the deep gutters on a rising tide has been proving fruitful. Ganged pillies and bonito strip the best bait."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. A few pics (above and below) from the last few days. Rain hasn't slowed the fish down. It’s been nice on the river actually, with the boat traffic at a minimum due to the weather."
A little bit of rain around as we head into the weekend but not enought to deter the offshore brigade. No glass-outs at the moment either but on the upside the bar was quite straight forward. Report and photos (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Here’s a few fishy pics from the past few days. We’ve been running five and seven hour trips to Sunshine and North reefs. We’ve caught snapper/squire in good numbers, pearl perch, cod, coral trout, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and cobia. Conditions haven’t been picture perfect but certainly fishable with southerly winds and the odd rain squall. Cheers, Nat."