As at Friday April 5, 2019.
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|Below left. The weekend turned out to be the best option for the offshore boys with Saturday being the pick of the litter...|
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|OFFSHORE: It wasn't the most exciting week for the offshore brigade with moderate to fresh northerlies making things a tad difficult for all but the bigger boats on Saturday and fresh to strong south easterlies pretty much limiting activity to the relative shelter of Laguna Bay from Monday onwards. When fishable, Sunshine Reef produced longtail tuna, grass sweetlip, pearl perch and moses perch.
The good news is that the weather's looking good for the start of the Easter Holiday break. You can check our daily updates HERE.
The less than hospitable conditions didn't deter 97 yak anglers from competing in Saturday's Starlight Kayak Fishing Challenge. It was a limited competition, however, with organisers cutting it short after roughly three hours due to adverse conditions. Regardless, about 15 anglers came back in with about 18 fish ranging from Spanish and school mackerel to grass sweetlip, mack tuna and longtail tuna.
Tuna made up the bulk of the catch but the standout 21kg Spanish mackerel (caught by Paul Weeks, above left) took out first prize. Also pictured (above right) are the McGregor lads with their tuna. James, (left in photo) won second prize with his 12kg longtail.
Dave Anderson (above) hit Laguna Bay on his kayak early Saturday morning before the northerlies freshened. It was a good call, but the fish weren't cooperating, with only one undersize Spaniard taking his trolled, squid skirted pilchard on Hall's Reef. With the wind and chop on the rise, Dave headed in but hit the jackpot near the middle rock groyne when this 13kg Spaniard jumped on his trolled bait.
|Please Note: The 6 knot holiday speed limit will be in force in the river from April 6 to April 22, 2019. More detailed info: HERE|
Dave Maybury from Yandina (above) fished Double Island Point on a Trekka 2 charter a couple of weeks ago. They had a great time in near perfect conditions, catching cobia, trout cod, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, venus tusk fish, moses perch, grass emperor, gold spot cod and a couple of nice red emperor. Dave's fish was the standout of the trip, however, and was also voted the Noosa Charters 'Fish of the Month' for March. As a result, Dave wins a free seven hour offshore fishing charter valued at $200.00. Congratulations mate!
|COASTAL: We got very little feedback from the open beaches this week which, under the circumstances, is not surprising. Having said that, the waters around Point Arkwright at Coolum produced the odd quality jewfish or mulloway after dark (on live mullet baits) while Dolphin Point in the shelter of the Noosa National Park headland was good for the odd squire and, early in the morning, chopper tailor.
ESTUARY: The bread and butter species were out and about in the lower estuary with whiting leading the charge at the river mouth and average size flathead in good numbers in the centre channel. Further up, estuary cod were on the prowl around the Sand Bags while flathead and trevally (mostly tea leaf) were active in the outer Woods Bay. Below left, from Kerry Schultz... "Hi - this is my 10 year old boy Oliver. He caught this 60cm flathead in the Woods Bays on a prawn on Friday morning. He was so excited to wear his new Tackle World shirt and to land the biggest fish he had ever caught. He was engrossed in all the excitement of reeling in his flathead that when looking up he had a whole audience with a fishing charter boat watching the funniest moments. Ha ha ha. Happy fishing, Kerry."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We had a good week in the river. Got rained but it's good to see some decent rainfall for the system. We caught flathead in the Woods and around the Coast Guard at Munna Point. There is still some whiting getting around the shallows and gutters of the Frying Pan and mouth. We also fished the ski runs in Tewantin for flathead, bream and whiting. Fan from Toowoomba (above right) caught this 60cm flathead on a whitebait in the Woods on Saturday morning."
Whiting were also biting around Culgoa Point, the Munna Flats and above the Motorway Bridge in Weyba Creek where mud crabs were also on the move. And let's not forget the Munna Point Bridge area which was good for trevally. From Ethan Chilby, above... "Hey mate. A mate and I scooted out for a quick flick in the lower estuary on Wednesday arvo. Persisted through the 'on and off again' showers to get this nice 62cm golden trevally around low tide. It went for a Squidgie soft plastic. After a 10 minute fight it was safely released to fight another day." Ethan's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And this from local angler Noah Williams, above left... "Hey Bill. We were fishing the Munna Point Bridge on Thursday morning. We were flicking around Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastics. I cast out and hooked up on the drop and my drag started screaming and we were trying to keep him away from the pylons. We safely released him after a quick photo. He went 42cm." Up at Tewantin, mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina after dark and flathead were taking soft plastics and live fish baits opposite the Council Chambers. Further up, mangrove jacks, threadfin salmon and trevally were on the bite at the mouth of, and in, Lake Cooroibah and, along with estuary cod, in the stretch between the lakes. Above right, from Jason Clarey... "Trolling a hard body lure in Lake Cooroibah around 3 knots on Tuesday afternoon produced this 32cm trevally. It was Liam’s first trevally and he was pretty chuffed."
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam certainly got a good drenching with Lake Macdonald now at 110% and overflowing and Borumba sitting at 97% capacity. With the cooler rain you can expect to find the fish have been driven to the warmer waters and will be enjoying the various prey items getting washed off the trees and surrounding hill sides. With this in mind now is a great time to break out your creature baits and work the edges for the bigger fish lurking in the shallows. Check out ChaseBaits Frogs, Lunkerhunt Pop Frog and Tiemco Soft Shell Cicadas. As the sun rises, move into deeper waters and drop-offs and throw spinnerbaits and blades.
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