As at Friday January 19, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Not much joy for the offshore brigade this week. A bit of a shock when such a long run of good weather finally comes to an end but it had to happen eventually. Fresh to strong northerlies on Saturday afternoon then strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies from Monday onwards pretty much shut the gate. A solid swell on the bar deterring even the most determined boaties from tackling the pelagics in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay.
Before the blow it was business as usual, however, with the middle reef belt still producing well. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Friday. Wind was 5 to 15 knots from the north. Current to the north. We caught moses perch, coral bream, painted sweetlip, grassie sweetlip, scarlet sea perch, small mouth nannygai, cobia and a purple cod." Above we have David Hofer from Brisbane with a cobia and small mouth nannygai. Below: Connor O'Sullivan from Sydney with his small mouth nannygai and Patty from Peakhurst with the purple cod.
|And this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished North and Sunshine Reefs on Friday on a seven hour charter. Conditions were good with with light northerly winds and a strong current to the south. We caught cobia, spotted mackerel, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, moses perch, snapper and hussar." Pictured below from that three quarter day charter is Mick from Tarneit in Victoria with a nice cobia from North Reef.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was certainly worth a look. Scott Davis from Brisbane (below) paddled his kayak out wide of there on Friday morning, trolling a whole sauri bait, and was rewarded for his efforts when this 15kg Spaniard tried unsuccessfully to run off with it. It was twenty minutes after high tide.
And this report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Friday. Conditions were great with no wind but lots current to the south. We caught coral trout, pearl perch, Spanish mackerel, cobia and spangled emperor. Pictured (below left) is Peter Gutzeit from Brisbane with his standout trout, caught on the first drop of the morning. Cheers Theo." Grass sweetlip were also on the bite there.
|In Laguna Bay, spotted mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia were smashing the bait schools. From Julz Gramatikas... "Young Jordan with his first ever Spaniard. Caught north of Big Halls Reef on a live yakka." We gave Jordan the $50.00 ChaseBaits soft plastics prize for his excellent offshore debut.|
|The video footage above? Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World, together with the Creeley Clan, targeting the pelagics in Laguna Bay.|
|COASTAL: The Noosa North Shore saw some jewfish action just south of Double Island Point after dark despite the new moon phase. Fresh mullet slabs got best results. South of there, bream and whiting were biting just north or Teewah while further down the line the stretch from the first cutting to the river mouth produced flathead. Across the bay, Dolphin Point was good for quality bream and around the Fairy Pools it was trevally. Further south again the northern end of Sunshine Beach yielded whiting and bream, as did Marcus and Peregian beaches but with the added bonus there of a few flathead.
ESTUARY: From Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. We're still getting good fish throughout the system although the river mouth has been pretty difficult most of the week with the southerly change that came through and the big tides creating a bit too much water movement. Cheers, Jimmy Free."
After dark it was a little better, though, with some good mangrove jacks on the prowl along the river mouth rock wall stretch. Further up, the Frying Pan sand flats were one of the better whiting hot spots while across from there the Woods Point Sand Bags produced bream, flathead and the odd tailor.
|Trevally (goldens, diamonds and GT's) and queenfish were active in the current line and off Munna Point while the Woods Bays were good for flathead, trevally and bream. From Paula Stanley... "My son Ethan (above) caught this beautiful fish on Tuesday morning at the Lions Park near Hastings Street. He used a peeled prawn as bait. It put up a decent fight. We made the most of the photo opportunity before releasing. After asking around we believe it is a whipfin or threadfin silverbiddy." Around the Noosa Sound pontoons, mangrove jacks were responding to live fish baits and mullet flesh after dark. Further upriver, whiting and bream were in good numbers from Goat Island to Tewantin, the Noosa Marina saw more mangrove jack action from dusk till dawn and flathead were in good numbers during the day opposite the Council Chambers and in the first ski run. Ollie from Kilkivan, Queensland (above right) caught his 64cm flathead in that stretch of water on Monday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait.
|Jacob Cifuentes from Brisbane (above) caught his thumper 40cm whiting and a few quality bream on whole prawn baits just below Tewantin on Saturday afternoon. Jacob's elbow slapper, and his toothy smile won him the $50.00 store credit component of this week's Davo's Tackle World /ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. And this from James Pursell, above right... "Hi. I’m eight years old and caught this diamond trevally in the river at Tewantin around 9am on Thursday. Using prawn and a running sinker. The fish left my arms aching but it was a beauty and worth the fight. Best day ever!!! " Further up, threadfin salmon and flathead were active at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. Footnote: Mud crabs were out and about in Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek.|
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