As at Friday August 31, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a bit sloppy and sometimes blustery on the exposed reefs this week but there were also a few pearlers mixed with the marginal days. Conditions were never so bad that it wasn't fishable, however, but the reefs did run hot and cold so it was, at times, hard yakka for the bottom bashers.
On some days it was close-in reefs only. Report and photo (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef and Halls Reef on Tuesday in pretty ordinary conditions, with winds gusting at 22 knots which made conditions tough. We caught lots of under size Maori cod but we still managed to get a feed of snapper and red emperor." Sunshine Reef was also good for squire, pearl perch, grass sweetlip and moses perch.
And on others it was as good as it gets. Report and photos from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "I just love to have Thursdays off. The weather always turns it on. Made a run out to Chardon's Reef for an afternoon session with a couple of mates. With no current and wind non-existent, it made fishing easy. First stop produced some quality pearlies. Second anchor up we managed quite a few cod and (pictured above with Chicko) a surprise longtail or northern bluefin tuna. Last stop topped it off with some good squire (as pictured below with Sonnie Stevens) smashing our rigs before they hit the bottom. It's a little sad to see winter fading away, but what a snapper season we've had, To the Gods above, we thank YOU!! Cheers, Chicko."
Wild Thing 2 fished that area the day before... "Hey mate. We fished Chardon's Reef on Wednesday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots from the south west with no current. We caught moses perch, gold spot estuary cod, grass sweetlip and (with Clint Brown from Peregian Springs below left), quality pearl perch."
|Further north, just this one report and photo (above right) from Wild Thing 2... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots and no current. We managed to scrape together a feed consisting of pearl perch, moses perch hussar, venus tusk fish and some solid grass sweetlip."|
|And last but not least, we received this report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Saturday. The weather wasn't favourable with a steady north easterly breeze. We caught gold band snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot cod and snapper." Pictured above from the nine hour charter is David Groves with a gold spot cod and Conor MacManus with a gold band snapper.|
|COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the open beaches this week. North Sunshine Beach was certainly one of the standouts, though, with bream, whiting and quality dart on the chew. On Main Beach, keeper size flathead and whiting were biting either side of the river mouth rock groyne and at the bottom end of the Noosa North Shore. Further up, flathead and chopper tailor were active around Teewah with bream and a few greenbacks up towards D.I.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Another good week here in the river. There were a few nice golden trevally hanging around the Dog Beach and plenty of whiting across the sand banks. The Woods Bays and Noosa Sound have been good as well with a few more pelagics and flathead there the last week. Tewantin has also fished pretty well with the big bream still about. A few duskies and more trevally up that way as well. Pictured (below left) is Brendan Kiernan from Brisbane with his 54cm flathead which he caught around Tewantin on a whole prawn."
|Some big (70cm to 80cm) flathead were caught and released down around the river mouth while whiting were in good numbers in the Frying Pan. Across from there, the current line and the waters opposite the Coast Guard continued to produce golden trevally and the odd jewfish. Report and photo (above right) from Sky Ross, Davo's Tackle World... "Hey Bill. Monday was a great day on the river. I caught a variety of species. After Sunday's downpour I couldn't have asked for better weather. Nabbed this jewfish on my trusty Lively Lures Mad Mullet. Released it after a couple of quick pix. Cheers, Sky."
Bream were in good numbers around the jetty structures throughout the system. Above we have this Fish of the Week entry from young Lewis... "Hi my name is Lewis and this is the bream I caught. We were waiting for the fishing shop to open so we could buy some bait. We had some bread in our bag which we used while we were waiting and threw in a line off the jetty and I caught this! Was not expecting that!! P.S... thanks for the sticker! From Lewis."
Weyba Creek was good for flathead (going for slow rolled soft plastics in the shallows) and some quality whiting on small surface lures while trevally were on the prowl in numbers along the Noosaville stretch. Leo Fowler from Geelong in Victoria (above) is currently staying at the Noosa River Holiday Park. Not having a boat he decided to work the waters along the Noosaville stretch on Monday morning and hit pay dirt up past the Gympie Terrace boat ramp. He wasn't looking for anything more than a few decent size bream for dinner so was very excited to land this 74cm golden trevally on his prawn bait.
Trevally were also on the bite around Makepeace Island and, together with school jewfish, up between the lakes. From Valentino Serra, above... "Hi guys. Really stoked with my personal best GT that went 56cm. Got him on an old hard body while trolling. Really mental fight on 6lb line. Super stoked. Released after a few quick photos." Valentino's quality capture won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER: Lake MacDonald: Bass have been schooling up around the deeper areas like Bass Bay. ChaseBaits 2.25” Curly Bait and Hot Bite Gang Banger G2 lures worked in these areas early morning and late afternoon. Trolling along the deep drop offs has been working well for schooled bass using a variety of different depth diving hard bodied lures.
Lake Borumba: Saratoga and bass being caught on surface walkers, plastics and spinnerbaits where there is steep bank entries and fallen trees. Lures: Strada Zieda 85mm, Bassman Spinnerbaits and Temico Soft Shell Cicadas. Smaller spinnerbaits cast into weed edges rigged with small 2.5" to 3.0" paddletail plastics and worked back slowly working very well.
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