OFFSHORE: Well, the month long snapper and pearl perch closure finished at 12.01am last Sunday. I've no doubt that we'll all benefit from these new regulations further down the track. In the meantime, many anglers occupied themselves overhauling their tackle and servicing their boats in anticipation of the 'return to normal'. And it was certainly worth the wait with some great conditions on the local reefs and quality snapper (and other species) on the bite.
Admittedly there were a few blustery days towards the end of the week but with the winds being primarily variable westerlies there were plenty of sheltered spots in close to work from if necessary. On the better days, though, those anglers who made the run out to the Barwon Banks and The Hards were well rewarded with good size snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, jewfish (or mulloway) and cobia on the bite. From closer to shore, we received this report and photos (above and below) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Morning Bill. The boys from Coast to Country Plumbing and Roofing booked the whole boat for a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Sunday. The weather was beautiful and we boated some cracking fish including moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, bonito and some great snapper. Conditions were perfect with wind up to 10 knots from the south west and next to no current."
From the middle reef belt, this report and photos (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We fished North Reef on a five hour charter on Friday. Conditions were good with 5 to 10 knots of northerly wind and a slight current from the north. We caught quality Maori cod and sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Pictured are the two standout fish which fell to whole pilchards, the Maori tipped the scales at 4.1kg and the sweetlip at 3.8kg. Cheers, Nat." The T2 crew fished North again on Wednesday. The five hour charter came back with Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip and good snapper.
And from Jake Marlow, below left... "Hey Bill. I was fishing off Noosa on Wednesday. It was a bit rough in the morning heading out but once we got there the wind dropped away and it glassed off. We got a lot of fish on the day but the standout was when I dropped down a paternoster rig and bought up two cobia on the one line. It was a very successful day on the water." Jake's double header won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a look. Report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday's five hour trip. Conditions weren’t too bad and the fish were on straight away. First up was this nice 65cm trout, followed by Maori cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch and grass sweetlip. Cheers, Nat." Hall's Reef in Laguna Bay produced the odd grass sweetlip, keeper size snapper and cobia.
COASTAL: The open beaches were pretty steady again this week with dart in good numbers at Peregian Beach, flathead at Castaways and (along with quality bream) at Sunshine Beach. There were also a few good bream and whiting biting in Alexandria Bay while over the other side of the headland the garfish were still schooling in the Fairy Pools/Granite Bay area. And just along from there, Dolphin Point was good for more quality bream and the odd chopper tailor.
Bream were also on the chew at First Point and the middle rock groyne on Main Beach and (together with tailor and dart) up towards D.I. on the North Shore.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead and bream were the two main species on the bite at the river mouth this week. Bob Hedges from Sunshine Beach (below left) tempted this 38cm bream with a bit of chicken fillet there on Monday afternoon. Bream were also active around the Sand Bags while tailor, trevally and queenfish were working the Current Line. Chris (below right), on holiday in Noosa from the Hunter Valley, was spotted by local Mark Arnall bringing in this nice golden trevally at Munna Beach so he snapped a photo. It went, apparently, for a piece of marinated chicken fillet.
Tailor were responding well to surface lures in the Woods Bays while Weyba Creek was the spot for more bream and a few whiting. Further upriver, flathead were on the bite across from Noosa Yacht Club, bream were in numbers around the Marina and school jew were active in the deep holes between the lakes.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught bream and whiting at the Dog Beach and river mouth plus a couple of diamonds and flathead in the Woods Bays. Lake Cooroibah has the odd flathead and small jewfish. Weyba fished pretty well in the afternoons for flathead and whiting. Jess from Brisbane (pictured above) caught and released this 50cm+ lizard up in Weyba on Saturday afternoon. It went for a whole whitebait."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "If you're chasing bass this weekend you're going to need your sounder running side scan. If you have the new Humminbird units, which we stock, don’t forget to turn your frequency down from 1KW or Mega. These units emit a strong pulse that is too much for shallow water fish causing them to move away. Once you find them turn your unit to 455kHz and they will stick around. The previously schooled up fish found in the main basin at Borumba have moved away. The schools are now more scattered,and with the strong winds, 3/8oz jigheads and small 3" paddle tail soft plastics will get the job done. Ensure your offering stays close to the bottom. Have a look at the Norries Inlet Shads for the perfect baitfish profile. Lake Macdonald is also showing the bass have moved away from the lower part of the lake and are now more scattered. Again, be sure to move slowly while in side scan mode and have smaller sounders set to 10-15 metres side scanning range if you are to see them on your screen.