OFFSHORE: It wasn't one of our better weeks, that's for sure. Forecast light to moderate variable easterlies more often than not turned out to be moderate to fresh. It was lumpy at the best of times, marginal at the worst. The bar had more of a bark than a bite early in the week but turned a bit gnarly in the last few days as the swell increased. Oh, and we had lots of rain. Still, if you were keen, it was fishable and certainly worth the effort if you were after the pelagics.
Under the circumstances the middle reef belt was a about as far as anyone cared to venture this week. In reality, though, most anglers stuck to the closer reefs and the relative shelter of Laguna Bay. Report and photo (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour on Tuesday morning. The wind was swirling around in between the rain squalls which made anchoring up a bit tricky but we were onto some fish straight away. We landed Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, tuna, snapper, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Cheers, Nat."
Further south, Arkwright Shoal was good for Spanish mackerel and tuna (and grass sweetlip), as was Laguna Bay, with lots of bird activity in close to the bar.
From local yak angler Dave McGregor, above... "Hi Bill. Reward for effort on Sunday. Phil and I braved the beach party still going on at the river mouth, launched our kayaks before dawn and bashed up to Little Hall's Reef. Davo's garfish did the trick. Released a nice longtail that also took a gar. Cheers, Dave."
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The smaller bread and butter species led the way this week with whiting (and the odd flathead) on the bite at Castaways Beach and the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Whiting were also biting at Teewah and, along with bream and flathead, up at Double Island Point. For those with long cast outfits the smaller reef fish like snapper and sweetlip are also an option. If looking to do some drone fishing or slide baiting we hold various rods and reels that will let you have enough hook setting power on big fish. This is the time of year when the mackerel and tuna come in a lot closer and become a viable target off the rocks at Yaroomba, the Noosa National Park headland and Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "With the holiday traffic all but gone from the system (for a while, anyway) the local estuary anglers took the opportunity to chase up a few flathead on the run-out tide at the river mouth. Trevally were also worth targeting there in the deep channels on the high tide while for the light tackle brigade, quality whiting were schooling in good numbers on the sand flats and drop offs across the Frying Pan.
And as an added bonus, the mangrove jacks were still on the prowl from the river mouth car park rocks to the Sand Bags. From Toby Hunting, above... "Hey guys. On Sunday I caught this 45cm mangrove jack in the lower estuary. We were using live whiting, cast-netted of a nearby sandbank, on a big circle hook. We had to use two sinkers as the tide was so strong. The hook-up took about 10 seconds since hitting water and it fought like hell. It took 10 minutes to get in but we didn't have a net with us so we had to lift into the boat. The jack was barely hooked by the stinger hook and we finally got it aboard. We snapped a picture and put it back. The fish was released safely and all hooks were removed. Sadly we didn't get any more that day. Thanks guys. Regards Toby."
Trevally, queenfish and tailor were still active around dawn and dusk in the Current Line and, together with mangrove jacks, in the Woods Bays. From Kyle Gunn... "Hi Bill. Pictured (above) is my nephew Zac with his first ever mangrove jack. He was saying all he wanted was to catch a jack and on his first cast caught this 48cm specimen on a live herring." Zac's debut trophy fish won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
There were more jacks to be had around the back of Noosa Sound after dark while Weyba Creek produced whiting, bream and good numbers of mud crabs."
Brief report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught flathead down at the mouth, goldens in the Frying Pan and GT's in the Noosaville stretch. Sonya Anderson (above) caught this 50cm fish there on Tuesday's charter. Also a fair few trevally, bream and flathead around Tewantin."
There were also a few jacks reported along the Gympie Terrace stretch and whiting on the chew across from the Yacht Club on the run-in tide. From Luke Parnell... "G’day Bill. My son Lachlan (above) and I picked up a couple of fresh mullet from Davo's after lunch on Sunday and hit the beautiful Noosa river to fish either side of low tide. We anchored near the Boathouse Restaurant and within a 25 min window we were spooled completely twice and landed two beautiful Mangrove Jacks. Lachie landed a 49cm and myself a 46cm and then it went dead quiet. We kept the 49cm to feed the family on the Webber."
Apart from that, mangrove jacks (yes, more) were active around the Noosa Marina and whiting were biting at the top of Lake Cooroibah. Last but not least, mud crabs were on the move in the stretch above the Tewantin Car Ferry, thoughout Lake Cooroibah and in good numbers in the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments continue to fish well and you can always find shelter from the wind in a protected bay in Lake Macdonald. Borumba also offers some great spots but it can be hard when the winds get up as they can funnel around the dam. With the fish staying deeper, lures to use would be deeper diving hardbodies on the troll and vibes like the newer coloured Jackall TN60’s which are very well known bass and yellowbelly magnets. With the winds set to drop next week let’s hope we can get back to the pelagic run and some big fish stories.