As at Friday December 7, 2018.
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|Below left. The bar was quite straight forward over the weekend and pretty much 'flat as a tack' a couple of days later...|
|Above right. By Thursday morning it was a different story though, with 20 knot+ south easterlies and a steadily rising swell...|
|OFFSHORE: Light to moderate variable winds were the norm rather than the exception earlier in the week ahead of a fresh to strong south easterly change on Wednesday. After that, offshore was a no-go with an increasing outside swell deterring even the die-hards.
While the going was good, North Reef was a popular destination. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Saturday morning in glassed out conditions and zero current run. We caught Maori cod, gold spot cod, snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, mahi mahi and (on Sunshine Reef) spotted mackerel. Cheers, Theo."
And we received this report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip on Sunday morning. We spent a bit of time trolling around a few of the local reefs catching mahi mahi (dolphin fish), Spanish mackerel, spotty mackerel and big eye tuna. Conditions were pretty good with a 10 knot north westerly wind and a bit of current from the north."
From closer in on Sunshine Reef, this report from local angler Dave Reynolds... "Hi Bill. Took the boys from DR Landscaping out to Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning. We caught two nice cobia and a few nice snapper and venus tusk fish on pilchard baits. Pictured (above) is Owain Ritson with one of the cobia. Conditions were nice. There were loads of bait in close but couldn't find any mackerel."
And local angler Ray Clayton (above) hit the jackpot not far off the Noosa National Park headland on Tuesday morning when his trolled Rapala X-Rap Magnum 15 hard body lure was monstered by this 105cm yellowtail kingfish. It was an hour and a half after high tide.
Laguna Bay report from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "The mackerel have made their presence felt, with spotties and the odd Spanish starting to show. Popped out into The Bay for a short session on Sunday morning and came back after an hour due to one little upset tummy. But all for a good cause, for tonight we are eating snapper, sweetlip and mackerel for main. Sonnie and Amilia Stephens (above) were rapt. No current at the moment and the bar was a breeze. The next good patch of weather, I reckon it's GAME ON!!"
|Not long to go now before we announce the winner of the fantastic Boat/Motor/Trailer package above. And all you have to do to be in the draw is spend $100.00 or more at any one of the three Davo's stores before noon on Saturday December 15, 2018.|
|COASTAL: Conditions on the open beaches were pretty good in the first half of the week and those who managed to wet a line reported good dart, whiting and flathead along Castaways Beach, quality bream off the rocks at Sunshine Beach and whiting at the northern end of 'A' Bay. On the North Shore, flathead were active at the bottom end of Teewah Beach and whiting were biting just north of the village.
ESTUARY: With the bottom of the Frying Pan opening up there have been good reports of flathead there in good numbers plus trevally and tailor responding to surface lures. Mangrove jacks, however, were very much the high profile species with good fish coming from the deep water snags along the Dog Beach, the Woods Bays, the Munna Point Bridge and the back of The Sound, more so after dark.
|River report and photo from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We got a few the last week. Plenty of flatties and big bream down around the river mouth and Dog Beach area. Didn't get as many whiting this week although we didn't really target them. We got some nice queenies early morning out of The Woods and the boys got into a few goldens down there too. There's been heaps of jacks being caught around Goat Island and the Marina early mornings. Good flathead and a few big estuary cod up that way. Fished Lake Cooroibah a couple times and pulled some duskies out of there and a few small soapies. Pictured (above left) is Warren from Melbourne with his 83cm flatty. Caught and released in the lower estuary. It went for a mullet fillet. Cheers mate."
And from Jonno Shaw... "Hi Davo's. Just had a great weekend at Noosa enjoying our long standing tradition of catching up with our old crew. Had a particular highlight this year with my lad Danny (above right) landing this 70cm flatty on the bank late Saturday afternoon at Skippers Cove on a prawn and his sister's kids' rod. Towards the end of the fight the reel handle broke so he had to walk the fish out."
|Weyba Creek was still good for whiting and flathead. Around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin the catch was mangrove jacks and flathead while up from there, trevally were active along the first ski run and school jewfish and more jacks were schooling towards Lake Cooroibah. From Dave Reynolds... "I took my kids Bailey and Eddie (above left) out on the river on Sunday . We caught and released a couple of soapy jewfish. Bailey loves her tackle world shirt that she got from Davo's on her 5th birthday. Regards, David Reynolds."
And from Macca, above right... "Hi. I caught this Jack near the first lake last Thursday afternoon. It went 49cm and weighed 1.9kg. Caught on mullet strip. It hit hard as we were getting ready to call it a day. I kept it to eat. We were chasing grunter, got a horse bream and only got small grunter and moses perch." Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes was still producing quality mangrove jacks.
FRESHWATER: We had no reports from the impoundments this week, besides this one from Marek Parcheta, below... "Hi Bill. I haven't had much time for fishing, but after reading the fishing reports, I went to Lake Mac after stopping by Davo's Tackle World for a twin pack of Jackson Iga Jig Spin lures. They weigh about 10gms and colour that I used was Rainbow. They have the little spinner on the back of the hook which works extremely well and swims amazing in the water! This fat mid 40's Bass nailed my lure and almost bricked me deep in the snags. Lucky the combo I got from the guys in the shop a while ago had enough grunt to turn this chunky fish and finally into the net. Could not be happier with my combo and this fish which is my PB for Bass! Safely released back for others to enjoy too! Cheers, Marek." Marek's quality fish and detailed report won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
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