Happy New Year! Despite the busy holiday season, 2018 has started off with some pretty good fishing. Down toward the river mouth area, there's been quality Whiting, Bream and Flathead on offer in the Frying Pan and the Dog Beach. Live worms, yabbies and prawns are the best baits to use in this area. Large flathead will take a well presented soft plastic such as the Berkley 4" Nemesis in the Pink colour. GT's have also been showing up in the Woods Bays and around the Noosa Sound area, responding to surface lures in the mornings and afternoons, and prawn imitation plastics. Along with the warm, humid and stormy weather, Mangrove Jacks have been showing up around the Noosa Sound jetties, and also upriver in the stretch between the lakes. In the early mornings, throw surface for the Jacks in these areas with lures such as the Lucky Craft G Splash or Cultiva Zip n Ziggys.
Laguna Bay has been firing with a tonne of Spotted Mackerel busting up on the bait balls, scattered around Halls and Sunshine Reef and Jew Shoal. Throw slugs, such as the Rio's Slugs, at these schools anywhere between 20 to 40 grams. Some nice Spanish Mackerel have been caught at Jew Shoal, Halls, Sunshine and North Reef on the troll, floated pilchards, and have even been taking surface stick baits! Rio's Lethal Action bibless trolling lures have always been a hit on the Spanish. Sunshine Reef has also produced plenty of sizeable Cobia. The next week or so looks great weather wise to get out there. If you're unsure about what gear to use out there, drop into the store and we'll have you covered!
Lake MacDonald has been fishing quite well over the past couple of weeks. The Three Ways area has been producing some nice Bass, the odd Yellowbelly and Saratoga off the edges! Throwing spinner baits into the weed pockets has proven to be most effective. The surface bite in the early mornings and late afternoons has also been fishing quite good as well, with the odd Saratoga showing up.
The Hooked On Team