As at Friday February 17, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a patchy one for the offshore brigade this week. A solid easterly swell shut the bar on Friday and caused a few problem for some of the smaller boats on Saturday. One serious flip-over occurred half an hour before daylight but fortunately none of the three POB were injured. The 5m+ fiberglass centre console (see below) was a complete write off. We then had a couple more days of light to moderate south easterlies before it was back to 15 to 20 knot+ winds and 2m+ seas and swells. Pretty much two days on, two days off, make hay while the sun shines conditions with all systems then green lighted from Thursday onwards.
Probably one of the least exciting weeks on the local reefs for the last few months. No extended trips up D.I. way. Out wide it was pretty skinny with just plate size fish on the bite. Our only report was from The Hards where hussar, squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish and just legal size mahi mahi or dolphin fish were active.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef produced jewfish or mulloway, grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod and, on trolled Rapala X-Rap Mag 20's, mahi mahi. Further south, Chardon's Reef was the spot for wahoo and Spanish mackerel, as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus there of coral trout, cobia (on pilchard floaters), the odd spotted mackerel, grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch and venus tusk fish. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish...
"Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning. Conditions were good with light nor' west winds early and much less swell than yesterday. The fishing was awesome. We caught Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, venus tusk fish and almost bagged out on pearl perch." Pictured from that trip we have Garth Lindemann from Brisbane (above) with the day's standout (14kg est.) Spanish mackerel and Grant from Brisbane (below left) with a good size venus tusk fish.
|In Laguna Bay, the mack tuna (and the odd small bluefin) were on the move throughout the bay, going for cast metal slugs like the Halco Twisties while the Spanish mackerel were responding well to trolled skirted fish baits and hard body lures like the Halco Laser Pro and Samaki Pacemaker at Halls Reef and around Jew Shoal. Above right? Video footage from the other week of young Matt Creeley in a tussle with a Spaniard while Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World talks him through it.|
|COASTAL: The surf beaches took a bit of a hammering on and off this week but when conditions permitted, whiting were biting at Marcus each and quality dart were active at Sunshine Beach. Live worms got most of the attention there. When the swell wasn't pounding, tailor were responding to whole pilchards and bonito fillets after dark at the northern end of Sunshine Beach while on Main Beach, when conditions permitted, there were lots of just legal size whiting feeding around the middle groyne towards low tide. On the North Shore, whiting were biting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the run-out tide and, together with dart (and small tailor around dusk) a few kliks north or Teewah township. Apart from that, tailor were active at the Third Cutting and whiting and flathead were on the bite up at the top end.
ESTUARY: The river mouth worked well for the bread and butter species this week with flathead (on live baits and soft plastics), bream and whiting biting at the river mouth during the day and the odd school jewfish active near the car park rocks between dusk and dawn. Bream, flathead were responding well to whole fish baits and prawns in the Frying Pan while whiting were active in the shallows there around the top of tide and going for surface lures such as the Strada viral 70's and Bassday Sugapen 70f's. Golden trevally were on the move from 'The Pan' to the Woods Bays where they were joined by small GT's, big eye trevally, bream and javelin fish.
|Report and photos from proud father Nick Brault, below... "Hi Bill. Just wanted to share these pix of my three year old son Jackson's first time live baiting. Fishing in Woods Bay he picked up this stonker 48cm grunter on his 1kg set up. Was an epic battle and he loved every minute. A couple quick photos and was released to fight another day. Cheers Bill, Nick." Jackson's great effort and quality catch and release just had to be rewarded with this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the back of The Sound. Soft plastics such as the Z-Man 4" and 6" PaddlerZ worked slowly in the deeper holes were getting some good fish in the late afternoon and night. Fresh mullet strips and live fish baits also worked well. From local angler Jackson Ross, below left... "Hi Bill. Photo of a 55cm jack I caught on Saturday night on a live bait in the lower reaches of the Noosa River. Lost a heap more. Plenty of unstoppables out there. Cheers, Jackson."
|At Tewantin, trevally (GT's and big eyes) were taking live baits and surface lures like the Fish Candy Baby Bells and Storm Chug Bugs. The waters near the Council Chambers around first light were a good option, while along the ski runs the standouts were bream and flathead. Nick Arnold from Peregian Beach (above) boated this 55cm flathead around the Tewantin ski run on Wednesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait. In the upper reaches, trolled lures like the Bagley Rumble B's and Jackall Squirrel 79SP's worked well for mangrove jacks and the odd threadfin salmon, especially around structure and the rock bars.|
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