OFFSHORE: A 1.5m to 2.0m+ easterly swell on the bar dogged the offshore brigade this week and with an early morning low tide some of the smaller boat owners either got some spectacular air, or a bit wet, when they got their timing wrong. No incidents, fortunately, but a number of tinnies returned to the boat ramps without trying their luck. With moderate to fresh variable northerly winds dominating most of the week it was more suited to the bigger boats anyway. On the upside, a swing to moderate to fresh south easterlies on Wednesday afternoon (and light to moderate on Thursday arvo) has cooled things down.
Most anglers targeted the inner reefs but when conditions permitted, the odd trip out wide was an option. Report and photo (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Michael Black... "We fished wide on a nine hour charter on Sunday. We caught tusk fish, tea leaf trevally, hussar, mahi mahi and plenty of snapper."
Closer in, those boaties who worked the middle reef belt early in the morning ahead of the more blustery late morning winds boated small snapper, the occasional longtail tuna, small spotty mackerel, grass sweetlip and estuary cod at North Reef plus the odd mahi mahi and small Spaniard at Chardon's Reef.
Sunshine Reef was the surprise performer this week, despite the often murky water, with some good captures reported. Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We’ve been fishing Sunshine Reef most of the week. The reef fish were chewing in the dirty water. We’ve boated plenty of grass sweetlip (below right), snapper, moses perch, spangled emperor, venus tusk fish, yellowtail kingfish (as above), cobia and (below left) the odd coral trout. There’s also been a bit of surface activity the last couple days so hopefully it won't be long before the mackerel are active. Cheers, Nat."
And from Trekka's last trip out before Christmas... "Hey Bill. We ran back to back five hour trips out to Sunshine Reef on Wednesday. We caught a good range of reef fish including snapper (as below left), venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, spangled emperor, moses perch and cobia. Conditions were good most of the day however the south easterly got up to about 20 knots late in the afternoon. The current was slight and to the south. Cheers and Merry Christmas, Nat."
And we received this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Friday morning. Conditions were quite nice with a small amount of run to the south and a light northerly wind. The bar still has some good waves on it but it was manageable with a bit of patience. We caught moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and snapper. Also a surprise chinaman fish (above right) which was released after the photo. Later in the week, in addition to the reef species already mentioned, we caught coral trout, cobia, red bass (released) and spangled emperor."
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Not a bad week for the rock hoppers. Yaroomba has been great, the key is to get out there nice and early before the breezes start to pick up. Small snapper, sweetlip, bream and tailor have all been reported on the bite there. On the open beaches, whiting were active at Castaways Beach, Marcus Beach (along with dart) and at Sunshine Beach. There were also a few elbow slapper whiting reported on the bite inside Lion Rock and (together with some quality bream) at the northern end of Alexandria Bay. For the tailor anglers, the Noosa North Shore is currently one of the hot spots with the area to the north of Teewah township up to Double Island Point fishing well late into the evening."
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "The river mouth and the Frying Pan produced some good whiting this week with live prawns and yabbies getting the best results. Scarlet Long (below) and her dad fished the lower estuary on Tuesday night and did really well, although her dad did complain (ever so quietly) that all he did was rig the live prawn baits while Scarlet hooked and landed five thumper whiting and a nice mangrove jack.
Trevally and queenfish were still working the Current Line from time to time while the Woods Bays were good for flathead, trevally and the odd mangrove jack. From Nikki Toscan, below... "Hey guys. Just wanted to share this photo of my first ever mangrove jack. I got it in the lower estuary on half a pilly. Unfortunately didn't have a measure handy but it was a beautiful sized fish. Released safely after this quick photo. Thanks guys!" Nikki's quality catch and release jack (and the fact that is was her first ever of the species) won her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
There were also a few jacks (together with trevally and tailor) on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge and the back of Noosa Sound. Matthew Street (pictured below) and his 15 year old son Macyn came up from Caboolture last Friday night to fish the Noosa River. They ended up at Munna Point around 1.00am on Saturday morning where they hit the jackpot when this 5kg, 78cm tailor took a fancy to Macyn's mullet strip bait. The young fella was fast asleep in the car after the all nighter when his dad stopped in at Davo's for a weigh in and photo later that morning so dad Matthew did the honours.
Whiting were also biting up in Weyba Creek and upriver around Goat Island. Further up, the Noosa Marina produced more jacks (at night) plus the odd trevally while the Tewantin run was good for good numbers of quality flathead. From Alex Cameron, below left... "Hey guys. Persistence pays off! Set myself a goal a while ago to catch one of them big flatties on a hard body lure, finally ticked it off Friday morning up in the Tewantin area. It went 80cm and was caught on a 60mm diver. Released after a couple of quick pix. Cheers, Alex." And from Nick Brault... "Hi Guys. My young fella Jack (pictured below right) picked up some good size flatties through the Tewantin stretch of the river over the weekend. Four fish over 50cm in one session, biggest going 70cm. Caught trolling 85mm Atomic Hardz Shiner Deep Diver lures in natural colours. All fish were released. Have a Merry Christmas guys. Cheers, Nick."
And we received this report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We caught small cobia, big eye trevally, flathead and bream in the Woods Bays this week. Sean from Toowoomba (below) caught and released this juvenile cobia there on Tuesday's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait."
We also did well on the whiting opposite the Coast Guard station at Munna Point while behind Goat Island we got more whiting plus longtoms, shovel nose rays and a heap of catfish. Tewantin fished well for flathead and javelin fish while up at Lake Cooroibah we caught flathead, bream, javelin fish and a fair few pup jacks. Tom (pictured below) caught and released this 65cm flathead around Tewantin on Saturday's charter."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments been pretty quiet after the recent deluge, although the sudden rise in water levels will see fish exploring areas previously left high and dry for months in search of food. This is a great time to break out the kayaks and get into the super skinny waters and flick small surface lures like the soft shell cicada against the timbers and overhanging trees. The bass will be exploring and an early morning lure fish could see you land a fat bass or two. As always be sure you move as quiet as possible as still waters transmit a lot of sound. If you are looking to get into kayak fishing check out the great range of Viking fishing kayaks on display at Davo's Boating and Outdoors.