As at Friday November 24, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Marginal conditions and unreliable wind forecasts made it difficult for boaties to plan offshore excursions more than one day ahead this week and even then many trips were called off around first light. Steady rain was another dampener, although those who got out made the most of it.
Friday was probably one of the standout days so, bearing in mind the forecasts, a few of the bigger boats targeted Double Island Point while it was still an option. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Conditions at D.I. on Friday were ideal with easterly winds to 10 knots and a 0.5m swell. No current. We caught frypan snapper, saddle tail sea perch (as above), moses perch, slate bream, cod, gold band snapper and pearl perch."
And on that same seven hour charter, Steve 'Birdman' Seddon from Pomona (above) boated a thumper 71cm gold band snapper using a pilchard bait on a paternoster rig. Steve also took the time to weigh his fish in at Davo's and it won him this week's $100.00 Fish of the Week prize for his troubles.
Apart from the odd snapper, moses perch and cobia, North Reef was pretty quiet. Further south, this report and photos from Cougar One deckie Will Palfery..."We ran a five hour charter to Massouds Reef on Saturday. Conditions were sloppy with 15 to 20 knot winds from the south east and a little run of current heading south. We caught small mouth nannygai, Maori cod, tuskies, grass sweetlip, pearl perch and (pictured above) a cracking coral trout."
And Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a look. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday on back to back five hour charters. Weather was a bit ordinary for the first trip with squalls to 20 knots coming through and rain for the rest of the day. We caught Maori cod, moses perch, pearl perch, tusk fish, snapper, sweetlip, sergeant baker, spangled emperor and red throat emperor." Above is Sachia Ram from Buccan, Queensland with a red throat. Below: Kam Chetty, from Logan with a sweetlip and Neil Pritchard from Perth with a spangled emperor.
|Also from Sunshine Reef, this report and photo from Cougar One deckie Will Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine on Thursday morning. Conditions were good with 10 knot winds from the south, no current and a low swell around one metre. We caught venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod and cobia or black kingfish. Pictured (below) is Greg Powers from Warrnambool with his cobia. Cheers, Will."
Around the corner in Laguna Bay, the Hall's Reef stretch was good for quality grass sweetlip and, along the edge of the dirty water line, the odd cobia.
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|COASTAL: It was a bit wet and windy on the open beaches this week so it was die-hards only time at best. Regardless, there was still a feed to be had with whiting, bream, flathead and chopper tailor on the bite at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Light running sinker rigs with 6-8lb fluorocarbon leader was the best option for the whiting and bream. Just up from there, the northern end of Alexandria Bay was good for quality bream and tarwhine while on Noosa Main Beach, the middle rock groyne produced whiting and the odd thumper flathead. On the Noosa North Shore, chopper tailor, bream and snub nose dart were active in the gutters north of Teewah while the northern end of the D.I. rocks yielded quality GT's on slugs and soft plastics.
ESTUARY: The recent rains haven't done the estuary fishing any harm with some good bream, whiting and flathead on the chew at the river mouth towards the top of the tide. Live worms and prawns worked well there, especially on the smaller fish, while for the flathead were also responding well to a wide range of imitation prawn plastics including Zerek Live Shrimp and Davo's pre-rigged Gladiator Prawns. Entice Assault vibes were also working well along the deep gutters on the run-out tide. Joel Askham, on annual holiday in Noosa from Queenstown, New Zealand (below) caught and released this juvenile flathead (and a few whiting on worms) at the river mouth on Wednesday morning. It went for a whole prawn on the very last of the incoming tide.
And from Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Photos (below) from Thursday of Dan Pritchard from South Australia with a 77cm flathead, caught and released near the river mouth. And Hannah Pritchard with a trevally. Caught and released in the Woods Bays. Both went for prawn baits."
Further up, the Dog Beach/Sand Bags area was good for flathead while just around from there the current line played host to diamond, long fin, tea leaf and long nose trevally. From Peter Spittal... "Hi Bill. My son Parker (below left) had a cracker session on the flathead off the Woods Point Sand Bags on Sunday, landing this PB 60cm lizard on a Chartreuse Slider Grub." And this from Brady Reid, below right... "G'day Bill. My name is Brady and I fish the Noosa River heaps. I was fishing the Woods Bays jetties in the rain on Saturday when, first cast, I was hooked up to this 50cm grunter. After a few photos she was released to fight another day. The next day I was fishing around one of the Sound bridges and hooked with this 45cm GT. Thanks, Brady."
|The Woods Bays were also good for bream and flathead during the day and after dark (both there and the back of the Sound) mangrove jacks. The jacks were going for live baits, strips of mullet and lures like the Samaki Vibelicious Thumper Tails, Zerek Live Mullet and Jackson Quiet Beats soft vibes.
And another report from Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo (above) from Tuesday morning of Helen Cooper from Melbourne with a long nose trevally. Caught and released in the Woods Bays using a whole prawn bait." The lower estuary, especially the stretch from the jet ski run to the Frying Pan and across to Weyba Creek, had blue swimmer crabs in excellent numbers. Weyba Creek was also good for bream, estuary cod and javelin fish while the Gympie Terrace sand flats and jetties were another option for trevally, whiting, bream and flathead. Up around Tewantin, flathead, trevally, bream, javelin fish and school jewfish were reported around the Noosa Marina and the top of the first ski run.
FRESHWATER: The water quality seems to be gradually improving as the flood waters recede. Deep diving lures like the Lively Lures Micro Mullet and Eco Gear CX 35HS were working well along the drop offs at Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam. Surface is working well during low light periods and many fish taking a well presented Lucky Craft Sammy 65 or Jackson Risk Bait surface walker off the top. The OSP Fujin Spider has been a great option to cast into heavy timber at Borumba and in the Noosa Everglades especially when the fish weren't fully committing to a faster moving surface walkers.
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