As at Friday August 24, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week on the offshore scene. Sunday afternoon and Monday were a bit of a write-off with fresh to strong south westerlies making conditions unpleasant on the exposed reefs. Apart from that it was all systems go for the bluewater boys with light to moderate variable winds prevailing over a steadily decreasing swell. The fish were a bit more tentative on the bite, unfortunately, but those prepared to put in the time still managed a feed.
Once again, there were no reports from the out-wide reefs but we did get this D.I. report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip up to Double Island Point on Saturday. The conditions were great all day with glassy calm seas and little current. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish and cobia. Pictured above is Zeb with one of a number of cobia boated on our last spot before heading for home."
Late Mail: Cougar One fished D.I. on Tuesday and came back with some good cobia and snapper plus grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and amberjack.
On the middle reef belt, North Reef ran hot and cold but when it fired, produced some quality fish. Photo above sent in by proud mum Anissa Rigby... "Hi Bill. It was a beautiful fish and what a privilege. She's still so excited!"... "Hi. My name is Maeve. I'm 9 years old and from Peregian Beach. On Saturday I was out at North Reef with my family and dog. I caught this 73cm snapper on a squid and it was a very big fight and nearly pulled me out of the boat."
James Brown and Ethan Trower from Kuluin on the Sunshine Coast (above) fished North Reef on Sunday morning with Ethan's dad. There wasn't a lot happening as far as the reef fish were concerned but the morning was eventually saved when a school of cobia or black kingfish cruised through and savaged their squid baits, giving them a triple hookup. Job done, they headed for home with a short stop off at Davo's Tackle World for a quick pic.
|And we received this report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. After a very tough week we finally had a win on Thursday's five hour charter to North Reef. The weather was not quite what they predicted with a 15 to 18 knots southerly and a light southerly current but, regardless, we caught snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, and a some of the biggest Maori cod I have ever seen."|
|From closer in, this report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. We had a light westerly wind with very little current. We caught teraglin jewfish, moses perch, pearl perch, coral trout, venus tusk fish and Maori cod."|
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|COASTAL: This month's full moon phase got off to a ripper start with jewfish or mulloway on the bite at Peregian Beach and, together with good dart and chopper tailor, at Marcus Beach. From Peter McCrudden, below... "Hey Bill. Early morning beach session at Peregian Beach on Saturday. Managed to land this monster jewie on a beach worm. Went 104cm." Peter's very sandy but otherwise quality fish, which attracted plenty of comments and earned a lot of 'Likes' on our FaceBook Page, won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. By the way Peter, it looks like you could do with a new fishing shirt mate. Trade that one in at Davo's Tackle World before 6.00pm on Sunday night and get 40% off a new Tackle World Shirt.
Further north, Sunshine Beach was good for whiting and bream while across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, whiting and flathead were on the bite around Teewah township. The only other reports were from the top end where quality bream and the odd snapper were active in close off the D.I. rocks.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We've had some nice whiting in the Frying Pan and river mouth on the run out tide this week. Live yabbies have been the most successful bait to target them. There's still good size bream and the odd tarwhine hanging around both the Woods Bays with golden trevally also being caught on the current line. Around the Coast Guard we saw some good flathead and goldens, as well as a couple bust offs we encountered. Moving along Gympie Terrace... plenty of bream around most structures. Also some good flathead from Tewantin to as far as the first lake. Pictured (below right) is Pat Dalton from Victoria with his 53cm flathead which he caught on a whitebait around Tewantin and (below left) young Freddy from the U.K. with a 39cm bream which he caught and released near the river mouth on a prawn bait"
The Dog Beach and Frying areas were also good for flathead this week while the deep hole off the Sand Bags produced tailor around the change of tides, as did the inner Woods Bay. As already mentioned, golden trevally were on the prowl along the Munna Beach stretch. Bill Crosbie from Ballarat in Victoria (below) is currently staying at the Noosa River Caravan Park and decided to have a fish off Munna Beach on Tuesday morning. A live yabby on a whiting hook was his bait and a bream or whiting more his target species but this 60cm golden trevally had other ideas. Made Bill's day I'm sure.
Weyba Creek was a good option for some quality whiting with small surface poppers and top water lures attracting most of the bigger fish. Lures that were working well include the Jackson EBI Panic 70mm and the Bassday Sugapen 58mm. Further up. there were plenty of golden trevally along the north side of the Noosaville stretch as Jai Aughton found... "Hey Bill. I took my brother out on Wednesday and in the space of an hour we ended up with five golden trevally (52cm to 69cm as below) and a nice 66cm flathead. All caught on different model Atomic Hardz Shiners. All were released! Thanks, Jai."
|Above Tewantin, school jewfish were on the bite in the first ski run while flathead were active around Makepeace Island and the top of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, mangrove jacks were out and about after dark between the lakes, taking a wide range of live and dead baits, fresh large prawns, live herring and live winter whiting. Best lures: Entice 4” Paddle Tails, Lucky Craft Pointers, Berkley Shimma Shad 100mm and River2Sea Flick Prawns.|
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