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Reef it up offshore!
  |  First Published: April 2016



Pelagics has been high on the agenda for most offshore anglers. One particular reef that has been fishing extremely well lately is North Reef off Noosa. With a great variety of fish like yellowfin tuna, big Spanish mackerel and wahoo hanging around, it’s not hard to understand why!

reefs

On the bottom, snapper, mulloway, pearl perch, cobia and many more have emerged. If you’re chasing a feed of mackerel, the best way to find them is with a trolled hardbody lure. Mix up the colours to see what’s working on the day. Usually the old red and pilchard colours are the first to go over the side. Trolling around 6-8 knots is ideal and allows you to cover ground. Make sure you keep an eye on your sounder for anything that looks promising on the bottom to come back and fish.

Fishing the wide grounds of Double Island Point has been very rewarding for anglers, with anything on the cards with mackerel, mahimahi, big pearl perch, snapper, mulloway, amberjack, red emperor and many more coming out to play. There are only a couple of things to be worried about when fishing wide of Double Island. Firstly, the currents can be a bit relentless and secondly, the taxman has been more than willing to take a few red fish off the end of your line!

The Banks is another area that anglers have done well at over the past couple of weeks with gold band snapper, cobia, Moses perch, pearl perch and amberjack all on the chew. For the angler that isn’t comfortable heading out wide, Sunshine Reef has fished well for coral trout, juvenile snapper, sweetlip and Maori cod. Live baits or a well-presented pilchard allowed to drift down onto the reef is your best chance to get a trout or two.

Beaches

On the beaches, the Easter holidays are a great time of the year to dust off the camping gear, give the old tackle box a once over, and head up the beach. Noosa north shore is a great option to take the family, even if you don’t own a 4WD there’s still a nice place to camp without having to drive out onto the beach. One spot that fishes well year in year out is the stretch along Teewah Beach. Try and spot gutters with a good entry point and exit as this will bring the better quality fish in. Spend some time throwing out on those entry and exit points as the fish tend to hang around these areas just out of the current line waiting to devour passing baitfish. There’s usually a nice common gutter along the start of Noosa’s north shore just near the river mouth. Take the first beach exit onto Northshore Beach and drive back towards the mouth. Tailor should be making their way north and that particular spot has been good to fish in the past.

Rivers

Noosa River has produced great results in the early morning sessions. Trevally have been hot on the bite, and anglers get among the action in Woods Bays. Surface poppers have worked well on sun up, in particular the River2Sea Baby Bell. Tailor have come into the river system, and the mouth is the place to be. Pilchards rigged on a set of gangs are one of the most effective ways to target them. Further upriver, the Gympie Terrace stretch has fished well for good legal-size bream on prawns and worms. Tarpon have been active at night around the Harbor Town Marina and the Squidgy Prawn soft plastics have been effective.

In the Maroochy River, trevally have been in good numbers around the motorway bridge with anglers getting good success on live baits. Prawns have been relatively thick in the river over the last month – head to the Bli-Bli Islands for your best shot.

The stretch from Coolum Creek to Dunethin Rock has fished well for flathead and mulloway on the run-out tide. When fishing this stretch, concentrate your fishing out the front of drain and creek mouths. April is probably your last chance to get a good feed of muddies and blue swimmers. Put your pots in up towards the mouth and the front of Petrie and Eudlo creeks.

The Mooloolah River has fished very well for trevally, bream, mangrove jack and queenfish. Concentrate around the change of the tides, in particular the last of the run-out to the start of the run-in. Spend a little time searching for bait shows on your sounder before fishing a well-worked surface walker or popper to produce a vast array of fish. Early morning and late in the evening is definitely the key to success when targeting fish on the surface – always change up your retrieve until you find what works. Bream have been on the bite and have started to gather among the bridge pylons. Light leaders and smaller size hooks and sinkers are needed to fool the fish into a bite; a little bit of berley never goes astray.

In the fresh water, Lake Borumba is the perfect place to chase some saratoga before water temperatures drop and they become less active. Walk-the-dog surface lures like the Cultiva Zip’n Ziggy or Megabass Dog X Junior are great surface options in the early morning and can result in some very exciting visual hook-ups. Most of the bass seem to come from the timber and slow rolling soft plastics or hopping blades have produced the goods. Tail spinners are another good option and can sometimes entice the fish when they won’t bite on anything else.

For all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au. Drop into Davo’s Tackle world Noosa or Davo’s Northshore Bait & Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting, and remember tight lines and bent spines!

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