OFFSHORE: It wasn't a particularly memorable week for the offshore boys with a 2.0m to 2.5m easterly swell turning the bar a tad gnarly, especially a couple of hours either side of low tide. Adding to the downside, moderate to fresh variable southerlies dominated from Sunday onwards with 1.5m to 2m+ seas limiting the activity of many of the smaller boats. On the upside, the bar mellowed somewhat towards the end of the week and the snapper were on the bite.
Under the circumstances, most of the offshore activity came from the larger (charter) boats, but even then the middle reef belt was as far as most of them cared to venture after the weekend. Report and photo (above) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Wednesday. Conditions were a bit average with a steady 15 knots of southerly breeze with the slightest trickle of current to the south. The bar has settled down a lot since the weekend and has become a lot more predictable. The fishing started off a bit slow but got better as the day went on. We caught sweetlip, snapper, moses perch, gold spot estuary cod, grass emperor, pearl perch and venus tuskfish."
And we received this report and photos (above and below left) from from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Although the conditions offshore were less than ideal, we got out most days. We had good results on North Reef later in the week. Snapper to about 2.5kg were in good numbers along with tusk fish, quality grass sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, gold band snapper and gold spot cod. Despite the 15+ knot southerly winds, fishing at anchor was quite pleasant.
And before that, on Saturday, we managed to get up to Double Island Point for a nine hour trip. We caught quality jewfish (pictured above right and below) and cobia, along with snapper, moses perch and venus tuskfish. The swell on the bar slowly started to drop later in the week as well. Cheers, Nat."
We didn't receive much in the way of reports from Sunshine Reef until towards the end of the week. This one from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini, in fact, was a late mail... "Hey mate. We did a seven hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning. It was a bit slow but we had some quality fish coming over the side which made up for it. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, grass emperor and (as pictured below) a few good knobby snapper."
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "With a bit of swell there has been plenty of white water, good gutters and coming up to a new moon, it doesn’t get better for the jewfish! With the bigger tides in the evening this week there will be plenty of anglers searching for those metre plus fish. Best results have been from the Yaroomba/Coolum area and best baits have been mullet fillet, tailor fillet, pilchards, squid and clumps of beach worms.
Further up, Sunrise Beach and the northern end of Sunshine Beach were good for quality bream, tarwhine and dart. On Noosa Main Beach, the waters around the river mouth rock groyne produced the odd whiting and (around dawn and dusk) tailor, as did the top end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore.
ESTUARY: Bill Watson, Fishing Noosa... "Popped down to the river mouth late Wednesday afternoon just in time to catch up with local blackfish anglers Billy Budd and Brian Smith as they were packing up. Brian (below right) had been fishing the Sandy Cove point for a couple of hours and had four fish in the live keeper bag, three of which he later released. Billy, who had arrived late, had one and was happy with that. Looks like the luderick are back on the bite."
Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "A lot of the young guns have been catching (and releasing) school jewfish in the stretch from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah. Small blades and Keitech plastics got best results. There were also quite a few juvenile big-eye trevally chasing small micro jigs around Munna Point and in the Current Line while a few anglers have been getting into some good flatties around the edges of Lake Weyba on the last of the run-out tide. Keeper size mud crabs were reported around the back of The Sound and in Noosa Waters and the jacks were out and about throughout the lower estuary."
From Dylan Castle, above... "I caught this 48cm mangrove jack in the middle of the day on Wednesday. It went for a 3” Zman soft plastic in 'Opening Night' colour. Safely released. Cheers." Dylan's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize."
The overcast conditions brought out the baitfish and predators in numbers this week but the period from dusk till dawn also produced some pretty healthy catches. From Aden Plant... "My son Koby (above right) got his first jewfish in the river when we went fishing Monday arvo/night and I got some quality table fish. The jewy measured 65cm and was released. The jack was 52cm and the black spot estuary cod was 55cm. Cold night but good to get outside again."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught flathead in the lower estuary this week. Harry from Ipswich (inset above left) boated his 57cm lizard there on Monday. Also some good size bream in the Woods Bays. Along Gympie Terrace there were big schools of javelin fish and GT’s sitting together. It’s hard to miss them on the sounder. We fished opposite the Yacht Club a few times and caught flathead, bream and a fair few tailor at the end of the tide. Maddi from Brisbane (above right) caught and released this 58cm flathead there on Wednesday. We picked up the odd trevally in Tewantin as well."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "After the recent rains the dams and lakes in the area have risen. Lake Macdonald is over 105% and overflowing and Borumba is holding steady at 80%. In both areas try and find the deeper cleaner water as the dirty colder water is often void of fish life. All fish, especially impoundment fish like stability and they will search for it. Smaller presentations, soft plastics and jigs will work well and if using hard body lures, try longer pauses if not getting bites. Cold water often shuts the bite down so leave the lure in the school for longer to trigger a bite."