As at Friday March 23, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Ah well. Another ordinary week for the reef anglers. Three fishable days out of seven isn't exactly kicking any goals but it was definitely an improvement on last week's total shut-out. March looks like being one of the least exciting months on the offshore scene for quite a while. Roll on April.
|Monday was the pick of the bunch with light south easterly winds and a nominal swell. Certainly good enough for a run out wide as far as Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover was concerned... "Hey mate. We fished The Hards on Monday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots from the south east and the current was to the south east. We caught heaps of tusk fish and hussar. We also got gold spot wrasse, fox fish, moses perch, coral bream and squirey snapper. One of the trip highlights was hooking a small black marlin on a bottom rig and seeing it jump three times before being busted off. Such a wicked fish. Cheers."|
|Back along the middle reef belt we have this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Monday morning. Wind was 15 knots from the south and no current. We caught pearl perch, Maori cod, gold spot cod, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Pictured (above left) is Nick Bailey and Dane Fuller with a couple of nice eating size gold spot cod and a nice Maori cod. Cheers Theo."
Closer in, this from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "With very little window to work with and the drop in the swell, I grabbed my old mates Sonny (below) and Don (above right) on Monday, on a mission for some strawbs. We stopped off at Sunshine for a few hours and managed to boat one each along with a few grass sweetlip, cod and a Spanish Mackerel to top it off. Conditions were sloppy. No current. We have fish for Easter, you little rippa!"
And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Sunday. Southerly wind 15 to 20knots. Was meant to be 10 knots, ha ha. No current. We caught grassie sweetlip, tusk fish, moses perch, slate bream and cobia. Pictured (below) is David Ohl from Bli Bli with his cobia."
Sunshine Reef was also good for mack tuna and the odd northern bluefin or longtail tuna (on cast slugs), as was the Halls Reef stretch in Laguna Bay. There were also reports of tuna schools around the shark nets off Main Beach. Pilchards and small yakka’s rigged on gang hooks have worked well there. Also cast and count down 120mm size stick baits and metal slugs (80-100gms) to get below the schools of smaller fish feeding on top of the water.
|COASTAL: When fishable, the surf beaches were worth a shot with flathead going for mullet flesh and whole pilchards at Castaways Beach and whiting responding well to live beach worms at Sunshine Beach. When the swell eased, the waters off Hells Gates were good for small longtails and mack tuna.
ESTUARY: Flathead were regular captures throughout the lower estuary this week with trolled hard bodies catching a lot of decent fish, along with whole ganged pilchards and mullet strips. Live bait worked the best for the big lizards. Tewantin lad Lewis Sipp (below) was fishing out from the Sand Bags on Saturday morning with his dad when he hooked his biggest ever flathead. This 66cm lizard smashed Lewis' mullet strip bait and took off hard but was eventually reeled in by our excited young angler. Near there, big whiting were all over the sand flats in the Frying Pan with some over the 40cm mark.
The waters out from Sand Bags were also good for trevally. From Molly Scott, below... "Hey guys! I caught this little beast on Saturday. My first trevally! My partner and I have just started getting into fishing and I seriously cant get enough!! We purchased a relatively cheap rod and reel combo from Davo's Tackle World (as well as a Zerek Tango Shad lure that you highly recommended) and couldn't be more stoked. As my partner was driving our little tinny I was so excited I couldn't wait to start fishing so i started trolling on the way to the river mouth. The reel still had the standard line on it (not sure of strength) (I was too impatient to put on the new line) just as we were going round the front of the sand bags I was about to reel it in then I hooked it. Heart pounding we finally landed it in the net. We took a few quick photos and measured it (40cm!) and quickly got it back in the water to live another day!" Molly's enthusiastic report and quality catch and release earned her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And this report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Over the weekend we saw some pretty good fish. Managed to pick up a few nice perch in the sound along with a couple good trevally over the back of the sound on trolled hard body divers, and continued to get busted off around the structures. The Woods had the odd school of javelin and bream. The river mouth worked well producing some nice sized flathead, whiting and the odd queenfish. With the larger tides we've had the fishing was certainly better at the top and bottom of the tide in the deeper channels as the water movement slowed. There is still a fair amount of fresh water on the run out but I did work Tewantin a couple days on the run in tide and managed to hook a couple flathead and a pennant fish. Also so good to see the fish are moving back up river after the sunny skies we've been lucky to see the last couple of days. Pictured (below) is Jack from Melbourne. He caught this 63cm flathead in The Woods Bays on Saturday's charter. It went for a peeled prawn."
|The Woods Bays and the Munna Point area also produced queenfish and trevally around first light and late afternoon while the Gympie Terrace stretch yielded quality bream and quite a few shovel nose rays. From local angler Rob Parkes... "Hey Bill. Here's a photo (above right) of my son Bailey and his Auntie Nay down Gympie Terrace on Sunday. Nice shovel nose on a squid bait. Catch and release . Almost as big as him. Cheers mate !!!"
Mangrove jacks were out and about at night in the Munna Point stretch, around the back of Noosa Sound and in the Noosa Waters canals. From Sheryl McCarthy... "My husband Simon Geppert (above) is a regular customer of Davo's Tackle World and on Tuesday night it finally paid off. He caught the fish he'd been chasing for, I don't know how many years. A 55cm mangrove jack. Caught while fishing from his kayak in the lower estuary. Just on dusk. It went for a Jackall Squirrel hard body lure!!!" Further upriver, the upper stretch of water between the lakes produced school jewfish on live herring baits.
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald has been producing big bass around the Bubble Trail and Three Ways areas. Trolled hard bodies, tail spinners and 3" plastics in curly tails have been successful in finding these fish.
Bass also being caught up in the Everglades on Bassman spinnerbaits and Tiemco Cicada surface lures. Best bite time has been early morning.
A few saratoga being caught in Lake Borumba on surface walkers, Jackall Squirrel hard bodies and Bassman spinnerbaits.
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