As at Friday February 24, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a mega week for the Spaniards with quality fish on the prowl in close, along the middle reef belt and at D.I. Apart from Wednesday and Thursday, which were pretty much lost to the fresh to the strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies, it was all systems go for the offshore boys and they sure made the most of it.
Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover targeted Double Island Point early in the week and reported excellent conditions... "Hey mate. We fished D.I on Saturday. Wind was 10 knots NNW to NNE with a light current to the south. We got moses perch, tuskies, hussar, pearlies, coral bream, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel."
Above, Adam Cheshire from Woombye with one of the Spaniards from the nine hour charter and below left, Anthony Steers from the Gold Coast with a horse spotty.
|And this report and photos (above right) from local angler Geoff Stirzaker... "Hey Bill. Shaun, Nugget and I left Noosa Friday lunchtime and headed for D.I. We found some good shows of fish in the afternoon and landed pearlies to 3kg, gold band snapper and squire on a range of baits, micro jigs and soft plastics. Next morning we headed in closer and stumbled on a new mark. We dropped baits on it and got belted. I landed one red emperor (60cm) and Shaun landed one slightly bigger. In a hot session we lost more than we landed but filled the esky with tuskies, moses perch, bagged out on snapper, lipper, amberjack and reef cod. Was an awesome trip. We saw billfish herding baitballs on the surface as well as packs of sharks hitting the bait. Conditions were perfect with virtually no wind and a slight current to the south."
Out wide, The Hards were good to the bottom bashers, producing plenty of quality venus tusk fish plus snapper, teraglin jewfish and pearl perch. Closer in on the middle reef belt, North Reef was the spot for squire, moses perch, grass sweetlip and the odd spotted mackerel while Chardon's Reef was a good option for Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel and mahi mahi. Sunshine Reef was patchy, but when it fired it produced longtail tuna, Spanish mackerel, pearl perch. Maori cod, grass sweetlip, squire and venus tusk fish. Owen Gray from Annerly in Brisbane (above) was trolling a whole garfish behind his kayak on Sunshine Reef on Saturday when it was monstered by a snodger 35kg Spanish mackerel. And from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Monday for Spanish mackerel pearl perch and venus tusk fish. Also caught and released a lot of undersized red emperor. Mitch from Victoria (below left) with a Spaniard. Cheers, Theo."
|The tuna (mack and northern bluefin) and mackerel (mostly Spanish) were on the move throughout Laguna Bay with plenty of bird sign to show the way. Local angler Sarel Klopper (above right) decided on a quick run in The Bay on his jet ski on Thursday morning and found himself surrounded by boils and surface action around Hall's Reef not long after crossing the bar. Casting slugs, he was bitten off a couple of times before he nailed this northern bluefin or longtail tuna on a 20gm slug.
Report and photos from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Bill. Finally got out on my day off on Sunday morning. Very calm ocean, light winds. What a great Spanish season we're having. Young Amelia Stevens (inset above) had been pestering me to sit in on the action, so sit she did, with one on her lap. Then straight after that my good mate from Wollongong, Greg Barea took his first 10kg mark blue. We also had fun with a few mack tuna, one longtail and a spotty, all close in the bay. The tuna went for 30gm slugs, while the Spaniards smashed live yakkas. Cheers, Chicko." Apart from that, Hall's Reef was good for sweetlip and moses perch.
|COASTAL: The whiting numbers were on the improve on the surf beaches this week with plenty of just legal and quite a few 30cm+ fish on the bite from Peregian to Sunshine Beach. Dart were also active in that area while tailor were on the prowl after dark at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. A little north of there, mack tuna, snapper, small kingfish, trevally and chopper tailor were responding to cast slugs off the headland rocks while around the corner at Dolphin Point it was grass sweetlip and squire. Further along, whiting and bream were on the bite at Little Cove and chopper tailor were reported around first light off the middle groyne on Main Beach.
On the Noosa North Shore, whiting were biting from the First Cutting to the river mouth while tailor were active at night. Further up, the surf gutters north of Teewah township were good for whiting and dart while up towards Double Island Point the catch was whiting, flathead and off the headland, Spanish mackerel. Yak angler Paul 'Salticrak' Anderson (above) fished the top end in his kayak on Sunday morning and picked up this solid 170cm (30kg est.) Spaniard on a surface rigged saury.
|And I nearly caught local legend Cliff 'The Bear' Andreassen (above) smiling for the camera but even a high shutter speed wasn't quick enough. Anyway, enough to know he was pleased with the 75cm tailor he landed on the lower Noosa North Shore around 7.30pm on Monday night. They came on the bite in the latter half of the run-out tide and were responding well to bonito fillets. Cliff's quality fish and valiant attempt at a smile won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
ESTUARY: The lower estuary ticked over quite steadily this week with bream, flathead, whiting and trevally on the bite during the day at the river mouth and, after dark, tailor going for unweighted garfish off the car park rocks and the odd school jewfish taking large whole and slab baits in the deeper water on the northern side.
The Frying Pan area was certainly worth a look with bream, flathead, whiting and the odd mangrove jack on the bite. The stretch of water from there to the mouth of Weyba Creek, and all stops in between, saw trevally (golden, long nose and GT's) chasing the bait schools. Blue swimmer crabs were also on the move in that same area and further up into Weyba Creek where bream, tarwhine, flathead and (at night) mangrove jacks were active. Squid were also out and about in the lower reaches.
Clive Reeves from Canberra (above) caught and released this GT on a surface popper in the Munna Point stretch around 6.30am on Thursday morning. And a few hours later, he caught and released a 55cm flathead (inset above left) at Tewantin using a Z-Man soft plastic. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time.
|And young Noah Howes (above) caught and released a mangrove jack in the Frying Pan area on Friday morning's NRFS charter. It went for a whole whitebait. Further upriver at Tewantin, trevally were chasing surface lures and live baits near the Council Chambers around first light and mangrove jacks were on the prowl opposite there at night. Apart from that, bream, whiting and flathead were on the bite in Lake Cooroibah while between the lakes it was mangrove jacks, flathead and mud crabs. Report and photo (above right) from Samantha Broderick..."Hi Bill. Emma has been at it again, this time with her older sister Ally, who wanted a piece of the action. They both got up at 4.00 am on a school day and checked the crab pots with their Dad and scored a bucket of crabs including these two monster muddies. This time we set the pots in the feeder creeks and drains up near the lakes. Kind Regards, Sam Broderick."
FRESHWATER... Davo's Tackle World.
Quality bass being caught at Lake Macdonald using spoons, Hotbite tailspinners and spinnerbaits during early morning sessions. LED Balister hard bodies have also worked well for bigger sized fish in the late afternoon. A few big toga have been caught around the timber areas using Megabass Dog X surface lures, as well as black and gold spinnerbaits. Borumba Dam has fished well for bass and toga this week. Using 3 inch paddle tailed soft plastics along with spinnerbaits in the timber areas, as well as casting to steep banks have worked well. The bass are schooling in 30-40ft of water along the rocky edges.
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