Tailor on the chew

There were some big jew fish about recently - they are very good fighting and tasting fish.

What a great week of weather with a bit more sunshine and soft westerly winds thrown our way.

The annual Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic is on and they couldn’t have chosen a better week for it.

Last week saw some uncomfortable conditions which are said to improve slightly but those who braved the cold and wet were rewarded, particularly along the rivers and beaches with chunky whiting, bream, dart, flathead, and tailor all fired up.

Tailor have been in numbers with a little whitewash over the beaches bringing them into all the gutters and venturing into the rivers.

Most anglers are gearing up for the tailor run at this time of the year with the area between Teewah and Double Island on Noosa’s North Shore a real favourite with anglers.

The good old-fashioned pilchard is still the favoured bait of many.

Rigged on ganged hooks and cast to the back of the gutters and then rolled under the white water, has always been the most successful method.

Casting slugs is also a great way to get amongst them especially if you have a good school of fish in the gutter.

The chances of pulling a Jew out are quite high with reports of several models in the 80cm range.

Remember, the more anglers, the better, when it comes to targeting tailor as this will keep the school in the same area for longer.

Pippies, worms, and peeled prawns have been getting the job done for those chasing a feed of whiting or flathead with big bream and dart also hanging around.

Some of the larger specimens are taking small live mullet or whitebaits.

Some big Jew are cruising the beaches and around rock structures, and smaller but still quality guys are heading into the rivers.

Further along the rivers trevally, grunter bream and moses perch are all active, and surprisingly, despite the cold conditions, large Jack are still smashing live poddy mullet along with muddies in the lower reaches of the rivers.

Snapper and grassy sweetlip have been on the rubble beds, and queenfish were getting around Big Mick and Inskip Point.

You’ll find flathead on the ebb tide between Carlo Point and the powerlines and squid hanging close to the moored boats and sand crabs near the leads at Carlo Creek mouth.

A little further out are the pearl perch, snapper, tuskfish, nannygai, moses perch, cod and cobia about 5nm east of the Wide Bay Bar.

Pearl perch, snapper, sweetlip, tuskfish, longtails and mackerel are getting around Noosa’s North and Sunshine reefs along with some quality trout being pulled up from the bottom as well.

The ’taxmen’ are still around so get those fish onto the boat quickly!

In the Mary, the river has been running a little quick with the annoying amount of rain about, but is still relatively clear.

If you were able to find a deep hole to drop some bait down all the usual suspects were there to have a feed.

The feeder creeks were running slower and seemed to be a much more preferred choice with sooty’s, bass (season now closed), cod and the odd toga all there and ready for a fight.

Early morning is still the most active on the surface as the fish try and soak up a bit of sun and get a feed.

For all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for up-to-date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Gympie’s Newest tackle store “The tackle Shop”, Tackle World Noosa, and Northshore Bait & Tackle in Marcoola for all the right equipment, bait and advice to get you catching.

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