Winds of change deliver

CATCH OF THE WEEK – Allan Mahoney with a cracking red emperor. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

Tackle World Noosa and Bundaberg


Well, finally the weather gods smiled down upon us. No matter what your style of fishing we all had a chance to enjoy some amazing weather.

Offshore, we had mackerel, snapper, tuna, sweetlip, trout, cobia and a pile of other reef fish. Most anglers stayed in close from Sunday onward due to the westerly winds and found places like Sunshine, Sunrise, Arkwright shoal, Coolum reef and of course north from the Noosa bar toward and including Double Island the better places to be.

The building tides and clean waters have driven in the bait and the fish have followed. For tuna anglers and mackerel many got into the action by casting a simple Gillies baitfish slug around 15-20 grams. If this is you and are having trouble with distance, be sure to load up your reel with a quality casting braid to help you reach the schools. Take a look at Shimano Grappler and YGK X-Braid.

For those not casting at tuna, the gang-hooked pilchard has claimed many great fish including some big Spanish which will continue to hang around throughout June.

Other fish on most anglers’ lips have to be snapper. Generally speaking the perfect eating size are pan size or those around 50cm with trophy fish best returned. For those looking to land a snapper while the waters are super clean you are best to use 20-25lb leaders on lighter rods like the Shimano Raider snapper series.

Surf fishing is seeing some jewies and a few reports of tailor are starting to come through. Although not plentiful it’s great to see they are coming in and appear to be getting caught during the daytime. These fish are taking pilchards with jewies taking mullet and squid after dark. If fishing baits for jew you are best to use a snell rig with 5/0 and 7/0 octopus circle hooks and 60lb leader. For those of you with baitrunner reels there is nothing like seeing a big fish tear off with your line before engaging the reel to start the fight so be sure to bring them in for a fresh spool of line.

The Noosa river is seeing an influx of trevally and even some queenfish. These fish are taking small metal jigs retrieved at speed around the lower estuary area. Try your luck around Gympie Terrace and the Noosa Sound region. For those who are land based you are best to focus efforts around the sand bags and the dog beach. If flicking p[plastics and working lures close to the bottom, then you can try small minnow style baits like the Zerek flash minnow.

Flathead continue to turn up in good numbers with plenty of smaller 45-50cm fish holding around the mouth during he run out tides. With the water still running darker you can fish heavier leaders in the 12lb range and try heavy vibration lures like the storm ultra-blade in 10 gram sizes.

Lastly the dams and lakes in the region are still up at 100 per cent capacity and are fishing hard. The previously mentioned blades and micro jigs all work well when the bass are hard to tempt during cold conditions. Keeping baits and lures small is important during the winter as fish often only require a small feed. Try to fish in area that receive the most sun and work all weed beds in the immediate area as weed can hold water which warms by several degrees making this a favored spot for bass to hold.

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Well done to all the anglers who got out over the last couple of weeks as there were good reports of some cracker fish caught.

Larger red emperor, coral trout, parrot fish, red throat and a few pearl perch for the guys who got into a bit deeper water were not uncommon.

Larger flesh baits or pilchards seem to catch the better quality fish floated down on a paternoster rig or a running ball sinker.

This weekend is looking good even for the smaller tinnies to get out, plenty of mackerel, tuna, queenfish and trevally have been found all along the coastline from Burnett Heads to Burrum Heads.

Also, the two mile and Cochranes Artificial Reef have been producing some large grunter and snapper as they start to move in.

Before heading out make sure to check the latest weather forecast.


With the amount of fresh water that has gone into the river over the last month, the Burnett is finally starting to move a bit of salt back through the system and the fishing is starting to pick up.

Reports of good-sized flathead and large bream are being caught regularly with a few nice grunter mixed in as well.

Large buck muddies are also plentiful so before heading out for a fish put the crab pots in for a few hours.


These two rivers have also copped a lot of fresh water, so find those spots with a bit more salt like the deeper holes or more towards the mouth of the river, find the bait and you will find the predatory fish.

Drifting around and through the channels with a large flesh bait would be a good way to find the fish and then once found put the anchor out.

Also, a good time to put the crab pots in as there are plenty of crabs on the move.


Lake Monduran is still producing the goods with plenty of rat barra and a few larger fish being caught.

Hardbody lures like the Jackall Squirrel have been doing most of the damage.

Casting in amongst the spindly timber with long pauses has been the go-to technique.

During winter time when the temperature drops you need perseverance, patience and persistence.