As at Friday August 3, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week actually. Variable northerlies over the weekend... then a bit of a mixed bag after the that. The good thing was that the winds were nearly always in the light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) range, the swell was around 0.5 metres and the bar crossing was pretty much 'easy as'.
The bar approach was a bit tricky either side of low tide but, apart from a few red faces and some well polished props, there were no major incidents. There were some nice fish boated, too, with all reef locations (in close and out wide) well and truly on the agenda. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished The Hards on Friday in next to perfect conditions. The wind was up to 10 knots with a light southerly current. We caught heaps of good snapper, big venus tuskies, hussar, moses perch, rosy jobfish and a good amberjack." From that nine hour charter we have Ben Wanka from Chinchilla, Queensland (above) with a quality amberjack and below left, Nicole Staier from Fortitude Valley, Brisbane with her snapper.
|The Wild Thing 2 crew targeted The Hards again on Wednesday... "The wind was 10 knots from the north west and easing with a light northerly current. It was a tough start but we found a feed in the end. We caught moses perch, hussar, rosy jobfish, coral bream, good venus tuskies, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish and snapper." Double Island Point didn't disappoint either. Report and photo (above right) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Saturday. We had glassed out conditions but we also had heaps of current run heading south. We caught quality spangled emperor, some thumper moses perch, venus tusk fish, jobfish, hussar, Maori cod and gold spot wrasse."
And this one from Lachlan Riley, above... "Hey Bill. Been fishing Double Island Point a lot lately and it's paid off big time with snapper everywhere and mixed reefies and pelagics... cobia, AJ's and longnose trevally. Scored this nice cobia and my biggest ever parrot on Saturday. Fish of a lifetime!"
The middle reef belt was also worth a few pick drops. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Friday afternoon in great conditions. We caught pearl perch, cobia, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Pictured (above) is Jess from Victoria with a monster pearl perch and her husband Matt with a very nice cobia." There were also a few gold spot cod and Maori cod on the bite there.
And local lad Angus Andreassen (above) fished North Reef with his dad early on Sunday morning and came back with two PB's. A 4.5kg snapper and a 3.5kg Maori cod. Both fish went for pilchard baits. Angus' quality captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to North Reef on Sunday. Conditions were great with little wind and very little current. We caught snapper, moses perch, tusk fish, pearl perch and cobia." Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced grass sweetlip, Maori cod, snapper and the odd coral trout. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced snapper and kingfish. Hall's Reef... sweetlip and tuna.|
|As mentioned earlier, the bar crossing was pretty much 'easy as' this week. The short video clip below left is typical of the conditions.|
|The Davo's Social Fishing Competition looks like being the biggest and best yet. There are four target species in the catch and release comp: Bream, Trevally, Flathead and Tailor. First prize for each species is a minimum $200.00 and the lucky draw prize is a $400.00 Gift Pack from sponsors Penn and Berkley. You can register at any of the Davo's stores. Pick up your competition token after 1.00pm today, Friday August 3 and get into it. Prize giving and free barbeque and drinks at Davo's Tackle World Noosa from 12.00pm Sunday, August 5.|
|COASTAL: The open beaches fired up a bit more this week with dart and some quality whiting reported on the bite from as far south as Yaroomba Beach and further up the coast at Marcus and Castaways Beaches. From nine year old Tommy Miller, below... "Hi Bill. Caught my PB whiting off Yaroomba Beach on Saturday afternoon. They went 35cm and 34 cm. Caught them on live beach worms pulled by my dad. Totally stoked. Cheers, Tommy."
North Sunshine Beach was a good option for the odd chopper tailor and some quality dart while the waters off Lion Rock at the south end of Alexandria Bay yielded jewfish and greenback tailor around the full moon. Moving along, trevally and bream were on the bite off the Fairy Pools and whiting were biting at Little Cove. On the North Shore, tailor, whiting and dart were active around Teewah while off the rocks at D.I. it was luderick and quality bream.
ESTUARY: The river mouth produced the usual bread and butter species such as bream and flathead. Whiting were also schooling there and (in better numbers) up around the Dog Beach sand flats. Larz, Aurien and Jayden (below) had an absolute ball on Sunday afternoon, fishing the shallows just up from the river mouth. No one told them that it might be a challenge with all the weekend boat traffic so they happily collected a bucket load of quality whiting, top weight 500gms. They got all their fish on live beach worms and were looking forward to a good feed of whiting and chips later that night.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "The river fished well the last week. There's nice whiting in at the river mouth with a few bream hanging around there too. The Woods continues to produce some good golden trevally. We picked up some good flathead around the Gympie Tce area. Up at Tewantin we saw a couple of winter jacks around the structures near the ski run as well as more flatties and a couple of javelin fish. Pictured (below) is Michael with a 70cm golden which he caught and released on our sport fishing charter. It went for the trusty old Gladiator Prawn. This fish wrapped itself around someone's anchor line so we had to chase it a bit. I don't how the braid didn't snap but he got it on board for a quick photo."
Trevally were still on the prowl along the current line and, together with tailor, in the Woods Bays while the Noosaville stretch produced some good flathead. From Andrew Dickason... "Attached is a photo of my youngest son Jack (below left) and his first ever Lizard. Caught this week on a lure purchased from Davo's. Got a bunch of lures from the shop including the lure that landed this Lizard. Interestingly the one that caught this 48cm fish was the cheapest at $6.66 out of the sale bin!! Jack has been fishing for 3 weeks trying to land a flatty without success. However in our last week and the last day of our boat hire, we scored. Sky from Davo's gave us great local advice and really took the time to talk to us, so kudos to her for being a champ. Jack is rapt to the back teeth, and the fuse has been lit for a life of fishing. Jack is 7 yrs old and is now calling himself Flathead Jack or Mangrove Jack."
And from Matt Trigar... "Hey Guys. My eight year old son Spencer (above centre) and I had a great day on the river on Saturday trolling for flathead. Worked down river with the out-going tide from the mouth of the first lake and ended up with four quality fish. This one was 68cm and smashed a 'Zerek Tango Shad' near Goat Island. Made the young fella extra happy as up until this point I had landed the biggest fish for the day at 60cm. Nice way to finish off a cracking day on the river. Still hearing about who caught the biggest lizard! Cheers, Matt." And this from Mick Rowland, above right... "After having a terrible morning offshore on Sunday, losing what would have been my first longtail tuna, we decided to have a flick in the river. So we found a shallow inlet, cast out a little diver, and out of nowhere I was onto what I didn't know at the time was a fish of a lifetime, Carelessly hauling it in on 6lb until I saw it surface. After putting up a massive yet outstanding fight we finally landed the 76cm beast. After quickly taking photos and measuring we let the big girl go as we watched her swim back into the blue." Apart from that there were some thumper bream on the bite opposite the Council Chambers.
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