As at Friday May 11, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore boys. Sunday and Monday were a no go, with 20 to 25 knot south easterlies making life difficult, but for the rest of the week was it all systems go. The bar crossing was a challenge at times, however, and there were more than a few wet noses and one rollover.
Laguna Bay didn't have the same frantic activity as the last couple of weeks but there were still a few Spaniards and longtail tuna on the prowl around Jew Shoal, the Halls Reef stretch and north of there at Stingers. Sunshine Reef, however, produced well with the pelagics and reefies well represented. Local yak angler Jarrad Rodgers (above) launched his kayak off Sunshine Beach on Friday morning and was into the action around 6.00am. Paddle trolling, he was more than happy when the thumper 15kg Spanish mackerel he's pictured with tried, unsuccessfully, to run off with his whole garfish bait.
And this report from Monica James, above... "Hey Bill. Fished Sunshine Reef on Friday with my Dad. Boated a nice coral trout and grass sweetlip. We also caught tusk fish and gold spot wrasse. A rather large banded sea snake also paid us a visit while out there fishing. Thanks, Monica." Monica's quality captures and picture perfect fish presentation won her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
|And above left, one from Brisbane yak angler Scott Davis... "Hey Bill. With Saturday the only chance to get out this weekend I took the small window to get out to Sunshine Wide to try my luck again. Within seconds of putting my first bait down (a slimy mackerel) I picked up a nice longtail tuna. Then I went wide and was lucky enough to find a massive school of Spanish. Boated two. One on a slimy mackerel, one on a sauri. With three fish in the hatch I left the Spanish for next time." Maori cod, pearl perch, gold spot cod and moses perch were also on the bite there.
Further out on the middle reef belt, we have this report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. The conditions started off perfect but the southerly breeze picked up throughout the trip. We caught grass sweetlip, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper and moses perch. Pictured is Greg Simmonds from Victoria with a nice snapper."
Charlie Boyes (above) fished North Reef on Friday morning. He didn't mention that he caught anything else on the day, but this 19kg Spanish mackerel he's pictured with was big enough to feed the whole neighbourhood anyway. He picked it up using a crowd favourite, a trolled Rapala X-Rap hard body.
Also this report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday in glass out conditions. No current run. Only fished two spots and caught gold spot cod, Maori cod, snapper, tusk fish, sweetlip and quality pearl perch to 60cm."
And this one from local angler Jordy Zerk... "Hey Bill! Jack, Chris and I headed out to North Reef on Saturday morning before the wind got up. We got a few squire and a thumper diamond trevally (above) which was released. Then, on the way home, we swung by the beach and picked up a nice longtail."
Chardon's Reef was fairly quiet but still an option for those in the know. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World sent this report and, above, a photo of his mate Sonnie from Thursday... "Hi Bill. Found a good school of mulloway today, so its coming into that time of year they should come on. Kept three and tagged the rest. Also onboard we had a few small snapper and some big grass sweetlip. Perfect conditions. It was worth the wait. Cheers, Chicko."
|The Noosa Bar was pretty gnarly at the beginning of the week and Friday, of course, was peak traffic time with heaps of people taking the extra day off to make it a four day weekend. There were extended flotillas, boats in tandem and boats overtaking boats (above left) as the mad scramble to get offshore took hold. A couple of the smaller boats nearly came to grief and inevitably, one rolled, as above right.|
|COASTAL: Not a lot to report from the open beaches this week with dart and whiting the dominant species on the south side. The Noosa National Park headland showed a bit of life with rat yellowtail kingfish chasing cast slugs off the Fairy Pools and squire going for mullet flesh and pilchards around Dolphin Point. Across the bay, the bottom end of Teewah Beach (towards the river mouth) produced flathead and chopper tailor around dawn and dusk.
ESTUARY: The river was fairly quiet this week although the usual suspects (bream, whiting and flathead) were active at the river mouth, the Dog Beach and the Frying Pan. Live worms, yabbies and peeled prawns worked well on the smaller fish, trolled hard bodies and whole pilchards on the lizards.
|Trevally were on the bite in the current line and along the Munna Point stretch. Arthur from Singapore (above left) got this 56cm golden trevally on a peeled prawn at the Woods Bays on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It was just before slack tide. And from Owen James... "My missus, Tammy (above right), caught this diamond on a prawn in the Sound. It was 63cms. Not released as we couldn't get the hook out of the back of its mouth."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris..."Hey Bill. Didn't get to fish as much as we normally do as everyone is back at school and work but while we managed to get out we saw some good fish. Bream, whiting and flathead were on the bite at the mouth. The Woods current line had trevally and small queenfish as well as some pretty good size bream and flathead. Plus the odd shovel nose for a bit of fun for the punters. Heaps of moses perch still biting with the cooler water now settling in. Weyba Creek had some good flathead and the odd trevally in the deeper areas. The sandbank across from the Yacht Club was good for whiting. We've been fishing there with prawn on longshanks and picking up fish off nearly every cast. Tewantin also fished well with lots of of juvenile jewies around. Have included a picture of me (above) with a 39cm bream. Caught at the Boathouse jetty while mucking around between charters... when I should have been working." Mangrove jacks were reported on the chew further up between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald: Bass and small active saratoga around the weed beds and edges. Surface walkers and frogs cast at these areas in the early morning and late afternoon got good results. Jackson Risk Bait Walker and the new Dart Magic working well lure around the bubble trail.
Lake Borumba: Saratoga and bass being caught in on surface walkers and Bassman spinnerbaits. Kingham Arm the better option. Best lures: Lucky Craft, Sammy 65 and Duo Realis Pencil 95's. Smaller spinnerbaits cast into weed edges and worked back working very well.
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