No better time to fish
  |  First Published: February 2013

February is upon us and the sun is high in the sky; there has never been a better time to fish the Noosa River.

There are quality mangrove jack, bass and tarpon present in the upper Noosa River (everglades) taking a liking to small surface lures. Trolling hardbodies has been the key to getting stuck into the notorious mangrove jack, with River2Sea live minnows and Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts having the most success.

Fishing on top of the rock bars from Johns Landing to the mouth of Cootharaba has been the place to be, also casting the new Zerek Live Shrimps into snags has claimed a few good fish.

From the ski run up to the jew hole, fishing with live baits, Gastronomics and Z-Mans has been proving the way to go for your average size soapys and quality size flathead.

Outside Munna Point and up into the Frying Pan has produced good numbers of flathead and whiting by drifting with live worms and yabbies. Likewise, casting with your back into the wind, over the flats with Sugapen surface lures and a walk-the-dog technique has seen anglers with a new way to fish.

Fishing in Weyba Creek has been particularly good. Anglers are getting decent-sized whiting on the Duo PocoPoco Poppers and River2Sea Baby Rover surface walkers; concentrate most of your time around Keyser Island.

For good-sized flathead, start drifting down from the Weyba Road Bridge with whitebait and pillies for your chance to land a monster. Casting EcoGear Power Shads and hopping them back from the mangroves has also seen a wide array of species brought into the boat. While up there try dropping in a few crab pots in the deeper holes to score some decent bucks.

The Woods Bay has been the go-to area for most anglers early in the morning with good-sized tealeaf trevally and the odd tarpon on soft plastics. Cast the specially rigged Davo’s Gladiator Prawn at night among the trevally bust ups; slow rolling them back have seen angler’s rods bending to their full potential on big trevs.

Along the open beaches, stretching from Teewah up to Double Island Point, fish along the rips for quality sized dart and the odd mulloway. Use live beach worms and big strip baits, and gather pipis for the ever-illusive snub-nosed dart. Fishing around the headlands, you can pretty much expect anything at this time of the year, from mulloway, small snapper, sweetlip and maybe the odd spottie.

We are seeing the best season in a while for spotties, with boats bagging out in record times. These speedsters have taken a liking to trolled pilchards, as well as metal slugs cast into the erupting bait schools.

Yellowfin tuna have also been hanging around the bait schools. The trick to hooking one up is just count to five after your lure hits the water before you start retrieving it.

If you are looking to target Spanish mackerel try using a Spanyid Special trolled at 4 knots around the bait schools, and limit wire usage to a minimum.

Coral trout have been on the chew in and around the bommies and the reefy pinnacles at Sunshine Reef, while quality size cobia are being caught around Big Halls. Trolling skipping garfish wide of North Reef and around Chardon’s have been doing the damage on black marlin.

The mighty Maroochy is fishing well. Anglers are seeing good-sized jacks up around Dunethin Rock and further again to Browns Rock. Trevally are also there in good numbers, along with tarpon and mulloway.

If you’re a keen bass fisher try heading right up the Maroochy River to Yandina. Decent-sized bass have taken a liking to lightly weighted soft plastics and even small surface walkers twitched slowly out of the snags.

Working your way back down the river to Coolum Creek you can find yourself hooking in to a few flathead and jacks; try using prawn or shrimp imitation lures rigged weed-less for the best results. The Bli Bli islands have been doing particularly well for mud crabs as well as flathead and whiting.

Fishing up the Petrie and Eudlo creeks at night with livies can see you hooking into anything from flathead, trevally, mulloway and jacks. Anglers fishing around the Cod Hole with Gastronomic plastics and livies can expect legal size mulloway, trevally, jacks, and even the odd queenfish.

Fishing around the drop-offs on the deeper side of Chambers Island with Gladiator Prawns will provide great results on flathead and trevally on the run-in tide. Likewise, fishing around Pincushion Island on the run-in tide will provide good numbers of whiting, bream and flathead cruising the flats.

For any advice on the Maroochy River, drop in and see the team at Davo’s Northshore shop in Pacific Paradise. Please log on to www.FishingNoosa.com.au for the latest bar reports and photos. Tight lines and bent spines!

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