As at Friday November 9, 2018.
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|Below left. The bar was straight forward on Saturday, although the Coast Guard did have one 'assist' due to motor failure...|
|Above right. It was freshening northerlies after that but apart from the wind driven slop, the bar wasn't much of a challenge.|
|OFFSHORE: Light to moderate (and sometimes fresh) variable northerlies dominated most of the week and the offshore scene felt the impact, with often sloppy conditions on the exposed reefs and rather ordinary returns for those anglers who ventured out over the bar.
The Triathlon weekend just gone wasn't exactly boat ramp access friendly either so all in all it was pretty quiet on the offshore scene. Having said that, Trekka 2 targeted Double Island Point on Saturday while conditions permitted. Report and photo (above) from skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour up to Double Island Point on Saturday. The conditions were great in the morning with light winds but that northerly did get up through out the day. We did have some current to the south enough that you needed a 12oz sinker to get to the bottom but we caught snapper, grass emperor, pearl perch, tusk fish, cobia, gold band snapper and moses perch."
Not a lot of options for the smaller boats this week but those who were happy to put up with the (at times ) sloppy conditions reported keeper size snapper, grass sweetlip, moses perch and gold spot cod at North Reef. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour to North Reef on Thursday morning. We started off looking for a few early pelagics, towing some lures around. We found good signs of bait and bird activity and I'm sure the fish are not far away, even though we didn't get any hits today. First anchor for the day found us hooked up to a couple of solid fish. One reefed us and the other pulled the hooks so we moved to our next spot where we found plenty of pearl perch. Some size and some just under and a few gold spot estuary cod."
And from closer in, this report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Kyle Morish... "Hey Bill,. We fished the southern end of Sunshine Reef last Thursday morning. Wind was 5 knots variable from the north, with a slight southerly current. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, snapper, coral trout, and Maori cod. Pictured (above) is Morgan Laidlaw on her first time offshore fishing." In Laguna Bay the birds were working from outside the bar to Little Hall's Reef but no sign of any pelagics. Jew Shoal had squire, sweetlip and reef sharks.
|THE FISHING COMP EARLY BIRD PRIZE DRAW. AND THE WINNER IS...|
|The Davo's/Berkley Social Fishing Comp is on this weekend and the weather forecast is great! It starts this Friday afternoon 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.|
|COASTAL: The open beaches continued to produce with some good tailor, dart and bream on the bite off the rocks at Double Island Point. Whiting and flathead were also active towards the top end where the beach rose steeply and (along with dart) further down around Teewah township and the caravan park. Whiting were also biting towards the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and across at First Point. Further south at Yaroomba Beach, tailor to 60cm were responding well to ganged pilchards and
cast 90-120mm stickbaits.
ESTUARY: Flathead were still in good numbers in the deeper channels down around the river mouth with the run-out tide providing the best results while tailor were lurking around the edges of the dirty water. The shallows of the Dog Beach and the Frying Pan produced some quality whiting while the current line and the Woods Bays yielded the odd golden trevally and tailor. Mangrove jacks were on the prowl between dusk and dawn around the Woods Bays moorings and the back of Noosa Sound while Weyba Creek was the spot for flathead and (on surface lures) the odd elbow slapper whiting. Further upriver, school jewfish, golden trevally and tarpon were active in the ski runs, flathead were on the prowl in Lake Cooroibah and there were still a few jacks working the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Lake MacDonald: Three Ways and the Bubble Trail have been producing the most fish. ChaseBaits 2.25” Curly Bait and Gulp 2” Shrimp has still been the pick of the bunch of soft plastics for many anglers rigged on a 1/8oz HeadlockZ jig head in these areas early morning and late afternoon. Surface lures also working well with the weather warming up. Trolling the deep drop offs has been working well for schooled bass using a variety of different depth diving hard bodies, the best being the Lucky Craft Pointer Lures.
Lake Borumba: Fishing the Main Basin has produced many schooled fish with the bigger bass and toga moving into the shallower snags with the warmer weather. Saratoga, bass and yellowbelly being caught on spinner baits, surface lures and hard bodied diving lures. Best lures: Jackson IGA jig, ChaseBaits Wiggle Bomb, Jackson Flow Shad and the Jazz Lures 40mm Vibe. Smaller Bassman spinner baits cast into weed edges rigged with small curly tail plastics were getting good results when cast and worked back slowly.
From Marc Horton-Stephens, above... "Kayak trip to Borumba Dam Saturday morning. Golden perch (yellowbelly) on a spinnerbait in the shallows. Couldn't get a measure but it was close to 50cm. Paddled across the bay from the boat ramp. Released after a couple of quick pix. Had another couple of touches on small green vibes until the wind picked up. First golden perch for me! Frothin'. Marc." This first time species capture (and release) and quality photo earned Marc this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
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