As at Friday July 14, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore boys with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) westerly winds dominating over the weekend. A fresh to strong south easterly blow halted proceedings on Wednesday and Thursday but there were no complaints from those who'd already got out amongst the large numbers of cobia that were taking baits before they hit the bottom. The bar was good but the shallow lower estuary approach was a major headache.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks produced some quality snapper this week, along with cobia, venus tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch. It was the same at The Hards, but with the added bonus of red emperor in the mix to make it interesting. Over at Double Island Point the catch was pretty much average size reefies such as snapper, squire, venus tusk fish, slate bream, pearl perch, moses perch, iron jaw jobfish, coral bream and frying pan snapper plus the odd northern bluefin tuna. Along the middle reef belt, however, North Reef really fired up. Report and photo above from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. The conditions were light west winds with no current. We caught moses perch, cobia, snapper and heaps of flathead for some reason. Pictured above is Justin from Brisbane with an absolute horse of a cobia. This is by far the biggest cobia we have ever encountered. It bottomed out our thirty kilo scales like nothing, so we are unsure of the weight. Cheers, Theo."
And this report from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday. Wind was 5 knots from the west. We got some nice slate bream, moses perch and some good cobia." Adrian Rae from Sunrise Beach above, is pictured with one of two cobia he boated on that trip.
|And WT2 did it again the following day..."Hey mate. We fished North Reef again on Sunday. Wind was very light from the south west and no current. We had a ball with the fish having a good chew. We got plenty of good size cobia, some great pearlies, moses perch, slate bream, squire, Maori cod and grass sweetlip." Above left is Armond Thepemer from France with a thumper grassy and above right, Sam Proctor from Margate with a nice pearl perch
And Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish was back there on Sunday as well... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Sunday. Conditions: Light westerly winds early and dropping out to nothing in the afternoon with a slight current running south. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, small snapper, grass sweetlip and cobia. Above is Jim from Brisbane with our best cobia for the day and Tom from Gympie with our standout moses perch."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was another good performer this week. From local angler Geoff Stirzaker, above right..."G'day Bill. My mate Dan and I went out early on Saturday morning and fished a few marks not far from the headland. We caught a good feed. No monsters, but certainly enough to fill the esky. Caught grass sweetlip, squire/snapper to 55cm, moses perch and spangled emperor. All went for whole pilchards and yakka flesh floaters."
And from local angler Mark Greentree, above... "Hey Bill. Caught this 60cm trout on Sunshine Reef on Sunday arvo. It went for a whole pilchard floater on a 6/0 circle hook. Took some getting out of the reef. Also boated grass sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch and tusk fish. Awesome conditions for an arvo session. Cheers, Mark." Mark's quality fish and 'grinners are winners' smile won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|Above left, from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Wow. Sunday was a perfect forecast with load of boats venturing out. Monday it puffed up a little, but we fished on for good results. Conditions: 10 to 15 knots S/E winds slight south current. For only a few hours on the Sunshine Reef belt and a midday session it didn't take long to land several cobia, a pair of trout, tusk fish, Maori cod and grass sweetlip. The bar was shallow but mellow. My uncle John from Perth licking his lips with this snodger of an island trout!! Tonight it's his shout!!. Cheers, Chicko." And above right, Jason Kerr boated this 15kg cobia at Sunshine on Sunday. It went for a whole pilchard floater. Sunshine was also good for the odd Spanish mackerel, but that's another story.|
|There wasn't enough room on the page for all of the offshore pix this week. To view a few more, simply click on the thumbnails above...|
|COASTAL: The surf beaches were quite consistent this week with the stretch from Peregian to Coolum producing keeper size jewfish after dark. Further up, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was still a good option for bream and whiting in close while GT's were on the chew out from Lion Rock at the southern end of 'A' Bay. North of there, the National Park headland rocks produced the odd squire and juvenile yellowtail kingfish. From local angler Ben Lavender, below left... "Caught a little kingfish on Sunday afternoon on a Z-Man soft plastic just around the corner from the bay in my secret spot. Released after this quick pic." The Fairy Pools had the added bonus of quality tarwhine while Granite Bay still held garfish in good numbers. Across the bay along Teewah Beach, good gutters from Freshwater up yielded whiting, bream and flathead while the rocks at the top end were good for a few tailor.|
|ESTUARY: As you can see from the photos we had a mix of blue skies and drizzle but this certainly didn't slow the flathead down. They were out in numbers throughout the system with the river mouth being as good a place as any to target them. Steve Smith from Ferntree Gully in Melbourne (above) caught and released this 74cm lizard at the river mouth on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a lightly weighted, whole whitebait.|
|Bream were also active at the river mouth and, together with flathead, in The Frying Pan. Dan Martin from Melbourne (above left) caught and released a 60cm flathead at the mouth and then later did the same with this thumper 94cm specimen in 'The Pan'. He too was on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. And from Bryan Eaton... "Hello guys. My family and I took the boat out on Sunday to try our new motor. We fished the lower estuary and caught some great flathead. My wife Zoe (above right) caught this lunker flathead that measured 67cm! It went for a lightly weighted whole pilchard bait."|
|The Woods Point area worked well for the soft plastics and surface anglers with flathead, bream, trevally and tailor reported off the Sand Bags, along the current line and in the Woods Bays. Ash Baveystock from Sydney caught and released a 32cm and 38cm bream on whole prawn baits in the Woods Bays on Thursday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Small surface poppers accounted for a few whiting off the beach at Culgoa Point while further along, trevally were active around the back of the Sound and Weyba Creek was good for bream, whiting and flathead. Upriver at Tewantin, bream flathead and trevally were on the bite along the first ski run. Report and photo from Nic Brewer... "Hey guys. Fished the lower river on Wednesday morning. Caught a bunch of tailor on surface lures and plastics. Finished the morning at the ski run catching this 55cm GT on a squidgy prawn plastic. All fish were released. Sounded up plenty of bait in the area, my mate hooked another solid fish that we later dropped. Cheers, Nic."
And Steve Mazey from Bendigo in Victoria (above) caught and released three flathead (68cm, 70cm and 74cm) on three consecutive casts in that area while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Apart from that, whiting were responding well to small surface poppers in the shallows of Lake Cooroibah.
FRESHWATER: Borumba Dam fished well this week with bass, yellowbelly and saratoga caught. Red claw have also been caught in good numbers. This is unusual as they are pretty quiet at this time of year. The bays and upper reaches of the two main arms have also fished well with schools of fish holding in the shallower water. At Lake Macdonald, a lot of bass have been taken around the botanical gardens and in the north facing bays across from the dam wall. The upper reaches near the road bridges and in the skinny water also fished well for bass and saratoga on the surface.
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