OFFSHORE: With moderate to fresh south westerlies dominating earlier in the week, the closer reefs (especially those in the lee of the land) were a much preferred destination. Fortunately there were plenty of options, with Double Island Point and the reefs from Sunshine to Coolum being the more obvious.
Even better, we had mostly light variable easterlies from Tuesday onward. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We headed up to Double Island Point for Tuesday’s nine hour charter in almost perfect conditions. Less than 5 knots of breeze for the day and zero current made for an enjoyable trip. First fish over the side was this big spangled emperor, closely followed by a couple of amberjack, moses perch and tusk fish. We slowly chipped away until our last spot, where we found a big school of feeding squire/snapper up to about 3kg which left the icebox looking good."
"We also fished up that way on Saturday's nine hour charter. Conditions were good with westerly winds and little current. We caught plenty of quality snapper (as pictured below), venus tusk fish, scarlet sea perch, mangrove jack, amberjack, northern bluefin or longtail tuna and pearl perch. Cheers, Nat."
From the middle reef belt, this from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "I haven't been out on the water for some time so we ventured to Chardon's on Tuesday for an afternoon inspection! The current and wind was favourable, with plenty of bait around. We tried a few spots but caught most of our fish later on! Moses perch and sweetlip came from one anchor and pearl perch and Maori cod from the last. Funny! No snapper and didn't see a whale all day! The highlight was 7 year old Corben Brenckle (below left) with a nice pearly after a shark nearly pulled the rod out of his hands the drop prior!! Cheers, Chicko."
And from Hayley Bell, Forest Lake, Queensland (above right)... "Me with one of two coral trout which I caught on a Wild Thing 2 fishing charter on Sunday."
Further south... from Joel Hautala, above left... "Nice afternoon trip on Monday off Coolum. I picked up a cobia (black kingfish) on a floating squid bait and Ross Duncan (above right) got a pretty snapper on a floating pilchard." There were also a few longtail tuna and grass sweetlip on the bite in that area.
Last but certainly not least (and from closer to home base) we have this report and photos (above) from Mick Hardcastle, Davo's Tackle World... "Hey Bill. We headed out on Monday at gentleman's hours. Conditions were perfect. We caught pearl perch, coral trout, gold spot cod and grass sweetlip. Cheers, Mick."
COASTAL: The open beaches were worth the effort this week with whiting showing up in good numbers at Castaways Beach and, together with dart and flathead, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Just along from there in Alexandria Bay, tailor were schooling off the rocks at the southern end while whiting were biting at the northern end. The Fairy Pools on the National Park headland also produced tailor while in Granite Bay the garfish schools were still active.
On Main Beach there were a few flathead on the prowl off the middle rock groyne and, together with the odd bream and dart, around the river mouth rock groyne. Across on the North Shore, flathead, whiting and tailor were on the bite around dawn and dusk from the mouth to the First Cutting and at Teewah.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "It was a bit chilly on the river around first light most this week with with temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees the norm rather than the exception. Regardless, the fish were out and about with flathead active on the run out tide at the river mouth and, together with chopper tailor and whiting, in the Frying Pan. Across in the Dog Beach/Sand Bags area there was a good mix of species on the prowl with mangrove jacks, trevally and tailor leading the charge." From Matt Mayo... "This 40cm tailor was the first fish that Finn (below left) has caught in the new tinny. It went for a Swim Prawn trolling against the outgoing tide near the Dog Beach Sand Bags on Friday afternoon. It made for a nice feed for Finn on Friday night!"
Whiting were biting across the Munna Flats and at Culgoa Point. From Adam Noble... "Hello Bill. I’d like to send through a photo of our son William's (above right) first fish, a good size whiting. William is 6 years old and was fishing off the beach with his brother Jack in front of the Noosa Harbour Resort. He was using live worms purchased from the helpful team at Davo’s Tackle World. To all the young anglers out there “tight lines” and happy fishing. Regards, Adam."
And this from Gerard Tibbetts, below... "Hey Team. I boated this 68cm golden trevally around the corner from the Dog Beach on Friday. Caught on a piece of squid. Bit of a challenge with an old flimsy rod. Almost straightened the hook ha ha! Catch and release. Cheers, Gerard." Gerard's quality capture using some rather basic tackle (and the later successful release) won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Various types of trevally were also active in the Woods Bays. From Michael Whitehead, below... "G'day Bill. I’ve been cruising around the lower river in my kayak a fair bit lately trying to figure out the secrets of the ‘exotic trevally’ - so was pretty happy last Friday morning, right on 6.00am, to tempt this beautiful little Pennant Trevally. It was a thrill to see that blueish silver colour and the swirling fin filaments appearing from the deep .. my first one of these guys. A quick paddle over to the beach where I enlisted a couple of young fellas to do the photographic duties and this magical fish was back on his way. The 3” Atomic Plazos Prong in Ghost Pearl on a 1/8oz jighead (purchased from Davo's) was the soft plastic that did the trick. Cheers, Michael Whitehead."
Apart from that, Weyba Creek was good for whiting, flathead and bream. Upriver at Tewantin, jewfish were schooling around Makepeace Island and some quality bream were on the bite near the mouth of and just inside Lake Cooroibah. There were also a few flathead on the bite in the boat channel.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught flathead and barb-wire queenie’s in the Woods Bays this week. Weyba is fishing well for flathead and whiting. At Tewantin we mainly caught bream and javelin fish. Doonella fished well again in the outgoing tide. At Cooroibah we caught the odd flathead and good queenfish. Josh Townsend from Gympie (above) caught this 80cm queenie there on Friday's charter. It went for a live bait."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The fresh water impoundments have seen an improvement following the gusting winds from last week. The bass, however, are still harder to find and still spread out. This comes from their natural instinct to school before spawning which you know they can’t do in dams. The edge bite is starting to become better across Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam with the warmer weather. Small weedless frogs and plastics on smaller weedless hooks like the Mustad Megabite work perfectly for this. 12lb leader and 4 strand braids like Siglon X4 work best in heavy cover. Rougher braids help to cut through the weed when you hook up to a big fish and you are less likely to bust off. Be sure you have a small blade or vibe rigged up for any deep schools and be sure to have a ZX40 from Ecogear ready to go as this is a proven performer.