OFFSHORE: Hot northerlies over the weekend, leading to a top temperature of 35 degrees on Monday, saw the pelagics come out to play. A moderate to strong (15 to 20 knot+) south easterly change then cooled things down a bit and briefly shut the offshore gate (beyond the shelter of Laguna Bay) for a few days. The swell came up a bit on the bar as the week progressed with the Main Beach crossing favoured by roughly 50% of the boaties who headed out.
Double Island Point was still in favour with the long haulers when conditions permitted. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on a nine hour charter on Monday. We had really good conditions despite the forecast of strong north westerlies. There was no current run and green water so no pelagics but the bottom fishing well and truly made up for it. We caught half a dozen quality large mouth nannygai, snapper, moses perch and cobia. Had to get photos from a customer as my phone went for a swim. Cheers, Nat."
North Reef was hard work for those without the quality marks. The bottom bashers boated Maori cod, gold spot cod, pearl and moses perch there, while most of the pelagic activity continued to come from the inner reefs. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a few five hour trips to Sunshine Reef before this south easterly hit. Conditions were great with little swell and light northerly winds. The fishing didn't disappoint either we had great catches of spotted mackerel (as below) and cobia (above) with some nice reef fish like grass emperor, snapper and painted sweetlip in the mix."
There were a few Spanish mackerel and tuna on the prowl out there as well. From Ben Bischoff, below... "Howdy do! Fished Sunshine from the kayak on Sunday morning. Launched at Sunshine Beach (Doggie Beach) at early o'clock. I trolled a greenish Rapala X-Rap hard body lure and a slimy mackerel on the red/white weighted chin guard. I missed three hook-ups across the morning. I'll need to lengthen my stinger before the next trip. I confirmed the first miss was from two spotties after viewing the trolled cam footage. My highlight came in 35m of water. It had a short first run then seemed to be holding to the bottom. I was sure it was a decent size shark after a few head shakes here n there and every time I managed to gain some line back it would shoot straight back to the bottom. After 35-40mins and my overhead coming apart half way through (note to self - check housing securing pin is tight before each trip!) I had my first yellowfin tuna in the hatch. 95cm on the mat and a rough weight of 12kg. Needless to say I was pretty stoked. Cheers, Ben (Bisho) Bischoff."
And from local angler Jack Dekort, below... "Hey guys. Targeted Laguna Bay early on Thursday morning. Hooked a few mac tuna but longtail tuna were in the bust-ups as well. Managed to pick up this 111cm Spanish mackerel later in the morning on Sunshine Reef. I was trolling a Rapala X-Rap hard body lure."
Schools of small tuna were moving around Laguna Bay at times with a few spotted mackerel in amongst them. From Lachlan Kendall, below... "We crossed the bar early Sunday morning looking to pick up some small Mack-Tuna. We were trolling Halco Laser Pro's around Jew Shoal on light line when we hooked up to something that took a big run, we got it up to the boat when it went for another run, we fought it again for another ten minutes when we finally got it alongside the boat. Then we realised we didn't have a gaff, so my friend had to grab its tail, just as he did it flicked the hooks, but luckily he held on. We quickly got another and crossed the bar again before 8.00am. We then filleted it up and had some nice sashimi. Thanks, Lachlan." Lachlan's fishy tale (yes, we can see the gaff in the boat mate) and quality spotty mackerel captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
COASTAL: Not a lot to report from the southern beaches this week apart from good dart (and gutters) at Peregian Beach and, along with whiting, at Castaways Beach. Further up on the National Park headland, snapper, tuna, mackerel and the odd cobia were on the prowl in close off Hell's Gates while off the Fairy Pools it was tuna and mackerel. On Main Beach, the waters around the middle groyne produced whiting at high tide. On the Noosa North Shore, dart were active at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and the odd flathead and elbow slapper whiting were biting in the gutters around Teewah village.
ESTUARY: There were still some good flathead active in the lower estuary with the Dog Beach producing quality fish, along with mangrove jacks at night.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. This week we caught flathead down towards the river mouth. There was also a lot of pelagic activity around the bar; mainly pennant fish and tea leaf trevally. Pictured (above) is Brad and Tom with a couple of 70cm+ flathead from the mouth and the Dog Beach. And Warren from Toowoomba (below left) with a pennant fish. All fish went for whole prawn baits and were released after a quick pic."
"The Woods Bays fished well for flathead, juvenile cobia, trevally, bream and barbwire queenfish. Will (above right) caught and released this golden trevally there. It went for a whole whitebait. Also plenty of javelin fish schools in both bays. Upriver, Tewantin fished well for bream, javelin fish and the odd flathead."
Big-eye trevally were out and about after dark at the Sand Bags, in the Current Line and, along with the odd mangrove jack, around the back of Noosa Sound. Weyba Creek also fired, producing flathead, queenfish, trevally and, above the Motorway Bridge, quality whiting. Taj and his mate Chase (above) did well there on the weekend. On Saturday they picked up a couple of queenfish and on Sunday afternoon they boated this 48cm trevally and 55cm flathead. Both on live biddies. Apart from that, jacks were in numbers from the Noosa Marina to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: The impoundment waters are continuing to drop and warm up. This will see the shallow edges hitting high 20’s even 30C+ during the hottest days. The weed beds will be growing fast and holding a lot of heat. This will see fish moving into deeper water especially during the daytime. This is where using a sounder to locate schools of bass and yellow belly will pay off. If trolling try using deeper diving lures like the Jackall Squirrel 61 and Lucky Craft Pointer 78XD. These are smaller profile lures that really get down deep. If surface fishing take a look at areas that have deeper drop offs from lily edges rather than a shallow bay as fish have the option to move about to cool down and still have shelter to retreat to and ambush prey. As always the Lucky Craft Sammy 65 is a great bug sized lure that really gets the hits so be sure to have one in your box and skip it under overhanging trees for the big bass hit!