As at Friday August 4, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: We had almost perfect conditions on the local reefs this week with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds, blue skies and a nominal 1.0-1.2m swell. To top that off, the bar was pretty much 'flat as' on most days (although difficult to get to around low tide) and the snapper were on the bite.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks was a popular destination. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Fished The Banks on Friday in great conditions. Wind about 5 to 10 knots with a 1 knot current to the south. Had a cracking day. Bagged out on snapper. Also caught hussar, moses perch, pearl perch, gold band snapper, frying pan snapper and venus tusk fish." From that charter we have Les Knight from Carseldine (above) with a quality venus tusk fish and Gary Fraser from Zillmere Heights (below left) and Dean Adams from Tinbeerwah (below right), each with a quality snapper.
|And this report and pix from Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery... "We ran a seven hour charter to The Banks on Sunday. Conditions were good with 10 knot north westerly winds and a low current to the south. We caught snapper, pearl perch, hussar, frying pan snapper, venus tuskers, coral bream and moses perch. Pictured (below left) is Dennis Boyd, Melbourne with a snapper and pearl perch and Mick Barry from Lutwyche (below right) with a nice snapper."|
|Closer in on the middle reef belt, North Reef was good for snapper, cobia, the odd scarlet sea perch and some good size pearl perch and moses perch.
From Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "HI all. This would be the most amazing patch of weather with abundant fish action. I must be going Mad!!! When I was commercial fishing it was mountains of selected baits, heavy gear, thick monofilament, catch 'n' sell, Get this!!… Sunday's adventure sees me going to North Reef, taking No bait!!! Light spinning rod , super thin braid, attached to a soft plastic and landing large snapper and pearlies. But the strange bit is! That it's tag and release. What's happening to me? Three bonus tips here (1) No mess, (2) No grinners,(3) I just found a magic plastic that works out of this world !! I've just made sure that Davo's have got heaps, because these are the Holy Grail, The picture above shows my mate Finn Bowe from Toowoomba holding a perfect pearl perch. Conditions: light current to the south, N/E sea breeze, bar no swell , but super shallow. Cheers, Chicko."
And there were still a few cobia on the prowl at Sunshine Reef. Emma Smith from Noosaville (above) fished Sunshine on Sunday night and around 7.30pm (around the bottom of the tide) hooked up with this 15kg cobia. It hit her half yellowtail pike bait so hard it nearly pulled her in on its first run.
|Last but not least, this report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine on Wednesday. Conditions were light southerly breeze with a current running quite hard to the south. We caught coral trout, small snapper, tusk fish, grass sweetlip and lots of pearl perch. Pictured (above) is super deckie Matty McCallum with two pearlies he got in one drop and Craig from Melbourne with a nice coral trout. Cheers."|
|COASTAL: The bread and butter species were out and about on the local surf beaches this week with good reports of bream, whiting and flathead on the bite just south of Coolum and at Peregian Beach. Further north, garfish were back, schooling in numbers in Granite Bay on the National Park headland. On the Noosa North Shore, bream and tarwhine were in good numbers and well spread along Teewah Beach while whiting (30cm-32cm) were going for live beach worms between Teewah township and the Camping Grounds. Chopper tailor and school jewfish (to 60cm) were active at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was quiet this week with just the odd bream and flathead going for prawns, small fish baits and mullet flesh during the day.
Further up, golden trevally were going for Power Bait Minnows and fish baits along the Woods Point current line and, together with tarwhine, flathead, whiting and bream, in the Woods Bays. Steven Holmes (above) caught this 70cm golden there on Thursday morning. It went for a whole pilchard floater.
| After dark there were reports of quality mangrove jacks in that stretch of water as well. From local angler Tom Emanuel, above left... "Hey Bill. We fished the Woods Bays on Sunday afternoon. Pretty slow afternoon but managed to get into this 50cm jack just after dark. My mate also dropped what we think was a solid trev which unfortunately wrapped him around a moored boat. Fishing the Squidgy Prawn on 8lb leader and main line. Cheers, Tom." And Cliff Grey from Rosebud in Victoria, above right, has been working his corner at Munna Beach this week for flathead, bream and even the odd grinner.
Weyba Creek was unusually quiet with just a few bream and flathead on the chew, but with the odd tailor (to 3kg) in the mix to make things interesting.
Most of the action this week, however, was from up around Tewantin where tailor, trevally, bream and quality flathead were in good numbers. Check out the thumper greenback in the photo above! Jack Townsend from Eumundi picked up this snodger 5kg, 76cm tailor at the start of the incoming tide there on Monday morning. This fish, and two other smaller (3kg est.) specimens, went for a trolled Gold Bomber hard body lure. As you would know, this is an exceptional fish for the estuary and as such is well deserving of this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
|Noosa River Fishing Safaris got great results in that stretch of water this week. Les Szonyi from Sunrise Beach (above left) is pictured with a 74cm flathead and Josh Sawtell from West Australia (above right) boated a 78cm flathead there on Sunday's charter. Both fish were released after a quick pic.
And this report from Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Pic from Tuesday morning of Michael Spoor from Melbourne (above) with a 75cm and 65cm flathead. Both caught and released in the ski run at Tewantin." Apart from that, bream and flathead were on the bite around Lake Cooroibah.
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