Another GT falls victim to the Nomad Stickbait off Lucinda.
Coral Trout are on fire in Noosa this year.
A typical screenshot of Spanish Mackerel.
Big Spanish Mackerel from Lucinda trolling in sloppy seas on the reef edge.
GT on Stickbait from Lucinda, Great Barrier Reef
Underwater shot of the big Spanish Mackerel in Lucinda
Underwater shot of Spanish Mackerel in 1770
Redthroat Emperor in 1770
Jewfish showing up on the wrecks in Noosa.
Spanish Mackerel from 1770
Coronation Trout from 1770
Trout On Soft Plastics in 1770
The reef of 1770 from the Drone
From the film 3 Days In 1770
Trout from 1770
Sushimi bullets as we call them, The Yellowfin tuna made for some fun on the small metal jigs for a while in January.
More lures and more Spanish Mackerel. The Nomad DTX165 was proving a winner and each time I put one out, it deleivered.
This was the last of the schools of Cobia. It was time to get into some other species during the summer.
Another Spanish Mackerel fell victim to a new Nomad lure I was testing. The DTX165 Minnow dives to 10metres and did the damage on this Spanish.
I never get sick of seeing these magnificent fish in the water. Silver on blue has to be the best looking combination ever.
Even in January the cobia were in large numbers. Trying to get a bait out for a pelagic was frustrating at times.
Some good Spanish Mackerel started to show up in January on the inner reefs and unlike last season they were interested in Hard Body lures.
Whilst trolling for pelagics I accidentally hooked a juvenile Black Marlin on the inner reef in Noosa. I almost landed it but nicked the braid just metres from the boat.
Along with the Spanish Mackerel came the Yellowfin Tuna. Drifting live baits off the back of the boat secured this awesome specimen. Weighted in at 15kg’s.
It’s always worth trolling early in the season just to see what’s around in the warmer currents off Noosa.
Hooked up to a hard fighting Cobia on the Daiwa Saltist 4500 with 30lb Braid. Never an easy battle.
Sharks can be a real problem when trying to get fish to the boat on the Noosa reefs. Numbers are increasing each year and making the job harder and harder.
Following the whale season we had a massive influx of Cobia or Black Kingfish. It was hard to escape them as they were in bigger numbers than I’d ever seen off Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.
At the start of the pelagic season when the spotted mackerel start to show up in the warmer waters in Hervey Bay you often catch Longtail or Northern Bluefin Tuna as a welcome bi-catch.
One of the many Cobia caught on Live Baits off Noosa before Summer.
Sometimes the sharks are just relentless on Noosa’s outer reefs. This was a 2.5m Bronze Whaler shark taking a floating pilchard bait.
The Edgewater 188cc heading through the Noosa bar on a calm and friendly day.
Tea Leaf Trevally are one of the many trevally species inhabiting Australian reefs. These fish feed around bait schools and can be easily caught with vertical knife jigs.
The Yellowtail Kingfish is without doubt one of the hardest fighting fish in the ocean. I lost a few fish before landing this one and he went for a stripped bait of bonito on a snooded hook rig.
Snapper, like many other species love to take a knife jig, especially when they are feeding on bait schools in the mid water.
Known as the the Mahi Mahi, Dolphinfish or Dorado, this pelagic is the fastest growing fish in the ocean. They can show up at any given time and will eat anything.
The Spangled Emperor is one of the more colourful reef species here in Noosa. This guy fell prey to a lightly weighted strip bait of bonito on gang hooks drifting down through the water column.
The Green Jobfish, like the Rosy Jobfish is a tropical reef fish usually found on the reefs of north Queensland. This is the first one I’ve caught on the outer reefs of Noosa.
When I see this kind of show on the sounder I get excited. A hook up is inevitable. You can clearly see the bigger fish eating into the bait schools.
Another Yellowtail Kingfish caught whilst jigging in the midwater. I lost about a dozen jigs in this session to fish being sharked.
Another Tea Leaf Trevally caught on the abit schools in the mid water.
Fishing on the closer in-shore reefs often produces some different species including this Gold Band Snapper which went for a live yakka.
I love nothing more than catching quality snapper on soft plastics and The Hards, 50km’s offshore is one of the best all year round places to catch these awesome fish.
There is nothing more touch and go than a big Estuary Cod on the light soft plastic outfits. At first I though I had hooked the reef until it got angry.
If the sea is a bit knarly offshore then I stay in close and fish the inner reefs with lightly weighted live baits and more often than not these Grassy Sweetlip are around feeding on the bottom.
A female Humpback Whale and calf came to visit me whilst fishing in Noosa during their annual migration between May and Oct.
Laguna Bay is stunning, especially when Noosa National Park is in the background when I head to my local fishing spots.
This Gold Spot Estuary Cod measured 115cm and weighed in over 20kg’s. The fight hard and can be found on most the reefs when fishing in Noosa.
The Spangled Emperor is one of the more colourful species of the reefs here in Noosa. Can grow up to 8-10kg’s and like all the reef species, they fight hard close to the bottom.
Cobia or The Black Kingfish are hard fighters and prolific during whale season here in Noosa. They can’t resist a live bait being slowly deployed.
I don’t talk about brands very often but the joy I get from catching fish on the Wilson Venom rods is immense. They are so well balanced and make fighting a 10kg fish a breeze.
Catching snapper in the 80+cm range in 50m of water is loads of fun. This guy took a floating pilchard on 20lb line in the middle of the day whilst I was having some lunch.
The Edgewater 188cc at 20knots on a perfect day here in Noosa’s Laguna Bay.
Where you find snapper you will often find the Jewfish or Mulloway. They love a live bait or a soft plastic close to the bottom around any bait school or wreck.
Does it get any better than this starting the day in Noosa on one of the local shoals with a stickbait session whilst taking in the beautiful sunrise.
Catching 80+cm snapper on Soft Plastics whilst the line is in free spool on the drop is pure adrenaline, especially on 16lb line and 4-7kg gear. Noosa has put on a great snapper season in 2018.
One of the many cod species to inhabit the Noosa reefs. The Moari Cod. Grows to 6-8kg’s and is a great table fish. Once again, they love a live bait on the bottom.
Longtail Tuna occupy the Noosa waters all year round and can be caught at random in the cooler months. They tend to school up in the summer months when the bait schools come in close. This guy took a live bait whilst fishing for snapper.
Yet another glorious sunrise here in Laguna Bay as I head to another Noosa fishing location.
2017 Edgewater 188cc. My second Edgewater and couldn’t be happier with the fishing friendly layout of this boat. It’s fast, dry and has heaps of space to fish 360 degrees. Perfect for fishing in Noosa.
Seriously, the Wilson Venom rods are insane. I’m hooked to a 25kg Cod here and handling it with ease. No gimble required with this stick.
Wow…the horizon sunrise view from just beyond the Noosa rivermouth in Laguna Bay. This is why I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.
The Coral Trout. One of the hardest fighting reef fish and one of the most prized catches. You get one second to get these guys out of the reef or it’s game over. 80lb leader and live baits on a snood rig does the trick.
When the pelagic migration happens in the summer months here in Noosa the first to show up are usually these guys, the Spotted Mackerel. Similar to the Mexican Sierra, they go fast, hard and are heaps of fun.
I love mackerel season and to catch Spanish Mackerel on the fast retrieve jigs is just way too much fun.
These early season snapper show up whilst the pelagics are still around. Usually means the whales are coming followed by the bigger models.
Fishing with live bait in Noosa will often attract the attention of these guys, the Gold Spot Estuary Cod. They breed in the Noosa River and head out to the reef to grow into monster size fish.
The Spanish Mackerel, fast, ferocious and cant resist a fast retrieve lure coming into their space. When in numbers they are super agressive.
This is the time when you lose most Spanish Mackerel. One flick of the head and that lure can pop out in a split second.
Tis the season to be Spanish. Schooling mackerel can be found in lot’s of Noosa’s reefs and bait areas.
Biggest Cobia on the smallest bait. This guy took a 5inch plastic on the light gear and fought hard.
Spotted mackerel can be fussy feeders but when in packs they will take a floating pilchard with wire if presented correctly. In this case with no weight.
When there’s a school of Cobia under the boat feeding on a bait school, catch the bait and re-deploy. Lots of fun.
The strike of the Coral Trout is brutal. If you’re finger isn’t on the trigger, 9 times out of 10 it’s over. The rewards are worth it.
Fishing the Noosa Reefs in summer produces some pretty good looking fish like this Spangled Emperor. They love a soft plastic or a live bait.