River turns up the heat

James from Brisbane boated this 60cm golden trevally in the Woods Bays while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.

Davo’s Fishing Report

This week we definitely saw a change in the season with the first downpours hitting the sunny coast. Offshore before the winds things were certainly showing good signs with some solid cobia and yellowtail kingfish coming off various wrecks in the region. We also have had some great entries into our September snapper comp so please keep up the great work!

Out wide mid week the charters hit the double island reefs and came up trumps with snapper, pearl perch, cobia and other reefies including tuskies and sweetlip. This area also holds amberjacks so if you want to try jigging of any kind these fish will fight all the way to the boat and on light gear you really get your arms stretched. The Shimano Wonderfall jigs are excellent jigs for this style of fishing so be sure to grab some while we have them as jigging becomes more popular.

North reef was also a popular destination for snapper and pearlie anglers with most fish sitting around the low to high 70cm mark. These fish love soft plastics and it is no secret that snapper love grub style plastics. The Gulp 6 inch grub is a classic snapper plastic with lots of scent and great tail action. Pair these with 6/0-7/0 jigheads in the 3/8th-1 1/2oz range and see what you can catch.

The surf fishing has been producing a mixed bag of whiting and small bream as well as dart and the odd sandy flathead. Fish light with 10ft 6kg setups for these fish and use small mullet, pipi and beach worm as bait. The river mouth and rock groynes are the best spot once the swell drops and is safe to do so.

With the wild weather the focus has shifted to the river and there has been something on offer for most. The Noosa River has become popular and the species list has been very broad. The recent rains will certainly push the bait and the fish down towards the mouth so efforts should be concentrated around this area. Also the mud crabs will be on the move so come and pick up on our 4 pot deal and ask us where to go. For those of you who use lures then heavy vibration lures are the go. For soft plastic anglers then 3-4 inch paddle tails with heavy scent like Keitech and Squidgy prawns loaded with scent will do the damage on the bream, flathead and even the odd school sized jewfish. Bait anglers will do well with whole fish baits and cut pilchard baits allowed to gently drift in the current.

Freshwater will be quieter as Lake Macdonald is now overflowing from the big dump of rain. This will see the fish adjusting to the cooler water which is nutrient rich so they should be feeding hard as of next week. Borumba is under 90% capacity and did not receive as much rain so is more stable. For most anglers vibes and spoons will get the job done on the bass. Larger slow troll lures like Samaki redic and RMG will get the bite if working the edges and drop off’s for a yellow belly. While the dams settle into their new levels be sure to try and areas where water flows into it. Often fish will move into any areas of current looking for a feed and will often stay in this area after the rains have gone.

Now 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 Davo’s Tackle World, Davo’s Boating and Outdoors in Noosa and Davo’s 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!

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