As at Friday June 30, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Wow! Light variable (5 to 15 knot) winds, a nominal swell and little or no current on the reefs. Ideal winter weather and classic winter fishing. It doesn't get better than that. A great mix of quality reef fish and pelagics made up the catch this week. As they say... 'you wouldn't be dead for quids'.
We're not trying to guild the lily but as an added bonus the bar crossing was flat on most days (CLICK HERE for the latest aerial drone videos clips as at Saturday June 24) and all manner of boats were able to cross and make the most of the first week of the school holidays. Under the circumstances, all reef locations were on the agenda and the Barwon Banks were certainly worth the effort. Dean Beeson and his uncle Walt (above) fished The Banks on Wednesday and came back with five snapper, five good size hussar and half a dozen quality venus tusk fish. All fish went for fresh Davo's mullet fillets. Conditions were good with little or no current. Other species on the bite out there were coronation trout, coral trout, gold spot cod and gold spot wrasse.
Double Island Point, though, was the main producer with all manner of fish on the bite, in numbers, in close and out wide. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover..."We fished D.I. on Tuesday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots south to easterly. No current. We got our bag of good moses perch, plus squire, tuskies, hussar, spangled emperor and had a mad session on jewies." Max Grant from Pacific Pines (above) with the standout jewfish.
And the next day... "We fished D.I. again on Wednesday. Winds were 15 knots variable easterly. No current. We boated yellowfin tuna, gold spot wrasse, moses perch, hussar, iron jaw jobfish, pearl perch, spangled emperor and lots of good tuskies." Chayse Tilley from Mackay (above) with a nice yellowfin.
|And Cougar One boated some big reds on the weekend. Report and photos from skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a full day at Double Island Point on Saturday. Conditions were a stiff ten knots west wind. We caught red emperor, heaps of huge tusk fish, pearl perch and snapper. Pictured above we have Bruce Willmott from Brisbane with our standout red emperor and Michael Stover from Brisbane with another (almost equally) good red.|
|Not to be left out, Trekka 2 ran a couple of trips to D.I. over the weekend too. Report and photos from deckie Will Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Saturday. Conditions were great with 10 knot north westerly winds and low current running north. We boated hussar, pearl perch, coronation trout, rainbow runner, venus tusk fish, trevally and northern blue fin tuna. Pictured above left is Jason English from Kandanga with his coronation trout. Cheers, Will." And on Sunday... "Conditions were beautiful with 5 knot south easterly winds and no current at all. We got a good feed of pearl perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, hussar, red emperor (above right), yellowfin tuna, northern bluefin tuna, gold spot wrasse and Maori cod."
Other species on the bite in that area this week were Maori cod, amberjack, coral bream, goat fish, grass sweetlip cobia and the odd scarlet sea perch.
Back on the middle reef belt, North Reef was good for moses perch, squire, snapper, coral bream, pearl perch, small mouth nannygai, cobia, jewfish and scarlet sea perch. Report and photos from local angler Dave Reynolds, above... "Hey Bill. Fished North Reef on Monday morning with a couple of mates. Conditions were good to almost glassy with 5 knot north westerly winds and little or no current. First fish boated was a solid 75cm snapper followed by four jewfish, biggest was 105cm, plus a few cobia around the 80cm mark. All on pilchards and soft plastics. Back in by 11am. Not a bad morning."
And Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a few pick drops, especially as far as the smaller boats were concerned. Heading the capture list were: moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, slaties, coral bream, monocle bream, pearl perch, cobia, snapper, dark tail sea perch and Maori cod. Local angler Craig Morley (above) worked his micro jigging magic at Sunshine on Friday morning and came back with this quality 13kg cobia. His jig? A Storm 40gm Micro.
There were also a few Spanish mackerel and cobia on the prowl in Laguna Bay. From local angler Dan Lever... "Hey Bill. My dad, Rodger (above left) landed this monster 16kg, 130cm Spanish not far off the headland on Friday morning and on Saturday I boated this nice snapper (above) in close on Sunshine Reef. Both went for pilchard floaters." This is the time of year when the snapper start to move in and the Spaniards move on to warmer waters. Dan and Rodger's combined 'crossover' captures earned them this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
|The young guns were out and about on the local reefs this week. To view some of their catches, simply click on the thumbnails above...|
|COASTAL: Near perfect conditions on the local surf beaches meant lots of people out and about swimming, surfing and, of course, fishing. Peregian Beach showed a bit more life this week with quality bream responding well to fresh mullet flesh and gut. Further up, Sunshine Beach was still good for whiting while the rocks at the northern end and around Hell's Gates produced mulloway, mostly on 7" Berkley Gulp soft plastics and mullet strips. There were also a few small snapper on the bite off the headland while back towards Main Beach, bream, whiting and tarwhine were active at Little Cove. Over on the Noosa North Shore the bream and whiting were well spread but not in great numbers while tailor were active after dark up towards the top end.
Aden Quinn from Sunshine Beach (above) and his dad fished Teewah Beach with live worms on Tuesday for legal size bream and this nice 31cm whiting.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was certainly good for the bread and butter species with bream in good numbers competing with the flathead and whiting for well presented baits. Dave and Michelle Thomas from Melbourne (below) are pictured with two of the three (56cm, 63cm and 65cm) flathead that they caught and released (on whole whitebaits) in the lower estuary (Woods Point to the river mouth) on Wednesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
No luderick action at the river mouth car park rocks which is a bit disappointing considering the strong start the previous week. Time will tell. Further up, bream and flathead were on the bite in the Frying Pan (as were blue swimmer crabs) and along the Munna Beach stretch where golden trevally also made their presence felt. Local angler Dal Wild (below) was fishing for bream and flathead just up from the Munna Beach boat ramp on Friday morning when this quality golden trevally tried (unsuccessfully) to run off with his mullet strip bait. The Woods Point saw some late night pelagic activity this week while the Woods Bays were worth a try for bream and flathead plus, on surface poppers, trevally (GT's, golden and diamond) around dawn and dusk.
Along from there, the Munna Point Bridge was still a good option for trevally on surface lures around first light while Weyba Creek yielded flathead and bream during the day. Upriver, whiting were responding well to live worms, yabbies and prawns along the north shore side of the Noosaville stretch.
|Tewantin fired well this week with bream, flathead, whiting, tailor, GT's and golden trevally reported around the Noosa Marina area and up through the ski runs. Chelsea from Mountain Creek (above left) caught and released this 63cm flathead there on Saturday while Andrew (above) caught a 62cm tailor and a 68cm flathead in the same stretch a couple of days later. The only other reports were of bream and javelin fish in Lake Cooroibah with a few flathead on the prowl there along the boat channel. There were also of few good mangrove jacks on the prowl in the stretch of water between the lakes.|
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