BEAUTY: Davo's Staff member Aaron Reyne shows off a coral trout caught off Sunshine Reef.
BEAUTY: Davo's Staff member Aaron Reyne shows off a coral trout caught off Sunshine Reef. CONTRIBUTED

TOTALLY HOOKED: Stunning September conditions

THE month of September is upon us yet again, which brings with it the transition from the cooler winter conditions to the beautiful spring conditions and hopefully sunny skies.

On the east coast beaches, we'll see some good captures of large resident tailor.

These fish either don't make the annual run right up to Fraser Island or just choose to wreak havoc on the local gutters, feeding on anything that passes them from dart, whiting and bream to other baitfish.

These tailor are intelligent fish: they don't get to the 3kg-plus size for no reason.

So make sure that if you try to target them that you do all the little things right.

We call them the 5% rule: if you make sure to do things like pick the right time of day and tide, fish the better-looking gutter, choose the freshest bait, tie up a good rig ideally designed to target big tailor and you're in with a chance.

Tailor over the 3kg mark are prized fish and well worth putting in the time for.

We can also expect to see some better-quality whiting moving into the rivers.

Some good models have been reported coming out of the Noosa River with fish up to 40cm common.

Again, if you put that little extra effort in, it can pay huge dividends.

There's nothing better than fresh whiting fillets.

Also it's a great feeling to release a big "elbow slapper" back into the system.

For most anglers, it's all about grabbing a packet of live worms or pumping nippers and just heading down to the river for a fish. It works great when the fish are thick. However, there is a better way to specifically target bigger-quality fish.

The one way to guarantee best results is on surface lures - in particular, surface walkers.

Lures such as the Bassday Sugapens are the best for elbow-slapping-size whiting.

Armed with the right rod, reel, line and location, this is without a doubt one of the most exciting ways of fishing here on the Coast.

On the offshore scene, we can expect the already outstanding snapper season to continue with some of the best fishing experienced for past few seasons.

Also, there's a stack of quality pearl perch being caught with outstanding anglers such as Chicko, from Davos, getting a few upwards of 4.5kg.

We might even see the start of the pelagic run with some good yellowfin poised to make an appearance on the offshore front at any moment. And if the water temps are right, we might even get a good show of coral trout for those in pursuit of these tasty fish.

How good is this month going to be!

Now for all the latest information, log on to for up-to-date bar and fishing reports and don't forget to drop into Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle at Marcoola to find out where the fish are biting. And remember: tight lines and bent spines.