OFFSHORE: No glass-outs on the local reefs this week. Choppy and sloppy at best with a couple of no-go's earlier in the week when the variable southerlies moved up into the fresh to strong bracket. The last few days of the week were the pick of the crop, however, especially for the small boats. The good news was that the snapper were on the bite. The not so good? The snapper and pearl perch 'No Take' season starts this month on July 15 and finishes August 15.
Those anglers who wanted a feed of their favourite reef fish before the month long closure were more than happy with the action this week with quality knobbies and pearlies coming from most reef locations. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on Wednesday on a nine hour charter. The fishing was tough with about 15 knots of easterly wind against a strong current making conditions a bit lumpy. We persisted by drift fishing and slowly filled the box with venus tusk fish, snapper, moses perch, frypan snapper, spangled emperor and pearl perch. As luck would have it we found a nice area of reef with minimal current right at the end of the trip, anchored up and found the fish chewing hard! After catching more snapper and tusk fish, we headed for home and had an awesome whale encounter on the way back. Cheers, Nat." Late Mail: Trekka's Thursday charter to D.I. produced amberjack (high-fin and regular), snapper, pearlies, moses perch, tuskies, small mouth nannygai, longtail tuna and gold spot wrasse.
Back in along the middle reef belt, North Reef was the place to be. From local angler Justin Wikohika... "Davo's, Legends. Headed out to the North Reef area where we boated a few parrot (venus tusk fish), snapper and grass sweetlip. We moved around covering ground with not much luck in getting the reels screaming and the rods buckled. Then, as sunset neared and it was coming to the end of our day, the Tunz (pictured above), running his trusty old school ways, opted for the running sinker and hand line outfit. He baited up with a strip of yakka flesh and soon after, hooked up on this cracker cobia going 128cm and weighing around the 12kg mark. Wasn’t a bad way to end an awesome day out on the ocean. Regards, Justin."
And another from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We fished North Reef on back to back charters on Friday. We caught snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, moses perch, school mackerel and sweetlip. Pictured (above) is a nice pearly from the morning trip and a snapper from a hot bite in the afternoon. Cheers, Nat."
Plus this report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We’ve been pretty busy lately doing 5 and 7 hour trips to Sunshine and North Reefs. The fishing has been pretty consistent with some solid snapper showing up and good catches of grass emperor, moses perch and pearl perch."
Sunshine Reef was pretty quiet with just the odd grass sweetlip, small snapper and occasional coral trout to reward the faithful. Shane Alchorn from Eumundi (above) caught his first ever trout there on Friday afternoon. He was fishing what he called 'Spot X' when this 55cm specimen tried to run off with his mullet strip bait. This being Shane's first ever catch of the species, and a nice fish, we decided he deserved the $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, a few longtail tuna and mack tuna were on the prowl at Arkwright Shoal, Sunshine Close and along the Hall's Reef stretch in Laguna Bay.
COASTAL: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "In the lead-up to this week's full moon phase, jewfish or mulloway were reported on the prowl off the Coolum/Yaroomba headland rocks after dark. And during the day, whiting were in good numbers and of good quality further north with Peregian Beach (which also yielded a few quality dart), Castaways Beach (where flathead were also active) and the northern end of Sunshine Beach producing some good fish.
Sunshine Beach was also good for bream and tarwhine. Charlotte Peat (above) was fishing there with her family on Wednesday morning when she hooked and landed not one, but two quality 37cm tarwhine. It was the last of the run-out tide and both fish went for live beach worms. Apart from that, whiting were biting around Teewah village on the Noosa North Shore while further north (towards Double Island Point) the catch was bream, chopper tailor and dart."
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Despite the chilly early morning conditions there seemed to be a lot more anglers out on the water this week with the deeper channels out from the river mouth rock groyne beach being as good a spot as any (for the land based) to pick up the odd flathead, trevally and bream. The sand flats and drop-offs of the Frying Pan were good for some elbow slapping whiting, as was Weyba Creek and the waters opposite the Yacht Club. The run-in tide worked well there. And, of course, the Current Line and the outer Woods Bay were still good for trevally, queenfish and tailor."
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. It wasn't ot too bad on the water this week. We had a couple days that were a bit slower but the afternoons made up for it. There are still golden trevally around the Woods Bays and out from the Coast Guard station. Heaps of bream and flathead around the Dog Beach and sand flats at the mouth. Didn’t really fish up Tewantin too much. Had more of a win in the lower estuary. Maddie and Emma from Brisbane (above left) caught and released this golden trevally in the Woods Bays on Saturday's charter and Rory Johnson from Curramore on the Sunshine Coast caught his 72cm golden there late on Wednesday afternoon. Both fish went for hardy heads."
From that same area, we received this from Grant Pawson, above left... "Gidday Bill. Got this solid Golden in the clean water. Put up an epic fight. Three massive runs when I got him boat side. Tagged and released. How good is our system." And from Jack Dekort, above right... "Hey guys. Picked up a nice winter jack out in the open out front of the Coast Guard." There were also a few trevally on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge early in the morning.
Apart from that, flathead were active in and around the mouth of Lake Doonella and along the ski runs above Tewantin. From Michael Whitehead, above... "G’day guys. I dropped into the shop last week chasing some soft plastic prawns and jigheads suitable for the river, and to yabbypump you blokes for some info. Young Jay (who’d sold me the rod and reel a couple of weeks earlier - Ecooda Black Hawk 3-6kg rod teamed with the Penn Wrath 2500) recommended the Plazos 3 inch Prong in Ghost Pearl rigged with the Tackle Tactics 1/4oz jighead. I took the gear out with the kayak on to the river Saturday morning and managed to find this beaut 65cm model Dusky Flathead. Many thanks to all. Cheers, Michael." There were also whiting biting at the top of Lake Cooroibah.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments have been really hit and miss with one day super quiet and the next on fire! The local Lake Macdonald is a classic example. Take the time to sound out all areas and along various contours to find where they are as they are on the move. This also applies to the deeper Borumba Dam. Using sounders to locate the fish is imperative before casting a line. The new G2 Gang Banger spoons have been cleaning up and with a set of small assists and a rear treble the smallest of bites often converts to landed fish. With the colder conditions the bass are sitting deep and even hard on the bottom so know your sounder settings and get stuck into some winter time fat bass."
Got a chance to hook up with Jason Ehrlich from Hot Bite lures (above left) earlier in the week. We hit Borumba to see if we could tempt the winter bass into feeding. It was hard work after the rains and temperature drop but we did well. Despite the tough conditions we all landed quality fish on the Gang Banger G2 spoons, Jets tail spinner and a first for me on the Spectre vibration jig. After chatting to several guys at the ramp who landed less than five we did well to get over 20 from undersize to Pete's chunky high 40's fish, pictured above right. Most of the fish were smashing the spoon with a moderate paced retrieve."