As at Friday April 20, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: No complaints here. We went from two fishable days last week to five very fishable days this week! That was a 150% improvement and one that the offshore brigade took full advantage of. The boat ramps were full, the bar crossing was a treat and the reef fish and pelagics were on the bite.
Light to moderate variable northerlies earlier in the week morphed into cooler, more boat and angler friendly south easterlies with a steadily declining swell towards the end. Wednesday and Thursday were marginal but otherwise it was all systems go. That meant all reef locations were on the agenda with Double Island Point appearing in the fishing reports for the first time in quite a while. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hi mate. We fished D.I. in great conditions on Saturday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots north west to northerly with a southerly current. We caught plenty of snapper, hussar, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, ornate cod, coral bream, moses perch, Maori cod, cobia and (as per above) quality gold band snapper."
|Cougar One targeted D.I. as well. This report and photo from skipper Theo Hewish..."Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island on Saturday. Glassed out conditions most of the day. We started off pretty slow but the fish ended up biting really well. We caught Spanish mackerel, scarlet sea perch, snapper and almost bagged out on pearl perch." Pictured above right from that charter we have Brad with a quality scarlet sea perch. And Wild Thing 2 was back there a couple of days later... "We fished Double Island Point on Monday. Conditions were perfect with 5 to 10 knots of WNW wind and a light southerly current. We caught heaps of good tuskies, moses perch, slate bream, hussar, snapper, gold spot cod and (above left) Maori cod."
The middle reef belt also fired well. Trekka 2 fished North Reef on Friday... "Conditions were a bit bumpy with a northerly breeze. We caught sweetlip, tusk fish, snapper, cobia, mulloway and spotted mackerel. And this from Eddie Walter, above... "Hi Bill. Managed to get out on Monday and pulled in a 6.1kg yellowfin tuna, a 6.9kg mac tuna and a little schoolie mackerel. All on live slimy mackerel baits... balloon rigged on North Reef!! Regards, Eddie."
Further down the line, Chardon's Reef was also worth the effort. This report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Chardon's on Sunday. Wind was 15 knots from the north west with a light southerly current. We caught grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, moses perch, snapper, school mackerel and gold spot cod. Pictured (above) is Sarah Knox from St. Leonards in New South Wales with one of the school mackerel."
And as above, this report from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... " We did a five hour charter out wide on Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were awesome with very little wind at all. We caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, trout cod, mahi mahi, pearl perch and mackerel tuna."
Cougar One fished in close on Sunshine Reef on Friday... "Hey Bill. We had great conditions. Wind was a light northerly breeze and no current run. We caught gold spot cod, coral trout, venus tusk fish and pearl perch. And above, from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "We've been praying for the good weather, but everyone must have prayed at once. I'm pleased to confirm the Spanish are back on the menu. As predicted, tuna and Spanish mackerel are on the charge. I fished with my 15th best mate Jonny Robbo and we enjoyed the good times, bagging two Blues but letting go several more. Among the catch were a few early season snapper to make it worth while. Monday's conditions... calm offshore wind and a slight current. Get out there!"
Down the coast from there, father and son Andrew and Luke Munro from Kippa-Ring, Queensland (above) launched their tandem kayak from Stumers Creek at Coolum Beach on Monday morning to chase the pelagics that were working the bait schools on Arkwright Shoal. They did well, too, Luke picking up a 5kg longtail tuna on Gulp soft plastic and Andrew getting his 14.5kg Spaniard on a 14cm Shimano CDI stick bait." In Laguna Bay (at Jew Shoal and along the Hall's Reef stretch) Spanish mackerel were responding to floated and trolled pilchards and longtail tuna and bonito were going for cast slugs.
|COASTAL: Great conditions on the open beaches this week. Light to moderate winds and a modest swell ticked the boxes for the surf anglers. Whiting and flathead were active at Castaways Beach and, together with bream and dart, at Sunshine Beach. Further up, Dolphin Point on the National Park headland was good for quality bream while good whiting were biting at First Point. On the Noosa North Shore, whiting were biting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach while bream, dart and flathead were active around Teewah township and (along with mackerel off the rocks) up at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Flathead were in good numbers and size in the lower estuary, going for a wide range of imitation prawn plastics including Zerek Live Shrimp, Gladiator Prawns and River2Sea Flick Prawns. Entice Assault vibes and Daiwa Double Clutch hard bodies were also working well along deep gutters. From Ben Grant... "Hi there. My daughter Paige and I fished Noosa for flathead on Friday. Paige (below) had landed a few of my fish but hadn't actually cast and retrieved a fish on her own. After landing a small flatty at the mouth she then cast, hooked and landed a monster 76cm flatty all on her own, without any help. Paige released the fish on her own too. I landed a monster flatty going 88cm, which was also swiftly released. Both fish were caught on Daiwa Double Clutch lures. Thanks, Ben." Paige's quality catch and release won her this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Apart from Wednesday, how cracking has this weather been? So good to see some sun. The river has been producing some impressive fish. Snuck up to Tewantin a few times this week and landed a few nice flathead and pennant fish. Also got a few pup jacks around Lake Doonella on the run-out. The river mouth was probably the standout on either tide with heaps of oversize flathead brought on board over the last week. The Woods Bays have been full of bait so there was plenty of surface action early in the morning. We picked up a few trevally and heaps of bream there this week. Got a few queenies this week in the deeper areas near the mouth as well as a heap of whiting using the longshank and some prawn. Pictured is Tom from country Victoria (below left) who caught and released this queenfish on Tuesday morning's charter."
|And above right, this one from Jimmy's Tuesday afternoon charter... "What about six year old Mason? I called last cast and, as just he started to retrieve his whitebait, this thumper fish grabbed it and took off. Mason did everything right and got this fish up to the side of the boat all by himself so I could get her in the net. Ended up going 77cm on the tape. He is pictured with his pop, John from Kingaroy. It was released after a quick photo. Cheers, Jimmy."
Good whiting and bream were active around the Dog Beach (along with jacks at night) and in the Frying Pan. From Sky Ross, Davo's Tackle World... "Hey Bill. With the stellar weather we had on Sunday how could we not wet a line? Zane (above) smashed both the whiting and bream using a combo of both live bait and hard body lures, bringing home a few of each species. It's fish for dinner tonight! He obviously takes after his mother. Tightlines, Sky."
Some big jacks were on the prowl around the river mouth rocks after dark. Live baits, strips of mullet and lures including Samaki Thumper Tail and Zerek Live Mullet got good results when worked slowly along the bottom, using heavier lines and leaders. Further up, giant trevally and big eye trevally were active in the current line and in the Woods Bays with quality tailor in amongst them. They were taking various prawn lures including the Squidgie Prawn Wrigglers, Fuse Triple Tails and Prawn Head plastics. Surface poppers and stickbaits worked around the Munna Point Bridge also got a good response. Mangrove jacks were on the bite at night in Weyba Creek and (along with GT's around dawn and dusk) around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin. Apart from that, the first ski run was good for school jewfish and trevally around first light and mud crabs were out and about in the stretch between the lakes.
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