OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week as far as the offshore scene was concerned, considering that Friday and Saturday were definite no-go's with fresh to strong south easterly winds battering the coastline. The associated 2.5m+ seas and swell didn't help much either. Conditions improved quite rapidly from Sunday onwards, however, when light variable winds and a steadily decreasing swell set the scene for almost perfect winter weather in the latter half of the week.
With the closed season on snapper and pearl perch in force until 11.59pm on August 15, anglers looked to other species. Report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Did an overnighter Tuesday/Wednesday. Conditions were calm, small swell and the full moon made good for angling through the night. We set our GPS on a spot near Double Island Point which holds frying pan snapper or frypan bream. Fun to catch and great eating. Other species landed were tusk fish, sweetlip, Maori cod and some cracking moses perch. We checked out the FAD on the way but no mahi mahi in sight!! Chicko."
While others targeted bigger fish. From James Miller, above left... "Caught this 17kg amberjack on an 8kg Shimano PW Nano rod bought at Davo's Tackle World on Sunday off the 30% off special rack. Fishing north of Double Island Point on Monday. Caught a 1.5kg golden trevally, put the size 7 Mustad big gun hook through its nose sent it back down. Didn't get to the bottom! Was worried the rod was too light! Paired it with my Penn 4500 Slammer III with 20 pound braid. The rod nailed it, bent in half, sideways, loaded from every possible angle. Six huge runs. Very impressed." And I'm sure James will be even more impressed when he learns that his quality capture won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Back along the middle reef belt, the North Reef area produced the goods for those in the know. Report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We finally got out on Sunday for a seven hour trip after the recent run of bad weather. Conditions were fairly good with no current and only about 10 knots of southerly wind on top of a rolling swell. We expected the fishing to improve as the afternoon went on, which it certainly did as we boated quality jewfish, some stonker grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod, and moses perch. We also released quite a few nice pearl perch due to the closure, but it was good to see them around in numbers. Cheers, Nat."
Closer in, Hall's Reef and Arkwright Shoal yielded a few sweetlip, as did Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus there of the odd keeper size coral trout.
COASTAL: The full moon phase saw the jewfish (mulloway) come out to play after dark with some good keeper size fish coming on the bite at South Peregian Beach and, along with some quality bream, Sunshine Beach. During the day, Marcus Beach fished well for flathead, dart and whiting.
On the Noosa North Shore, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach yielded flathead, small tailor, whiting and dart, as did the waters around Teewah township.
ESTUARY: Report from Bill Watson, Fishing Noosa... "The luderick finally came on the bite in good numbers late last week (most of the boys bagged out) so I popped down to the river mouth on Friday afternoon to film (with a bit of luck) some of the action. The usual suspects were lined up at the Platforms... Billy, Cobby, Adam, Col and Brian. It wasn't long before Cobby hooked up, then Adam (while I was filming Cobby), then Brian. 'Busy as' there for a while. Brian and Cobby landed one more each before I had to go. You can view the video clip directly below. Late start to the full on season but no complaints from the boys."
Report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Some nice flathead have been caught on the run out at the river mouth this week and good size trevally were active on the high tide out from the river mouth car park rock wall. Whiting were biting on the flats on the run out tide while trevally, bream and queenfish were schooling just out from T-Boats, at the Current Line and, together with the odd tailor, around the Munna Point Bridge. From Tewantin lad Charles Sweeney, below left... "Hi. On Saturday I went early morning fishing on the river with my dad. We caught a good number of bream but this one was my best of the day. I caught it on mullet strip casting over the sand bank opposite Munna Beach. It put up a good fight. I put him back to catch another day!"
Along from there, Weyba Creek was a good option for good quality whiting. Up around Tewantin, flathead and quality bream were on the bite near the Noosa Marina while school jewfish and trevally were active up around Makepeace Island. From Santiago Ramirez-Cuevas... "Hello Guys. Orlando (above right) and I had an exciting Saturday afternoon. After a few light showers with some winds we persevered and caught this beautiful GT upriver from Tewantin. We were using live herring. So much fun and a great family dinner. Best Regards, Santiago." Apart from that, whiting were biting at the top of Lake Cooroibah.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments have been firing lately. The winds have picked up and made it slightly harder to fish but the results have been great. Borumba Dam and Lake Macdonald have both been holding fish in high numbers especially in the main lower areas. The bass are schooling up and many are fattened up and full of milt which is a sign they are ready to breed but unable to reach brackish water to do so. These fish are in the deeper waters so fishing with heavier 3/8thoz jig heads is a must. Keitech Easy Shiners are working well when slow rolled. Hot Bite V2 spoons have been securing the bulk of the fish with a slow retrieve and during the fall. Be sure you crimp the barbs on all the hooks as bass swallow these. This makes release faster and safer. There is an edge bite for those that like to drift and flick the edges. Smaller suspending lures like the Bassday Sugadeep are perfect and with 10-12lb leader you can be sure that you won’t get dusted into the timber when you need to apply the pressure.
From Kyle Kelly, pictured above... "Hi there. My little ones (Lylah aged four and Harlan aged two) had their first fishing trip on the weekend and both got their first catches of bass. Harlan caught his fish on a worm and Lylah caught hers on a ZMan Chatterbait. Both fish were released. We were at Borumba Dam."