As at Friday December 15, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was pretty sloppy on the exposed reefs this week with moderate to fresh variable easterlies from Sunday through to Wednesday. Nothing serious, but just bad enough to make life uncomfortable for all but those with good sea legs and strong stomachs. When it was fishable, however, there were some excellent fish on the chew with a few late season snapper and the odd early season mahi mahi or dolphin fish making their presence felt.
Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Saturday in the most perfect conditions... WINNING!!. It was a TGO with a current to the south. We caught heaps of good tuskies, big hussar, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, amberjack, good snapper and a couple cracker dolphin fish." Pictured above is Alistair Ferrish from Toowoomba with one of the dollies and below, Tony speer from Mooloolaba with a knobby.
Also from that nine hour charter we have Brian Anthony from California (below) who was very happy with his standout dolphin fish and quality amberjack.
And then we have this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I. on Thursday. Conditions were good with ESE winds to 10 knots, no swell and just a slight current to the north. We caught snapper, cobia, saddletail sea perch, slate bream, moses perch, venus tusk fish and good mahi mahi." Garry Fraser from Brisbane, below, is pictured with one of the quality saddletails boated on that full day trip.
Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef produced red emperor, nannygai, pearl perch and gold spot cod while North Reef was good for coral trout and plenty of grass sweetlip to say the least. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall..."We fished North Reef on Friday. Conditions were good with light north easterly winds and a slight current to the north. We caught snapper, moses perch, hussar, coral trout, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish and grassy sweetlip." Cory Bradley from Cranbourne in Victoria and Joe Budimir from Brisbane, Queensland are pictured below with their trout.
|Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was a bit hit and miss with just the odd grass sweetlip, Maori cod, pearl perch, coral trout and small Spaniards in close.
There was still plenty of dirty water in Laguna Bay but the Hall's Reef murk line was always worth a shot. Seven year old Ryan Atkinson from Noosaville (above) has been dying to enter the Davo's/ChaseBaits 'Fish of the Week' Competition but didn't have what he considered to be a worthy entry until now. He hooked and boated this 52cm grass sweetlip on a Z-Man Coconut Ice soft plastic during a trip to Hall's Reef with his dad on Friday morning and couldn't wait to get to Davo's for a photo. Ryan's determined effort won him the $50.00 ChaseBaits Fish of the Week soft plastics package. Onya mate.
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|COASTAL: Flathead were out and about on the open beaches this week with Castaways and Sunshine beaches yielding a few good keepers. Sunshine Beach was also good for whiting (near the surf club) and the odd chopper tailor off the rocks at the northern end. Further up from there, Lion Rock at the southern end of Alexandra Bay was the spot for more tailor and the odd yellowtail kingfish while around the corner, Dolphin Point yielded trevally, quality bream, chopper tailor and yellowtail kingfish. First Point was another option for chopper tailor as was the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore. Flathead and whiting were also on the bite there. Further north, the waters opposite Teewah township held whiting, bream and dart.
ESTUARY: The estuary was still a dark coffee colour, courtesy of the recent rains, but the bread and butter species weren't deterred in the least. Bream and flathead were out in numbers from the Woods Point to the river mouth and there were plenty of shovel nose rays in the mix, making life interesting.
|And the odd Mangrove jack was on the prowl as well. From Ethan Cooke, above right... "45cm mangrove jack. Caught in the lower estuary on Tuesday morning on a prawn bait. Put up a good fight. It was towing us along in the boat." Plus this from Paul Fox... "Hi Guys. Thought this beauty might be a contender for fish of the week! My son Morrison from Peregian Beach (above left) is a mad keen angler and he picked up this nice lizard on Saturday morning in the 'Sand Bags' area of the lower estuary. We got up at 4am and were amongst it by 4:30am; he is keen. It was 50cm and caught on a live herring." Eight year old Morrison's lizard (and his cool dude hat) won him the $50.00 store credit part of the Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Golden trevally and long nose trevally were active around the current line and, together with flathead, bream, tarpon, grunter and school jewfish in the Woods Bays. Heidi from South Africa (above) caught and released this 55cm flathead there on a prawn on Wednesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
School jewfish and trevally were also chasing soft plastics and live baits in the Munna Point/Culgoa Point area around first light. From Gavin Christison... "Hi guys. Thanks for the good advice. Here's a pic of the 45cm trevally my son Aiden (above) caught on Sunday morning on a soft vibe. Cheers, Gavin."
|And from Shayne Hamlin... "Thirteen year old Heath Hamlin from Tewantin (above left) had a great weekend on the river. On Saturday afternoon he caught a 50cm golden trevally on a live biddy in the lower estuary and on Sunday afternoon he boated a 40cm javelin fish further upriver using a live yabby. Both fish released after a quick pic." And this from Zachary Walpole, above right.. "Hi. I was flicking a few lures in upper Weyba Creek on Sunday and picked up this fat 33cm bream on a Lively Lure Micro Mullet in Grey Ghost. Thought it was a jack because of how many I have seen chasing mullet."
And, let's not forget the muddies. From Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World, above... "Hi Everyone. It seems like the wet season is upon us, and so are the crabs. With offshore conditions tricky, we decided to grab a feed of crabs before the crowds arrived. My mate Don and myself set four pots each in the system last week, but captured only jennies and loads of smaller crabs. This week we loaded our pots with mullet frames which we have just got into stock. Thats the secret with crabs, fresh bait every day, but not too much!! The frames are perfect….. We did just that this week and came up trumps with bucks galore. Four keepers, but so many just under !!!, Good stocks for next moon. Cheers, Chicko."
At Tewantin, flathead were going for pillies and prawns opposite the Council Chambers while bream, javelin fish and whiting were active in the ski runs.
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