With the Easter holidays bearing down on is at a rate of knots, the weeks leading up to one of Australia's favourite holiday seasons which absolutely has to include fishing (remember Lent my friends!) I will be focussing on the main holiday and fishing locations the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Like many of us I have to entertain visitors this Easter and want to give them plenty of clues so they can take themselves out and about (rather than me playing tour guide for 10 days).
Today's article will be the first of several and starting at the top - let's take a look at Noosa. Noosa incorporates beautiful beaches all the way along the North Shore to Teewah, rocky outcrops around the National Park, hidden inlets and creeks running off the river and fresh water treasures like the Everglades.
Beach fishing will be picking up, especially when the swells and wind are not too strong, the gutters are deep and baitfish is moving up and down the surf beaches. The days are still hot (when the sun graces us) but the nights are slowly cooling down and what better time to take a 4WD trip up the beach or take a trek into the National Park for a great days fishing. The following are my six favourite fishing locations for the Noosa area:
1. Noosa North Shore has miles and miles of clean, deep gutters from the Noosa River Mouth all the way up to Double Island Point. If you are on foot, walk from the river mouth up the beach until you find the start of the gutters with long sand banks out at least 100meters (1-kilometre from the river mouth is as far as you need to go).
2. The Frying Pan is a well hidden spot and is often missed out on by boaties as the sand builds up and cuts off access. Once in the Frying Pan, you can expect fantastic fishing. Elbow slapper whiting, disoriented big sea bream and flathead can be caught on the drift in this secluded little hot spot.
3. Woods Bay sits on either side of the Woods Spit. There are actually two small bays that are deep enough for bait fish schools to swim through and queenfish, golden trevally, mangrove jack, school jew as well as all the bread and butter species. Locals recommend soft plastics, Prawn Star lures, live herring and fresh mullet strips to lure the predator species.
4. Tea-tree Bay (Noosa National Park) is one of the furtherest points along the National Park walking track. The walk will only take 15 - 20 mins from the car park and you will see some spectacular views of Noosa Beach along the way. Many little coves, rocky outcrops and drop-offs will tempt you as you head up the path. The ocean floor is clean and sandy which is a prime area for hungry bream, whiting and flathead. You can expect to catch tailor, jew, giant trevally and the odd jew around the rocks at dawn, dusk and night as well. Keep in mind, anything you catch up here, you will have to haul back to the car-park on your back. A 10kilo jew is a great prize but also extremely heavy to carry!
TAKE A KID FISHING:
Young anglers listen up! Noosa is a hub for young anglers with so many jetties, rock walls, canals, shallow banks by bridges and plenty of little shady bays where plenty of hard hitting fish come to eat. Two great spots in Noosa are within walking (or bike riding) distance from Main Beach and the shopping district.
5. Munna Bridge is great for fishing variety - many different species can be caught here both day and night. There are deep holes in the main channel where trevally, chopper tailor and bigger bream hang. Also nice shallow sand banks surround the bridge, this is where you can cast a small fresh prawn, a lively bloodworm or sandworm out onto the banks and watch the whiting and flathead sneak up to take the bait. The bridge also has very barnacle encrusted pylons which butter bream and moses perch are always picking at.
6. Weyba Creek is long and coils around many little mangrove islands. The best spot to start is near Weyba Bridge, which can also get great catches from fishing right off the bridge. It is similar to Munna Bridge but there is more mud than sand, making it an excellent spot for mud crabs, flathead, estuary cod and grunter bream. You can get a lot of snags here because of several rocky areas as well as the mangroves surrounding. I recommend darker coloured soft plastics in browny-orange, khaki, grey and black with red bellies for targeting the species that live in this area.
If you are considering an extended stay in Noosa over Easter then it is worth your while exploring some of the options in hiring a boat if you do not own your own. Noosa has many boat hire companies with boats to suit all needs. T-Boats, O-Boats, Pelican Boat Hire, U-drive and Kingfisher Boat Hire are just a few. All of these companies have detailed websites and can be booked by phone. If an offshore trip is more your thing, Noosa Bluewater Charters put on a great day, so does Laguna Charters who travel as far as Double Island and often out as far as the Barwon Banks - both come highly recommended.
It is also worth knowing where the Boating & Fisheries Patrol Office is in case you need to get the most up-to-date rules and regulations available - they are easy to find at Russell St, Noosaville (near the Munna Point Caravan Park).
Next week we will take a look further down the coastline at Coolum to Maroochydore and continue in a southward direction.
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Spanish mackerel and Wahoo from Chardon’s Reef and Halls Reef. Coral trout, Cod and Sweetlip from Sunshine Reef on Wednesday. Whiting, Flathead and Tailor around the mouth on the high tide. Mud crabs scattered around Weyba Creek and in the canals.
Maroochy: Spotty mackerel and tuna around the Blinker with Grass sweetlip to 3kg on the Gneerings. Grunter and Bream to 32cm from the Bli Bli bridge. Flathead and Whiting from the black banks on the incoming tide. Mud crabs at the mouth of Eudlo and Petrie creeks.
Kawana: Whiting to 35cm and decent Flathead around McKenzie’s bridge . Big bream of the rock walls and around La Balsa on prawns. Mud crabs in the canals and above McKenzie’s.
Caloundra: Bream to 800g and a few flathead off the boardwalk. Whiting along golden beach. Smaller trevally around the Blue Hole. Mud crabs from the creeks.
Josh Clissold from Geelong used a mullet fillet bait to attract the attention of this 3kg tailor at the Noosa river mouth (supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au)
Tom Lindsay and Brodie MacAfferty boated these two trevally (top weight 1kg) in Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek (supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au)
Russell Swanson was fishing with bonito cubes in the cod hole this week and after being blow away by several fish nailed this 2.63kg mangrove jack.
The mud crabs are on the move in the middle and lower reaches of the Maroochy river with several good bucks opposite Chambers Island.