As at Friday September 29, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a short week. Northerlies most days. Light to moderate Friday and Saturday. Light variable on Wednesday. Fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) variable northerlies were otherwise prevalent which pretty much shut the offshore gate. Not to mention it was a very hot 30 degrees plus.
The bar wasn't an issue on the fishable days which was a minor blessing. Under the circumstances there were a lot of disappointed holiday makers but thems the breaks. The local charter operators squeezed in as many trips on the fishable days as possible with all boats doing 'back to backs' during the brief lull on Wednesday. Under the circumstances, Double Island Point was pretty popular and also very productive. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished D.I. on Friday. Wind was 10 to 20 knots from the north east. Current to the south. We caught moses perch, snapper, tusk fish, pearl perch, cobia, Maori cod, gold spot cod and gold band snapper." Above is Les Knight from Brisbane with a thumper gold band snapper.
And from Saturday's charter we have Dan Heppell from Peregian (above) with a cracking 90cm snapper and Jarred Heppell (below) with an 18kg+ cobia.
Also from the same WT2 charter we have Paul MacDonald from Gympie (below left) with a gold spot cod. On Wednesday they fished North Reef. Winds were 10 knots from the north. No current. The catch was moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod cobia and (below) pearl perch.
|And this from local angler Rees Johnson, below... "Hey guys. Hit North Reef on Friday with a couple of the lads. While the boys were busy getting a feed of grinners, I was chopping up a few of the bad boys. This one went 113cm and got caught on a live yakka just after the tide changed. Cheers, Rees."
Still at North Reef, this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Saturday morning. Conditions were ten knots of westerly breeze. We caught pearl perch, cobia, moses perch, snapper and cod. Below is Mark from Bli Bli with his PB cobia weighing about twenty kilos. Wills our deck hand got a bit messy when we brought this fish aboard! Hence the lack of shirt. Cheers, Theo."
Cougar One also fished North Reef on Wednesday (in light southerlies) and Thursday morning (conditions were tough with a strong southerly current and 15 to 20 knot NNW winds), coming back with gold spot cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, coral bream, snapper, Maori cod and gold spot wrasse.
|From those charters we have Alan (above left, Wednesday) with a horse of a venus tusk fish and Glen (above right, Thursday) with a gold spot wrasse.|
|COASTAL: Early mornings were best on the coastal beaches this week with the winds and temperature rising as the day progressed. Whiting were biting along the southern stretch with some good fish coming from Sunshine Beach and, together with flathead, at Marcus and Peregian. On the National Park headland, Dolphin Point was good for dart and quality bream while across the bay along Teewah Beach, whiting and the odd flathead were on the bite between the First Cutting and the river mouth. Further up towards Double Island Point there was a good gutter holding tailor, flathead and quality whiting.
ESTUARY: The lower estuary system produced some excellent fish this week with bream, whiting, flathead and trevally on the bite around the river mouth and in the Frying Pan. From Matthew Boyce... "My son Bailey (below) caught and released this 73cm flathead at the Dog Beach on Wednesday morning using a black and white Squidgy soft plastic." Bailey's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|The Woods Point current line produced cale cale and quality golden trevally, as did the Woods Bays but with the added bonus there of bream, flathead, tailor and whiting. Jemima Gray below left, caught and released her golden trevally in the Woods Bays on Monday afternoon's Noosa River Fishing Safari and Brendan Wood, below right, caught and released his golden on Wednesday afternoon's charter. Both fish went for whole prawn baits.
|And what about the remarkable capture below! Juvenile reefies are not rare in the system but the keepers normally stick to the reefs! Still in the Woods Bays on Wednesday afternoon's Noosa River Fishing Safari, Mark Crevatin from Victoria tempted this 50cm spangled emperor with a prawn bait.
Around the corner from there, the Munna Point Bridge was good for the odd GT around first light, as was the back of Noosa Sound but with the added bonus there of mangrove jacks after dark. Apart from that, Weyba Creek produced bream, flathead and whiting. Upriver, the Noosa Marina was the spot for the odd mangrove jack while the waters from the Council Chambers to Makepeace Island yielded jewfish, trevally, flathead, queenfish and bream. From Kym Randall... "My son Jesse (below left) caught and released this 60cm flatty on Tuesday near Tewantin. He was using a Dragon Maggot soft plastic on a TT 1/6 jig head." Further up, whiting were in good numbers in Lake Cooroibah while between the lakes it was bream, grunter and flathead.
|FRESHWATER: The Noosa Everglades has been showing up good numbers of smaller bass on surface lures including the Strada Zedia and Viral 80mm lures. Soft plastics cast into heavy cover is also working well. 3” paddle tail plastics including the Entice Paddler in motor oil has caught several good quality fish. Soft vibes have been working well in Kin Kin creek on Mangrove Jack as well as weedless rigged plastics fished with the new owner flashy swimmer rigs. These are also working well at Lake Borumba on larger saratoga when cast up close to the trees and slow rolled out into deeper water. And this Lake Macdonald report from Jack Bell, above right... "Got a couple healthy bass at Lake Macdonald. Not too big but fun on light gear. Throwing spinnerbaits and jig spinners rigged on paddle tail soft plastics such as Nories Inlet Shads. Casting in close to the lily pads has been producing best."|
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