Warming up to better fishing

Mark Parker boated this thumper 69cm+ spangled emperor at North Reef. Photos: fishingnoosa.com.au

Tackle World Noosa

It certainly feels like summer is just around the corner with temperatures beginning to hit over 30C.

This really should start to see a big awakening of fish both offshore and in the rivers and dams. With more persistent west north west winds the oceans will begin to clean up and bring the fish with it.

Many anglers are still waiting for mackerel to turn up and, although sporadic, there are a few about. The humble pilchard floater is about to become the most popular method, so while we have good supplies of wire and other trolling must haves, be sure to load up on squid skirts, flasher rigs and troll rigs, and be prepared.

In close is where you may find a few, so head down toward Sunshine and Castaways area and keep a watchful eye on your sounder. You can even try the Little Halls and Big Halls reef areas. One thing these areas have in common is shallower water that holds bait.

The wider grounds are still producing snapper, pearlies, sweetlip, jewfish and a few good cobia along with the odd mahi mahi showing up, but these are sporadic too. Mahi mahi will take a wide range of baits and lures so be sure you have a couple of rods rigged with a small cube of bait and a lure or jig. Small jigs like the Majorcraft Jig parra are the perfect snack size for a medium mahi.

Beach fishing is seeing clean swell, clean water and warmer water. This is a great time to go and chase whiting in the shallows. Come in and pick up some worming supplies and have a crack at catching a few livies. If you don’t succeed, we carry live worms and can certainly help you with rigging and techniques.

There are plenty of small dart and bream mixed in to keep everyone entertained.

Rock fishing during the early morning high tides could see the occasional pelagic getting caught. You can try floating whole baits or casting stickbaits and ripping these along the surface. The new Oceans Legacy Keeling lures are perfect for big distances and big fish.

Fishing in the estuary should be on fire soon enough with jacks really starting to fire up. These fish will start showing up in the daytime as well as the night. The turn in a tide can be a huge trigger for predatory fish to feed, making the river mouth rocks a great starting point. If you don’t have a cast net, we hold a wide range and can show you how to cast one so you can get live bait anytime.

Flathead still dominate in the estuary and are a great target for anyone looking to start fishing this area. Traditionally, flatties love drop offs where bait fish will get pushed off, and sand flats. This makes the Dog Beach, Sandbags and the North Shore area of the Frying Pan a few great starting points.

While we have these beautiful low wind mornings, why not hire a kayak, or come in and check our range and take a day trip to the Noosa Everglades. This part of Noosa is often forgotten about and less explored making it a very special place. Up here you can catch wild Australian bass which are native to this area. They will take a wide range of lures from small trolled hard bodies to surface lures. You can also explore Lake Macdonald by kayak which is only 20 minutes from Noosa. This is a beautiful lake with many arms and some huge bass call this area home.

Now for all the latest information log onto fishingnoosa.com.au for up-to-date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Tackle World Noosa, Noosa Boating and Outdoors and Northshore Bait & Tackle in Marcoola for all the right equipment, bait and advice to get you catching. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!