OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore brigade with light to moderate variable southerlies the norm rather than the exception. Not a lot of swell around either so it was pretty much as good as it gets for this time of year. The bar was quite manageable too, but care was needed either side of low tide.
The outer reefs were certainly worth the effort and extra fuel this week with snapper, Maori cod, moses perch and venus tusk fish on the bite and in good numbers out on The Hards and at the Barwon Banks. Report and photo above from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi everyone. Tuesday was a good forecast for an overnighter to The Banks. After a rough ride out it settled down around midday. From there we got stuck into some quality fish... mainly snapper, along with pearl perch, venus tusk fish , Moses perch and gold spot wrasse. After a comfortable kip, the morning was very quiet so a smooth run in was very acceptable. A quick fillet session was a good feed for the pelicans, and all the crew. Gotta love this great snapper season. Cheers, Chicko."
It was otherwise quiet with mostly pan sized reefies on the bite along the middle reef belt. North Reef was the standout with snapper, gold spot cod, moses perch and the odd cobia reported by those anglers prepared to work through a couple of tide changes. From Max Trappett... "Hey! Caught this cobia on a soft plastic. It went really hard with the light snapper gear. Good fun." Apart from that, Sunshine Reef produced keeper size snapper, Maori cod and sweetlip.
COASTAL: Swallowtail dart were out and about in numbers on the open beaches this week with some good fish coming from Castaways Beach (along with the odd flathead) and together with whiting and chopper tailor, from Marcus Beach. Tailor were also on the bite off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach, as were rat yellowtail kingfish while Hell's Gates produced snapper and jewfish. Along from there, quality bream were active off the Fairy Pools, garfish were schooling in Granite Bay while on Main Beach, whiting were in numbers around the middle rock groyne. Apart from that, tailor were on the bite from the river mouth to the First Cutting on the Noosa North Shore and (along with flathead) up around Teewah township. Early morning got best results there.
ESTUARY: Bream made up the numbers in the lower estuary this week with the stretch from the river mouth to the upper Dog Beach area producing some good fish. Judging by the lack of activity around the car park rocks, though, it looks like the luderick season may be coming to an end. This weekend will tell.
Flathead were on the prowl in the deeper waters and whiting were biting around the shallows in the Frying Pan. River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Still some good flathead in the lower estuary on prawns and the soft plastics. Con from New South Wales (above) picked up his 60cm specimen on Monday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait. The Woods Bays fished pretty well for bream and flathead while Weyba Creek (right up in the lake) was good for whiting. Tewantin had mainly pelagics... small GT’s, goldens, school jew and queenfish between the ski runs and first lake."
As mentioned, bream were well spread. Young Rory, above left, on holiday in Noosa from Tasmania, caught his quality fish on a whole prawn bait. And the current line/Munna Point area still held a few golden trevally. From Alastair Sim, above right... "Hello Bill. My name is Alastair. I am 9 years old. I come from Sydney. I caught this big golden trevally in the Noosa River. It was 55cms long and I caught it on a whole prawn bait around the front of the Coast Guard near the caravan park. Sincerely Alastair Sim and mum." Along the Noosaville stretch, whiting were schooling on the sand flats around Goat Island.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been fishing well in the consistent conditions and the winter bass are schooling in the main basin at Borumba and the deeper sections of Macdonald. Anglers are reporting good catches on the Hot Bite Gang Banger spoons and heavy jigheads on 2-3 inch sized soft plastic curly tails slowly wound through the schools. Saratoga are quieter approaching their breeding season and if after one, persistence and stealth are a must
From Rod Oldfield, above right... "Hey Bill. Fished Borumba Dam with local guru Neil Coxon on Monday. A cold start of 7 degrees saw the fishing slow at first but as the day warmed up we managed three bass and Neil boated a 70cm saratoga. Lost a thumper toga when it hit the lure right next to the boat and went absolutely crazy, breaking off the lure. We thought that conservatively it would have been 80cm! All caught casting small hard body lures and all released. Cheers, Rod." This week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize was awarded to Rod's entry. We'll leave the divvy up to the two amigos.