As at Friday October 27, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the blue water boys actually. A bit of rain at times and the odd adverse forecast that would have been better ignored. But the fish were on the bite, even more so out wide, and the Bar Crossing was quite well defined, despite the still murky runout from the recent deluge.|
|The Hards were again a popular target for the bigger boats and the rewards were certainly there for those who made the effort. This report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished The Hards on Saturday on a seven hour. Conditions were variable winds to 10 knots, a 1.5m swell and a slight current to the south. We caught snapper, goldband snapper, moses perch, hussar, venus tusk fish, rosy jobfish, hussar and pearl perch." Pictured above from that charter is Howie Ho from Brisbane with a couple of standout snapper and deckie Brock Roosen with a nice gold band.|
|And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished The Hards on Monday. Sea conditions were magic once the storms rolled through. Wind went to a light 5 knots from the north and there was a light current to the south. We got snapper, tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod, pearl perch, hussar, fox fish, coral bream and amberjack." Above: Paul Battle from Kawana with a thumper tuskie and Anne Lofgren from Sydney with her amberjack.
Wild Thing 2 fished The Hards again on Wednesday... "The wind was 10 knots from the north and we had a moderate current to the south. We caught some very nice tuskies, moses perch, Maori cod, hussar, Robinson sea bream, gold spot wrasse, snapper, pearl perch and got slammed by a school of big yellowtail kingfish but only landed one." Pictured above we have Paul Tayler from Brisbane who boated a Maori cod and a thumper yellowtail kingfish. Below; Adam Caple from Peregian Springs with a Robinson's sea bream and Bruce Ismay, Point Conjurong with a coronation trout and gold spot wrasse.
|That was about it for the outer reefs. Closer in, North Reef was quiet with just the odd gold spot cod, squire, moses perch and pearl perch on the chew. And from Sunshine Reef, this report from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour on Tuesday. Wind was about 10 to 15 knots southerly, no current. We caught moses perch, tusk fish, Maori cod, slate bream and a couple of cracker yellowtail kingfish." Below is Luke Distefano from Rosebud in Victoria with one of the yellowtail kingfish. Other species on the bite there; grass sweetlip, scarlet sea perch and pearl perch..
Laguna Bay was murky but the Hall's Reef stretch was still good for sweetlip, spangled emperor and small snapper. These were going for a range of baits including fresh mullet strip baits, floated gang hooked pilchards and 4-7” plastics including Berkley Gulp Jerk Shads and 5" Z-Man scented ShadZ.
The Noosa Charters 'Guess the Weight' FaceBook Competition finishes at 6.00pm next Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The rules are simple and it's a fantastic prize. Just guess the weight of the snapper in the photo above and you'll be in with a chance to win two seven hour offshore fishing charters with Noosa Charters. Value: $400.00! Now that's a great prize! To enter, just CLICK HERE or on the photo above.
|COASTAL: Whiting were biting on the eastern beaches this week with some good quality fish coming from Castaways and the northern end of Sunshine Beach. The rocks at North Sunshine were also good for snapper, jewfish and the odd yellowtail kingfish, as were the National Park headland rocks.
Local angler Chris Lawes (above) purchased a Shimano Dialuna rod from Davo's to go with his Shimano Thunnus 4000 reel and christened it in great style in a rock fishing expedition to the Noosa National Park headland early on Wednesday morning. Using half a garfish as bait he hooked and lost a (roughly) 10kg jewfish close to the rocks but soon made up for it with these two nice snapper. Chris was rewarded for his efforts with this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. The only other beach reports were of good whiting from between the groynes on Main Beach.
ESTUARY: The bread and butter species came on strong in the lower estuary this week with bream, flathead, javelin fish, whiting and trevally in good numbers from lower Tewantin to the river mouth. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo (below) from Saturday morning of Tania Hayes from Wollongong with an 80cm flathead which she caught and released around the river mouth using a whole whitebait as her draw card."
And local angler Scott Maudsley (below) picked up his 39cm whiting in the Frying Pan on Saturday morning. It was obviously hungry as it wolfed down a squid bait on a small (No. 6) 2 x ganged hook rig. Whiting (run-out tide), flathead (fresh mullet and whole pilchards) and trevally (early morning on surface lures) were also active in the Dog Beach stretch, off the Woods Point Sand Bags and, together with bream and javelin fish, in the Woods Bays.
The Munna Point stretch was good for flathead, bream and the odd trevally. From Will Yeap... "Six year old Nathan Yeap (below left) from Melbourne caught this 38cm bream about 5:45am on Thursday morning in the Munna Point stretch. It was the last live silver biddy baits that we had. Nathan was very proud landing the fish without help - he was absolutely rapt . Fish was released back safely. He also caught a nice trevally. Great morning."
|And above right. Doesn't he look pleased with himself! Will McCurdy grabbed a bag of live worms from Davo's on Saturday and, armed with the location of one of Chicko's secret river spots (somewhere in the lower Noosaville stretch we think), hit the jackpot when this solid 37cm whiting came to the party.|
|The mud crabs were out and about in Weyba Creek, as were bream, flathead and moses perch while the Gympie Terrace stretch produced a lot of this week's quality bream. Above left, from Laine Brown... "Heya! Thought we'd share the 39cm bream we caught on Sunday on a squid bait on Gympie Terrace. We're pretty stoked with the catch! Pictured is hubby Michael and our 6 week old son Wilder." And Kirra Hart (above right) was fishing from the beach at Pirate Park (near the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club) on Friday when her live herring bait was monstered by this thumper 37cm bream.
Further upriver, bream, flathead, trevally and grunter bream (javelin fish) were on the prowl in the Tewantin ski runs. Hugo Mercer is pictured above with a 68cm flathead which caught on a prawn bait in the upper ski run. He was on Tuesday afternoon's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Apart from that, the shovel nose rays were out and about in numbers with specimens in the 4kg-6kg range responding well to mullet strip baits and large, whole pilchards.
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