As at Friday January 18, 2019.
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|Below left. Although it was a bit sloppy at times, there wasn't much swell on the bar this week. It was quite difficult, however, for the smaller boats to get all the way across without encountering at least one if not two small, but robust, curlers...|
|Above right. We flew the drone over the bar about 11.00am on Wednesday morning. Roughly an hour after a 0.94m low tide...|
|OFFSHORE: It was a little bit blustery over the weekend with moderate to fresh south easterlies roughing up the local reefs. Conditions improved steadily as the week progressed, though, and the small boats and yak anglers headed out in numbers from mid week on.
We only received one report (and pix ) from the middle reef belt and that was from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Tuesday in great conditions. We caught cobia, grass sweetlip and longtail tuna. Pictured (above) is Chris Dignan with a nice cobia and Danny McDonald's hand holding a horse of a grass sweetlip which weighed 6kg. Cheers, Theo."
Sunshine Reef seemed to be where all the action was, however, and in the latter half of the week it was hot. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hi Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday and Wednesday. Conditions were pretty good with a consistent easterly breeze and a slight current to the south. The fishing was outstanding with lots of cobia coming over the side. We also caught coral trout, moses perch, striped tuna, tusk fish, snapper, grass emperor, painted sweetlip and Spanish mackerel."
The $1000.00 Mackerel Mania competition got off to a great start with an enthusiastic group of yak anglers leading the charge. From Boris Laffineur, above... "I fished Sunshine Reef in my kayak on Wednesday morning. After seeing a small school of Spanish on the sounder, and what looked like a large shark, I had a double hookup on my trolled pilly baits. Fought the rod with the biggest bait on it for 15 minutes but decided it was the shark. Went to the second rod which fortunately had a 6kg Spaniard on it. Went back to the second rod after stowing my fish but after an hour, yes, it was a shark. Happy for the Spaniard. One out of two is better than none, hey!!"
And this one from Sean van der Walt, above... "My alarm didn't wake me so I was late starting. Launched my kayak at Sunshine Beach and paddle trolled the reef for thirty minutes before my slimy mackerel bait was hit hard by this 13.5kg Spaniard. Got a big over run on my TLD20 and almost lost the fish as I was down to the knot. I had to let it tow me until I could regain some line and bring it in."
Plus this belated report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Thursday finally subsided to let a few boats get out and use their gear. Swell dropped along with the winds. We (me and the Creeley boys) ventured out late and fished Sunshine Reef for a great catch of cobia , spottie mackerel and quite a few pearl perch. Again, the sharks got more than their fair share. First time ever a wobbegong got smashed... just got the head. I thought nothing ate The Wobbles. Cheers, Chicko." Laguna Bay was good for the odd cobia along the Hall's Reef stretch and intermittently throughout the bay, small tuna (bluefin, yellowfin and mack) and spotted mackerel.
|The Davo's $1000.00 Mackerel Mania Competition started Sunday January 13, 2019 and runs until February 28, 2019. Pop into any of the Davo's stores and get your photo taken with your mackerel catch and be in with a chance to win a $1000.00 shopping spree at Davo's. Winner announced on March 1, 2019. Note: It won't necessarily be the biggest fish. Points will also be awarded for the best photo, best smile and best story. Your entry will be uploaded to our FaceBook page and the number of 'Likes' it attracts will also determine whether it goes into the final six from which the winner will be selected. Good luck!|
|COASTAL: Not much feedback from the open beaches this week. All too busy fishing I think. The only reports were of whiting, flathead and lots of dart in the gutters opposite Teewah Village on the North Shore plus flathead and whiting around the river mouth rock groyne.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The river fished quite well this week. Early mornings and late afternoons were definitely the pick. We caught some nice flathead and whiting in the Frying Pan and around the Dog Beach area. Plenty of bream and moses perch with the odd pelagic around the Sand Bags. The Woods Bays were holding bream, trevally and flathead, and just around the corner at Culgoa Point we also got some good size bream out of there. Along Noosaville early mornings there were plenty of bait schools with mainly GT's and long nose trevally chopping through them. They were responding well to surface poppers and plastics chucked right into the thick of them. We also fished up in Tewantin most days catching bream, flathead, trevally and plenty of grunters. There’s plenty of tailor still chewing about as we’re getting snipped off time and time again. Cheers mate. George McCarthy from Brisbane (below right) boated his 60cm flathead in the Frying Pan on Friday. And Claire Ledingham from Moree in Victoria (below left) is pictured with a half metre cod that ate a bream she was reeling in toward the boat. Released after a quick pic."
Flathead were also on the bite in the deeper channels towards the river mouth on the runout tide and whiting were in good numbers and size around the shallows. The Woods Bays and the Munna Point Bridge area were good for mangrove jacks at night while the back of Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek produced trevally. From Finn Horton-Stephens, below left... "GT in Weyba Creek. The river seemed a bit shutdown Thursday morning until a screaming reel broke the silence. A healthy, first ever, 40cm+ GT. Released with a smile."
And from Butch Smith... "Hunter Smith (above right) caught this GT in the Noosa river at his secret spot. It was released unharmed."
Further up, flathead were out and about along the Noosaville stretch. Mark from Victoria (above left) boated this 65cm specimen near the Coast Guard station at Munna Point on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for an Atomic Plazo Prong soft plastic. There were also a few jacks on the prowl in the upper Gympie Terrace area in the daylight hours. Local angler Richard Stafford (above right) picked up a couple of nice fish just past the Yachtie on Friday morning. His standout, the 50cm specimen pictured, went for a live herring.
And from Grant Pawson, above... "Gidday Bill ... solid 54cm jack off structure down river on the River2Sea Fish Candy Jackhammer Paddlevibe ... on the end of the outgoing tide on Sunday. Cracker of a fight." The Noosa Marina at Tewantin was also good for jacks and the a few estuary cod on the runout tide while the mouth of Lake Cooroibah was the spot for more flathead and the odd threadfin salmon. Between the lakes it was school jewfish, mangrove jacks and GT's and up in Kin Kin Creek; small jacks and bream.
Last but not least, from Glen 'Hambo' Hamblin, above... "Gidday Bill. Had a pretty good week in our local waterways smashing some crazy new PBs all on surface. First of all on Friday my son and I set out early morning (4.00am) to get the first of the surface bites on a Davo's bought SugaPen, fishing the last of the runout tide in the Woods Bays. Wasn't an extremely good morning but we still managed to get a few juvenile GT's and big-eye trevally and a good sized 50cm tailor which was a new PB for me and was released to fight another day. Later on in the week on Monday we headed up to Borumba with a great 1018 barometer that was still slowly rising. The afternoon bite was on fire with a few good sized bass and new PB saratoga that went 76cm on the dot. I was just casting a small Luckycraft Sammy around the edges of the lillies and then I got smashed. Pretty weird toga hit though because I didn't even know I had hooked up until I put tension on the line then he shot off. Only just fit in the net and there was a great sigh of relief when we released him after a few snaps." Glen's quality captures (and releases) won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
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