September springs return of summer species
  |  First Published: September 2011

September is generally regarded as somewhat of a transitionary month with winter species such as snapper still very much on the chew, and temperatures on the rise encouraging the summer species to return.

Angling offshore has been a bit of a hit and miss affair of late. Most fishos are arriving back at the ramp with a feed, but on the whole they are having to work pretty hard to achieve success. Fishing as light as possible in terms of lead and leader can assist, with the reef dwellers rather picky through the cooler months. Too much weight or too heavy a leader can make for lean pickings. Regular moves are necessary too in order to find actively feeding fish, and when conditions are ordinary this can become tedious.

The bar has been pretty good of late, which means reasonably safe exits and entrances at the river mouth. There have been more dramas though, with boats being turned over in recent weeks. The last vessel to come unstuck was coming back in, so extra care must be exercised in both directions. If in doubt check conditions with Coast Guard. Better still, become an associate member and enjoy all of the benefits this provides.

Whilst the pickings have been a tad lean, those that put in the effort have come home with a feed of snapper, pearl perch, red throat, cod and the odd coral trout. Even the last of the longtail tuna are still turning up, so anything is worth a try.

Sunshine Reef has delivered reasonably well, with North Reef and Chardons both worth a visit also when conditions allow. Boats capable of the run up to Double Island Point have enjoyed success on bigger species such as cobia and amberjack with a few red emperor thrown into to make it a mixed bag. Some anglers have reported Maori cod in plague proportions which is a good problem to have in most instances, however when they are all undersize it can be a tad annoying. The only solution is to pull the anchor and move when they become that troublesome.

The river has been worth fishing and this will continue into September and beyond. Hordes of bream are in the system, and along with plenty of tailor and trevally there are enough options to keep most anglers busy. Surface lures, slugs, small plastic offerings and prawn imitation lures are bringing the tailor and trevally undone. Bait anglers using live prawns and small live fish such as herring are getting into the action also. Prospecting around the Woods Bay and Munna Point areas at dawn and dusk will deliver good results.

The bream are widespread and small amounts of berley will keep them interested. Baits of prawn, worms or pilchard chunks will do the job and once you find some actively feeding fish cricket score hauls are possible. Only keep what you need for a feed.

Flathead are a year round option and they are highly sought after in this system. They are great tucker, fight well, respond to all manner of lures and bait and are right through the Noosa River and all of its tributaries. Fishing the run out tide produces the best results with trollers often finding patches of fish that can be then targeted with soft plastics and prawn lures.

The flathead spawning congregation will start once the system begins warming up, so don’t forget to release the big females and handle them with extra care. Suspending a big flathead from its lower jaw for a brag book photo will see it dead in a couple of days. So, hold them horizontally and slide them back into the drink as gently as possible.

Bait fishos will often drift to cover plenty of territory. This can be very effective, but you need to be alert and ready to change course to avoid drifting into anchored boats or simply encroaching on the unofficial fishing space that most courteous anglers allow their colleagues to enjoy without intrusion. Some don’t see it quite like that and many an on water argument has started due to uninvited intrusions. You see it offshore occasionally too, which is very annoying and can quickly shut down a good bite.

It has been a very good season so far for the luderick anglers amongst us. Pete down at Davo’s Bait and Tackle reports very good catches quality luderick on both sides of high tide. The gun spot has been the rocks down at the river mouth car park.

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