OFFSHORE: It was a bit like 'Ground Hog Day' this week or, as they say.. 'Deja Vu all over again.' The seven day Covid19 lockdown ended Sunday afternoon but apart from a few adventurous souls who headed offshore in the belief that the 'fishing for essential food' proviso applied to them, there wasn't much activity. After that, moderate to fresh variable northerlies slowed things even further so it wasn't until Thursday that the offshore scene fired up again.
With a 10km from home restriction in force due to the Covid19 lockdown until 4.00pm on Sunday, Laguna Bay and the close reefs like Stingrays and Sunshine were the only option for those looking for a feed. From Robert Noy, above... "Hi guys. Took my young fella Col out to Sunshine Reef for some essential food items on Saturday. He got his first coral trout and a nice grass sweetlip. Baits were prawns and pilchards. The Water Police were out issuing warnings and said recreational fishing is not allowed during lockdown. They were good about and issued a warning and not a fine. Not sure how it’s worse than going to Woolies but if you head out just be prepared to be stopped." Rob and Col's offshore fishing trip might have been cut short by the boys in blue but they did manage to come home with dinner and their catch won them the bonus of this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Thursday saw some of the bigger boats head out for the first time since the lockdown. We received this report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner late that afternoon... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on today’s nine hour. Conditions were a bit lumpy with 10-15 knots of NE wind on top of a bit of swell. We got a good feed of venus tusk fish, hussar, moses perch and grass sweetlip, although there were no real standout fish. Cheers, Nat."
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "We've had a few reports of tailor being out and about. These fish are picking up gang hooked pilchards after dark and (during the day) smaller slugs or micro jigs retrieved at speed. Check out the range of wired assist hooks for use when toothy critters are about. Off the rocks there have been a few smaller sweetlip out the back with bream and trevally in the wash. Peregian Beach was also good for bream and dart.
On the National Park headland, trevally were schooling from the Fairy Pools to Hells Gates while bream were active off Dolphin Point and the Boiling Pot."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Estuary anglers were warned off the water over the weekend by police who interpreted the lockdown rules quite differently to many locals. Reality was though, you couldn't argue with the man with the ticket book and as there were no fines issued it was all good. From Monday onwards it was business as usual but there weren't many out and about taking advantage of it. Those who did reported the odd flathead on the bite from the Woods Point to the river mouth and a few good whiting responding well to live yabbies, prawns and beach worms across the sand flats.
Bream were also in good numbers at the river mouth, along the Platforms to the Dog Beach, in the Woods Bays (along with trevally), around Munna Point and up in Weyba Creek. Trevor Rauert (below left) caught this 38cm specimen at Munna Point on Tuesday. It went for a piece of cooked prawn."
Golden trevally and the odd GT were also on the prowl around the Sun Lagoon/Munna Point Bridge area, and up above Tewantin, while the Noosa Waters canals were another good option for bream and the odd surprise hookup. From Tim Lawless... "Hi Bill. We fished North Reef on Sunday and caught not much more than a cold... but we found some action in the canals of Noosa Waters with Finley (above right) landing this 128cm barracuda. Released safely."