OFFSHORE: Variable easterlies dominated this week. Light to moderate on some days, moderate to fresh on others. Nothing so bad as to shut the gate but there were a few mornings when there were just as many boats coming back in as going out. Overcast, and sometimes squally, but overall still quite fishable.
When conditions permitted, Double Island Point was good for the bigger boats. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to D.I. on Friday. Conditions weren't too bad with a light northerly wind and a small swell from the northeast. Our trip started off very tough with the first couple of hangs resulting in lots of current and not a lot of fish. We kept persisting and found some ground with little current and thankfully some hungry fish. We caught nannygai, tusk fish, amberjack, squire, sweetlip, cobia, mahi mahi, grass emperor, tuna, moses perch and pearl perch."
Sunshine Reef was still a favoured destination for those in tinnies and kayaks with the mackerel drawing a crowd. Jarrad 'Bonesy' Rodgers spent time there in his kayak on Sunday morning and, trolling sauri baits, boated two Spaniards and two spotties. The 140cm fish he's pictured with was the standout so Bonesy stopped off at Davo's to enter it in the Fish of the Week Comp. Unfortunately he'd left the stinger treble in the mouth of the fish and when he lifted it for the photo, one of the barbs went deep into the back of one of his fingers. We cut the wire trace and Bonesy then pushed the barb all the way through and far enough out the other side for Chicko to get the cutters on it and cut the barb off. See below. The blood on Bonesy's hand in the fish photo above is all his.
Anyway, in acknowledgment of his righteous capture and his 'brave face' we awarded Bonesy this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Apart from the odd longtail tuna, mack tuna and bonito, Sunshine Reef was also good for a few reefies. Report and photo (above) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour trip on Tuesday morning. There was a fair bit of surface activity so we started off trolling but only landed a mack tuna for our efforts. Once anchored up it didn't take long for a few spotted mackerel to find the berley trail though. We got a couple to the boat and got bitten off by a few more. On the bottom we caught squire, venus tusk fish and, to round the trip off, a quality coral trout. Cheers, Nat."
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was good for Spanish mackerel and cobia (especially before to many boats crossed the bar, as was the Hall's Reef stretch but with the added bonus there of spotted mackerel in numbers. Bhay Raynor-Johnston from Peregian Beach (right in photo above) and a couple of buddies fished Hall's Reef on Saturday morning and, casting 25gm metal slug lures at the boils, bagged out early on spotted mackerel.
And Mike Duncan from Robina on the Gold Coast (above) trolled the upper North Shore side of Laguna Bay on his jet ski on Thursday morning without much luck. He then headed back down to Hall's Reef where his bonito bait attracted the attention of this 7kg Spaniard. Happy with that he called it a day, making a brief stop at Davo's Tackle World for a quick photo. Small mack tuna and bonito were also on the move throughout the bay and not far out from the bar.
COASTAL: Most of the feedback was from the open beaches this week with whiting on the bite at Peregian Beach and bream, flathead and dart at Sunshine Beach. Whiting were also biting at First Point on Main Beach and, together with flathead, bream and tailor, around Teewah village on the Noosa North Shore.
ESTUARY: With the holiday crowds dispersing, the boat traffic in the lower estuary eased and the local fish breathed a sigh of relief. Flathead, bream and mangrove jacks celebrated the return to laid back normal at the river mouth by responding well to flesh baits, prawns and live fish baits. Whiting, flathead and queenfish came out to play on the surface in the Frying Pan while along the Current Line and in the Woods Bays it was tailor, GT's and more queenfish.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "We had another good week in the river. Good chance for the locals to get out now that the town's a bit quieter. We've caught mangrove jacks and small whiting around the Dog Beach. Still plenty of trevally around the Woods Bays. Further up, Chris from Goulburn (above) caught and released this 73cm queenfish at Tewantin on a peeled prawn. We also caught some smaller queenfish and a few juvenile jewfish around Makepeace Island while Cooroibah fished well for javelin fish, bream and flathead." Further up between the lakes the catch was jacks and GT's.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments are going well with some healthy bass taking surface walkers like the Atomic K9 and Sammy 65 from Lucky Craft at Lake Macdonald. Both of these lures have a lot of presence and are very easy to cast and work. The water levels are above the ramps following the rains so this is a great option. Borumba Dam is still very low although nudged up a couple of percent after the rains. This will see slightly dirtier water so fish deep for the fish.