OFFSHORE: It wasn't one of our better weeks as far as the offshore scene goes and right smack in the middle of the Easter Holidays too. A bit of a shame for those visitors who towed their boats up to Noosa only to find that the exposed reefs were no place for the sub five metre vessels. On the upside, the bar was pretty much 'flat as' in the latter half of the week and the tuna were chasing the bait schools around Laguna Bay and, at times, within 100 metres of the bar.
Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday afternoon. Conditions were a tad lumpy but certainly fishable with 15 knots of south east wind. We caught longtail tuna, venus tusk fish and grass sweetlip. Pictured (above) is Jack Sorger from Melbourne with a nice longtail or northern bluefin tuna."
And the next day we received this report from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Monday morning. The bar was quite small and no problem for most boats. We had a steady 15 knot southerly wind and some current to the north. We caught school and Spanish mackerel, grass emperor, monocle bream, squire and venus tusk fish. Pictured (above left) is Kelvin Bertacchini with a nice Spanish mackerel." And above right, from Thursday's Cougar One charter... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef this morning. Conditions were a bit ordinary but regardless, we caught snapper, grass sweetlip, Spanish mackerel and cobia. Cheers, Theo ." There also reports of the odd quality coral trout on the bite there.
COASTAL: Dart and bream were well spread on the southern beaches this week while quality whiting were reported biting at the northern end of Alexandria Bay on the National Park headland. Live yabbies (pumped in the river) were getting good results there, especially on the run-out tide. Around the corner from there, some thumper dart were on the prowl off the rocks at the Fairy Pools and more good whiting were on the chew (in the early morning before the crowds arrived) back towards Main Beach at First Point.
ESTUARY: Although not in big numbers, flathead and whiting were on the bite at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan with high tide around the flats working for the lizards and low tide around the deeper channels producing some good whiting on live worms. Up from there, the Woods Bays were worth a look with trevally (diamonds, GT's and goldens) on the prowl in the inner bay and the odd tailor in the outer bay. Fish of the Week entry from Carmen O'Grady... "Dear Davo's Tackle World. I thought I would enter this photo of my Dad, Brian Barsby (below left) in the Fish of the Week Competition. Dad caught this 53cm beauty on the Noosa River on Friday. My husband and I came up to visit him from Toowoomba during the school holidays and it was looking like an ordinary day and Dad was umming and ahhing on whether to head out. We eventually convinced him to hit the water just after 4pm. Five minutes after casting our prawn baits in the water, dad got a good bite. He couldn't wipe the smile off his face, after fishing the Noosa River for the past 25 years Dad has never caught a Golden Trevally before. This fishing trip will definitely be one we will never forget. Cheers, Carmen."
The Noosaville stretch produced whiting (on the sand flats) and bream around structure. From Jai Kumar... "Hi Bill. My two kids, Dash and Pia (pictured above right) hit the river on Tuesday morning and caught (and released) their first moses perch and bream. Absolutely stoked. Even convinced the wife to spend a few hours on the water with us! It was my daughter’s first fish on rod and reel so she was pretty happy. My son is a bit of an old hand and reckons he’s the only one to teach her how to fish. Works for me as the kids getting into it means more time on the water for father/son/daughter time. My wife get more time to herself. Everyone wins! Caught on lightly-weighted prawns. Cheers, Jai."
And above, from Grant Pawson, Noosa Fish Headz... "Gidday Bill. Tailor starting to show up all over the river. This was caught on Sunday morning on a Holt Productions 4" Swim Prawn... Solid fish on 12lb leader. Was lucky to get it in the net, with the aerial show it put on." The back of Noosa Sound was still good for the odd mangrove jack (on mullet strips and live fish baits) after dark while Weyba Creek was the spot for quality mud crabs. Flathead were also active at the mouth of Lake Doonella, the Noosa Marina and (along with the odd tailor and diamond trevally) the first ski run at Tewantin. From Dean Garrow... "Hi Davo's. Many thanks for the tips, bait, and gear over the last couple of weeks. Here are a couple of ripper flathead that Louis (below left) got five minutes apart up at the ski run. Easily his best catch to date. Cheers, Dean."
And we received this report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The lower estuary fished a bit slower this week. We still caught some bream, the odd flathead and that but certainly weren't kicking goals down that way, Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah fished reasonably well... a few flathead getting around, plenty of bream and the odd whiting are still kicking about. Got busted off a bit around the rock bar up river so still a bit of fun to be had up that way. Pictured (above right) is Dan Penny from Melbourne who had such a great time on last week's charter that he booked again. He got this 67cm flatty up in Lake Cooroibah on a silver biddy bait. Released it after a quick photo."
Further up, the stretch from above the ferry to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah saw a bit of mangrove jack action. From Daniel Dyer... "After a bad day at work I threw a couple of beers and my number one decky Jake (above) in the boat and snuck out for an hour of power. While I was dehooking Jake's first little jack he nailed this bad boy!! No better way to turn a frown upside down." Young Jake's colourful captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. The jacks were still on the bite in the stretch between the lakes (as were trevally and estuary cod) while up in Kin Kin Creek the tarpon were again out and about in numbers with good size fish responding well to small surface poppers.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have certainly warmed up with some mid week sunshine hitting the darker water. Borumba has been quieter, but Lake Macdonald has been firing with the saratoga and bass. These fish falling for just about anything you can throw at them. Be sure to carry a wide range of surface and hardbodies including Jackall Micro Pompadour, Bassday Sugadeep, Jackall Squirrel and Norries Laydown Minnows to name a few great baits.