OFFSHORE: Not a bad week on the offshore scene. A couple of days mid week were a tad marginal thanks to fresh to strong northerlies but otherwise it was all good with light to moderate variable winds the norm rather than the exception. Not a lot of swell about either, although at times there were a few little gnarly sets on the bar which caught the odd small boat owner by surprise. The best news, however, was that the snapper and pearl perch were on the bite.
Most of the local reefs were a bit slow in the morning due to the bright clear nights and that big full moon. Good reports, though, came from D.I and the deeper waters of The Hards and the Barwon Banks. This was where those bigger knobbies and lots of quality venus tusk fish and pearlies were hanging out.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We had a busy weekend running nine hour trips up to Double Island Point in near perfect conditions. We caught plenty of snapper, pearl perch, venus tuskfish, cobia, large mouth nannygai, moses perch and hussar. The wind was non existent and the current was swirling around a bit but generally starting off from the north west then dropping out later on in the day. Cheers, Nat."
The middle reef belt was worth a pick drop or two as well. Report and photos (below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We ran five hour and seven hour charters to North Reef earlier in the week. Conditions were beautiful with little swell and a light north easterly breeze. Current has continued to trickle to the south much the same as last week. We caught snapper, pearl perch, Maori cod, moses perch, venus tuskfish and grass emperor."
And more from Trekka 2... "We fished Chardon's on Monday. Conditions were pretty good once we were fishing but it was a slow trip out. We caught some nice snapper (as below), moses perch, tuskfish and gold spot cod. The snapper were taking baits on the bottom as well as lightly weighted pilchard floaters."
Closer in, longtail tuna were reported on the prowl around Arkwright Shoal while Sunshine Reef was good for snapper, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "There were a few jewfish out and about at night under the full moon (and wasn't it a beauty) with the best results coming from the rocks at Yaroomba, the northern end of Sunshine Beach (where bream and tailor were also active) and Hells Gates on the National Park headland. During the day, some good size whiting were schooling at Peregian Beach and Castaways Beach, along with dart and the odd flathead.
Whiting were also biting around the rock groynes on Main Beach, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach (as were bream and tarwhine) and around Teewah village where flathead and chopper tailor were active. Further north at Double Island Point the catch was bream, tailor, a few jewfish and yes, more whiting.
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "There were lots of just legal size bream on the bite in the lower estuary this week, especially in the deep channels at the river mouth and the Platforms. Flathead were also in good numbers down that way and (together with quality whiting) in the Frying Pan.
Moving along, big eye trevally and GT's were active in the Woods Bays while Weyba Creek was good for whiting and flathead. Upriver, flathead were on the prowl opposite the Council Chambers at Tewantin and up towards Makepeace Island while the stretch between the lakes produced jewfish and trevally.
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi mate. The Woods Bays and the current lines fished well this week (in the change) for quality flathead and lots of bream. The river mouth and Dog Beach also had flathead in good numbers. We landed some whiting and bream up in Weyba Creek along with plenty of moses perch. Tewantin was a little quiet but we still managed a few nice lizards from the area. Pictured (above) is Chris Brown from Brisbane with a 40cm bream and Mia from Brisbane with a 58cm flathead. Both were released. And (below) Jacob Miller with his 60cm flathead from Tuesday morning's charter."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments are going through a lull and the bass are proving harder to locate and tempt. In previous weeks it has been a case of using sounders in side scan mode to locate the schools as they are spread out. While the fish are hard to tempt try smaller than usual lures and plastics in the 2 inch or 40mm size range. The Ecogear SX40 is a great option for working the edges. The bass's urge to spawn last month may be the reason for their quiet behaviour and as such are not responding to bigger lure presentations. Try the weed lines and overhanging timber if struggling to find the fish as they may be hiding in the warmth provided from a day’s sun beating down."