As at Friday October 21, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a mixed bag for the offshore brigade this week. Suffice to say that the better conditions, and fish, were encountered in the latter half. Friday and Saturday, hammered by 20 to 25 knot south easterlies, were definitely off the menu but the rest of the week was deemed fishable, if not marginal at times.
Double Island Point was certainly well patronised, especially by the bigger boats, with snapper, pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, red emperor, frying pan snapper, amberjack, spangled emperor, sweetlip, mulloway, Maori cod, scarlet sea perch and gold spot cod all making the capture list as the week unfolded. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills..."Hi Bill. We fished D.I on Sunday for snapper, pearlies, cobia, moses, tuskies, Maori cod and gold spot cod. We also hooked up and jumped off a 60-80kg black marlin. Wind was 5 to 10 knots from the north east. Swell 1.5m with a 1 knot current run to the south. Pictured above is Adam Pregteridge from Auchenflower in Brisbane and Mos Diram from Darwin with a couple of cobia and Mos (inset) with his gold spot."
A few days later we got a report and photos (above and below) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover..."Hey mate. Fished D.I. on Tuesday with wind against current. 10 to 15 knot SSE wind, current to the south. We got snapper, frying pan snapper, grassies, trag jew, mulloway and scarlet sea perch." Pictured is Craig Graham from Parkwood with one of the mulloway or jewfish, Robbie from the Gold Coast with a nice snapper and Dawn Goldfinch from the Gold Coast with the standout scarlet.
|And still at Double Island Point, Amanda Rawlins from Violet Town, Victoria (below) caught her spangled emperor on Thursday's nine hour Wild Thing 2 charter.
Out wide, The Barwon Banks fished well for snapper (with those anglers with the better marks bagging out on fish to 4.5kg), moses perch and quality venus tusk fish.
Closer in along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef was fairly quiet but still managed to produce the odd moses perch, venus tusk fish, squire and teraglin jewfish, as did the more popular North Reef, but with the added bonus there of pearl perch, many lined sweetlip, coral bream, bombie cod, Maori cod and gold spot cod.
New arrival in town, Charles 'Chuck' Christie (above) fished North Reef on Sunday with his mate Tim. It wasn't terribly exciting apparently with just a few tusk fish and trag jew in the bin after a morning's work but a brief stop at Sunshine Reef on the way home saved the day when this 7kg (looks bigger than that) cobia monstered his fusilier tail bait. Anyhow, Chuck's determination, quality fish and Colgate smile won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Welcome to Noosa mate! Sunshine Reef was also good for snapper, grass sweetlip and the odd coral trout. Apart from that, northern bluefin tuna were reported on the prowl in Laguna Bay.
|COASTAL: Whiting and dart were well spread along the southern beaches this week. Coolum and Sunshine beaches produced some good fish in the early part of the run-in tide while at the northern end of Sunshine, tailor were chasing Halco Twisties around sunset. Further up, Hell's Gates produced chopper tailor and keeper size jewfish. Note: the jewies in that area are exhibiting a high level of worm infestation at the moment so perhaps should be released rather than used as garden fertiliser. Around the corner, The Boiling Pot was the spot for the odd grass sweetlip while across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, dart and trevally (GT's to 3.0kg) were on the bite up towards Double Island Point. There were also a few thumper northern bluefin tuna seen on the prowl (but not hooked) just behind the breakers in that area.|
|ESTUARY: The river mouth was relatively quiet this week. Apart from the odd mystery hook-up and bricking in the structure of the river mouth car park rocks stretch, the catch was mostly bream and flathead. The Frying Pan was also good for flathead with the added bonus of some quality whiting. Nathan Hollow from Melbourne (above) caught this 70cm flathead in the Frying Pan on Tuesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. While later that morning, on the same charter, Nick Rose from Melbourne (above right) caught and released an 80cm lizard using a prawn bait as his draw card. This was along the north shore side of the Noosaville stretch.
Whiting were also biting around the Dog Beach area and, together with bream, flathead and golden trevally, in the Woods Bays. Around the corner from there, GT's were active around first light at the Munna Point Bridge, lower Weyba Creek was good for whiting and sand crabs and upper Weyba (at the mouth of the lake) yielded some good flathead. Local angler Gary Phillips (above) boated his 60cm flathead there on Monday morning. It went for a pilchard bait in the latter half of the run-in.
Further upriver, there were some good whiting reported along the Gympie Terrace stretch this week. Jake and Bayley Scott-Holland (above) are pictured with a couple of 30cm fish that they caught near the Noosa Yacht Club on Sunday. Both went for live beach worms. At Tewantin, GT's (to 55cm) and big eye trevally were active at night in the waters out from the Noosa Marina while there were a few solid bust-offs by mystery fish (possibly threadies) around Jew Hole near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. Apart from that, the stretch of water between the lakes is holding good numbers of mangrove jacks with this warmer weather we are experiencing lately. Trolling deep diving lures around this area would be one way to snag yourself a decent jack. If you want to give this form of fishing a try, lures like the Strada 90mm Dredge, which can dive well over 3.0m and are equipped with extra strong hooks are perfect for these fish. Threadfin salmon were also on the prowl in that stretch.
FRESHWATER REPORT ...Davo's Tackle World.
Lake Macdonald is fishing quite well at the moment with the bass starting to move away from the main basin and up towards the many arms and creeks this area is famous for. This provides a perfect opportunity to jump in a kayak and explore these places and catch a few bass too!
Borumba Dam has been fishing well around the arms. There’s a good mix yellowbelly and bass in these areas, especially when fishing around some sort of structure like fallen trees, sticks etc. There’s also been reports of some nice sized saratoga from these areas too, with small surface lures being the main draw card.
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