OFFSHORE: Another short week for the offshore brigade. Not a bad weekend, though, with light to moderate variable winds from Friday through to Sunday. After that it was pretty much downhill, kicking off with gale force south easterlies on Monday, backing off to fresh to strong variable southerlies from Tuesday onwards. This, along with 2 to 3 metre sea and swell, confined further activity to the shelter of Laguna Bay. On the upside, the bar was flat in the mornings (courtesy of the overnight southerlies) and the baitfish were in numbers, which meant there were tuna and mackerel to target if you were keen.
While the going was good a few anglers took the opportunity to head out wide. From Joel Hautala... "Nice Saturday morning off the Barwon Banks. Pictured is James Baldwin (above right) being super safe from the sun... doesn't want to look the same colour as his deep sea perch. Fish were on the bite... some nice bar rock cod and a few tasty nannygai filled the box." Double Island Point was also worth the run, yielding Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, cod and snapper.
The middle reef belt was hard work this week, for mostly plate size reefies, so most anglers stuck to the inner reefs. On our southern boundary, Arkwright Shoal produced some good spotted mackerel and longtail (northern bluefin) tuna on pilchard floaters and cast metal slug lures but Sunshine Reef was easily the standout. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Friday morning. Conditions were great with a light northerly wind and little current. We caught grass emperor, tuna, coral trout, venus tusk fish and spangled emperor."
"And we fished Sunshine again over the weekend. The weather was great with little wind and a light current to the south. We caught spotted, school and (as above) Spanish mackerel, snapper, yellowtail kingfish, moses perch, grass emperor, longtail tuna, tusk fish, dark tail sea perch and spangled emperor."
And we received this report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished the Sunshine Reef area over the weekend running five and seven hour trips. Conditions have been pretty good with a steady current from the north and light winds. We’ve caught Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, coral trout, snapper, sweetlip, tusk fish, moses perch and longtail tuna. Cheers, Nat." There were also a few yellowfin tuna on the bite out there.
Laguna Bay was a great option for the smaller boats and kayaks with large bait schools being chased by longtail tuna, yellowfin tuna and Spanish mackerel from just outside the river mouth (and out past the shark nets) to along the Hall's Reef stretch and up to Stingrays. From local yak angler Jarrad Rodgers, above... "Hey Bill. Went camping up on the North Shore with some of the Noosa Yakkers on Saturday. Managed to land a couple of nice Spanish mackerel at Teewah. The bigger one went 14.5kg. My first fish for the season. Both went for trolled, whole saury baits from Davo's." Jarrad's quality double header of Spaniards from his kayak earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And this report from Cougar One... "We did a five hour to Halls Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were average out to sea with a strong southerly wind but the protection of the headland made the trip possible for some keen anglers. We caught moses perch, painted sweetlip, grass emperor and (as above) snapper.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The beach fishermen have had it a bit tough lately with the strong winds. The weekend saw a change in conditions with the winds abating giving anglers a chance to explore the gutters that have been created after the swells. Rumour has it that there were a few jewfish around. We didn't see any photos but there were some big scales left on the rocks at Yaroomba. There were also some nice size dart on the bite in that area and along Coolum Beach with the larger fish preferring the top of the tide or the start of the run-out tide. Whiting were out and about, responding well to worms and pipis with some good fish coming from Peregian, Marcus and Sunshine beaches.
Apart from that, there were a few rat yellowtail kingfish chasing cast metal slug lures off the rocks at the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland, whiting between the groynes an Main Beach and dart in good numbers (and the odd tarwhine and whiting) from Teewah village up to Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: There was a fair bit of surface activity down towards the river mouth this week but it turned out to be large schools of pony fish 'doing their thing' according to Mick Hardcastle from Davo's Tackle World. Bream were also down there in the mix, as were a few flathead in the deeper channels.
Moving up, mangrove jacks were out and about in the Dog Beach stretch, the outer Woods Bay and the Munna Point area while for the surface lure anglers, the Woods Bays were also good for a bit of first light surface action. Flicking lures like the MMD Splash Prawns and soft plastics got the attention of GT's, big eyes, goldens and the odd tailor. Whiting were biting as well with some good fish coming from Weyba Creek and the Noosaville stretch. From Adam Rogers... "Hey lads. Fish of the week entry for my wife Catherine. She gave the seized up yabby pump a full service, caught her own bait on the flats, then managed to snare some good whiting. This one (pictured above) was the pick just hitting 40cm mark. Caught opposite the Noosa Yacht Club. Cheers, Adam."
There were also a few flathead on the prowl in that stretch of water. From Glen Gramenz, above left... "Hi there. My dad and I fished the Noosa river on Saturday after pumping some yabbies on a bank on the topside of Goat Island. We fished the run-in tide at 7 30 am. We got this nice 77cm flatty on a silver and white 1/2 ounce plastic. We safely released it after the photo. We also caught a 34 cm whiting. Kind Regards, Glen" And the odd mangrove jack was lurking around the moored boats. From Dallas Chambers, above right... "Caught this cracking mid-day jack on the Noosa river on a whole banana prawn."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... Hey Bill. We caught tailor and bream at the Woods Bays this week. Right up in Lake Weyba got some nice whiting while around Tewantin we caught a few flathead. Pictured (above) is Hanif and his mate Ahmed from Brisbane with a couple of lizards that they boated there on a recent charter. Further up In Lake Cooroibah we caught flathead, bream, a couple of small mangrove jacks and some soapy jewfish."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The dams are fishing well with bass sitting deep and hiding along the edges. The bigger fish are deeper and smaller fish tend to sit along the edges. With Lake Macdonald currently just below full, the weed lines extend far out from the banks. This makes fishing with weedless soft plastics a must if you like to flick the edges. For those that like to sound the fish up we have a great stock of the Ecogear ZX Blades. These lures run twin assists and the bass crunch these as they have massive vibration which they love. Good reports have come from Borumba and in the main basin area anglers have been getting good fish on the troll. Deep diving Samaki Redic and Zerek Tango Shads have claimed good numbers of fish.