As at Friday December 28, 2018.
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|Below left. It was hot, humid, overcast and wet at times over the weekend but the forecast for Christmas was very upbeat...|
|Above right. The weather improved in the latter half of the week (including Christmas Day and Boxing Day) so all was good...|
|OFFSHORE: Although Sunday and Monday were lost to the fresh to strong south easterlies the rest of the week was certainly fishable, if at times a little bit sloppy on the exposed reefs. With the Christmas holidays in full swing, however, the charter boats were in back to back mode and the small boat brigade were chomping at the bit to get amongst the pelagics, even if it was just in Laguna Bay.
Double Island Point was definitely an option before the south easterlies briefly got up a head of steam and there were some good fish on the chew up that way. Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I. on Saturday in perfect conditions. The current varied from spot to spot but a 12oz was needed in most places to reach the bottom. We caught goldband snapper, cobia, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch, grass emperor and snapper."
|While Wild Thing 2 fished there the day before. From skipper Nat Turner... "Hi Bill. On Friday we fished Double Island Point on a nine hour. We had a hot bite early on jewfish (below and below left) and cobia in glass out conditions with a slight current to the south."
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was the spot. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Thursday morning in perfect conditions. With a steady current to the south, we got a berley trail going and picked up a nice mahi mahi (below right) on a pilchard floater. On the bottom we caught pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod."
|While Trekka 2 fished there yesterday... "We did a 7 hour to North Reef on Thursday. We had a 10-15 knot south easterly breeze and the slightest trickle of current to the south. We caught gold spot cod (below left), spotty mackerel, cobia, moses perch, and tusk fish.|
|And they worked closer in the day before... "We did a five hour to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday. There was little current to the south and a steady wind to hold us on the spot. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish, coral trout (above), Maori cod and snapper." There were also a few spotted mackerel schooling just off the headland while Laguna Bay was the spot for yellowfin and mack tuna.|
|COASTAL: A bit of a wet start to the week but easing after the weekend. The open beaches weren't exactly firing but there was enough activity from the bread and butter species to keep most anglers happy. Whiting and bream were out and about in good numbers with Castaways Beach producing the standouts. Up from there, the northern end of Sunshine Beach yielded the odd keeper size flathead while the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland was good for trevally and quality bream. Across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, whiting were biting around Teewah township while at the top end, towards Double Island Point, the catch was flathead and trevally
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "We caught some good fish this week although we didn't fish the lower too much in the mornings due to the bigger tides. We caught some nice flathead, big bream and tarwhine in the Frying Pan and river mouth. The Woods Bays also had some pretty big flathead sitting there as the tide slowed down. Plenty of bream and moses perch around most structures in the sound. We also caught some good whiting opposite the Yacht Club on live worms. Pictured (below) is Hugh from Brisbane with an 83cm flatty which he caught and released in the lower estuary on Monday. It went for a whole whitebait."
There were also some nice whiting on the bite around the river mouth shallows and in the Frying Pan while in the Woods Bays it was GT's and big eyes , jacks (in the deep holes and shallows), queenfish and, as pictured below, the odd cobia. From Michael Flynn... "My son Angus managed to bring in his first nice size cobia on his little 8lb Jarvis Walker spin rod with a live herring on the end. We had to pull anchor and chase it with the boat as he was about twenty metres from being spooled. It took us from the first Woods Bay over to Ricky Ricardo's and we finally managed to land it just before the Munna Point Beacon. We took a few quick photos and back in it went."
And from Andrew Carey... "Morning. Here’s a pic of Jackson (below left) with his best jack, measuring in a smidge under 52cm. Caught on mullet fillet on Thursday night! Cheers and Merry Xmas. Andrew." Plus this one from Raylene van Dooren, below right... "Caught in shallow water on a silver biddy with 6lb braid. I have only ever caught four jacks and this is definitely the PB. Thanks gang. Raylene."
|Flathead and whiting were active throughout Weyba Creek and together with bream, along the Noosaville stretch. Further up around Tewantin the catch was flathead, mangrove jacks and the odd estuary cod. The jacks were also still on the prowl between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: If headed to the freshwater then Borumba and Lake MacDonald are both at 100% capacity and overflowing. This means you can navigate beyond the float lines in Borumba with relative safety especially if running a glass bottom boat. Expect the toga and bass to be feeding along all the edges and points as you push into Kingham and Yabba creek arms at Borumba. The edges around the boat ramps of Lake Macdonald and the Botanical Gardens are holding small toga and bass with the Bubble Trail holding bass into the mid 40cm mark. These fish taking smaller metal vibes and soft vibes retrieved with a constant slow roll through the school.
From Jed Hamblin, above... "Gidday Bill. I managed to slip out for another early start on Thursday. My dad and I started at Woods 1st bay in the change of tide and managed to get heaps of big eye and a few GT's... there were heaps of queenfish also busting up around us! At 8 o'clock we headed to Lake Macdonald to finish our morning and we found the honey hole. Overall we managed to get 3 bass that were all over 43cm... it was a bit of a struggle as I had left the camera back in the car so we had to go all the way back and then find the school again! We managed to get another 45cm which we filmed being released. Yewww!!! Thanks, Jed." Jed's persistence (he's been a regular in our FOTW Comp) and quality fish won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
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