As at Friday November 18, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a mixed bag this week with a couple of glassy days in amongst the clutter of the moderate to fresh variables. The swell hovered mostly around the 0.5m to 0.75m range and the current wasn't much of an issue but, comfort wise, the bigger boats handled the conditions better than the smaller tinnies.
The Bar Crossing wasn't a drama for those boaties who avoided the low tide scenario and to our knowledge there were no incidents. The more distant reefs seemed to be the preferred option for the bigger boats this week with Double Island Point on top of the favourites list. Even more so when the north westerlies were blowing.
It was well worth the effort, too, with big moses perch, venus tusk fish, squire, slate bream, coral bream, quality pearl perch, snapper, frying pan snapper, gold spot cod, scarlet sea perch, hussar, amberjack, gold spot wrasse and Maori cod all making their presence felt. From Sunday's Cougar One charter to D.I. we have Hugh White from Goondiwindi (above) with a gold spot cod and below; Leo Weis from Coolum with a nice scarlet sea perch and David Gray from Victoria with his snapper.
|And below, from Monday's Wild Thing 2 charter; Peter Lind from Craigieburn, Victoria with a Maori cod and Tim Chambers from Morningside with a nice pearl perch.|
|Report and photos from Bobby Jeynes... "G'day Bill. Sammy Ladd and I got back Sunday afternoon from a two day trip. We started 30 mile up of Fraser and finished down at Double Island. Fishing was slow Saturday morning but after the big storm Saturday night the action was hot until 9am Sunday morning. We caught snapper to 8kg, good jewfish, parrot to 4kg and lots of big moses perch and Maori cod." Pictured below left is Sammy with a couple of jewfish and a standout knobby snapper.|
|On the middle reef belt, North Reef produced pearl perch, snapper, squire, moses perch, coronation trout, reef shark, teraglin jewfish and lots of small mackerel tuna. Cougar One ran a seven hour charter out that way on Saturday and came back with pearl perch, snapper, squire, moses perch and teraglin jewfish. Andrew Boucaut from Tewantin (above right) is pictured with a couple of snapper from that charter and Adam Glover from Maryborough (below) boated a standout knobby snapper.
Further south, Chardon's Reef was good for squire, venus tusk fish and pearl perch, and on the outer edge, knobby snapper, gold band snapper and rosy jobfish. Pam Stewart from Buderim (below) was more than happy with the quality rosy jobfish she boated at Chardon's Wide on Saturday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter.
And below, from that same charter, we have Nigel from Sippy Downs with a snapper and Megan Gardner from Holland Park in Brisbane with a standout pearl perch.
|Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet but for those anglers with the time and patience to fish a couple of tide changes (or those with the better quality marks) there were squire, moses perch, striped sea perch, cobia, pearl perch, Maori cod and small longtail tuna for the taking. Schools of small tuna were also active in Laguna Bay. Reports of mackerel are starting to trickle in and it seems there are plenty to the north and south of Noosa so it won’t be long until the pelagic season kicks into gear. The new DTX Minnow from Nomad is going to be a winner on the Spaniards this season. It's a self tuning deep running bibbed minnow and it can be trolled at twelve knots which is outstanding. These lures run at twelve metres plus... perfect for big Spanish mackerel and a host of other pelagics. CLICK HERE to check them out.
As you can see by the photo above, the work on the shop next door to Davo's Tackle World Noosa appears to be progressing well. Won't be long now...
|COASTAL: It was just windy enough on the exposed surf beaches this week to deter the casual anglers with early morning best ahead of the more blustery afternoon north easterlies. On the southern coastal stretch, Marcus Beach was good for whiting and a few flathead, as was Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus there of the odd tailor chasing cast metal slug lures. On the National Park headland, just legal size grass sweetlip and squire were on the bite off Dolphin Point and the Boiling Pot while on Main Beach the Middle Groyne and surrounds produced whiting, dart and tarwhine. On the North Shore, the waters opposite the Third Cutting produced whiting during the day and tailor in the late afternoon while just north of Teewah township the catch was dart and school jewfish, and up off the D.I. rocks, snapper.
ESTUARY: Not a lot happening in the lower estuary this week with just the odd flathead, bream and whiting biting at the river mouth, the Dog Beach and Frying Pan. Hannah Pritchard from South Australia (below) caught and released this 63cm flathead on a whitebait near the mouth on Monday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
The Woods Bays were quiet with bream, flathead and javelin fish the main attraction. Around the corner, the Culgoa Point stretch to the back of Noosa Sound yielded GT's at first light, javelin fish and small cobia during the day and big eye trevally at night. Further up, Weyba Creek was a good option for flathead, bream, cod and moses perch. Michael Fuhrer from Switzerland (below) caught and released a thumper 85cm lizard in upper Weyba on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Upriver, whiting were biting along the Gympie Terrace sand flats and beaches and bream were in good numbers around most of the jetty structures. At Tewantin, big eye trevally were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina after dark, GT's were responding well to surface lures in the morning out from the Council Chambers and flathead were still active in the shallows near the house boats at the bottom of the first ski run. Between the lakes, the jacks were going for live fish baits at night.
FRESHWATER REPORT ...Davo's Tackle World.
Lake Macdonald continues to fire with bass widespread. Casting around the weed edges with small vibes or plastics has delivered some quality fish, as has surface fly at dawn and dusk. Bait anglers are catching a few quality bass and catfish particularly along the Bubble Trail. Live shrimp, which are easily caught around the lakes verges, are a gun bait. Lure casters are tangling with some serious saratoga (on 1/4oz spinnerbaits) around Three Ways, Fry’s Run and in Bass Bay.
Borumba Dam has seen bass and saratoga succumbing to spinnerbaits and plastics cast around the timber at the top of the main basin and a few silvers within the Borumba Arm.
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