As at Monday September 21, 2015.
| OFFSHORE: Well, if
you didn't get offshore earlier in the week you were pretty much out of
luck. Light (5 to 10 knot) variable northerlies and a 0.5m to 1.0m swell
prevailed until late Thursday but after that we were hammered by blustery,
fresh to strong (18 to 25 knot) southerlies and a 2.0m+ swell. From that
point on it was all over as far as the exposed reefs were concerned, although
the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was still a viable option for the die-hards.
The middle reef belt was as far as anybody (to the best of our knowledge) ventured this week. Chardon's Reef, which was pretty quiet, produced venus tusk fish and moses perch as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of gold spot cod, squire, grass sweetlip, coral bream, pearl perch and mowong. Pictured above is Paul South, Sydney with a gold spot cod and below, Matt Smith, Tewantin with a couple of pearl perch from Thursday's Trekka 2 charter.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for coral trout, moses perch, squire, venus tusk fish and coral bream. Matt Dance from Cooroibah (below left) fished Sunshine Close on Tuesday afternoon. It was pretty quiet so he was more than happy when this coral trout took an interest in his pilchard floater.
| In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for the
odd snapper while the Hall's Reef area had the odd northern bluefin tuna
and a wayward Spanish mackerel responding to trolled hard body lures plus
grass sweetlip on soft plastics. Gary from Brisbane (above) is pictured
with one of a number of grass sweetlip that he caught and released on soft
plastics at Halls Reef on Thursday morning. He was on a Noosa
River Fishing Safaris 'Light Line and Lure' charter.
ONSHORE: Whiting were biting on live worm baits from most gutters along the Noosa North Shore and on Main Beach. Further south, good quality tailor were on the prowl at Sunshine Beach and Castaways Beach while further down, jewfish were active at night in the deep gutters at Coolum and Yaroomba.
Thank god for the bread and butter species. The pelagic activity slowed right down in the lower estuary this week so those anglers looking for a bit of action, or more specifically a feed, had to redirect their attention towards the bream, flathead and whiting. Not too much of a hardship, though, as there were some good fish on the prowl down at the river mouth during the day and the bonus of jewfish there after dark. Dan Waters from Victoria (above) tempted his 65cm flathead with a whitebait at the river mouth on yesterday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. And Andrew Skelly from Newcastle (below left) caught his 60cm flathead on a whole prawn bait on the same charter. Quality whiting were responding well to live worm and yabby baits up around the Dog Beach.
|Whiting were also going for surface lures like
the 65mm Fish Candy Skinny Dog over in the Frying Pan with bream and tailor
being a welcome bycatch. The Woods Bays were another hot spot for the bread
and butter species. Ella Roach from Melbourne (above) caught this thumper
34cm bream there on a whole prawn bait on Sunday afternoon's Noosa
River Fishing Safari. Weyba Creek was another good option for
bream, flathead, whiting and moses perch.
The Gympie Terrace stretch fished well for flathead (on trolled hard bodies and cast soft plastics on the north side) and whiting, with live worms and yabbies attracting a few elbow slappers. Eleven year old Jayden Pragnell from Gympie (above) was fishing from the beach near the Yachtie on Monday afternoon when his live yabby bait was engulfed by this 38cm whiting. His quality fish and cheeky smile won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Further upriver; bream, flathead and trevally (big eye and giant) were active around the Noosa Marina, just out from the Tewantin boat ramp and the ski runs.
On the freshwater scene; bass were worth targeting around the edges of Lake Macdonald with soft plastics worked in and around the weed getting good results. Bass were also holding in schools around the main basin in Lake Borumba. Tail spinners and Vibes were the go there. The Mary River continued to produce the odd surprise. Tyson Whitford from Davo's Tackle World (above) was working his favourite stretch near Gympie on Saturday morning when, after switching from lures to earth worms, he got a solid hookup on this thumper lungfish. After a very quick pic (this is a no take species) he released it.
Davo's Tackle World are having a great Junior Fishing Competition for the duration of the School Holidays! The Comp runs from Saturday 19th September to Sunday 4th October, with the winners drawn on Monday 5th October, 2015. There are two categories; Junior Under 14's and Senior Under 18's.
The Under 14's prize is a Storm Trickster rod and Okuma Ceymar reel valued at over $280.00. The Under 18's prize is a Storm Mojo rod and Rapala Contessa reel valued at over $450.00. To enter, simply bring your fish into Davo's Tackle World Noosa for a photo. If the fish is to be returned to the water, a photo with the angler and the fish as well as a photo of the fish on a brag mat or next to a ruler should be emailed to... email@example.com
Don't forget to include your name, telephone number and a story on the great capture. Winners will be judged on fish, smile and, of course, the great story about the one that got caught. Please Note: Fish must be legal size, caught during this current school holiday period and within the Sunshine Coast region.
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