Andrea Wallner from Austria boated this 5kg mahi mahi while on a half-day Cougar One charter to North Reef.
Andrea Wallner from Austria boated this 5kg mahi mahi while on a half-day Cougar One charter to North Reef.

Weather conditions kind to anglers

Weather and conditions were generally kind to offshore anglers this week.

However, reports were patchy and the biggest problems for the fishermen were the mutton birds, which sought out the boats and hungrily dove for bait, causing havoc all around.

Anglers attempted all sorts of tricks to avoid the birds, but the birds persisted.

Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold, the better fishing was in the late afternoons and evenings when good catches of reef fish were reported, including quality snapper and coral trout.

North Reef was worth the effort, with average-size keepers such as moses perch, pearl perch, squire, bonito, mackerel tuna and wahoo to 20kg and yellow tail kingfish to 10kg.

In close, Laguna Bay was fairly quiet with a few snapper at Jew Shoal, out-wide at The Hards the snapper were in excellent size and numbers, plus the odd marlin sighting.

In the river, which was looking spectacular as the murky water had been flushed through the system, kayakers on the water reported trevally activity at Woods Point and through the Woods Bays at first light on surface poppers.

But most of the activity was along the Munna Point bridge-stretch where flathead and whiting were biting, huge schools of chopper tailor were working late afternoons and mangrove jacks were on the prowl at night.

Over the weekend the best fishing in the area should be in the late afternoons on the run-out tide and into the evenings for tailor, trevally and jacks on baits, lures or soft plastics.

North of Teewah, on the North Shore, there has been excellent whiting to 600g and chopper tailor, and at Marcus Beach there has been whiting and dart.

On the freshwater scene, Lake Macdonald is still murky and thick with sediment, most of the fish caught are juveniles, but the Gazebo Bay area is producing better-size legal fish on lures cast to the weed edges.

Visit www.fishingnoosa.com.au, or call into Davo’s for all the hot fishing tips.


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