Report 3/8/17

Davo's Noosa
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Report 3/8/17

Post by subeditor » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:50 pm

Got to love the spring time fishing!

The top end of the beautiful Noosa River has really been firing with some large flathead exceeding the upper size limit of 75cm. These big girls are crucial and are the reason we have such a great fishery. Working soft plastics in brighter colours has been a great way to tangle with a big flattie.
Whiting are also on the improve, and as the weather warms these tasty fish will really start to come on. Fish the lower end of the Noosa River with live beach worms and freshly pumped yabbies and you will achieve great results. If you get the right conditions fishing surface walkers and smaller poppers is also a great way to tangle with these fish. For those with boats venturing up around the Ski Run should reward anglers with good numbers of trevally and even the odd jew fish in the deeper sections. For the best results try using soft plastic lures such as the Squidgy Paddle prawn Zerek Prawns and Samaki Thumper Tails.
The Woods Bays are also firing when it comes to trevally with the highly prized goldens in good numbers. The early morning and late afternoons have been the most favourable times. Micro jigs like the Blue Blue and Ima Jigs have been perfect for the job with the lift and quick drop technique seeing some good sized fish boated.
Tailor is another predator making its presence felt in the Sunshine Coast river systems. Plenty of anglers have been complaining of bight offs when the lure or bait is snipped off even before the fight has begun. This is usually the work of the mighty tailor and there are some big fish cruising the rivers at the moment. We tend to recommend a fluorocarbon trace rather than using wire traces as these fish tend to see the wire and shy away. Using 20lb fluorocarbon will definately help but won’t eliminate the problem, but you will get more bites.
The Maroochy River has been running hot with whiting over the past few weeks. Wading the sand flats around Chambers Island or fishing the Black Banks area has seen anglers tangle with some nice elbow slappers. Flathead are in great numbers in the Maroochy River and can be found right through the system. Fishing soft plastics is a great way to get a feed of these tasty fish. Flathead tend collect in breeding groups at this time of the year so where there’s one there’s usually plenty more. Keitech’s 3” Easy Shiners are the perfect flathead soft plastic with realistic colouring and great swimming action these plastics are dynamite on big flathead. The upper reaches of the river has started to turn it on with good size school jew and a few jacks on the bite. Getting out early in the morning is the key with fish tending to feed more aggressively as the sun starts to rise. You will also find that darker lures in low light periods seem to work that bit better as the fish see the silhouette.
On the beaches tailor are still in good numbers on Noosa’s North Shore. Fishing north of Teewah has been very productive with the good old pilchard on a three ganged hooks the proven method. Night anglers have been getting the bigger greenbacks as well as the odd jew. Tailor fillets are a great bait for jew so if you are planning to spend the night make sure you put a couple aside for bait. Whiting have made their way onto the beaches with live worms being the main draw card. Bream and dart are also in those closer gutters with the high tide producing the better fish. Both the Maroochy and Noosa River mouths have been prime areas for tailor anglers with the last two hours of the run in tide the most productive.
On the Southern Beaches around Marcoola and Yaroomba dart along with quality whiting and bream have been in good numbers. There are some good gutters down toward Pincushion Island which have been producing fish. Peeled prawns and cured worms have been the go to baits.
When those good weather days happen the majority of boats have been doing the big steam out to the Barwon Banks. Anglers that have picked the best of the conditions have been well rewarded with some quality snapper, pearlies, amberjack, tusk fish and Moses perch. North Reef has also been delivering the goods with boats filling their eskies with pearl perch, Moses perch, quality snapper and some excellent tusk fish.

Sunshine Reef has been the most popular with the smaller craft with some good snapper, trout and sweetlip all boated.

Out of Mooloolaba the Inner Gneerings has seen decent size squire along with small kingfish. Micro jigs around the 20 gram size have been claiming their fair share of fish. When fishing the close reefs burley is key and if you can freeze it and get it to the bottom in a burley pot all the better. Caloundra nine and twelve mile have been firing for snapper, amberjack, pearl perch and cobia. Fishing live baits hard to the bottom has been the most productive.

In the fresh water there are good numbers of big bass in Lake Borumba with the bigger fish holding in the deeper water near the spill way. Spinner baits that are allowed to sink to the bottom then slowly “hopped” through the suspended fish are attracting plenty of hits. Saratoga are also becoming more prevalent as the water temperatures increase. In Lake Macdonald schools of bass are holding in the deeper sections and as the weather warms up fishing the surface around the edges will also start to produce fish.

For all the latest information on bar crossings and up to date fishing reports log onto and 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!

Davo's Bait & Tackle Northshore
938 David Low Way, Marcoola Q 4564
Ph: 07 5448 8244
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Shop 6, Noosa Homemaker Ctr, Mary St, Noosaville Q 4566
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