As at Friday February 22, 2019.
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|Below left. Tuesday and Wednesday were the only fishable days in a forgettable week. On the upside, the bar wasn't an issue.|
|Above right. By Thursday morning, however, the swell was slowly on the rise with dangerous (5m+) surf conditions predicted.|
|OFFSHORE: There wasn't much to choose from this week with fresh to strong south easterlies hitting the coast on Friday and staying past the weekend. That left a rather small window of opportunity mid-week ahead of the widely forecast arrival of tropical Cyclone Oma.
Under the circumstances, most boaties stuck close to home with the middle reef belt being as far as anyone cared to venture. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to North Reef on Tuesday in pretty good conditions considering. We caught Maori cod, gold spot cod, good size pearl perch and heaps of big venus tusk fish. Pictured is our decky for the day Nat Turner with a good pearly, Sami Kontiainen with a gold spot cod and Mateusz Krasun with a nice Maori cod."
And from closer in, this report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Decided to have one more crack at the mackerel before this weather turned for the worst. Slipped out with my old mate Steve (the cool man) Baker… while witnessing a gorgeous sunrise the Spanish smashed our deep diving lures. After scoring this triple hook-up we headed home for a nice cup of tea."
|Please Note: The winner of the Davo's $1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2019...|
|ESTUARY: The river was very quiet this week with mostly just the bread and butter species out and about in any numbers. Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. This week we caught some nice flathead and good sized bream in the Woods Bays, also got a few giant herring in the afternoons there. There’s still whiting moving around the river mouth and Weyba Creek fished well for them as well. We caught diamond trevally, bream, flathead and moses perch up in Tewantin around and opposite the marina. Dan from Melbourne (below) boated this 68cm flathead in the Woods Bays on Tuesday morning's charter. It went for a peeled prawn."
The Dog Beach stretch was also good for whiting, as was the Frying Pan with the added bonus there of flathead (on live baits) and the odd mangrove jack. The Woods Bays were also good for trevally while the back of Noosa Sound still yielded the odd mangrove jack after dark. Weyba Creek, as mentioned, held some good whiting. Local angler Peter Bygrave (above right) did well there in the latter half of the week with this 40cm specimen, which he caught on Wednesday morning, being his standout. It went for a live yabby.
Moving up, the Munna Point area was the spot for estuary cod, bream and trevally and the waters from there to Goat Island produced keeper size flathead. At Tewantin, the ski runs were good for school jewfish, bream, golden trevally and the odd mangrove jack while a few mud crabs were on the prowl from there to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. From Samantha Broderick... "Hi Bill. Persistence pays. We've been trying hard over the last month and no keepers but lots of jennies. Emma (above) and her dad set the pots on Thursday night with fresh flathead head frames, which produced two nice bucks." Young Emma's keen participation in the Broderick family mud crab escapades and her fearless handling of the species won her this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER: The freshwater impoundments have had a recent top up and with Lake Macdonald’s work now delayed until 2020 it is still worth a visit. Being boat friendly gives more people a shot at the bass and saratoga that live there. It is important to note that you are only allowed to use electric motors once on the water. Davo's Boating carries a great selection of Minn Kota motors and Humminbird sounders. Borumba has seen some cracking toga landed with most fish taking sub surface lures including Westin Swim and Rapala Twitchin Mullet. First light has been the best time with fish feeding very hard on the bony bream. Froggerz and Vortex spinnerbaits also claimed some fat bass and saratoga during the daytime. If in the market for a new baitcaster reel, come and check out the new Shimano Curado DC. This feature packed reel lets you cast in any conditions and avoid the dreaded birds nest!
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