OFFSHORE: The blustery south easterlies finally abated after the weekend and the swell dropped back enough to allow the offshore brigade to hit the local reefs from Tuesday onwards. After the rain and pounding swells the bar crossing had moved so we had to fly the drone over at low tide on Monday to check it out. There was quite a significant shift (see video above) with the channel now angling at roughly 45 degrees across towards the river mouth rock groyne. It was certainly a challenge for the smaller boats until the swell dropped back around the 1.0m mark on Wednesday. You can view Thursday's video... HERE.
It was great to see an improvement in the offshore conditions and the locals and visitors headed out in numbers once they saw a few small boats cross the bar without drama. It was also good to see Double Island Point back on the agenda. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a couple of nine hour charters to Double Island Point on Tuesday and Wednesday. Conditions were very good considering the recent weather and there was little to no current. We caught pearl perch, snapper, amberjack, cobia, grass emperor, hussar, venus tusk fish and gold spot cod."
Back along the middle reef belt, North Reef was a popular destination. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on a seven hour charter on Tuesday. Conditions were awesome with light westerly winds and a rolling swell that wasn't noticeable once we got outside the bar. We caught a couple of quality cobia and plenty of pan-sized reefies including snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and moses perch. Pictured (above) is Tim Woldhuis from Jimboomba, Queensland with his cobia. Cheers, Nat."
And we received this report from Cougar One skipper Kyle Morish... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef for a five hour on Wednesday. We had light westerlies early morning dropping out to a total glass out then picking up from the north. Swell was around 1.0m with a light current running to the south. We caught snapper, gold spot cod, Moses perch, tailor and venus tusk fish. Pictured (above) is Milly Rea with a gold spot cod and Chelsea Menhenett with a snapper."
And from a bit further south, this report from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Crew. The Bar has been tricky of late. On Wednesday Ollie Gettinby and myself (pictured above) planned a trip to Chardon's Reef for the Noosa Offshore Fishing Club challenge. Conditions were great with a light westerly wind and a sea breeze from the north. There wasn't much current so Ollie jigged for most of the session, landing tusk fish, pearl perch and Moses perch while on my side, Maori cod, grass sweetlip, snapper and cobia were biting. Perfect day all-round, we even scored a few grinners to weigh in. Cheers, Chicko."
Local anglers Aaron Thorley and Hardy Lavelle fished the outer Laguna Bay/Inner North Reef stretch on Thursday morning for a catch of grass sweetlip and (as pictured above) a couple of (9kg and 13kg) cobia or black kingfish. The cobia went for live slimy mackerel baits. In Laguna Bay itself, Jew Shoal produced some good cobia and snapper, as did the Little and Big Hall's Reef stretch, but with the added bonus on Big Hall's of some pretty solid golden trevally.
COASTAL: There wasn't a lot of feedback from the open beaches this week with inhospitable conditions earlier in the week and major beach erosion along the coastline deterring most surf anglers. The only reports, in fact, were from Laguna Bay where garfish were schooling in Granite Bay and off Dolphin Point in the shelter of the National Park headland. There were also a few chopper tailor and bream on the bite off the river mouth rock groyne on Main Beach.
ESTUARY: The lower estuary continued to fire with flathead active in the deeper channels at the river mouth and the odd luderick on the bite at the car park rocks. Flathead were also on the bite in the Frying Pan, as were bream and small whiting. From Dylan Zanin, below right... "Hey. I'm visiting from Wollongong NSW for a couple months and have been fishing the river for a couple weeks now for some nice flatty. After a couple of trips to Davo's for some local knowledge I successfully scored this guy in the river during the start of a runout tide on a 5" Gulp Jerk Shad soft plastic. Cheers, Dylan."
The golden trevally, however, were easily the standout species this week with some good quality captures coming from the current line, the outer Woods Bay and the waters out from the Coast Guard station at Munna Point. From Ethan Webber, above left... "Hi. After getting a supply of prawns from Davo's Tackle World we headed out near the bar at Noosa and snagged this 52cm Golden Trevally on light gear. Hope you enjoy the pic! Ethan."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. James Power from Brisbane (above left) landed this golden trevally in the Woods Bays on Sunday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait. Not measured but was easily 70cm to the fork. Released safely." James' quality catch and release and toothy smile won him this week's' $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. And a lizard pic from Tim Hart... "My ten year old son Jack (above right) caught this 60cm flathead on Friday. We're on holiday from the Gold Coast. Thanks to Davo's Tackle World for their help, tips and advice. Cheers, Tim."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught flathead and bream in the Woods Bays. Plenty of golden trevally and GT's still getting around at the top and bottom of the tides. Ned from north Melbourne (above left) boated this tank of a golden on Saturday afternoon's charter. We released it safely after a couple of pix. A few mangrove jacks have also been picked up around the structures and jetties of Noosa Sound. Further upriver, Tewantin fished well for estuary cod, flathead, bream and mulloway." There were also a few cale cale trevally in the mix. From Stephen Isele, above right... "Hi. I'm up from the Gold Coast for a few days of fishing. Chicko's weekly report suggested there were a few trevally on the current line in Woods Bay. He was on the money. Picked up this 60cm cale cale on an unweighted herring. Released after the pic."
As is often the case, the odd jack was found to be lurking under the trevally schools. From Ollie Gettinby, above left..."Hey Bill. I went out chasing for Trevs in front of the Coast Guard mid morning at Munna Point. Next thing I know my line was going crazy. I thought I hooked a big golden. When it came to the surface we saw red and we instantly knew it was a big Mangrove Jack. I was using 4lb leader and the lure I was flicking was an Ecogear ZX40 Vibe. Fish was released and swam away smoothly. Thanks, Ollie." The back of Noosa Sound was the spot for small chopper tailor on surface lures early in the morning plus the odd estuary cod. Nicholas Bosworth (above right) caught and released this black spot cod around there on Saturday. It went for a whole prawn bait. Further upriver, flathead were on the chew opposite the Noosa Yacht Club and, together with trevally, around Makepeace Island. Apart from that, school jewfish were on the prowl above the Tewantin car ferry and, along with the odd mangrove jack, in the deeper sections of the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald has slowed because of the rain. This lake is now at 100% and spilling over so fishing hard along the edges, drop offs and deeper sections will be the best option. Having sounders running in down scan is important so you can separate your fish from the trees which is hard to see in traditional 2D. This also applies to Borumba, however it is not at 100%. The Norries Laydown Minnow is a consistent performer in both waterways and the bass and toga love this lure. The temp at Borumba is down to 14C but the fish are still active and will take a suspending lure if paused long enough. Have a look around the various trees if after toga as they will call the smallest tree home as they get shelter from wind and enjoy any rays of sun. Be sure to keep hooks razor sharp at all times and swap any rusting or old hooks out to avoid poor or missed hook-ups.