OFFSHORE: The week got off to a bit of shaky start with the swell on the up and the northerlies more moderate than light. Factor in a morning run-out tide, and the weekend crossings (see above) were a little bit hectic and acrobatic, especially for those boaties who decided to try their luck over the shallows.
Conditions improved as the week unfolded, however, and some mornings the bar was pretty much 'flat as'. Not many boats targeted the outer reefs though, so it was down to the middle reef belt and spots closer to home to produce the goods. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to North Reef on Sunday morning. Conditions weren't too bad. The wind was light but the swell was quite short and steep making traveling a task. We spent a lot of the trip trolling some deep diving lures around catching Spanish, school and spotty mackerel, tuna and cobia."
North Reef also produced reef fish such as moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and grass sweetlip. From further south, this report and photo (above) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Chardon's Reef on Sunday morning on a five hour charter. We opted to troll hard bodies and cast metal slugs most of the morning due to all the surface activity. We landed Spanish and spotted mackerel as well as plenty of tuna. We lost a few to sharks and bite-offs but it made for an exciting morning for our guests who hadn't done a lot of offshore fishing before. A good morning had by all. Cheers, Nat."
And Cougar One ran a few charters to Sunshine Reef where they did well on the reef fish... "We caught plenty of grass sweetlip (as above) along with tusk fish, moses perch, snapper, pearl perch and even a large mouth nannygai. The sharks were a real problem at times and kept us on our toes. Cheers, Nat."
The Spaniards and spotties were also out and about on Sunshine Reef and, together with small tuna and leaping bonito, in Laguna Bay. From local yak angler Dave McGregor, above left... "Hi Bill. Phil and I snuck up Teewah Beach on Tuesday night and fished some nice conditions not too far offshore on Wednesday morning. Bagged out on Spaniards with this 130cm model hitting my troll bait just as I was paddling in! Davo's sauries and big garfish doing the job! Cheers, Dave." And from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World, above right... "Hi Bill. Popped out into the bay for a scout on Tuesday morning. Nothing too exciting. Lost a Spanish to the sharks but managed to scull drag a couple of spotties into the boat. Glassed out conditions. Small swell keeps everybody happy!!"
COASTAL: There was no feedback from the southern beaches this week. The Noosa National Park headland was certainly worth a look, however, with spotted mackerel and mack tuna schooling within slug casting distance of the rocks at Hell's Gates and, together with yellowtail kingfish, at the Fairy Pools. Across the bay, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore produced good whiting, as did the waters around Teewah village but with the added bonus there of flathead and dart. Further north, the rocks at Double Island Point were good for spotted and Spanish mackerel and rat yellowtail kingfish.
ESTUARY: The recent rains certainly stirred up the fish in the lower estuary this week with good flathead on the bite at the river mouth during the day and mangrove jacks along the rock wall, especially after dark. Flathead were also on the prowl in the Frying Pan, as were quality whiting and big-eye trevally.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The fishing was pretty good this week. The river was firing after the rain belted us. Jacks, flathead and goldens were active at the river mouth. Pictured (above) from Saturday morning's charter is Dan Penny with a 56cm jack and his daughter Mia with a 49cm fish. She sight cast at it when it chased a golden to the boat that Dan was bringing in. Dan then got a mid 50's flathead further up in Weyba later on in the morning. The jacks went for cut baits and the flathead dived on a prawn. The Woods Bays were good in the afternoons where the wind dropped out. Some big grunters (javelin fish) and schools of pennants and GT’s." Queenfish, tailor and more jacks were reported lurking along the Current Line.
The Dog Beach was also good for a few lizards. Local lad George Scott (above left) was fishing there on Friday when this 56cm flathead swallowed his strip bait. Moving along, the back of Noosa Sound was another jack hot spot with queenfish on the surface early morning along with the odd prawn. From 13 year old Tom Wall, above right... "A beautiful 22cm Noosa River prawn hooked on a Squidgy soft plastic. Caught in The Sound on Friday morning. It swam towards the plastic and then swiped at it and then got foul hooked." Just up from there, Weyba Creek produced the odd good keeper mud crab and a few whiting.
Up around Tewantin, the Marina environs harboured more mangrove jacks (mostly at night), flathead and the odd trevally and/or pennant fish. From Charlotte Pursell, above left... "Hi my name is Charlotte. I’m 6 years old. I went fishing in my dad's boat and we went out in the river on Monday near the Tewantin Marina. I have a special pink rod, I call it Lady Luck. I caught a diamond trevally using prawn on a running sinker. I let it go. It was the prettiest fish I've ever caught." And CJ from Goulburn (above right) caught and released this 70cm flathead up in Tewantin on Tuesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Further upriver, Cooroibah fished well for flathead, trevally and the odd jewfish or mulloway while in the stretch between the lakes it was trevally and (yes, believe it or not) more mangrove jacks. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Claire and Henry Ledingham from Moree in New South Wales (above) caught and released this 60cm flathead and 50cm golden trevally in the upper estuary. Both fish went for whole prawn baits."
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been a little quiet as the fish adjust to the lower water levels. There has been a recent growth of new lilies in patches throughout the waterways so you should find fish holding in these areas. The wind in the mornings have been light, typically increasing mid-morning. If you fish lures try surface early, then move toward a diving soft vibe. Smaller vibes like the Berkley Shimma Fork do well as do the Jackson Iga jig tail spinner jigs. These are dynamite on shut down fish or those fish locked into small bait fish. Borumba is almost at 60% so proceed with care and enjoy a great days fishing.
From Joel Castle, above... "Hi Bill. My name is Joel Castle. I'm 13 years old and a Noosaville local. I caught this cracker toga on beautiful Lake Borumba. It was caught on a Matt Black Jackall Chubby Deep Dive. I didn't have time to measure it as I wanted to release it in good condition. Also the bass were on the bite and we caught a few. Fishing was a bit slow and the dam's water level was quite low but it was a great day on the water. Thanks, Joel." Joel's quality catch and release toga was deemed this week's standout and as a result he was awarded the $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.