ABOVE: Sam Johnston boated this longtail tuna in Laguna Bay on a 15gm spinner. It took him over an hour to land on light tackle.
Young Tully Thuler with a 60cm flathead which he caught at the river mouth using a whole pilchard bait
ABOVE: Sam Johnston boated this longtail tuna in Laguna Bay on a 15gm spinner. It took him over an hour to land on light tackle. Young Tully Thuler with a 60cm flathead which he caught at the river mouth using a whole pilchard bait www.fishingnoosa.com.au

Winds make bay the best shot for a good feed

WITHh the southerly winds howling and the swell not playing the game over the last week, most angler have been fishing in Laguna Bay and the closer reefs. Longtail Tuna and Mac Tuna have been the main targets using Sea Rock and Arma Radico metal slugs in the 20g and under range.

The mackerel have also made a show with some decent sized spotted mackeral getting caught. Try using a small 3" length of Mason single strand wire and small black rolling swivel above your lure to avoid bite offs. Just around the corner, Sunshine Reef has been holding some cracking Trout. Soft plastics have been working with the Chasebaits 7" forkbait a standout in conjunction with 3/4oz TT jig heads.

Sweetlip have also been in good numbers as well as mori cod and the odd good snapper starting to show up. Lightly weighted live baits have been working well so next time you are in the store make sure you load up on Sabiki Bait Jigs and even take a look at the Sabiki rods specially designed to use with these jigs.

In the Noosa River; with the drop in temperatures the winter species are really starting to fire up. Catches of bream have increased with some nice size fish being taken on mullet gut and fowl gut. For the lure fisherman Zman Slim SwimZ and 2.5 inch Zman Grubz have been working well. Flathead are in great numbers with good catches still being recorded on the run out tide. For the lure anglers the Zerek tango shads in hot pink seem to be the go to lure for flatties.

Trevally have been in great numbers and some good size fish have been taken. The current lines at the entrance to Woods Bays is the go to place. Golden, big eye, giant and kale kale have all been accounted for. Atomic Pops in 50mm and the new Storm poppers in 60mm have been working well on the surface, while the River2sea chase baits in 3in Apple Juice and Vanilla Ice have worked well down deep. A fast twitchy retrieve off the bottom is working well. Whiting are still in good numbers with the dog beach and the Frying Pan both fishing well, worms, peeled prawns and yabbies are still the go to bait.

On the beaches; the beaches just to the south of Double Island Point fished well early last week. Dart, tailor, bream and trevally were caught on slugs. The Arma twist 30g and Arma Radico in 25g being the most popular. The closer gutter have seen some nice whiting and bream and the odd flathead with most fish taken on prawns and worms. A few good tailor have been caught on the eastern beaches on whole pillies and metal slugs.

In the fresh water; bass have been caught at the bubble line and at the botanical gardens in Lake MacDonald early in the morning. With the water level being so high try in the upper reaches of the dam around the weed and fallen timber, surface lures like the Jackall Pompadour Junior and the Storm floating pencil in 60mm are ideal for getting in amongst the weed and structure.

Borumba Dam has fished well for bass in amongst the trees and at the entrance to the Kingham Arm. Soft plastics have been the go with lures fish deep amongst the snags that this area is known for.

A few saratoga are still being caught in the upper reaches of each arm and as well as the steep cliffs in the Yabba arm. Log onto www.fishingnoosa.com.au for fishing reports and drop into Davo's Tackle World in Noosa to find out where the fish are biting, and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines.


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