OFFSHORE: There wasn't a lot to shout about this week with a Covid19 lock-down declared at 4.00pm on Saturday afternoon. All charter boat activity ceased and recreational fishing slowed dramatically as anglers adjusted to the new directive. Clarification came by way of this Queensland Health statement: "You should only fish if it is necessary for essential food and can do so within a 10km radius from your home. Recreational boating is not permitted." Only a few anglers ventured offshore, just the same, although that was more likely due to the moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot+) variable winds than anything else.
While the going was good, the middle reef belt was worth a look. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hi Bill. We fished North Reef and The Hill on Saturday. Conditions were pretty good with a steady current to the south and winds reaching 15 knots by the end of the trip. We had a slow start but persisted with the burley trail and let the fish come to us. We got our group onto a heap of longtail tuna that took live baits drifted out the back, as well as a good feed of moses perch and gold spot cod off the bottom. We also hooked a mako shark which added to the entertainment. Cheers, Nat."
Apart from that, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish were on the bite at Chardon's Reef and the closer reefs such as Stingrays, Sunshine and Arkwright Shoal.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Under the circumstances the results from the rocks and beaches weren't too bad for those anglers combining their daily exercise with a bit of long casting. With the swell easing to almost non-existent, thanks to the prevailing offshore winds, whiting, dart and tarwhine were reported from Peregian to Sunshine Beach while garfish (and the odd tailor) were still schooling off Dolphin Point on the headland.
On the Noosa North Shore, whiting, dart, flathead and a few tailor were active on the top of the tide around Teewah while jewfish were on the bite up at D.I."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Whiting were on the bite in the Frying Pan this week with quite a few fish in the mid 40's reported going for well presented live beach worms. yabbies, prawn pieces and small surface poppers. There were also some good flathead on the bite in the channels there and, along with quality bream, in the stretch from the river mouth (including the Platforms) to the Sand Bags on the Woods Point.
Along from there, the Woods Bays were good for queenfish, GT's and (between dusk and dawn) big eye trevally. Weyba Creek was also worth the effort with some flathead and big whiting on the bite and mud crabs on the move. In the upper river system, the deeper holes produced jewfish and quality flathead."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Short week this week but we did manage a few quality fish before lockdown. The river mouth was still holding good quality flathead, bream and tarwhine while the Woods Bays had schools of smallish GT’s and bream. We also fished up near the cable ferry at Tewantin for flathead. Vicki Picket (above) caught this 58cm lizard there on Saturday morning's charter. It went for an Atomic Plazos Prong soft plastic."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Freshwater has been tough and a very different winter to previous years. The bass are on the move and have been sitting super deep in 10-20 metres and hard to tempt. Sounders are imperative this time of year so have them running and watch scan rates as the schools are small. Small minnow style plastics on 3/8th jigheads have accounted for the better fish. Using heavy jigheads allows for a slow retrieve and the plastic to stay close to the bottom. The edges of the impoundments are holding fish deep in the weed and flicking small lures like the Bassday Sugadeep gets them out. Don’t forget that the Mary River is now closed until 1st November to all types of line fishing to protect the Mary River cod. This applies to all tributaries upstream from the junction of Six Mile Creek and Mary River, including Six Mile Creek.
Note: During this lockdown, recreation areas at Seqwater managed lakes and parks are currently closed. This includes all land and water-based recreation, including boating, fishing and BBQs. This closure does not apply to Borumba Dam which is located outside of the restricted local government areas.