As at Friday June 9, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a slow week for the offshore brigade with cool, moderate to fresh (and at times strong) variable southerlies dominating over the weekend and beyond. Conditions improved somewhat from Tuesday onwards but regardless, it was still pretty hard yakka on the local reefs.
Local angler Ian Kratz (above) put in the hard yards on a run to Double Island Point on Tuesday. Apart from a few pro boats he said he pretty much had the place to himself and during a long day he managed to boat a good feed of squire, pearl perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, mack tuna and the two nice coral trout that he's pictured with. Ian's hard work and colourful captures also won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And this report from the Barwon Banks from Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Bill. Did an overnighter to The Banks on Wednesday. Rough night. Waves breaking on the boat. Came in early next morning to get away from the smashing. Got a good mixed bag though. Mostly sweetlip with a few each of cod, tuskies, pearlies, snapper and a nice red emperor, which is what we went for. Sorry, no photos because of the sloppy conditions."
North Reef was relatively quiet this week with mostly plate size reefies such as squire, moses perch and pearl perch on the bite plus the odd jewfish to keep the faithful interested. Closer in, Sunshine Reef worked well for those with decent marks, producing jewfish, hussar, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch and Spanish flag. Gary Norris (above) fished Sunshine on Wednesday afternoon and night. There was lots of bait around and plenty of bite-offs after dark, which he put down to sharks, and then this mulloway or jewfish monstered one of his live yakka floaters and made it all worth while.
|Above? Since it's been a quiet week we thought we'd take the opportunity to squeeze in the video round-up of last month's standout offshore captures.|
|COASTAL: It was chilly on the local surf beaches but there's always somewhere out of the cool breeze. The northern end of Sunshine Beach was one of those spots which had the added bonus of whiting in numbers (going for live worms), quality bream (the first of the pilots) and, in the afternoon, some thumper dart. There were also a few jewfish on the prowl in that area after dark. Further north, the stretch from the Fairy Pools to Dolphin Point produced quality bream and, chasing the garfish now schooling in Granite Bay, tailor. The odd Spaniard was also seen smashing the gar with at least one land based (sight cast stick bait) hook-up reported. Reports from the North Shore were of tarwhine and tailor on the bite around first light just north of Teewah and, together with bream, flathead and whiting, up towards Double Island Point where most of the better surf gutters have been reported.
ESTUARY: The sharp drop in temperatures seems to have slowed things down in the estuary somewhat with just the odd flathead and bream reported on the bite at the river mouth. It won't be long now, however, before the first luderick start to show. It's just a question now as to where they'll be schooling and feeding now that their favoured haunt, the river mouth car park rocks stretch, is mostly a wide sandy beach now. Only time will tell.
Further up, the Frying Pan was good for tailor, bream and queenfish while the outer Woods Bay current line and the waters out from the Coast Guard jetties at Munna Point saw some solid activity from queenfish and golden trevally. Live fish baits and soft plastics have been working well in the deeper waters. Surface lures in the shallows. Christopher Gibb, above, caught and released a 57cm golden there on a Z-Man soft plastic on Sunday morning.
Trevally and queenfish were also active in the Woods Bays, as were the bigger bream with the jetty pylons yielding some quality fish in the lower light periods. Lures such as the Atomic Hardz Pop 50's, Strada Viral 70's and Duo Yurameki 48's have been getting good results, as have small fish baits, fresh mullet. The back of Noosa Sound and lower Weyba Creek were worth a shot for bream (on baits) and tailor on Sugapen and Strada Viral surface lures while the Munna Point Bridge area had GT's chasing surface lures around first light on the odd morning. Up at Tewantin, the Noosa Marina area and the first ski run produced bream, flathead, tailor and trevally. From Jye Daly, above... "Hi! Managed to get out on the water for a quick fish around lunchtime last Thursday. I was trolling my Maria MJ Twitch DD around the mangrove channels of the Tewantin stretch when this 80cm flathead picked up my lure. Using 4lb braid with 6lb leader on my 1000 Stradic, it was a very long and anxious fight with the fish until it finally glided into the net. This was my PB Noosa River Flathead and one that will be remembered forever. Was great watching the big breeder swim away after a few pics. Cheers."
FRESHWATER: Borumba Dam has produced some great bass this week. The fish are holding deep and this trend will continue as the cold weather develops. Try fishing the timber at the junction of the Yabba and Kingham arms. The deeper bays have also fished well with soft plastics fished deep and slow. The surface has been a bit quiet but saratoga are still being caught on subsurface lures fished in the upper reaches of each of the arms.
Lake Macdonald has had a few nice sized bass in the upper reaches near the Bird Hide and road bridges. Try and get to these areas early as the fish seem to go a bit quiet once the day gets on a bit. A few bass have been taken along the Bubble Trail and up around the Botanical Gardens. Hard body deep divers trolled slow along the drop-offs seem to be producing the goods.
From Leona Murphy... "Hi. Jed Murphy (above) was in at Davo's around midday on Saturday buying a Maritec fish gripper and some frozen prawns with a voucher he received for his birthday. A couple of hours later he caught this 33cm bass in Lake Macdonald, on a prawn bait, while fishing from his kayak." We decided that Jed should get an 'A' for effort plus two packets of ChaseBaits soft plastics (value $25.00) as a special birthday bonus.
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