As at Friday December 1, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: The weather forecasts weren't much help this week. Well, actually, they got it right about the rain but the wind forecast was for roughly 12 to 18 knot variable easterlies all week. In reality it was plus or minus 5 to 7 knots so some days were diamonds, other days were marginal at the very least.
Most of the smaller boat owners stayed home or worked the river but the bigger boats went out most days and did well, despite the sometimes ordinary conditions. No one, however, ventured much past the middle reef belt with North Reef being by far the most popular and productive destination. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "We fished North Reef on a five hour charter on Friday. Conditions were ordinary with SSE winds to 20 knots, slight current to the south. We caught snapper, red emperor, trag jew, coral trout, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod." Ronald Wong from Singapore (above) weighed in his thumper bar cheek coral trout at Davo's when he got back from the trip but this is a nice photo of it offshore.
|And the T2 boys fished there again on Sunday... "Conditions were pretty ordinary with SSE winds to 20 knots and 1.5 metre swell. We caught slate bream, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. Pictured (above left) is Kruize McGennan from Boyne Island, Queensland with a nice Maori cod."
Wild Thing 2 targeted North Reef on Saturday... "Conditions were less than favourable with winds to 25 knots and seas to 2m. We did manage a few fish though. We caught some good sized gold spot estuary cod, grass sweetlip, and a couple of cobia." And they fished there again on Sunday morning... "Conditions were pretty sloppy and the rolling swell got the better of a few of the passengers. Anyway, after boating a few moses perch and good size grass sweetlip we called it a day and headed for home." Pictured from that shortish charter, above right, is local lass Ruby Bowyer with a thumper lipper.
And WT2 were there again on Monday, but this time in better conditions... "Wind was about 10 knots easterly. No current. We caught venus tusk fish, moses perch, grassy sweetlip, gold spot estuary cod and Maori cod." Pictured above is Tim Josephson from Merijig in Victoria with his gold spot cod.
And just one more from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished the back of North Reef on Tuesday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots from the south east. No current. We caught moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl perch (below left) and scarlet sea perch, as above."
|Cougar One also did pretty well this week but some of their pix just didn't work out. Anyway, this report and photo from skipper Theo Hewish..."Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Monday. Conditions were great with a light easterly breeze and no current. We caught gold spot cod, Maori cod, coral trout and pearl perch. Here's our 'media moll' decky Wills (above right) with an epic pair: a Maori cod and coral trout . Cheers, Theo."
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|COASTAL: Under the circumstances there wasn't much in the way of reports from the open beaches this week. For the die-hards; The northern end of Sunshine Beach was good for dart, bream and a few whiting while in the shelter of Laguna Bay, Dolphin Point produced chopper tailor and a few squire. Over on the Noosa North Shore, the stretch from the third cutting to Teewah yielded dart, flathead and, around dawn and dusk, the odd chopper tailor.
ESTUARY: The fresh water and murk from the steady rains certainly haven't had a negative impact on the river with bream, tarwhine, whiting and flathead still on the bite at the river mouth, the Dog Beach stretch and the Frying Pan. Gang hooked pilchards, whitebait, prawns, squid baits and mullet strip worked well on the lizards, live worms, yabbies and peeled prawn baits for the rest. Phil Olsen from Melbourne, below, had a great session on the water with Noosa River Fishing Safaris on Friday morning. First off he caught and released a giant herring near Munna Point using a surface popper. Then about an hour later, he caught and released a 65cm flathead (inset right) on a whole prawn bait near the river mouth. You've gotta be happy with that!
The Woods Bays were another good option for the raincoat brigade with bream, trevally and flathead out and about. Samantha Darbison from Sydney, below, caught and released this quality 78cm flathead in the Woods Bays on Monday morning. She was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time.
And not long after, on that same NRFS charter, Jo White from Sydney (below left) caught and released an 80cm flathead, using a whole prawn as bait.
|Not far from there, bream, whiting, trevally, javelin fish and queenfish were active in the Munna Point stretch. From Zachary 'Mystery Man' Walpole, above right..."Used a 3" Keitech Easy Shiner near the Munna Point Bridge on Sunday and got this little grunter. Released after a quick photo. Cheers."
Upriver, bream and flathead were on the bite around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin and, together with mangrove jacks, in the stretch between the lakes. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo from Monday morning of Tyler Darbison from Sydney (above) with a 56cm mangrove jack which he caught up river on a herring fillet. Tyler is allergic to fish so Dad Kevin had to hold it up." Live baits and 80mm poppers including, Jackson R.A. Pop and Rapala 70mm X-Rap poppers also worked well on the jacks.
Note: Mud crabs were out and about along the mangrove edges toward Lake Cooroibah and around Jew Hole. Mullet heads and frames were best baits.
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