Report 22/9/16

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Report 22/9/16

Post by subeditor » Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:54 am

Monster flatties in the Maroochy!

It has to be said that the flathead fishing over the past week has been outstanding, large females up to the magic meter mark have been taken in the Maroochy River. The best time to target these fish has been on the run out tide, areas like the edges of sand and mud banks are perfect as these fish love to lay in waiting for a passing baitfish or prawn that has been washed off the banks. This is also the time that a flatheads mind turns to love and the smaller males are around in good numbers vying for the attention of larger females. Small fish baits and prawns are perfect baits set on a running sinker rig. Fishing soft plastics is also a favourite for flathead and anything in a prawn profile is sure to attract attention. I love the new Salty Prawn from Westin Lures, they come in a great range of colours have a couple of different options on how you can rig them. Whiting is another fish that has made a comeback to the river just in time for school holidays, black banks, the River Mouth, Chambers Island and Cottontree are all good places to pick up a feed. With whiting nothing beats fresh bait so yabbies, soldier crabs and live beach worms are great. Trevally are also in good numbers and seem to be more prevalent on the larger evening tides. Golden’s, big eyes, and giant trevally have all fallen victim over the last week.
On the beaches the bigger swells we have seen over the past couple of weeks have scarfed out the beaches to form some good gutters. Ideally the best spot to fish when fishing the beach is the corner of the gutter or where there is a rip running out, the larger predatory fish will tend to hold in this area chasing bait that is moving out to sea in the rip. Tailor and small jew have been taken over the last week using this exact method. Good frozen or fresh bait is also key. IQF WA pilchards, or Fresh mullet is perfect for the job. Whiting, bream, dart and flathead are all inhabiting the gutters and have been taking a liking to prawns and beach worms.
Offshore; the offshore brigade have been making the most as of late with the conditions fining up. There have been some exceptional catches to boot! Big cobia, snapper, pearl perch, spangled emperor and sweetlip have been caught with pillie floaters, quality squid baits and lives doing the damage. Soft plastics have also been accountable for catching snapper off the inshore reefs with River 2 Sea’s new Fish Candy Chasebaits rigged on a light jig head proving the goods.
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Davo's Tackle World Noosa
Shop 6, Noosa Homemaker Ctr, Mary St, Noosaville Q 4566
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