Cooler months mean tailor time
  |  First Published: April 2014

Noosa’s North Shore will be a hive of activity at this time of the year as the tailor starts to run. With Easter upon us this is a great time to pack up the family, dust off the camping gear and head up the beach for a couple of days tailor fishing.

As you are cruising up the beach to your favourite camping area make sure your passengers are keeping a close eye on the surf for the all-important gutters. What you are looking for is that gutter with a good entry and exit point that the water will run through with the most prosperous area being near those entry and exit points. The fish tend to hang around these areas just out of the current line and wait for a passing baitfish to devour.

A standard pilchard rigged on a gang hook is the most popular way to target the ferocious feeders, but there has been a recent change to the use of the Black Magic Snapper Snatches. These New Zealand hand-made rigs consist of two hooks rigged with attractor skirts really add attraction to your baits and help bring the fish to you! By then putting half a pilchard on this rig and allowing it to ‘dance’ around in the surf, you put yourself in the best possible chance of catching a tailor or 10.

Not to be outdone, the Noosa River is also a great place to snag a nice tailor or trevally. The tailor tend to school up around the back of Noosa Sound, feeding on baitfish and prawns. Early in the morning, these fish are often seen busting up on the surface in a feeding frenzy! At this time of the year, it’s not uncommon to come across schools of trevally and tailor right throughout the system, so it pays to always have a rod rigged up with a surface lure ready just in case!

Flathead are another great fish to target at this time of the year. A great way to target these fish is to head to the shallower area along the river just at the end of the run-out tide or dead low tide, they tend to lay in the narrow channels ready to ambush a passing prawn or small baitfish. The trick is to get alongside the sand flats and mud banks and cast all the way around the boat, it is my experience that the big girls just lay and wait and it is not unusual to see fish over the 70cm mark at this time of the year. This is perfect time to get your soft plastics out. The Gladiator Prawn rigged with a stinger hook or the Squidgy Bloodworm Wriggler in the 100mm are my favourites but a lot of the locals like the stick baits with the red and pink flashes. If you can set up a good drift pattern, you can cover a lot more ground. Fishing this way rather than just throwing out a dead bait while you are at anchor in the hope that something cruises by and picks it up is much more enjoyable. So why not get yourself into Davo’s have a chat to the team, they will be more than happy to show you the latest in soft plastics to do the job and give you all the info on where to go.

Whiting are also in good numbers at this time of the year with the river mouth being the pick of the locations to catch your-self a feed of these bread and butter species. Fishing the Frying Pan opposite the river mouth has seen some great catches of whiting, just remember your size and bag limits. One little tip to help you catch more fish while fishing the river mouth is to add a little berley to the water every five minutes or so, as this helps to keep the fish in the area for as long as possible!

Mangrove jack will start to quiet down as the water cools, but they are still around. The snags up between the ski runs is still worth a try. Get the bait caster out and flick your favourite jack lure as close as you can to the snags, if the jacks are there they will take it.

Jacks will also school up at the entrance to the lakes. As the warmer water runs out with the tide, this creates a warmer current area which the jack love and in turn will feed more aggressively. These areas are much more productive at night as the jacks will leave their cover to feed, if you manage to find one of the warm water areas it is not uncommon to catch multiple fish in one session.

This is a great time to head offshore with the lighter winds, snapper are on everyone’s mind with most of our local reefs holding fish. Squid and pillies are the preferred bait for bottom bouncing and you will see other species, such as sweetlip, coral trout and pearl perch, enjoying the offering that you throw their way.

A soft plastic is also very popular with the reefies and is a simple way to fish. Make sure you get your soft plastic to the bottom and let the motion of the boat work the lure. The scented jerk shad 7” and 9” in the Zman or just about any of the Gulp soft plastics work a treat.

There will still be the odd mackerel around, so as you are making your way to the reef why not have a troll. Sunshine reef has been an excellent location for the Spanish mackerel. Trolling the reef edges has been accounting for some good fish, in fact the larger fish seem to be caught later in the year.

• For all the best advice, the gear you need and where the fish are biting, call into Davo’s Tackle World Noosa or our store down at Marcoola, Davo’s Bait and Tackle Northshore. Also check out the latest catches, fishing reports and bar crossing info at www.fishingnoosa.com.au and remember tight lines and bent spines!


Brereton Kay won this week's $50 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with this 16kg wahoo that he trolled up on Sunshine Wide.


Shaun Bradford tempted this 4.5kg golden trevally with a pilchard bait just south of Teewah on the Noosa North Shore.


Warren McIntosh from Cooroy boated this 7kg cobia while on Trekka 2 charter to North Reef.


Sam, Ben, Luke, Dave, Rob and Shane caught these spotties on cast metal slugs while fishing North Reef on Cougar One charter.

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