As at Friday July 28, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Weatherwise it was a great week for the offshore brigade with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable winds on most days. The Noosa Bar, however, was a bit tricky and the approach even more so with small (sub 0.2m) low tides causing problems even for the smaller boats. There were no incidents, though, with the worst case scenario being finding yourself high and dry on a sand bar when the Fishing Noosa Drone was out and about.
Out wide, The Hards produced pearl perch, snapper and the odd greenback. Bailey Boyce (above) spent the day there on Sunday with his father Matt (from Laguna Boating Centre) where they bagged out on good snapper and boated a quality tailor. Their baits were the ever reliable pilly/squid combos.
And here's a Banks report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished The Banks on Thursday. Wind was 15 knots from the south east and a strong current to the south. We got coral bream, hussar, gold spot wrasse, spangled emperor, moses perch, venus tusk fish and almost bagged out on good snapper." Pictured from that full day charter, we have Lewis Songoro from Gracemere (above) with a nice snapper, Keith Ledger from Clontarf, Brisbane (below left) with a thumper venus tusk fish and (below right) Danni James from Sunshine Beach with a quality spangled emperor.
| Double Island Point was fairly quiet this week with the bulk of the catch being venus tusk fish, red emperor, snapper, moses perch and pearl perch.
And on the middle reef belt... Ben Smith from Biggera Waters (above) fished North Reef on Sunday with local angler Mark North (bit of local knowledge goes a long way) and, apart from the usual smaller reefies and one cobia, hooked up with this absolute thumper 7kg snapper. It went for a pilchard bait.
|And this report and photos from Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery..."Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were good with light south westerly winds and low current running north. We got a good feed of snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, hussar, Maori cod and a nice red emperor. Pictured (above left) is Neil O'Brien from Langwarrin in Victoria with his red emperor and Michael Peterson (above right) with a couple of quality pearl perch. Cheers, Will." Other species on the bite at North Reef were the odd northern bluefin tuna, squire and gold spot cod.|
|Closer to home, this very brief report from local angler Michael Reynolds, above left... "Boated some nice pearlies at Misery Reef on Saturday morning." And another from Trekka 2 deckie Will Palfery..."Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Monday. Conditions were good with 5 knot westerly winds, a light current running south and a 1.0m swell. We ended up with a good feed of tuskies, sweetlip, moses perch, trevally, squire and had good fun on the jigs catching shiny mackerel. Pictured (above right) is father and son, John and Jack St. Hill from Hobart, with their mackerel. Cheers."
And there were cobia in Laguna Bay. Local lad Lachlan Riley (above) picked up this thumper 27kg specimen north of Hall's Reef... "I got this solid cobia around midday Sunday. It went for a live yakka floater. Unfortunately it died after the almost two hour fight. Tried to swim it but no go. Also got another one which was safely released! Lachlan's spectacular catch won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|We flew the drone over the lower estuary and bar on Sunday. The two video clips above cover the Munna Point stretch to the river mouth. Lots of sand to negotiate. We also filmed a number of boats crossing in and out over the bar. You can view those clips... HERE|
|COASTAL: Great conditions on the open beaches. A bit of swell over the weekend but that dropped away as the week progressed. Dusk till dawn was a bit chilly which whittled down the surf angler numbers but the bream were biting, with some good fish reported on the bite at Peregian Beach. Not much more in the way of reports from the eastern beaches apart from the odd squire on the prowl off the National Park headland rocks. On the Noosa North Shore the bottom end of Teewah Beach was good for flathead while the surf gutters just north of Teewah township produced chopper tailor on lightly weighted whole pilchard baits. Quality whiting were also schooling there and responding well to live beach worms. Freshwater had the odd good drain which was holding whiting, dart, bream and tarwhine (35cm to 39cm) plus the odd school jewfish. The top end was the spot for the keeper jewies to 6kg.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was fairly quiet this week. Bream and flathead were still a feature during the day, of course, and there were a few luderick on the bite around the bottom of the tide in Sandy Cove. And it was about an hour after the low this morning that local angler Colin Russell (below) landed his one and only (while I was there) luderick on local cabbage. Colin did mention that he had a better result earlier in the week but that's another story.
Apart from that, the trevally and chopper tailor were harassing the baitfish on and off in the latter half of the week just out from the Sandy Cove Point.
Further up, tailor and bream were on the bite in the Frying Pan and, together with trevally, estuary cod and the odd small mangrove jack, in the Woods Bays. From Nic Brewer... "Had a fun session in the river on Saturday afternoon. Fairly slow to begin with, however things got quite good as we downsized leader and jighead weights to fish more finesse. Caught a bunch of small big eye trevally sitting off a school of bait then just as the sun began to set my mate Ben, above left, caught a 65cm diamond. Five minutes later dad was on. Spent a while chasing his 70cm fish around the boats but managed to land it. All fish caught on Squidgy Prawns and released after a quick snap. Unreal to see plenty of big fish in the river. Hope you had a good weekend."
|And young Riley Jones from Brisbane (above left) caught this quality bream in the Woods Bays on a whole prawn bait on Sunday afternoon. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari at the time. While our old mate Cliff Grey (above right) had a story to tell when I stopped by 'Cliffy's Corner' on Sunday morning... "I landed a thumper bream half an hour ago but when I was trying to remove the hook it jumped off and I ended up with the hook right through the webbing between my thumb and finger. Had to cut the line and go back to the car and snip the barb off with my pliers." He showed me the wound and I commiserated with him about losing the fish... "No, no. It's in the bucket. I wasn't going to let that one get away!"... It measured a comfortable 37cm.|
|Moving along, Ethan Kire sent in this report... "Hey guys. My girlfriend Tayla (above left) caught a beautiful 68cm diamond trevally on Saturday morning near the Munna Point Bridge. It was on her first cast, on a live beach worm. Her new PB and with the best fight of her life. After taking the photos and measuring it we released this stunning fish to fight another day. All the best, Ethan." Bream and quality whiting were on the chew around Weyba Creek with the last of the run out tide still working the best. Small Z-Man soft plastics with a light weighted jig head, surface poppers, live worms, peeled prawns and chicken pieces all worked well there. Still in the lower estuary, ten year old Deegan Holmes (above right) caught his first mangrove jack late on Saturday night. He was fishing the river with his dad and was very excited by his 48cm fish. At Tewantin, the stretch upstream from the boat ramp fished well for flathead, bream and a few nice size whiting with some good reports coming from anglers working surface poppers in the morning and afternoon.
FRESHWATER: The bays and upper reaches of the two main arms at Borumba Dam have again fished well for smaller schooled bass using ice jigs, spoons and Hot Bite spintail lures. The bass in Lake Macdonald have been feeding aggressively along the edges of the weed beds, hitting prawn imitation lures such as Ecogear ZX and Jackson Ebi Panic. The new Jackall Micro Pompadours are living up to their name as well, with reports they are getting a lot of attention as well from both bass and saratoga.
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