As at Friday July 6, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: As they say.. "It's deja vu all over again". It was a third win in a row for the weekend warriors. The strong southerly winds closed the offshore gates on Tuesday and Wednesday but there were few, if any, complaints, with some excellent snapper action coming from the middle reef belt outwards.
Double Island Point turned on the charm (again) with a wide range of species on the bite and some standout reef fish taking all manner of baits, jigs and plastics. Dean Beeson (above) and his son Jack had a ball there on Friday night and Saturday morning, bagging out on quality pearl perch and topping that off with knobby snapper, a few diamond trevally to 85cm (released) and a 15kg cobia. They got most of their fish on 80gm Shimano Colt Sniper jigs.
|Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots from the south east and light southerly current. We started strong by landing a cobia before the first rod was baited. We also caught longtail tuna, moses perch, big venus tusk fish, grassie sweetlip, coral bream, amberjack and an awesome feed of snapper." Pictured above, from that nine hour charter, we have Reece Crofts from Maryborough, Queensland with a knobby snapper and amberjack and Josh Dixon from Mansfield, Queensland with an absolute thumper venus tusk fish.
And the lads from Wild Thing 2 did it all again the following day... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. again on Monday. Wind was about 15 to 20 knots from the south with a northerly current. We caught moses perch, gold spot estuary cod, slatie bream, frypan snapper, some cracker knobby snapper and a couple of beautiful scarlets." Pictured above, from that charter, is Oliver Edmonds from Ivanhoe in Victoria with a nice scarlet sea perch and snapper. While below we have skipper Paul Glover with a quality knobby snapper and Cailem McNab from Tewantin with a gold spot cod and scarlet sea perch.
|And this report and photo (below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Saturday. Conditions were great with little to no wind or current all day. We caught moses perch, hussar, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, sweetlip and snapper."|
|The snapper were well and truly on the bite at The Hards while North Reef produced a good mixed bag. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Sunday. Conditions were great with a light southerly breeze. No current. We caught moses perch, hussar, Maori cod, pearl perch, grass sweetlip and cobia. Pictured (above right) is Brayden Hoare with a nice lipper and a thumper moses perch."
And Darryl Wendery (above) and his mate Ben got onto the snapper at North Reef around first light on Sunday morning and were ready to pull the pick after a couple of hours of frantic activity. All their fish, by the way, went for pilchards and strip baits. Darryl's standout; a 7kg knobby snapper with a head that only a mother could love, won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was good for coral trout, sweetlip, squire, tusk fish and Maori cod while in Laguna Bay, the Hall's Reef stretch yielded broad barred mackerel, cobia and sweetlip. Lightly weighted paternosters and small jerk shad type soft plastics like the Entice 5” Twitcher worked well, as did whole floated pilchards in a berley trail.
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|COASTAL: Dart were still out and about in good numbers on the open beaches with some quality fish coming from Sunrise and Sunshine Beaches. For those anglers chasing a feed of whiting or flathead, Castaways Beach was worth a look, as was the river mouth rock groyne beach. In between, garfish were on the bite around Granite Bay. The only reports from the North Shore were of tailor (to 50cm) on the prowl from Teewah to Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Bream and flathead were the bread and butter species at the river mouth while the luderick made themselves scarce. Better tides towards the end of the week saw them come back on the chew though. I got a text from John 'Cobby' Cobb (below) about an hour after low tide on Thursday morning to say he had four luderick in the net and was going strong at the river mouth. I popped down about forty five minutes later but they'd gone off the bite. Ah well, always another day. Hopefully get some more video footage on the weekend. Got a photo of Cobby presenting two of his fish to good effect.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The last week we've seen some nice fish, we've had our good days and our tough days. Still plenty of bream and tarwhine at the mouth, plenty of tailor in the Frying Pan among the few thousand mullet hanging about. The Woods current line is still pumping out goldens day after day. Some really good fish in that area at the moment. A couple of flathead and whiting along Gympie Terrace, and up in Tewantin is where we have seen our best flathead the last week as well as plenty of javelin fish kicking about. Pictured (below) is Jack Larney with a 56cm golden trevally. We were having a tough day on Monday and things weren't going his way for a couple hours until this golden struck his whitebait and off it ran. He fought well for about five minutes before Jack got him on board. Jack had a smile from ear to ear for the rest of the trip."
Further up, whiting were biting in the Frying Pan shallows and in the Woods Bays. Fish of the Week entry from Patrick Butler... "My nine year old boy Darcy (below left) ) caught this 37cm whiting on a whitebait on Tuesday morning. It was around 10.00am, out the front of the Noosa Harbour Resort."
|The Current Line and Munna Point area continued to produce good golden and diamond trevally while around the Munna Point Bridge the tailor were holding deep. Soft plastics and floated baits were good on the tailor, as as were cast Halco Twisties and Arma metal slugs. Quality bream were in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch with lots of mid 30's fish reported. Toine Timmermans (above right) decided to go for a fish on Gympie Terrace on Saturday afternoon but without any fresh bait on hand, grabbed a rasher of bacon from the fridge. This 36cm bream thought a slice of it looked the goods and, consequently, ended up on the hook and destined for the dinner table. A few golden trevally were active in that area as well.
Up around Tewantin, the first ski run was a good option for school (soapy) jewfish and the odd diamond trevally. Fish of the Week entry from Michael Lever... "Hi guys. My girlfriend Meagan (above) caught this stonker 60cm Diamond Trevally on Tuesday morning at Tewantin. She was using a Squidgie Prawn soft plastic and hooked up on the first drift. After a good fight, she managed to land it and get a photo before releasing it. Cheers, Michael."
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald: Bass have been schooling up around the deeper drop offs out from the weedy bank edges. Surface walkers, 1/4oz spinnerbaits and Hot Bite Gang Banger G2 lures worked well in these areas early morning and late afternoon.
Lake Borumba: Saratoga and bass being caught in on surface walkers and Bassman spinnerbaits. Lures: Cultiva ZipnZiggy and Lucky Craft Sammy 65. Smaller spinner baits cast into weed edges and worked back working very well. Small plastics in the 2.5-3” size working well in both areas.
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