As at Friday March 24, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: The weekend weather forecast was no better than a coin flip this week with local boaties and charter operators scrambling to re-schedule trips that had previously been cancelled due to the dire predictions. In a nutshell, though, it was mostly variable northerlies. Quite fishable when they were light. Sloppy and choppy when they morphed into the moderate to fresh range. No down days though and, although a bit untidy at times, the bar crossing held no nasty surprises this week.
The rain that we received (heavy at times but nowhere near the deluge foretold) did little to dampen the spirits of the offshore brigade with out-wide excursions locked in as the weather firmed. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Sunday. Wind was 10 knots from the north east. Current to the NNE. We got hussar, venus tusk fish, squire, moses perch, coral bream, gold spot and mahi mahi or dolphin fish." Rob Mitchell (above) and Arlie Mitchell (below) each boated a quality dolly on the nine hour charter while Ross Smith from Tea Gardens in New South Wales (below) nailed a gold spot cod.
|And the day before, WT2 targeted the Barwon Banks... "We fished The Banks on Saturday. Conditions were good with a light wind from the south west and current to the south. We got venus tusk fish, squire, hussar, Maori cod, red throat emperor and a thumper Robinson's sea bream." Tusker and Maori cod below from that trip.|
|Sunshine Reef was popular with the smaller boats and half day charters, producing a wide variety of reef fish such as coral trout, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, pearl perch, slate bream, northern bluefin or longtail tuna, moses perch, grass sweetlip and squire plus the odd school and/or spotted mackerel and keeper size cobia.|
|Report and photos from Trekka 2 deckie Wills Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning. Conditions were good with 5 knots north westerly winds and a slight current to the north. We caught venus tusk fish, coral trout, moses perch, slate bream and Maori cod. Cheers, Will." Above left, Istvan Docs, Canada with a coral trout and above right, Kye Mason from Shellharbour with a venus tusker. No details of the guy below left with the Maori cod.|
|Another report and more photos, this time from from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Friday. We caught grass sweetlip, pearl perch, coral trout, mackerel and lots of juvenile red emperor. Cheers, Theo." Simon and Matt Buchanan (above and below left) with a pearly and trout.|
|Laguna Bay was still a good option for longtails and, out around Jew Shoal, the odd quality snapper. From local angler Jackson Ross, below left... "Hey Bill. Dave Reynolds and I had a quick fish on Friday morning before work. We headed out around 5.00am. Pulled up on Jew Shoal first and got this nice snapper on a floating pilly, then chased the longtails without much luck. Only one hook-up and that straightened out the hook, then to Sunshine for a few reef fish. Cheers mate, Jackson."|
|And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Wind was 15 knots from the south east. Sea was rough but no current. We caught longtail tuna, coral trout, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and five lined sea perch. The longtail (above) was taken in the bay on the way out."|
|COASTAL: Extra large bream were on the bite in the gutters around Sunshine Beach towards the top of the tide this week. Flathead have also been amongst them taking frog mouth pilchards on gang hooks, as well as fresh mullet strips and live yabbies. Dart have been spread all along eastern beaches. Good fun for the young kids on weekends who are still learning to fish. Peeled prawns, live worms, pipis and squid have been the baits to use for them. No reports from the North Shore.
ESTUARY: Bream, whiting and flathead were on the bite at the river mouth during the day. Fresh mullet strips, whole whitebaits, prawns and live bloodworms were the best baits there, while at night, live fish baits such as pike, poddy mullet and herring accounted for the odd mangrove jack and tailor. Mats from Germany (below left) caught a 68cm flathead at the mouth on Monday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari and later in the morning his mate Phil (below) caught a 55cm specimen near Munna Point. Both fish took a whole whitebaits. One near low tide, the other towards the high so despite the rains the tides weren't so much of an issue this week.
|Flathead were in good numbers off the Sand Bags on the Woods Point with soft plastics working well both for them and the odd roving queenfish. Grant Budd from Davo's Tackle World (below) caught and released this queenfish in that area not long after high tide on Tuesday afternoon. It went for a ChaseBaits soft plastic.
Mangrove jacks were also on the prowl there after dark. Moving along, blue swimmer crabs and whiting were out and about at the top of the Frying Pan and along the lower north side of the Noosaville stretch and up as far as Weyba Creek. There were a few elbow slappers taken along the Gympie Terrace stretch and up around Goat Island with live worms, yabbies, prawns and mullet strips getting good results. Burke Sutton from Gympie (below left) got a few tips on where they were biting from the boys at Davo's on Friday morning and later in the day was back in the shop with this thumper 40cm elbow slapper which he picked up on a live yabby.
|Further upriver, the area around the Tewantin houseboats and the Noosa Marina produced flathead (on soft plastics), quality bream (on prawns and mullet strips) and the odd surprise capture. From Brian Prime... "Hi. My son Harry (above right) asked me to send his catch from Wednesday after school. He caught this barracuda (pickhandle variety) on a live herring bait while fishing from the shore near the Noosa Marina. Returned healthy and alive to fight another day. Kind regards, Brian."|
|And Alan Chappell (above) caught this quality 36cm bream up around Tewantin on Thursday morning and released it again at the Noosaville boat ramp after a quick pic at Davo's. He tempted it with a whole prawn on the run-out tide. Alan's efforts won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, legal size jacks were responding well to surface lures at night around Tewantin while trevally were active opposite the Council Chambers around first light.|
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