Summer’s on the way with big pelagics
  |  First Published: December 2016

What’s great about this time of the year? The Sunshine Coast rivers give us great options. Fishing the infamous Noosa River has seen a many species come from the upper reaches, but the most popular has to be the mangrove jack. For those of you that have never tangled with a jack, trolling hardbodies can be super effective to hook one. Work the many rock bars and deeper sections of the river to get results. Lures like the Lucky Craft Pointers and the Jackall Squirrels are perfect for the job. They’ll dive deep as well as suspend. Casting these same lures at the many snags that line the upper reaches of the river in the low light hours is also another way to entice them out. Fishing from Tewantin up to the Jew Hole has seen anglers hooked-up to quality golden and giant trevally. Woods Bay has been the go to area early in the morning for good size trevally and tailor. With plenty of prawns in the river, the new EZ ShrimpZ from ZMan has been perfect for these predators with a great profile and a realistic action these lures have really gotten the job done. From Gympie Terrace down to the Frying Pan, we’ve seen good numbers of flathead and whiting. Live worms, yabbies and small fish baits are all working well. Fishing in Weyba Creek has been exceptional for whiting with anglers getting decent size whiting on the River2Sea bubble pops and surface walkers like the Fish Candy Skinny Dogs. While you’re up there, drop a few crab pots in the deeper holes to score some nice bucks. The Maroochy River has been fishing well. Anglers are seeing good size jacks up around Dunethin Rock. Tarpon and mulloway are also on the cards. Working your way back down the river to Coolum Creek, you can find yourself hooking in to a few flathead and jacks. There has been a good run of prawns in the river, so prawn or shrimp imitation lures have worked well. The Bli Bli islands have been doing particularly well for good size flathead and trevally. Anglers fishing around the Cod Hole with larger paddle-tail vibes and livies can expect legal size mulloway, trevally, jacks, and even queenfish. With summer nearly upon us, we start to focus our energy on the pelagics. On the Sunshine Coast, we’re blessed with amazing reef systems within a stone’s throw from the boat ramp. Noosa is one of the best – no sooner are you over the bar and you’re into pelagic territory. Laguna Bay is seeing the best season in a while for spotted mackerel and tuna. Some anglers have bagged out in record times. These speedsters have taken a liking to floating live baits as well as the good old pilchard. Metal slugs cast into the erupting bait schools are another great way to tangle with the pelagics. There have been some monster yellowfin tuna hanging around the bait schools. They’ll pick up anything that looks a little wounded, so casting a flat fall style micro jig rigged with a treble on the back has really payed off. These flat fall style jigs look like wounded baitfish and an easy meal for a fast moving tuna or mackerel. I like the Colt Snipers from shimano, as they’re a good size and have a bit of weight to them to help with that distance cast. Another is the new Chilli Padi from Zerek – these are made of tungsten and are that bit smaller, but still have the cast weight. Most anglers are also avoiding wire and opting for heavier fluorocarbon leader, as these fish seem to shy away when they see the wire. For those of you that love fishing the bottom, don’t despair. Trout have been on the chew around the bommies and the reef pinnacles at Sunshine Reef. Decent cobia have been caught around most reefs out of Noosa – Halls and North reefs have produced some great fish. Sweetlip are around in good numbers with some stonkers taken over the last month. This is also the time of year when nice billfish will make an appearance. Trolling skipping gars wide of North Reef and around Chardons Reef should see some smaller black marlin. For those boats hopping the bar at Maroochydore or Mooloolaba, the wider grounds are where the bigger fish are. Quality snapper, pearl perch and cobia come from the banks. The closer grounds like the Nearings, Coolum Reef and Hancocks Shoal have also seen quality fish, pan sized snapper, sweetlip and coral trout have all been accounted for. Old Woman Island has been a haven for squid, so make sure you have your squid jigs with you. They’re great on the table and make sensational baits. On the Noosa North Shore, the open beaches stretching from Teewah up to Double Island have been the go to areas for tailor, which are still making their way back after spawning. Fish alongside the rips for quality sized dart and bream using live beach worms and pipis. On the headlands around Noosa National Park and down towards Yaroomba, you can pretty much expect anything at this time of the year, from mulloway, small squire, sweetlip and maybe the odd spotted mackerel or tuna. Now for all the latest information log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for up to date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Davo’s Tackle World in 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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