As at Friday November 2, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Apart from Monday the local reefs were certainly fishable, although conditions were a bit ordinary at times. The last couple of days, however, were definitely the pick of the litter, although the light to moderate northerly winds ensured there were no glass outs.
|Double Island Point was fairly quiet this week with mostly plate size fish reported and lots of sharks taxing more than their fair share. Not much in the way of pelagics reported from there with gold spot cod, Maori cod, pearl perch and venus tusk leading the catch list.
Out wide on The Hards there were some good size snapper and quality pearl perch on the bite, plus the odd amberjack and yellowtail kingfish.
From local angler Dave Leonard, above... "Hey Bill. Got ravaged by some big kingfish at The Hards around the full moon. Managed to get a couple to the boat. One on a jig and one on a strip bait of bonito. Cheers, Dave."
North Reef, as per D.I., produced mostly plate size fish with the usual suspects; gold spot cod, sweetlip and moses perch making up the catch.
And closer in, from Sunshine Reef, we received this report and photo (right) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Conditions were still a bit bumpy after Monday’s weather but more than good enough for a trip to the locals. We caught snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, painted sweetlip, venus tusk fish, spangled emperor and coral trout."
Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with just the odd grass sweetlip, small snapper and mackerel tuna on the prowl out along the Hall's Reef stretch and lots of reef sharks (to 1.0m) just north of the bar.
|Above. The Davo's/Berkley Social Fishing Competition is on this coming weekend and the SeaBreeze weather forecast looks sensational! The competition starts this Friday afternoon, November 9 and finishes Sunday lunchtime with the prize giving and a free sausage sizzle. Total Prize Pool: $1850.00. You can register for the competition (cost is only $20.00) at either Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's North Shore Bait and Tackle, Marcoola. Good luck and see you all there.|
|COASTAL: The open beaches showed a bit more life this week with jewfish, tailor and grass sweetlip reported off the beaches around Coolum. Further up the coast, quality dart and whiting were biting at Marcus Beach and Sunshine Beach while Sunrise Beach produced some thumper bream. Adam Witchard (below) picked up this 35cm bream there on Monday afternoon. It went for a live beach worm.
Rat yellowtail kingfish and big bream were active off the National Park headland rocks and Dolphin Point was the spot for the odd GT.
|On Noosa Main Beach, tailor were on the prowl just out from the river mouth rock groyne. Coolum angler Mark Saunders (above) caught and released this 2.2kg (est) specimen at the river mouth on Friday morning while I was filming the bar crossing. It was one of three for him in a good little session. They all went for medium size, whole pilchards in the latter half of the run-in tide. This last fish didn't quite land in the deeper water as Mark intended but revived quickly enough as soon as the first wave rolled over it. Mark's quality catch and release earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. On the North Shore, whiting were biting down towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach while some good flathead were reported on the bite up around Teewah township.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Pretty good fishing the last week with plenty of fish at the river mouth. We caught flathead, whiting and mangrove jack. Lots of whiting taking live worm and yabbies in the Frying Pan. We fished the Sound a few times catching flathead, trevally and bream. Tewantin was holding heaps of bream, flathead, trevally and mulloway. Pictured (below) is Sean from the Territory with his 67cm dusky and Mark with his 62cm flatty. Both fish went for whole prawn baits."
|The Woods Bays produced the odd greenback tailor and trevally (more so around first light), the Munna Point Bridge and the back of Noosa Sound yielded mangrove jacks between dusk and dawn and the whiting were biting in Weyba Creek. Upriver, the Gympie Terrace stretch was another trevally producer while flathead were active around the top and bottom of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, the waterways between the lakes were still good for a few mangrove jacks and mud crabs were out and about throughout the system
FRESHWATER: The freshwater scene has started to fire up with some great fish taken from Lakes Macdonald and Borumba. Still down deep, the bass were hitting blades and vibes like the Ecogear ZX blades and Jackall TN60’s. Off the top, the saratoga and bass were hitting well presented surface lures including frogs and cicadas. Just be sure to be quiet and patient if you want to land the big ones.
Above, from Grant Budd, Davo's North Shore Bait and Tackle... "Hi mate. Caught this toga earlier this week at Lake Macdonald. It measured 76cm and went for a ChaseBaits Wiggle Bomb. Smashed my PB after years of trying hard to get a big one. Cheers, Grant."
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