Calm before the storm

Sam Rush boated this quality bream in Lake Cooroibah while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Pictures: noosafishing.com.au

Tackle World Noosa and Bundaberg

Well, here we are again with an impending storm about to hit the coast.

This need not be a bad thing so read on so you can make a plan.

Mid-week the winds dropped out allowing those not doing the 9-5 daily grind a chance to hit the offshore scene. We also had a great start to Saturday morning and many anglers took full advantage.

Sunshine and North Reef are the most popular spots as have been the northern areas toward Double Island Point. For many anglers, the mixed bag that sunshine offers keeps them coming back. For the pelagic anglers there have been some nice Spanish mackerel around. These fish aren’t the huge monsters associated with the end of the month and into June, but 5-10kg range which is the perfect eating size. Spanish can be hard to get, but ensure you are running a gang hooked rig and a small top shot of single strand wire can certainly help you land a few. For those trolling lures then Samaki Redics have been catching a few fish as have smaller Halco lures. Lastly always ensure you have a few TT hardcore slugs rigged up to 20lb combos as long tail tuna are around and likely to show up at any time.

Snapper are showing up and there are some solid fish coming in around the 4kg mark. This year could be a bumper season with the heavy rain falls to date. For many anglers these fish are one of the best fighting reef fish around and, fortunately, they are a great lure and bait target. For lure anglers, you have so many options from jigs to plastics and everything in between. For the beginner, come in and let us pick some of the most popular options for you and show you how to rig them for success.

Surf fishing sees quality dart, tailor and even snapper coming in for those with longer 12 foot combos. Having a long rod with a softer tip allows you to fish light but make the most of getting more distance. For those on a budget, look at our range of Crucis Tempesta rods which are built on light weight carbon blanks so you can flick lighter baits out and hold the rod all day long without getting tired.

Now is the time of year where many anglers are gearing up for tailor so be sure to get all your sinkers, gang hooks and bait thread before the fish arrive.

The river will see a big push in bait fish if the rains come. Fish will sense the pre-storm build up and begin feeding hard. The first few days following a rain event can be excellent.

Reports of bigger bream are coming in and as things cool even further you can expect to find bigger high 30cm fish.

When rains hit, lure anglers should break out prawn-style plastics. Many rivers are holding big numbers of prawns and the Atomic prong is a great hybrid plastic with lots of movement sure to gain the attention of flatties too.

If you like snag bashing around Woods Bay and the Noosa Sound, try a TT HWS jighead on a 2-inch grub as the internal weight allows the plastic to fall horizontal and slowly. This action on 4-6lb line will see big fish come out from hiding to smash your plastic on the drop. We also have the popular Cranka crabs which are designed for this style of fishing.

Those with crab pots should be gearing up as the creeks and feeder drains start to spill and see mud crabs on the move. If you require any pots, floats or tags be sure to pop in.

Freshwater dams and lakes are sitting at just over 100 per cent with Borumba now releasing water before the rains come. It is always a good idea to check SEQ water online to see if your chosen dam is open before you leave.

As waters cool the bass will start to move down from the upper reaches and start schooling in the main basin. If you find these fish they love a metal vibe, jig or spoon. If you don’t already have an Ecogear ZX blade in your kit make sure you get one as these send out massive vibration that drive bass crazy.

Now, for all the latest information log onto fishingnoosa.com.au for up-to-date bar and fishing reports, don’t forget to drop into Tackle World Noosa, Noosa Boating and Outdoors and Northshore Bait & Tackle in Marcoola for all the right equipment, bait and advice to get you catching. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and remember Tight Lines and Bent Spines!

Bundaberg

INSHORE AND OFFSHORE

Last Thursday to Saturday was the time to get out with good reports of big cobia and plenty of reefies such as coral trout, sweetlip, tuskfish and red emperor being caught. This weekend is shaping up to have winds around 10 knots but we all know what the weather is like and can turn nasty at the flick of a switch so keep an eye on the sky and the trusted weather reports. Be careful when heading out with all the rain that is meant to be coming as there will be a lot of debris floating out to sea. There has been some big queenfish and long tail tuna hanging around the inshore reefs with the odd spanish mackerel and heaps of school mackerel. The school mackerel love a metal flasher in the 30g size either dropped to the bottom with a high speed burn back to the boat or if there are a few bust ups throw it out in to the thick of the school and crank it like your life depends on it. If you like rock hopping there has been a few long tails and mackerel being caught on topwater lures and metal slugs like the new Mustad Ridgeback and the old faithful flasher. If you’re looking to try topwater the Nomad stickbaits or a Halco popper are my go to.

BURNETT RIVER AND ELLIOTT RIVER

With this rain on the way the rivers will be a bit fresh again so your best option is to fish around the mouth on an incoming tide. There has been good numbers of crabs being caught in the both of these rivers so it’s definitely worth throwing the pots in. This time of year the bream are feeding up a storm and plenty of whiting and grunter are also on the hunt, so make sure to throw a few small plastics along any gravel beds.

BAFFLE AND KOLAN RIVER

The Baffle has been producing quality grunter and mangrove jacks. One customer pulled 4 jacks from the boat ramp so it goes to show that you don’t have to travel far to get quality fish. The crabs are hungry and trying to put on lots of meat before they shut down for winter so it’s well worth trying to get a feed of crab whilst they are nice and fat. There has been a few flathead being caught in the Kolan River but with these changes in season you will see a mixed bag of fish being anything from your summer favourites to your winter favourites so get out there and have a go.

MONDURAN DAM

Around this time of year is really important to put in the time to learn the lake and how the fish react to different seasons and what triggers the fish to bite. The cooler weather makes the bite a bit harder but if you take the time to persist and learn you can still get plenty of barra. A bit of local knowledge goes a long way as well so don’t be afraid to talk to fellow anglers. If the barra aren’t biting you can still catch other fish with plenty of 50cm plus bass being caught as well…how good is this lake.