Plenty off the beach

Travis caught this nice flathead from the Noosa River.

Starting with the beach, the Noosa North Shore came alive with plenty of family’s heading up for a day’s fishing.

The kids love catching dart and whiting in the close gutters, with pippies, yabbies and beach worm perfect baits for these feisty little fish.

If you are not into collecting your own baits, then prawns, cured worm and squid will get you catching.

For the more serious angler, the night fishing is the go with some bigger tailor, trevally, bigger bream and even the odd jewfish on offer.

The beaches just north of Rainbow have become a hot spot for quality whiting over the last couple of weeks.

The start of the run-out tide seems to be the best fish with some real elbow slappers amongst them.

For the Rock hoppers, the Noosa National Park, Double Island, and the Rocks at Yaroomba are all prime spots for snapper, sweetlip and long tail tuna.

Jewfish are also a great catch, and plenty of these have been taken from the rocks.

Larger baits of fresh mullet, bonito fillet and tailor fillet are all great baits when it comes to chasing jew.

In the Fresh, Borumba Dam is a great place for those with a boat to get into those bigger bass and saratoga.

With water temperatures rising, the bass should be very active and can be taken on sub surface lures including Dawia Double Clutch and the Duo Realis cranks. First light has been the best time, with fish feeding very hard.

Frog profiles and Vortex spinnerbaits have also claimed some fat bass and toga during the daytime.

If the fish are schooled up and you are struggling to get a hit, then working a Micro jig through the schools can quite often get a reaction bite.

In Tin Can and Rainbow things are also on fire with the mangrove jack chewing hard.

Water temps are increasing so these fish are in good numbers.

In Noosa, Jewfish numbers are also very good with plenty of soapy and larger fish taken around the deeper holes along the Ski Run stretch and the mouth of Lake Cooroibah.

Larger paddle vibes and swim baits have been working well, with the Zerek Live Mullet a real favourite with anglers.

Around the Tewantin stretch of the river, flathead numbers have been good with plenty of larger females taken on soft plastics.

The Keitech 4 inch Easy Shiner soft plastics has been fantastic on the flathead.

These lure are made of a vinyl material and swim beautifully.

Make sure you are using the correct weighted jig head to get you to the bottom with a slow roll across the bottom seeming to be the most productive recovery.

The Frying pan has been good for whiting with plenty of fish taken on live beach worms.

On the offshore scene there has been plenty on offer with both pelagic and reef species on offer.

Sunshine reef has been fishing well for grass sweetlip, Venus tusk fish, squire and Coral trout.

Some thumping great trout have been caught on live baits, with tusk fish and sweetlip being taken on pilchards and squid.

Long tail tuna are still about in good numbers with both metal slugs and smaller sick baits claiming some nice fish.

There are still plenty of Mackerel hanging around and they are taking large trolled baits like whole bonito and slimy mackerel.

Nomad DTX minnows have been the stand out lure for catching these fish with their deep diving, and can be trolled at up to 12 knots.

North Reef has produced good catches of maori cod, tusk fish, sweetlip cobia and a few nice size pearl perch.

Out off Double Island reefs, there have been good snapper, pearl perch and moses perch, with some nice AJs coming from the deeper water.

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