As at Friday February 15, 2019.
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|Above. The bar was a bit dodgey at times this week. It wasn't a big swell but punchy enough to give the odd boatie a fright...|
|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore brigade with light (10 to 15 knot) variable easterlies the norm rather than the exception. As you'll see in the video above, the bar was still quite long and, for those who got their timing wrong, there were a few curlers to deal with.
The more distant reefs were certainly an option this week and those with the bigger boats (and larger fuel tanks) made the most of it. Report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on a full day charter on Saturday. We had five knot variable winds all day and a steady current to the south. Plenty of venus tusk fish, Moses perch, pearl perch and snapper on the chew. We also had a school of dolphin fish or mahi mahi come up to the boat which was a good end to the day."
And we received this from Jaden Westland, above... "Got this little guy at the Noosa Canyons on Sunday afternoon while fishing for marlin. Had a few smaller fish on but this dolly was the largest and best looking of the bunch. It went for a pink slant head trolling lure."
And the middle reef belt didn't disappoint either. Report and photo (above) from Birthday Boy Chicko Vella... "Wow, it finally happened! Great weather, and no sharks!! Not only that; Sunday was me day off…… also me birthday….. and lady luck was onboard. The fish stars were aligned. We were only out for a few hours on Chardon's Reef on Sunday morning and had a bag of Spanish, with ideal conditions. I also love it just before a change. Three technicals were needed on the day. Slow trolling baits down deep, high speed deep divers and also jigging slicers to entice 'em. I'm pictured with my old school buddy Louise Mcgrath with a couple of the standouts."
Plus this report and photo (above left) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour to North Reef on Sunday. Conditions were beautiful but still the odd good wave on the bar. We started out the day with some trolling and weren't disappointed, having a four way hookup followed by a triple hookup on Spanish mackerel. We soon after dropped anchor and found ourselves on a good patch of cobia, squire, tuna and Moses perch." And from closer in, from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... “Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning on a five hour charter. We had a ball catching cobia, coral trout, snapper, Maori cod and sweetlip. Conditions were good with a light northerly breeze, no current. Pictured above right is Shaun O’Brien with a nice trout."
Local yak anglers Dave, James and blow-in Nick from Melbourne (pictured above) hit the water first thing on Sunday morning off Stumers Creek. After a long paddle to Coolum Wide the boys came across a school of spotted mackerel feeding on bait forced to the surface. Fish were taken on whole slimy mackerel baits and cast metal slugs. Dave was the real producer, bagging out before 7.00am.
And ahead of the forecast weather change, local angler Tom Tyler (above) motored out to Sunshine Reef well before the sun was up on Thursday morning and, around first light, picked up this quality 12.3kg, 118cm jewfish or mulloway. It went for an 80gm Slow Blatt jig. Tom's early bird effort and standout fish won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
In Laguna Bay, the pelagics were on the prowl along the Hall's Reef stretch. $1000.00 Davo's Mackerel Mania Comp entry from yak angler Sean Van Der Walt, above... "Launched my kayak off the middle groyne on Main Beach on Saturday morning and paddled out to Hall's Reef. Lots of bait fish being hammered by longtail tuna. Got busted off by one then caught a 4ft shark. Not long after I caught another longtail on a slimy mackerel. My next trolled slimy was hit by this 14.5kg Spaniard. I was happy with that so left them biting."
|Don't forget! The Davo's $1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition runs until February 28, 2019. Pop into any of the Davo's stores and get your photo taken with your mackerel catch and be in with a chance to win an amazing $1000.00 shopping spree at Davo's. The winner will be announced on March 1, 2019. Please Note: It won't necessarily be the biggest fish. Points will also be awarded for the best photo, best smile and best story. Your entry will be uploaded to our FaceBook page and the number of 'Likes' it attracts will also determine whether it goes into the final six from which the winner will be selected. Good luck!|
|COASTAL: It was a bit more exciting on the open beaches this week with whiting, flathead and dart on the bite at Peregian, Marcus, and Castaways beaches and whiting and bream at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. On Noosa Main Beach, whiting were in good numbers on the surf side of the river mouth rock groyne on the run-out while on the North Shore, the waters around Teewah township produced whiting and flathead. The rocks at Double Island Point were good for spotted mackerel, rat yellowtail kingfish and good dart.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. This week we caught flathead at the river mouth on the ebb tide plus whiting, bream and flathead in the Frying Pan. We also fished the Woods Bays for bream and the odd trevally and dropped the pick outside Coast Guard Noosa at Munna Point and caught bream, Moses perch and some shovel nose. Up in Tewantin we caught trevally, estuary cod, bream, javelin fish and flathead. Pictured is Angela, below, a regular Noosa River Fishing Safaris customer, who caught this trevally up in the Tewantin ski runs early on Saturday morning. It went for a whole whitebait."
Mangrove jacks were on the prowl around at the Sand Bags, the the Dog Beach snags, the Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek (phew) while tailor and trevally (mostly GT's) were active around the Current Line. Further up, whiting were biting at the Caravan Park and opposite the Yacht Club while estuary cod, mangrove jacks and flathead were reported around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin. Apart from that, jewfish were active at the first ski run and, together with mangrove jacks, in the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been on fire as of late with some huge saratoga coming out of the Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam. Working the timber and weed edges has even seen some solid bass getting caught too. Using the TT Frogerz and Bassman spinnerbaits is great for the deep drop offs and heavy timber during the daytime. Hardbodies like the new Rapala Jerk Bait shallow are also working well on the bass in the shallows with the possibility of hooking a big toga.
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