As at Friday March 2, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week for the offshore boys. Tuesday and Wednesday were rather ordinary but apart from that it was quite do-able with light to moderate variable easterlies the norm rather than the exception. The bar crossing got easier and approached glass out towards the end of the week and the more distant reefs were on the cards as the weather and reef conditions steadily improved. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Thursday. Wind was 0 to 5 knots. Current run to the south. We caught grass sweetlip , venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, snapper, moses perch, hussar, and coral bream. Pictured (below) is Adam Waite from Toowoomba with a nice grassy sweetlip."
And from the middle reef belt, more reports and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished North Reef on Monday. The wind was about five knots with a light current to the south. We caught tailor, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, grass sweetlip and (as below) a few gold spot cod."
And the day before... "We fished Chardon's and Sunshine reefs on Sunday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots. Light southerly current. We caught grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, spangled emperor and coral trout." Pictured below, Pauly D. from Dalby with a nice coral trout.
Chardon's Reef was also good for mahi mahi and Spanish mackerel but once again Sunshine Reef was the standout. Local angler Mark Arnall (below) fished there on Sunday for good snapper, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor and venus tusk fish. But on Monday morning he was on a mission, chasing a Spanish mackerel... and that's exactly what he got when this thumper 24kg specimen tried to run off, unsuccessfully, with one of his pilchard floaters.
And then we have two reports from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "With all the fresh water pouring out into the ocean, the reef fish are firing up. With Monday's forecast perfect I decided to take out my old compadre Davo (pictured below). Great conditions at Sunshine with a good mixed bag of squire, trout , Maori cod and sweetlip on offer. Very hard to see the channel with the run-off. Also the bar conditions are changing fast! Cheers, Chicko."
And next... "Another nice day on the water. Fished Sunshine on Thursday. Got a good mixed bag again including snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, cobia and cod. There were also lots of trout (see below) on the chew but many only came up in half!! Not fair as the heads aren't much chop Here's a pic of a double header. Cheers, Chicko." And this from Lachlan Riley, below right... "Hey Bill. Went chasing tuna on Thursday and got plenty around Sunshine. Then decided on a reef fish so dropped down the 12lb outfit and got belted. After a good solid 45 to an hour fight finally got it in the boat. So stoked!"
|In Laguna Bay, the Hall's Reef stretch produced cobia, grass sweetlip, mack tuna and northern bluefin tuna while Jew Shoal yielded the odd Spaniard.|
|COASTAL: Nice conditions on the open beaches this week but not a lot of feedback from the southern stretch. The National Park headland was worth the effort though, with GT's and dart on the prowl from the Fairy Pools to Hells Gates. Squire were on the bite off Dolphin Point after dark in the latter part of the week. On the North Shore, whiting were biting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and, together with the odd flathead, around Teewah township.
ESTUARY: The bread and butter species were in numbers and very hungry in the lower estuary around top of the tide with flathead (plenty of juveniles), quality bream and thumper whiting chasing live yabbies, prawns and fresh mullet baits. Doug Manton (below) boated this 38cm bream, and a few others, down towards the mouth on Tuesday. He hit the jackpot as well when his fish took out this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Once the cleaner water moved back into the river the fish have started turning on again. We've caught trevally, jewfish, bream, flathead, queenfish and whiting in the lower estuary the last week. Plenty of moses perch and large bream around Lake Doonella and some nice flathead up near the ski run. Got busted off quite a few times around The Sound by either cod or jack couldn't really tell. After the moon on Friday the fishing should be spectacular once the tides slow down. Pictured (below inset) is Steve from Melbourne. He caught and released this 70cm flathead on Friday’s charter. And Lucas from Noosa with the 46cm, 'soapy' jewfish. Also released. Both on prawns."
The mangrove jacks were out in numbers after dark from the river mouth to the Woods Bays, around the back of Noosa Sound and lower Weyba Creek while there were a few keeper mud crabs taken up towards Weyba Lake. Also this from Andrew McCarthy, below... "Hi Bill. Cory and I fished the lower estuary on Saturday night and it was the night of the shovels. Plenty of them at Munna Bridge. These were the two best. All released. Cheers, Andrew."
The jacks were also out and about along the Gympie Terrace stretch while up around Tewantin the catch was flathead, moses perch and quality bream.
|The young guns were firing too. From Zachary Walpole, above... "Got this nice little jack on a live herring in Stumers Creek before the rain on Saturday. Went hard. Released after the photo. Cheers, Zac." And (above right) from Peter Spittal; "Hi Bill. Here's Parker's first Borumba saratoga. Caught Sunday afternoon in a small bay with water flooding into it. They were fired up. He caught it on his Samaki rod with 6lb Fireline and 10lb Vanish leader with a 3/8 oz Jackall spinner bait. His mission was to hook and land a beast and he did that. Mad high fives in the boat after a successful release. Regards, Peter"
FRESHWATER: Lake MacDonald... bass around the weed banks and up near the feeder creeks. Lots of Water flowing into the lake. Spinnerbaits and small hard bodies are working well, as well as 2.5” plastics including ChaseBait paddle tails and Fuze 55mm prawn heads on 1/6th jigheads.
Borumba Dam... is seriously full, lots of water flowing into the dam. Bass and saratoga in the bays and in the dead tree forest. The Yabba and Kingham arms are still fishing ok with some nice bass being taken on the surface. Tiemco Cicadas, Strada Zedia Walkers and Jackson Risk baits all working well.
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