Biters take the bait


THE Noosa River has been a hive of activity over the past weeks, with Easter then the long weekend attracting a lot of people to Noosa’s iconic river.
Now the crowds are subsiding, the fishing is set to improve for both the inshore and offshore angler.
In the river, flathead have been in huge numbers around the lower end, with some big models getting caught around Woods Bay and Munna Point on both bait and lures.
Another species of fish that’s becoming more and more prevalent is the trevally, these feisty fish are very active early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and are often seen busting up on prawns and baitfish around the Tewantin Ski Run and Marina. When they’re feeding like this, throwing prawn soft plastics at them always gets a good response, so make sure you’ve got a couple rigged up in your tackle box ready to go.
On the offshore scene, mackerel are still thick as thieves around the wider reefs like Chardon’s and North Reef, with some big models also getting caught just behind the breakers up Teewah Beach.
Now the weather is starting to cool, expect the reef fishing to improve dramatically as snapper and sweetlip numbers are set to increase very soon. Places like Sunshine Reef have been holding good numbers of these fish already, so with this cooler weather expect the fishing to become very hot.
If you’re chasing a bit more info about fishing the Noosa region, why not jump online and visit where you’ll find plenty of fishing reports, photos and tips.
While you’re there, check out the Noosa River to Reef Family Fishing Classic that’s being held from 30 May. The family-friendly comp will see anglers battle it out in hope to win some of the great prizes on offer including boats, kayaks and fishing gear.