OFFSHORE: A typical winter weather pattern off Noosa most of the week with light to moderate variable westerlies in the morning swinging to variable easterlies in the afternoon. This made for great conditions on the local reefs until a moderate to fresh south easterly change roughed things up from Wednesday on. Not a lot of swell about either although some punchy little sets coming through over the bar on the run-out took a few boaties by surprise.
Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We had a big weekend starting with back to back 7 and 5 hour trips on Saturday. We fished North and Chardons reefs for quality mulloway (below right), venus tuskfish, lots of moses perch and a few grass sweetlip. On Sunday we had a private 9 hour so headed up to Double Island Point where we caught quality venus tuskfish (above), gold spot cod, hussar, grass sweetlip and amberjack. Cheers, Nat."
And we received this brief report from Cody Webster... "Hey guys. Took a sick day on Monday and headed out to Double Island Point. My mate Brodes (pictured above left) was stoked to catch this nice gold spot cod, his biggest fish. We also managed to boat a good feed of other reefies. Cheers, Cody."
Snapper were reported on the local reefs such as Jew Shoal, Stingrays and Sunshine and out on The Hards and The Banks. Good size pearl perch and tuskies were also caught around the wire weed at North Reef while spanner crabs were a very popular bonus catch between the 40m to 50m line on the gravel.
We haven't heard from Chicko Vella from Tackle World Noosa for some time but it was certainly worth the wait... "Hi crew! Well, its been a while! A one month snapper and pearl perch closure and a run of bad weather. Fortunately mother nature turned it on for us this time around with abundant action. We sneaked across the shallow bar at wee hours on Monday morning and during the first hour was game on, with five quality snapper and some shiny mackerel vibrating in the esky. From there we concentrated on the spanner crab entrée, setting the pots. Whilst soaking, our next mark was producing baking size grass sweetlip which took a fancy to soft plastics. Onwards to home and retrieving our pots on the way we were rewarded with 30 spanner crabs to share around. Birthday girl Sonja (above and below) was delighted with her presents! I didn't even have to wrap them for her!! Get amongst 'em, Chicko."
And from Geoff Stirzaker, below... "Hey Bill. A couple of pics from Saturday. Covered some km's up to wide North Reef for not much. We drifted one last spot out off Sunshine Reef before we went in (because we had a few livies left) and hit the jackpot, coming home with good size moses perch, gold spot cod and this chunky jewfish." Geoff's quality captures and Colgate smile earned him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Other species on the catch list at Sunshine Reef were tusk fish, grass sweetlip, undersized red emperor and, working the mid water levels, some nice cobia.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Surf fishing during the day has been worthwhile with chopper tailor occasionally showing up and some nice sized dart in the stretch from Yaroomba to Peregian. Jewfish were out and about there at night as well. Also, some nice size bream and whiting were on the bite between Castaways Beach and Sunshine Beach while pan size snapper, bream and garfish are being caught off the Noosa National Park headland.
Flathead were active just up from the river mouth on the North Shore while tailor were in good numbers on dusk between Teewah and Double Island Point."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "A bit chilly early morning but otherwise lovely conditions on the water this week with plenty of good whiting between 25cm-35cm caught around the mouth of the river. Live worms worked best there and the incoming tide produced the better fish. Sand crabs were in good numbers in the lower estuary, more so in the stretch from the Frying Pan to Weyba Creek, where flathead were responding well to mullet strips."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi mate. We had a productive week in the river although it definitely paid to be out a bit earlier and have a go around dusk. The lower estuary fished well for flathead, bream and whiting, particularly in the Frying Pan and the river mouth. We caught quite a few trevally at the Dog Beach using small micro jigs. Nothing massive but they are there in good numbers early up. We gave the Tewantin area and the ski runs a good working over and caught flathead, bream and lots of small grunter. Pictured (above) is Will from Allora, Queensland with a 55cm flathead from Sunday's two hour charter and Barry from Noosaville (below left) with his thumper 80cm flathead from Tuesday morning. Both fish were released safely."
More from Rob Bracey... "Bream were well spread, although the Woods Bays, the jetties along Gympie Terrace and the Noosa Marina at Tewantin yielded some of the better quality specimens. There were also a grunters on the prowl above Tewantin." From Nick Kitchen... "Hey guys. Ten year old Makana Kitchen (pictured above right) caught this on a prawn bait just past the Tewantin Ferry. A nice grunter bream (silver javelin fish) measuring 32cm. Regards, Nick."
There were also a few jacks out and about after dark. From Peter Hassett, above right... "I took my father-in-law kayak fishing last week and found a few winter jacks. Cheers, Peter." Apart from that, golden trevally and flathead were responding well to small trolled lures downstream of Lake Cooribah."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments have been very much on fire and then quiet. The bite has been later in the morning/afternoon so there is no need to be up before first light. Current water temps are now 18-20.5C depending on where you go and this has the bass on the move. It is essential to have side scan and down scan running here as the fish are scattered or hard on the bottom. Once you find them it’s a case of finding out what they are interested in. Take a range of plastics like Keitech easy shiner and Gulp paddle tail. You should also grab some blades like the Ecogear ZX and also try smaller soft vibes and work them through the schools until you get a bite or two."