As at Friday November 11, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: The northerlies dominated again this week but they were mostly variable and light to moderate. Thursday (when the strong north westerlies hit) was the only no go day although there were also a couple of days that were better suited to the bigger boats. The bar was pretty straight forward and the current was light.
The only reports from out wide were from the Barwon Banks where rosy jobfish, squire, venus tuskers and snapper were on the bite. Sam Jones from Doonan (above) called into Davo's for a quick pic of the snapper he boated there on Friday morning. He'd gilled, gutted and scaled it but it scrubbed up ok after a spot of Photoshop.
On the middle reef belt, North Reef was the standout performer this week, producing moses perch, pig fish, striped sea perch, jewfish, squire, pearl perch, Maori cod, gold spot cod, goat fish, teraglin jewfish, amberjack, sweetlip, cobia and lots of juvenile red emperor. Mario Frangiosa from McDowall in Brisbane (above) boated his quality jewfish or mulloway there on Saturday's seven hour Trekka 2 charter. And pictured below left is Paul Rabjohns from Algester in Brisbane with a thumper pearl perch and Anne Lofgren from North Parramatta in Sydney (below right) with a quality Maori cod. Both fish were boated at North on Sunday's seven hour charter.
| And how about this capture? Bill Whittaker from Sunnybank in Brisbane (below) boated this quality amberjack at the bottom of North on Monday's Trekka 2 charter. The AJ's have been entertaining a lot of anglers lately, with jigs worked around deep drop offs producing some huge models. Knife jigs and micro jigs have been the standouts for this form of fishing, as they sink quickly and can be worked in a variety of methods. The fish below is more commonly associated with the outer reefs.
And below, from Sunday's Wild Thing 2 charter, Judith Williamson from Fig Tree Pocket with a nice snapper and Heath Kimber from Victoria with a Maori cod.
|Wild Thing 2 also ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Monday and came back with moses perch, tailor, pearl perch, snapper and (as below) gold spot cod.
It wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders out there this week with lots of fish showing on the screen, but little or no response to baits or soft plastics at times, but those who put in the time did ok. Grant Budd from Davo's Tackle World and his mate Bob (below) fished up and down North on Monday. It was hard going but they finally managed a decent jewfish and knobby snapper before heading home. Bob's jewfish went for a pilchard bait while Grant's snapper engulfed a 7" Chasebait Fork Bait.
Further down the line, Chardon's Reef was a tad quiet but still rewarded the faithful with a few moses perch, pearl perch and Maori cod. Closer in from there, Sunshine Reef was the spot for pearl perch, sweetlip, Maori cod and the odd coral trout, with a well presented pilchard bait fished hard on the bottom producing the best results.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced the odd squire and yellowtail kingfish while the Hall's Reef stretch was good for cobia and sweetlip. Warren Norup from Woombye (above) planned to target Little Hall's Reef in his kayak on Sunday morning but never quite got there. This 11.5kg cobia took a fancy to his trolled slimy mackerel bait while he was still a kilometre or so from his destination. Warren's quality capture and mega smile also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|COASTAL: Whiting were well spread on the local surf beaches this week. No elbow slappers but there were plenty of keeper size (25cm to 30cm) fish and the odd dart chasing live beach worms at the start of the incoming tide. Sunshine Beach was the standout there, while off the headland rocks it was rat kingfish, chopper tailor and legal lipper. On Main Beach, the middle groyne was good for more whiting and the occasional mystery bust-off. On the Noosa North Shore, whiting, dart and chopper tailor were reported on the bite just North of Teewah township and at the Camp Grounds while the deeper gutters at the top end yielded the odd jewfish.
ESTUARY: The river was fairly quiet this week with most of the action coming from the lower reaches. Down at the river mouth, bream, flathead and golden trevally were responding well to live prawns and small fish baits. John Rogers from the USA (below) caught and released a 79cm flathead near the mouth on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a herring bait. And later in the morning, caught and released a golden trevally (inset) in the Woods Bays. It went for a whole prawn.
Further up, whiting were in good numbers around the Munna Flats and, together with bream and flathead, in the top of the Frying Pan. Trevally and the odd tailor were feeding at first light around Woods Bays and Noosa Sound, with a prawn soft plastics such as the Gladiator Prawn working well. Bream and flathead were the daytime catch. Local angler David Rogers (below) caught and released a 76cm lizard in the Woods on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole whitebait.
|There were some big tiger prawns out and about in the system this week and plenty of GT's looking for them. The Munna Beach area was one of the hot spots with GT's to 50cm responding well to Davo's River Poppers, slugs, whole prawn baits and Gladiator Prawn lures. Just along from there, Weyba Creek was good for blue swimmer crabs and flathead in the lower reaches and whiting (on surface lures) around the sand flats from Keyser Island to just below Weyba Bridge. Upriver, the park side shallows near the Noosa Waters canal entrance, the houseboats below Tewantin and the first ski run produced quality flathead and bream. Jarrod Ireland (above right) caught and released this thumper blubber lip bream near the houseboats last week but just missed the report so here he is now. It went for an 80mm Squidgy Wriggler soft plastic. Apart from that, mangrove jacks and the odd jewfish (mostly school) were active in the stretch of water between lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba. Trolling has been the most productive method in this area with the Strada Dredge hard body lures still being a firm favourite among the local jack anglers.
FRESHWATER REPORT ...Davo's Tackle World.
Lake Macdonald: Bass numbers have been very good lately with plenty of fish being caught in the 30-35cm range. Small Blades and grub style soft plastics are working well at the moment, with the deeper sections of the lake holding the bigger models. Around the edges has been fishing well, with small frog style surface lures rigged weedless being the most productive method for these fish.
Lake Borumba: Surface lures have been very effective on the saratoga around the smaller feeder creeks located off the main dam. In the same areas, 60mm divers worked really slowly around the edges worked well for the bigger bass.
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