As at Friday May 4, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Bummer! Not much joy for the offshore boys with Friday morning being a small window of opportunity ahead of four days of cool, blustery conditions on the exposed reefs. Laguna Bay was still very much on the agenda, however, and the baitfish and pelagics were still there in numbers.|
|Saturday and Sunday were the pick of the litter and quite a few small boats and jet skis got out over the bar and into the action. The FishSki boys (above left) were all over the bay and, like most of the boaties, got their quota. And what about this FOTW entry from Simon Coggins, above... "While just out from the bar targeting longtail on Sunday we boated a few grey mackerel on cast metal slugs. Apparently not often seen in the bay! Regards, Simon."
And Cam Munro (above) and Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World fished the bay before the blow and got their fair share of spotties and longtails.
Thursday was the first day past the relative shelter of the National Park headland for most boats and Sunshine Reef was the preferred option. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover, pictured above with his first trout on soft plastic... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef this morning. Wind was 10 to 15 knots from the south with no current. We caught good pearl perch, moses perch, monocle bream, tusk fish, sweetlip and coral trout."
|And above, from that same charter, we have Clemens Waetjen from Germany with a pearl perch and Leon Thomas from Parkdale with his coral trout.|
|As mentioned, the exposed reefs were out of bounds most of the week with fresh to strong variable southerlies hammering the coast. Laguna Bay, though, was quite fishable and the bar was easy. Even better, the tuna and mackerel were on the boil. See video below left.|
|The April Davo's Social Fishing Comp was hard fought on the weekend with thirty one anglers competing for prizes in four categories.
The Winners were, as per the video above right: Dylan Brown (Bream)... $160.00 Davo's Gift Card. Mitch Neuwirth (Flathead)... $160.00 Davo's Gift Card. Brady Reid (Trevally)... $160.00 Davo's Gift Card. Andrew McCarthy (Mangrove Jack)... $160.00 Davo's Gift Card.
The winner of the lucky draw prize: A Penn Conflict rod fitted with a braided up Penn Clash reel (value $400.00) was Jackson Clare.
|COASTAL: Before the blow the open beaches were certainly worth a look with some quality bream and thumper dart responding well to live beach worms off the rocks at Yaroomba and further north off the National Park headland. Also in that area, Spanish mackerel and the odd longtail tuna were going for cast metal slug lures off Hell's Gates. Around the corner, squire and grass sweetlip were on the bite at Dolphin Point while whiting were biting at Little Cove around dawn and dusk. On the Noosa North Shore, flathead were the prowl down towards the river mouth and tailor were active around Teewah.
From local angler Luke Moroney, above... "Hey guys. I bought a block of pillies during the week from Davo's Tackle World and snuck off over to the North Shore for a fish on Wednesday just on dusk. Landed this nice tailor measuring 54cm. My personal best by 2cm. I didn't get a chance to pop in to the shop but here's a photo. I was actually wearing the same shirt last time I came in with a good tailor. It's now my lucky fishing shirt. Cheers, Luke."
ESTUARY: The river mouth continued to produce bream, whiting and flathead while the Dog Beach and Frying Pan areas were good for quality whiting. Strada Viral and Popoco poppers and Atomic Hardz 60mm walkers got most of the elbow slappers while best baits were live worms and peeled prawns.
Across from there, queenfish, trevally and the odd tailor were on the bite early in the morning and late afternoon in the current line and the Woods Bays. Brady Reid was in the Davo's Social Fishing Competition over the weekend (see the video on this page) and took out the trevally species prize for his thumper diamond, pictured above. This is his report... "Hey Bill. I was fishing the Woods current line on Saturday morning, flicking a small Squidgie Prawn, in blood worm colour, when this huge diamond trevally picked it up on a hop. It was a good fight for about 30 minutes till I finally landed it. After a few happy snaps it swam off safely." Brady's outstanding catch and release earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Last week has been really good. The Woods Bays have been firing with queenfish and a variety of trevally, bream and flatties. The river mouth had plenty of whiting and flathead mainly on the run out tides. A couple tailor were picked up in Tewantin around Lake Doonella and also Makepeace Island. Heaps of Moses perch and a couple little spangled emperor around the Coastguard." Pictured (above) is Robbie Willcox from the UK with the 59cm golden he landed with us on Saturday. He got it on his first cast (on a prawn) in the Woods Bays. And a 75cm flatty which be boated in Weyba Creek on his last charter with us on Wednesday before heading home. Both fish were released."
|Queenfish, GT's and the odd hairtail were active in the Munna Point area; "Hi. My name is Kye Porter and I am 12 years old. I was wondering if you could enter my hairtail I caught in the Davo's Fish of the Week Competition. I caught it at Munna Bridge on the weekend. It smashed a Bassday Sugapen surface lure. It was also released. Thanks, Kye." Around the corner, mangrove jacks were out and about after dark around the back of Noosa Sound.
And how cool is that! Twelve year old Denis Muzeen is pictured above right with the Shimano Stella 2500FJ reel that he won in the Davo's Tackle World Competition. All he had to do to be in the draw was be a V.I.P member (joining is free) and make a purchase at any of their three stores before April 29.
Further upriver, whiting were biting along the Noosaville stretch. From Paul Seignior... "On a recent fishing trip with his dad in the Noosa River, 4 year old Charlie Seignior landed his first ever whiting, using worms as bait. The fish was released along with 3 others he landed that morning. Cheers, Paul."
Apart from that, school jewfish were taking soft plastics in the Tewantin ski runs and mangrove jacks were responding to trolled lures between the lakes.
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