As at Friday August 18, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Ah well, the extended run of excellent weather had to come to an end at some stage and in this case it was the steady build up of fresh to strong variable northerlies which precipitated the change late Wednesday morning. And with the northerlies came to heat with Thursday's temperatures peaking around 30 degrees Celsius before heading for the low twenties as the winds took on a cooler, more southerly flavour ahead of the weekend.
The bar was quite manageable most of the week and there were no real issues apart from the usual prop polishing incidents around low tide. Buzz words this week were quality snapper and thumper pearl perch, followed by feast or famine. Some anglers complained about the poor fishing, others boasted about bagging out on the aforementioned species. The most popular out wide destination? The Hards where the snapper and pearl perch were in good numbers and size. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Hards on Saturday. Wind was 15 to 20 knots from the north west dropping to 10 knots by the afternoon. Light current run to the south. We got a great feed of snapper and venus tuskers. Also boated hussar and longtail tuna." From that charter, above, is Jayah Wilson from Peregian with a good knobby and below, Trevor Hill from Cooroy with a nice snapper.
And the Noosa Charters lads fished The Hards on Friday as well, coming back from that trip with snapper, venus tusk fish, hussar, rosy job fish, pig fish, collared sea bream and thumper pearl perch. Whale Park from Noosa, below left, is posing with one of the quality pearlies from that full day charter.
|North Reef was worth a look as long as you weren't chasing the big stuff with lots of plate size squire, moses perch and grass sweetlip on the bite, along with hussar and the odd gold spot cod. And it was a similar scenario at Sunshine Reef. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Saturday. Conditions were; North Westerly wind 8-13 knots with a 1 metre swell. We caught coral trout, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod and lots of undersize red emperor. We also had a fantastic Whale Watch on our way back to Noosa. Pictured (above right) is Campbell Loader-Chown with his Maori Cod." In Laguna Bay there were reports of school mackerel in numbers around Hall's Reef.
|In case you're not aware. The Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize is worth a whopping $100.00! That's right! The weekly winner receives a $50.00 store credit and a $50.00 lure pack from ChaseBaits Australia. Comp deadline is 9.00am every Friday so get your entries in! Details here: www.fishingnoosa.com.au/fishoftheweek.htm The video above features July's standout entries.|
|COASTAL: The open beaches were pretty quiet but those prepared to work the beach found good water at Peregian Beach producing chopper tailor. Further up, Castaways Beach was good for quality bream while Sunshine Beach was the spot for whiting. On the Noosa North Shore a couple of deeper holes just up from the river mouth held flathead, tarwhine and bream while at the top end, tailor and rat yellowtails were on the bite off the rocks at D.I.
ESTUARY: No surprises at the river mouth this week. Bream, flathead and whiting were the mainstay there with the morning run-out tide working best for the lizards earlier in the week. Further up, bream, flathead and tailor were active in the Frying Pan while the Woods Point and outer Woods Bay current line played host to GT's, lots of golden trevally and the odd quality cale cale trevally. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo from last Thursday morning of Ang Buckley from Dodges Ferry, Tasmania (below) with a golden trevally. Caught on a prawn in The outer Woods Bay."
Flathead were also on the prowl in that area with quite a few 80cm+ fish taking prawns, whole fish baits, live baits and soft plastics. Tobias Wienes from Germany, below, caught and released an 87cm specimen there on a whole prawn Saturday morning. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari."
And on the same charter, his father Juergen (below) caught and released a 76cm and 83cm lizard around Tewantin. Both fish went for whole whitebaits.
Bream, flathead and trevally were on the bite off Munna Point and, together with tailor, in the Munna Point Bridge area. From Carly Weddell, Brisbane... "Hey Bill. We came up to Noosa for the weekend. Samir (below left) caught this nice tailor early on Saturday morning on a piece of chicken, in his usual, favourite spot. He lost a larger one just before he caught this one. Released straight after this pic! We will see you again soon. Cheers, Carly." The Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize was shared jointly this week with Samir winning $50.00 worth of ChaseBaits soft plastics.
|Weyba Creek was good for whiting and bream while up at Tewantin, flathead, bream, tailor and javelin fish were reported on the bite around the Noosa Marina, opposite the boat ramp and Council Chambers and along both ski runs. With this freakish warmer weather there were also lots of keeper size mangrove jacks out and about around the Marina and the stretch between the lakes. On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam and Lake Macdonald have been productive for anglers using small soft plastics cast deep into structure. The right arm at Borumba was a surface anglers paradise and the northern banks of Lake Macdonald were where to find the bass. Lighter 1/6th to 1/8th jigheads on a size 2 hook were the best option on 6-8lb leader. Surface presentations were also working well. From Gerry Murphy... "Young Jed (above right) caught this 45cm bass in Lake MacDonald on Monday night with a Storm Gamoku popper recently bought from Davo's Tackle World. It was caught from the bank after a fair bit of stalking as Jed could see it swimming just under the surface. It was released to fight another day." For his efforts, Jed shared this week's FOTW prize, winning a $50.00 store credit at Davo's.|
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