OFFSHORE: Moderate to fresh, and occasionally strong winds dominated the offshore scene this week, creating an 'on again, off again' scenario, especially for the small boat brigade. There wasn't a lot of outside swell but it was quite sloppy at times, as was the bar toward the end of the week. On a more positive note, the snapper were on the bite big time, which was a good thing as they are now a no take species (as are pearl perch) until midnight on August 15.
When conditions permitted, Double Island Point was the place to be. From David Gafa, inset above left... "Hey Bill. My twin brother Michael and I caught a couple of nice jewies at D.I. on Wednesday. They went for a Cozen 100g jigs. We also caught (on soft plastics) cobia, snapper, Maori cod and trevally. Regards, David." The twin brothers' quality captures and Colgate smiles won them this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And from Leaon Walker, above... "Hi Bill. I went offshore with my favourite charter guys Fishing Offshore Noosa for nine hours on Tuesday. Managed to land my first ever longtail tuna (on a mack tuna strip bait) and tick it off my bucket list. Many other species were landed including amberjack, red emperor, tuskies, snapper and sweetlip to name a few… taking a liking to jigs as well as bait. Cheers, Leaon."
Plus this from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We made the trip up to Double Island Point on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both were nine hour trips with the hope of getting a few snapper before the closure. We weren’t disappointed either, with really good numbers of fish coming over the side as well as gold band snapper (as above), tuskfish, amberjack, moses perch and longtail tuna. Conditions were great both days with almost no current. Cheers, Nat."
And from earlier in the week Nat sent us this report and photos (above)... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Friday’s five hour trip in lumpy conditions. We had light winds but a short, sharp swell. The snapper were biting well after we got a burley trail going, hitting soft plastics and baits fished on the bottom."
And from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour and seven hour trip to North Reef on Saturday. The conditions were surprisingly nice with a relatively calm bar and nowhere near the 20+ knot westerly forecast out there. The fishing was quite good. We caught pearl perch, snapper, gold spot cod, Maori cod, longtail tuna, moses perch, grass emperor, venus tuskfish and painted sweetlip." Photos above and below left.
Last but not least, from Keegan Moore-Shearn, pictured above right... "Hi there. Caught this 85cm snapper off Noosa on a 7 inch jerk shad. Cheers, Keegan." Apart from that, Sunshine Reef has been producing some decent reef fish including venus tuskfish, grass sweetlip and the occasional medium size snapper.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "For the beach anglers there has also been plenty on offer with some nice tailor being reported from the rocks at Yaroomba. Schools are still small with most fish just making greenback size. Further up, Peregian beach has been good for whiting and dart on the incoming tide. Beach worms and pippies and peeled prawns have been the preferred baits there.
Good size bream, tarwhine and the odd whiting have also been on the bite with best results coming from Castaways Beach, North Sunshine Beach, Alexandria Bay and Teewah Beach on the North Shore. The top end was also good for the odd tailor after dark. Best tide was midway on the incoming.
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "A bit of a mixed bag on the weather front and fish wise this week. The luderick went off the bite at their usual haunts at the river mouth (there wasn't a blackfish to be seen anywhere) while the bream came on the chew from the car park rocks to the Dog Beach. Golden trevally and flathead were in amongst them as well, as was the odd quality flathead. There were also a few decent size whiting caught fishing the high tide on top of the sandbank around Frying Pan arm. Further up, flathead and bream were responding well to frogmouth pilchards around Munna Point while the young guns were catching (and releasing) some reasonable golden trevally around the Current Line and up along the first ski run at Tewantin."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. There were a few good fish on the bite this week with tarwhine and golden trevally on the bite at the river mouth, and together with flathead, in the Woods Bays. Pictured above is Tommy and his son Alf. Alf caught and released both of these quality (68cm and 74cm) flathead on our Saturday afternoon charter. And pictured below we have Andrea and her kids Charlie, Max and Ted who all landed this golden trevally on one of our morning charters earlier in the week. This, too, was released safely after a couple of quick pix."
Further upriver we picked up more flathead in the upper Noosaville stretch. Matthew (pictured below left) landed this lizard in that area on one of our afternoon three hour charters. Apart from that we caught more flathead and a few soapy jewfish up around Tewantin."
There were also a few decent fish caught after dark. From Caleb (and Dex) Butler, above right... "Caught in Noosa river Friday night using poddy mullet for bait. The estuary cod measured 47cm and not a bad winter jack measuring 48cm."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "It's getting to the coldest time of the year. Many anglers are heading south in search of huge impoundment cod which are popular targets on swimbaits. We stock a multitude of baits from Jackall and Megabass and the Shimano Tranx 300 is a popular reel for this style of fishing. Come in check out our range of gear which will also work well for the huge 80cm-100cm flathead due to turn up later this year. The cold snap that is coming is going to drive bass deep so break out your jigs and blades and deep diving lures like the Rapala Jack deep. This lure has a super small body for its 3 meter dive depth which will appeal to fish this winter.