As at Friday April 27, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Holy mackerel!!! Laguna Bay exploded into life this week with spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, mack tuna, yellowfin tuna and bonito hammering the bait schools without stop from Tuesday onwards. It's been a while since we've seen this sort of collective pelagic activity, but to have it peak right on Anzac Day, with almost perfect weather, was every angler's dream. The bay, naturally, was full of boats of all shapes and sizes.
From Alex Cameron... "Hey there. Thought I might enter the competition! This is a photo (above) of my girlfriend Beccie I took on Wednesday morning out of Noosa. We had been out chasing the schools of mackerel and after landing some myself, Beccie decided she'd like to have a go herself and didn't take long and she had hooked and landed her first one ever, all on her own!! We were using very light gear with tiny metal slugs. Cheers from Alex."
|Mason and Hardy Lavelle (above) were just one of many boaties working Laguna Bay on Wednesday morning when the spotted mackerel came on the chew in numbers. Like many, they bagged out and were back home in time for lunch. They got all their fish on cast metal slug lures. And Aaron Thorley (above right) was another angler who bagged out on spotties on Wednesday. He got most of his by casting surface lures at the boils near Jew Shoal.
Local lad Gus Anderssen is pictured above with a 6kg longtail tuna which he boated at Hall's Reef around 9.00am on Sunday morning. It went for a cast metal slug lure. That's a good fish for a young fella. Good enough, in fact, to win Gus this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
We also received this report from Jake Garlick, Breakaway Marine... "Hey Bill. Fished Halls Reef on Saturday morning with my mate Dale and we bagged out on grass sweetlip with the biggest one going 58cm. Also got spotted mackerel and snapper. All on the ever reliable pilchard floaters. Cheers, Jake."
There was nothing wrong with Sunshine Reef either. As per this report from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini.. "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Friday afternoon. Conditions were quite pleasant once anchored. The fishing was pretty steady throughout the trip. We caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, gold spot cod, snapper and moses perch." And Scott Davis from Brisbane (above) launched his fishing kayak from Sunshine Beach on Wednesday morning and trolled Sunshine Reef with whole sauri baits. He did well, too, considering the area was chokka block with boats, coming back with two yellowfin tuna, one longtail tuna (which took a slimy mackerel bait) and this quality 13kg, 1.3m Spanish mackerel.
|Further south, the often overlooked Arkwright Shoal wasn't to be sneezed at either. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Coolum on Wednesday in perfect conditions; 5 knot variable winds and no current. After getting smashed a few times we finally landed a nice yellowtail kingfish. We also caught tusk fish, moses perch, grass sweetlip, hussar, coral trout and some beautiful pearl perch." From that charter, above left we have Ewan Gallagher from Adelaide with a nice coral trout and, above right, James Scott from Toowoomba with a quality yellowtail kingfish.|
|From the middle reef belt: Two reports and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We fished North on Sunday on a seven hour charter. It was a bit lumpy but the fish were biting. We caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod (above right), pearl perch, cobia, snapper, longtail tuna, spotted mackerel and moses perch." And from Tuesday... "Conditions were still lumpy and the current was up but the fish were on the chew. We caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, pearl perch, cobia, mack tuna, spotty mackerel, moses perch and this cracking nannygai which Patrick Green (above left) is pictured with."
And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday. Wind was meant to be 10 to 15 not 15 to 25. No current. We caught venus tusk fish, gold spot cod, moses perch to 50 cm, coral bream and as per Wayne Colland's standout fish (above), lots of quality jewfish.
Out wide at The Hards and Barwon Banks the catch was snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish and gold band snapper. A few big AJ’s were smashing jigs and breaking rods there too. Double Island Point was good for tusk fish, pearl perch, gold spot cod, sweetlip, moses perch, Maori cod and Spanish mackerel.
Note: The Davo's Social Fishing Competition is on this weekend with some great prizes and in store deals on offer. Gotta be in it to win it.
|COASTAL: The surf beaches were certainly worth a look this week with the latter half being the standout. On the south side, whiting were on the bite from Peregian to the northern end of Sunshine Beach with bream and flathead an added bonus. On the National Park headland, bream, chopper tailor and school jewfish were active around the Fairy Pools while across the bay, Double Island Point produced bream, kingfish, flathead, dart, mackerel and tarwhine off the rocks. Stick baits worked for the YTK's and the mackerel. The others were going for live worms, fresh mullet and bonito strip baits.
ESTUARY: Bream and whiting were biting at the river mouth, the Dog Beach and the Frying Pan. Bream were responding to fresh mullet strips, whitebait, squid and prawns. Whiting were being caught on beach worms on No.2 blood worm hooks and 6lb leader while additional red tubing added to the strike rate there. There were also good flathead on the run-out. Gladiator Prawns and River2Sea Flick Prawns fished deep and slow have been working well.
|Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... Hey Bill. Had some pretty nice days this last week with Tuesday being the standout. Tewantin is producing nice sized flathead and trevally around the ski runs and the lakes, with whiting in the more shallow areas. The river mouth has been full of bream, whiting, flathead, trevally and queenfish. Heaps of bait around the woods bays and Coast Guard in the early morning so it’s best to get out early before all the boat traffic starts. We were still lucky enough to grab some pretty good fish any time of the day. We also saw quite a few tailor between Tewantin and the mouth so good to see they are coming on the bite in most parts of the river. Pictured (above left) is Madeline from Sydney who boated a mid 60’s Dusky in the lower estuary on Monday morning's charter. It went for a whole whitebait." And from Sky Ross, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Bill. The boys had a flick with some ChaseBaits on Wednesday, landing a few flathead and trevally. Pictured (above right) is Zane with his 55cm flathead."
|Flathead were also active opposite the Sand Bags (as were trevally and tailor around first light) while GT's, tailor and queenfish were on the prowl along the current line and in the outer Woods Bay. From Josh Wessling, above right... "Took my dad and little brother flathead fishing and my little brother showed me up with this nice flatty trolling a Micro Mullet hard body." And this detailed report from Mitch Neuwirth, above left... "Hey Bill. I was fishing the end of the runout tide along the current line last Saturday arvo, flicking a 3 inch Keitech easy Shiner when something huge smashed it. The runs were pulling metres and metres of line out, midway through the fight the fish jumped several times and that was when I realised it was a solid queenfish. After about 10 minutes I finally landed it, took a few photos (it was as tired as me) then released it. She hit my PB going 65cm and I'll always remember those jumps! I had a great day out there in the Noosa Fishheadz Comp and took out best fish award." Weyba Creek was also good for flathead (lots around in the lower estuary this week) as were the waters opposite the Council Chambers up at Tewantin. Queenfish were on the feed there early in the morning. Apart from that, school jewfish were reported near Makepeace Island and mangrove jacks were going for live baits and mullet strips between the lakes.|
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