As at Friday January 12, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: It was pretty much a carbon copy of last week's superb conditions with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds, a nominal 0.5m to 0.75m swell and a straight forward, sometimes 'flat as', bar crossing. Even better, the pelagics were once again out in force with good Spanish mackerel, lots of spotted mackerel, tuna, heaps and heaps of quality cobia and large schools of mahi mahi or dolphin fish creating havoc on most of the local reefs.
Laguna Bay was firing with Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, cobia and northern bluefin tuna along the Halls Reef stretch, and north of there, and to a lesser extent, around Jew Shoal. Sunshine Reef, however, was the spot to be with all manner of reef and pelagic species, including wahoo, on the chew. This report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots SSE. We caught heaps of cobia, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, spotty mackerel, Spanish mackerel, coral trout, trevally and a beautiful dolphin fish." Pictured above from that charter is Mattias Sandell from Sweden with his standout trout and below, Matthew Maranta from Brisbane with his dolly.
And Dom Fry from Davo's Boating and Outdoors and son Harry (below) went offshore on Monday morning. They didn't have much luck at Jew Shoal or at Chardon's but hit the jackpot at Sunshine Reef later when, between numerous bite-offs, their pilchard floaters got them two Spaniards and a cobia.
And this report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Wednesday on a five hour charter. Conditions were perfect with with light and variable winds, slight current to the south. We have been slow trolling and fishing floaters on the anchor. We had a good catch of cobia and spotty mackerel. Also some nice Venus tusk fish, on the bottom." Below is Russell Moloney from Noosaville with a standout spotty.
And below left, from that same charter, we have Paxton Brown from Brisbane with two more nice spotted mackerel. Then we have this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did back to backs again on Tuesday. We fished North Reef in the morning and Sunshine Reef in the afternoon. Conditions were great all day with about ten knots, then blowing up in the late afternoon. We caught mahi mahi, goldspot cod, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, pearl perch and coral trout. Pictured (below right) is Johnny with a nice trout from the afternoon trip to Sunshine Reef.".
|North Reef was also good for Maori cod, cobia, longtail tuna, Spanish and spotted mackerel, mahi mahi and sweetlip. Alan Robertson from Ballina, NSW (below) fished there on Saturday morning. It was pretty quiet so he was more than happy when this 15kg cobia tried to run off with his pilchard floater.
No reports from out wide apart this one from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Banks on Thursday. No wind and a light current to the south. We caught gold spot wrasse, moses perch, variegated emperor, red throat emperor, wrasse, Japanese sea bream, coral bream, coronation trout and spangled emperor." From that charter; Peter and Wendy Moran from Belmont, Queensland (below) with a spangled emperor and coronation trout.
|We couldn't fit all of this week's great photos on the page but you can view a few more by clicking on the thumbnails directly above...|
|COASTAL: There were still lots of holiday makers on the Noosa North Shore so the bulk of the reports were of the daytime bread and butter species such as whiting, dart and bream. Best results came from a couple of nice gutters opposite the Camp Grounds (where flathead were also on the prowl) and around Teewah township with the odd permit or snub nose dart an added bonus. Chopper tailor and whiting were biting at the bottom end towards the river mouth. Across the bay at First Point the catch was quality bream while out on the headland, jewfish were feeding at night off the Fairy Pools on the weekend and small tuna and cobia were within casting distance of Hells Gates. Further south, Sunshine and Castaways produced whiting and flathead.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris..."Hi Bill. We've had some absolute ripper mornings after the weekend as the boat traffic decreased. We fished the river mouth Monday and Tuesday and released a lot of oversize fish, got smashed off by some huge flatties. Also a lot of queenies and still a few goldens around at the moment. The bream have also been pretty big and quite thick at the moment which is generally a good sign for fishing them in winter. Caught two mullet in the last week over 50cm. About 48cm hammerhead in the ski run. Moses perch are still thick everywhere. Javelin fish have started to make there way back down the lower estuary with all the tannin being flushed back out again. Cheers, Jimmy."
Ben Newman and his daughter Georgia from Sydney (above) caught and released a 67cm flathead and 53cm golden trevally while on Tuesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Both fish went for whole prawn baits. Big whiting were all over the sand flats in the Frying Pan with some over the 40cm mark being caught. Strada surface lures were the go-to lures and and for bait fishos; Instinct size 4 red whiting hooks and some Instinct red beads and tubing.
Further along, the Woods Point rock wall was good for mangrove jacks at night while early morning sessions in the Woods Bays have been producing a trevally (GT's and goldens), flathead and queenfish. Surface poppers like the Jackson 70mm R.A. Pops and prawns were getting good results. Matthew Abbott from Horsham, Victoria (above) caught and released this queenfish there on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a pilchard bait.
|And Lyle Waldron and his son Scott from Roma, Queensland (above) caught and released this 62cm flathead on Tuesday's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait. Bream and whiting were active along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Report and photo above from Steve Down... "It was Sunday afternoon, tide on the final stages of the runout, my two boys Isaac 6, Harry 3 just wanted to go fishing. It was about 4.50pm. We popped into Davo's for some bait (packet of small prawns) knowing that conditions weren't ideal except the fading light, and maybe a little water movement and light winds. The boys were excited but I said to them, it may not be great as its near low tide, or we may be super lucky and hit a patch of larger fish as it gets closer to dark. At this stage of the day, I said "we are catch and release today boys", as bedtime was only a few hours away. The first fish came in and size was good, but released.. then a second in quick succession and size was again solid, so i changed the goal.. "Ok boys, you're fishing for your dinner.." With two keepers in the bag, young Isaac 6, hooked this solid 43cm whiting but allowed Harry to wind it in.. a great fight in front of a school holidays packed Gympie Terrace foreshore." Steve's detailed story and Isaac's elbow slapper won them the $50.00 store credit in the Davo's Fish of the Week Comp.
The back of Noosa Sound produced some quality estuary cod again this week with trevally on the prowl there in the deeper parts around first light. And Weyba Creek was the spot for some quality mud crabs. Izak Van Shayk (above) picked up this 1.565kg mud crab in Weyba Creek on Saturday night using whiting frames as his draw card. He also picked up the $50.00 ChaseBaits soft plastics prize in this week's Davo's Fish of the Week Competition. Around Tewantin, school jewfish were on the prowl around the bottom of the ski run early in the morning before the skiers were out and about. Further upriver, the stretch between the lakes yielded some excellent quality mangrove jacks on prawn soft plastics, fresh mullet strips and live fish baits.
FRESHWATER: Lake McDonald has been producing big numbers of bass around the Bubble Trail and Three Ways areas. Jackson soft vibes and trolled Eco Gear hard bodies have been successful in finding the bigger models. The saratoga in Lake Borumba have been on fire this past week. Flicking surface lures like the Duo Realis Pencils and Strada 85mm Virals has been very productive. Also all kinds of Spinnerbaits have been working as well.
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