As at Friday December 8, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: With the week dominated by mostly light to moderate (10 to 15 knot+) variable northerlies it was a bit sloppy on the exposed reefs at times, once again making life difficult for those in the smaller boats. The bar crossing was a tad gnarly and extremely murky as well. See video clips below...|
|There were no incidents reported but the murky water from the recent rains impacted on Laguna Bay and Sunshine Reef, forcing most anglers to target the middle reef belt and beyond. Double Island Point was certainly worth a look earlier in the week as you can see by this report from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I on Saturday. It was one of the best days fishing we've had in a while. Conditions were good with NE winds 10-15 knots, a 1.0m swell and sunshine. No current. We caught our first mahi mahi and Spanish mackerel for the summer season. We also caught frypan snapper, red emperor, saddletail sea perch, slate bream, moses perch, quality pearl perch, venus tusk fish and goldband snapper."
From that full day charter we have, above, skipper Brooke Wignall with a thumper goldband, Ish Patel from Rochedale South (below left) with a 67cm pearl perch and quality saddletail perch and, below right, Justin Hoskins from Woodridge with just a couple of the Spanish mackerel boated by the group.
|And Lachlan Alner from Fig Tree Pocket (below left) is pictured with the very first mahi mahi or dolphin fish of the summer season for the Trekka 2 crew.|
|Closer to home, North Reef continued to produce with cobia and grass sweetlip well and truly on the chew. This report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Friday. Wind was about 10 knots but the sea was very messed up. We had a great trip with plenty of good fish. We caught heaps of good grassy sweetlip, oval cod, grass tuskies and some great cobia." From that five hour charter we have Larissa Rodionov from Kellyville, New South Wales (above right) with a sweetlip and Brian Mellows from Melbourne (below) boated the standout cobia.
And below, also from that WT2 charter, from Kellyville in New South Wales, we have Tom Ransom with his cobia and Adam Ransom with an oval cod.
|And this report and photos below from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hi Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Wednesday. Cracking conditions... no wind and no current run. We caught pearl perch, snapper, scarlet sea perch, moses perch, red emperor, jewfish and gold spot cod."
Late Mail: Chicko from Davo's Tackle World fished Sunshine Reef on Thursday. He worked in close on the edge of the murk line and came back with a feed of reefies such as sweetlip, Maori cod, pearlies and tuskers but it was hard yakka. He also picked up his first spotty of the season on a live floater.
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|COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the open beaches apart from quality bream and the odd flathead active at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Just up from there, though, spotted mackerel were apparently in close around the rocks at the southern end of Alexandra Bay. The only other reports were of chopper tailor chasing cast slugs off Dolphin Point and The Boiling Pot and flathead on the run-out tide at the middle groyne on Main Beach.
ESTUARY: Just when you thought the river couldn't get any browner, it did. Dark and coffee coloured, the water didn't look very inviting and it was hard to imagine that there weren't a few large, toothy critters lurking there, especially in the low light periods. There were reports of unstoppable fish spooling reels and busting lines as they took off with strip baits and whole fish baits at the river mouth. And there were at least four reports of unattended rods disappearing into the murky depths as well. Oh, there were also a few bream, golden trevally and the odd thumper flathead on the prowl down there too.
|From Heath Robinson, above left... "Hey Mate. I managed to land this massive 87cm lizard on Saturday. With a head bigger than my hand I was lost for words and was absolutely pumped. I got her off the Woods Point Sand Bags while trolling an Atomic hard body lure. She was released and swam off after a couple of quick pictures. Thanks, Heath." And from Jake Marlow, above right... "Hi. I caught this 41cm golden trevally on a Wakasagi Keitech soft plastic near the river mouth on Saturday morning. The water was extremely dirty. About 4th cast with the Keitech I hooked up and was scared I was going to lose it to a tree in the water. I was stoked to get a golden. We got a quick photo and I released it as a really happy man. Best Regards, Jake."
Quality bream were active in the Frying Pan and, together with flathead, javelin fish, trevally and barracuda, in the Woods Bays. Michelle Thomas from Melbourne (above) caught and released this 80cm flathead on a prawn in the Woods Bays on Monday. She was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
While on Tuesday morning's NRFS charter, Anne Dean (above) caught and successfully released a barracuda using a whole whitebait as her draw card.
|The Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize was split between the young guns this week with the $50.00 store credit going to siblings Phoebe and Charlie Finlay, above left. Pix and report sent in by their mum, Katrina... "Hi Bill. Phoebe (9) and Charlie (6) popped into Davo's on Sunday, super excited to buy their new fishing rods. The guys set them up and showed them how to use them and recommended frozen prawns as bait. No sooner had they cast, than Charlie pulled in this beautiful bream that was just over 30cm. Much to the envy of the other kids who’d been there for quite a while! Not to be outdone, a little while later Phoebe nabbed the shovelnose - the biggest thing she’s ever caught! They are both convinced that their rods are ‘lucky rods’! You won’t catch them using anything else now. Both fish were released after a quick photo. Thanks so much guys! Katrina."
And Jazpa Housley, above right, won the $50.00 ChaseBaits soft plastics package with his entry... "Hi. I got this 50cm tarpon near the Sheraton Bridge on a Milk Flash ChaseBait soft plastic. I was so stoked to catch this. It jumped and I thought I was going to lose the fish because I had to jump a fence to go on a jetty to get it up. I got a photo and then released it. I was that happy. Thanks, Jazpa."
Apart from that, upriver at Tewantin the ski runs produced bream, javelin fish, flathead and, between dusk and dawn, jewfish and the odd mangrove jack.
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