OFFSHORE: Variable westerlies were the norm rather than the exception this week which meant that there was always somewhere in the lee of the land to fish, even in the moderate to fresh conditions encountered over the weekend. Some days, in fact, were almost glassed out which meant that the small boat brigade headed out in force. Even more so as the week progressed and the swell on the bar and bay morphed from 'little or no' to pretty much 'flat as'.
As mentioned, most boaties worked in close this week. Arkwright Shoal was a popular choice for the smaller boats and yak anglers, producing longtail and mack tuna in the upper levels and on the surface, plus grass sweetlip and Maori cod down deep. Sunshine Reef was also worth a look for sweetlip, tusk fish, trout and the odd bonus species. Fraser Johnson (above) did well there on Monday with this 5kg red emperor and 7kg jewfish being his standouts. Both fish were caught on well presented mullet fillets and, as a bundle, earned Fraser this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We fished Arkwright Shoal on Sunday and Sunshine Reef on Monday. Conditions were beautiful with offshore winds and little to no swell. We caught grass emperor, tuskfish, painted sweetlip, kingfish, snapper (which were released due to the closure) and moses perch. The kingfish pictured we had tagged back in April and recaptured it on Sunday. It had grown 4.5cm in 3 months."
And we received this late mail from Justin Wikohika... "Hi Bill. Headed offshore to North Reef last Tuesday with an arvo bite to be the prime time to produce the goods. We’d caught a couple of cod species, moses perch and tuskies but no snapper. Came in a little closer for the afternoon bite to the 45m depth range and my friend Rebecca (pictured below right), here on her maiden voyage, caught her first quality snapper. Bait was pilchard inside squid. Was great to see her pull it up and boat it. Her smile says it all... Epic day out on the water. Regards, Justin." Note: This was the last photo we received of a snapper caught before the start of the snapper closure and will be the last that features in our reports until the closure finishes at midnight on Sunday August 15, 2021.
Plus we received this report and photo (above left) from Chicko Vella, Tackle World Noosa... "With the door shut on snapper and pearl perch, we waited until mother nature presented us with small swell and offshore winds to angle a few garfish off the headland. Unfortunately the water clarity let us down with green water lapping the coastline. So we changed our plan of attack to target tusk fish on Sunshine Reef. After a few stops there was some nice colour in the box with grass sweetlip and tuskies hitting the ice. Until Lauren caught this Greatest Of All Time fish, one of the biggest I've encountered, in close showing its bright pink hues. From there we came in over a calm bar, although quite shallow on the lower tide! Cheers, Chicko."
And from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We fished Chardon's Reef on Tuesday on a seven hour trip. We had 5-10 knots westerly winds and minimal current. The fishing was pretty slow but we landed some quality fish including mulloway (as above), cobia, venus tuskfish and snapper (released). Cheers, Nat."
Plus this from the Trekka 2 crew earlier in the week... "Hey Bill. Here’s a couple of photos (as above) from our nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Saturday. We caught a few nice mulloway, cobia, small mouth nannygai, venus tuskfish, moses perch and gold spot cod. Cheers, Nat."
We flew the drone over the bar between 11.00am and 11.30am on Sunday morning. It was mid tide, roughly three hours after a 0.56m low tide. See above.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "With the full moon due this Saturday and the evening tide being the bigger tide, tailor anglers will be out in force, as will the late night, early morning jewfish brigade. Yaroomba and Peregian have and will be the most productive dawn to dusk options while during the day, dart and quality bream have already made their presence felt there and (together with flathead and whiting) at Marcus Beach.
Further up, jewfish were also on the prowl at North Sunshine Beach and the Fairy Pools off the National Park headland while bream and chopper tailor were active around Dolphin Point and Little Cove. Apart from that, flathead, dart, small tailor and good tarwhine were on the bite around Teewah and north to D.I."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "It was a bit cool on the water before full sun-up but those anglers who rugged up, more often than not, got the best of it with some nice flathead on the bite at the river mouth on the run-out tide. Small pilchards and mullet strips worked well there. The luderick were also back on the bite there so we can look forward to a bit more video footage (as below) of these feisty sport fish in action over the next few weeks.
Whiting were schooling over the sand flats near the mouth as well and a few decent GT's and quality bream were on the prowl along the rock wall/platform stretch and, together with the odd queenfish, in the Current Line and opposite T-Boats. Weyba Creek was another good spot for some good size bream while up in the lake, flathead were responding well to frogmouth pilchards and soft plastics. Upriver at Tewantin there were a few good size GT's going for metal slugs and live baits while jewfish were active around Makepeace Island and in the deeper holes in the stretch from there to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. There were quite a few flathead on the prowl around the lower estuary. Most were on the smaller side but they were still there. Dave Morrison (above) caught and released this 70cm fish on Tuesday morning's charter. We missed the goldens this week but landed plenty of bream and tarwhine around the Current Line. Also still some big schools of trevally at Tewantin and leading up into Lake Cooroibah."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "There will be an influx of anglers to Borumba Dam this weekend for the annual Fish Headz Noosa campout. With over 90 anglers on the water the competition is all about bass so expect a review next week. Until then if hunting for a fish try working the edges as the warmer weather this week will have warmed the weed which traps the heat. Try small suspending jerkbaits like the Atomic Jerk Minnow 90mm which sits at one metre. This is perfect for those fish enjoying the warmer edges. When working this lure be sure to pause it for longer than usual as fish may not be super aggressive and take longer to respond to a prey item. Don’t forget your SIPS permit when fishing the dams and lakes as the money generated goes toward re-stocking your designated impoundment and providing great numbers of fish for all to enjoy.