OFFSHORE: It was a bit of a wild ride earlier in the week. Moderate to fresh north westerlies over the weekend ahead of a sweltery, stormy 25 to 30 knot blow. Then a bit of relief and cooler temperatures as the winds eased and took on a light to moderate south easterly flavour late Tuesday afternoon. The bar? It wasn't too bad actually with a fairly modest swell. Just a tad sloppy and choppy, and at times rather long, making it hard to get through without a wet nose.
Under the circumstances there were no reports from the more distant reefs with nobody venturing much further than the middle reef belt. There were plenty of baitfish schools around, however, which accounted for the presence of billfish, cobia, tuna and mahi mahi. From Dave Leonard, above left... "Hey Bill. Decided to try my luck again on the black marlin. After 4 hours of rain and no bites I finally got lucky and managed to land two small blacks on the trolling lures. A first for me fishing solo." For the bottom bashers, North Reef was good for gold spot cod, sweetlip, pearl perch, snapper, tusk fish and moses perch.
Closer to shore, Sunshine Reef was again popular with the small boat brigade, producing grass sweetlip, mack tuna, longtail tuna, spotted/school mackerel and billfish. From Benoit Fourie, above right... "Hi Bill. Solo fishing out at Sunshine Reef on Saturday. Hooked on to a black marlin using a live yakka. He fought hard for about 30 mins before coming to the side.. After a couple of pix I let him swim away. Approx. 1.9m. Not sure of the weight. Thanks, Benoit."
And just south of there, local yak angler Jack Dekort (above) got his first Spaniard for the season off Peregian on Sunday. It went for a trolled whole pilchard.
The birds were shadowing and hammering the baitfish schools in Laguna Bay on and off during the week, as were the odd billfish, small Spanish mackerel, school mackerel and cobia. Trolled hard body lures, whole baits, cast metal slugs and soft plastics all worked well there. Dave and Phil McGregor (above) decided to get out into Laguna Bay in their kayaks to see if they could rustle up a pelagic or two before the forecast weather change late Saturday. And they certainly did that along the Hall's Reef stretch when a few peel-offs from a school of cobia went head over heels for their trolled whole yakka baits.
And the pelagics weren't too far out from the bar at times either. From Dan White... "Hi Davo's crew. My son Tom (above right) picked up a school mackerel just outside the river mouth on Friday morning while working one of the bait schools. It went for a 15gm Halco Twisty on a light spin outfit. Cheers, Dan."
COASTAL: The open beaches were a better proposition in the early morning this week before the winds picked up in strength. Not such a bad thing, certainly in the first half of the week when the hot northerlies blew. After dark was another option for areas like the Coolum and Yaroomba where tailor and school jewfish were on the prowl. In the daylight hours, whiting and dart were on the bite at Peregian Beach and along with bream, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. The northern end of Alexandria Bay was another whiting hot spot while rat yellowtail kingfish and trevally were schooling off the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland. Across Laguna Bay on the Noosa North Shore, the waters around Teewah township produced whiting, dart and flathead.
ESTUARY: From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We had a good time this week, mainly catching flathead, whiting and bream. The snot weed was still a bit thick in some places so you just have to choose where you fish. The river mouth fished reasonable for flathead. There were also a fair few juvenile cobia around the area. The odd golden trevally was active around the Woods Bays along with flathead and bream. Tewantin fished well around Goat Island for big whiting, flathead and some big longtoms. Further upriver, Lake Cooroibah was good for grunter bream (javelin fish), flathead and GT’s.
Pictured (above) is Hayden from Brisbane with his 65cm flathead from the Woods Bays and (below) his brother Sammy with his 40cm whiting from Tewantin."
And from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "There were some good whiting on the bite around the sand flats of the river mouth and the bottom of the Frying Pan this week. Mangrove jacks were also on the prowl around the car park rocks and along the Dog Beach stretch. Around the corner from there, trevally and tailor were active in the Woods Bays and together with mangrove jacks, around the Munna Point Bridge. Dawn and dusk were best times.
Weyba Creek fired quite well this week with quality whiting, bream and mangrove jacks all making their presence felt. From Yana Brown... "Hey Bill. Kids are growing up quickly. Noa (above) is 9 now. She caught this 50cm jack on a diver whiting in the Weyba stretch of the river around midday Friday. It was an epic battle ending up on a sand bar to land. We are all pretty impressed considering she was using 10 pound braid and 20 pound Vanish leader. Thanks, Yana." Young Noa's thumper fish got her plenty of attention on our FaceBook Page and earned her this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Weyba Creek was worth a pot drop for mud crabs while the stretch between the lakes also produced a few good bucks. Jacks were an added bonus there.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "There's been some very fat bass and quality yellowbelly (golden perch) coming from Borumba Dam. Lake Macdonald has also been fishing well especially in the lead up to the hotter weather. During this time surface lures are going to be the best approach before the sun is overhead. Working the weed edges and overhanging trees should see you land some good bass and the odd toga. Once the sun has risen then its time to break out the small Keitech Easy Shiners and deep diving hard bodies and work any schools of fish in the deeper drop offs.
From Kyrone Dodd... "Hi Bill. My son Jack (above right) caught this saratoga off the pontoon jetty at Lake Macdonald on Sunday afternoon. He had been practising all weekend and then I took him and his brother Josh up to the pontoon and he caught this on a Jackall Squirrel lure. It was about 5m off the front of the jetty! We didn’t have a tape measure for it but against the rod it was about 55cm. We released it safely after the photo. Cheers, Kyrone."