OFFSHORE: Most of the week was once again dominated by variable westerlies although the last few days took on a more blustery, northerly flavour. We had a few mid week days when the winds were light to moderate, which suited the tinny brigade, but otherwise it was moderate to fresh (sometimes strong) which tended to limit the offshore excursions to the reefs that were in the lee of the land. The bar was either 'flat as', or at its worst, quite manageable.
The reports were from all over the place this week, depending on the winds, so we'll just start with this one from local angler Dave Reynolds... "Hey Bill. Got out Tuesday morning with a couple of workmates. Crossed the bar at first light and headed for Hall's Reef. Got a few live yakkas then on to North Reef. First drop and crunch. Jimbo (above) tussled with this quality coral trout and after some superb net work from the skipper she was in the boat. The rest of the morning was a bit slow with a westerly wind and mild current to the south. I caught one nice grassy at Sunshine Reef and then it was a comfortable run home. Back in at 10:30am for a coffee. Cheers, Dave." Jimbo's colourful capture and toothy smile, combined with Dave's detailed report (you'll have to sort that one out between you fellas) won him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And we received this report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We targeted North Reef on Friday on back to back five hour charters for quality grass sweetlip, Maori cod, gold spot cod, moses perch and venus tuskfish. Then on Saturday we targeted Double Island Point where we boated mulloway, cobia, venus tuskfish, moses perch and plenty of pearl perch which, due to the month long closure, were released.
We also ran a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Wednesday. We caught a heap of venus tuskfish, hussar, moses perch and quality pearl perch (released) and also (as above) this standout red emperor. Conditions were excellent despite the 15-20knot northerlies that were forecast. Cheers, Nat."
And this from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to North Reef on Sunday. The weather was great with little swell and a light westerly wind. We caught Maori cod (as below left), moses perch, venus tusk fish and of course some snapper and pearl perch which went back."
Closer to home, Stingrays produced the odd cobia while Sunshine Reef was good for tuskies, Maori cod and grass sweetlip. From Rob Carberry... "G’day guys. Pictured (above right) is my wife Suzy. This is her first venus tuskfish and she’s very happy about it. It went for some Tackle World Noosa squid on a paternoster rig out at Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. Happy wife, happy life. So, if I can keep putting her onto some fish, things are looking good! Cheers, Rob."
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "With the consistent westerlies we have had the swell on the beaches has been is virtually non-existent. These were great conditions for the light tackle brigade. The winter bream in close in good numbers and there were plenty of fish over the 30cm mark at Peregian Beach (along with dart and whiting) and at the northern end of Sunshine Beach where flathead and jewfish were also on the bite.
On the National Park headland, garfish and bream were on the bite from the Fairy Pools to Dolphin Point while on Main Beach the stretch between the rock groynes was good for tarwhine and whiting. On the Noosa North Shore, flathead were active just north of the river mouth, whiting, tarwhine, bream and small tailor were on the chew around Teewah township while up towards D.I. there were a few greenbacks reported on the morning and afternoon tides."
ESTUARY: From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We mainly fished around the lower estuary this week. Flathead and bream were the main species and the Woods and the Frying Pan was where we landed most of our fish. Young Jesse (below) was hooked up on a bream on Sunday's charter when we saw this lizard chasing it. It ate the fish right in front of us. Pretty amazing. The lizard measured 84cm and was released after we got the bream out.
And Raf (below left) and his brother Xavier (below right) caught and released these 65cm and 67cm flathead in the lower estuary on an earlier charter."
From Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "It was 'chilly as' on the water this week with Sunday's early morning low of six degrees keeping most anglers at home until the sun was well up. Regardless, flathead, whiting and bream were active at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan while mud and sand crabs were on the move there and in Weyba Creek. Queenfish, tailor and golden trevally were reported on the prowl in the Current Line and, together with jewfish and whiting, in the Woods Bays. From Brad Young... "Cheers to the guys at Tackle World Noosa for the local tips for the little ones. Four year old Emmie Cole-Young is pictured (below left) with her second ever fish and first ever whiting. Caught on a live beach worm. She was absolutely loving it! Cheers, Brad."
Upriver at Tewantin, flathead were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina, the Council Chambers and up towards Makepeace Island. From Joshua Gameiro, above right... "I know this is not the craziest fish but got this 66cm flathead on Saturday on a Holt Prawn. It was super thick for its size. Safely released."
And we received this from Trent Dantignana... "Hey guys. After popping in to get the little one a new life jacket and some tackle, I took Poppa and the kids fishing/sight seeing up the river towards the ferry on Friday afternoon. With a couple of bibbed lures down on the troll, the little fella (Raine Dantignana) pulled this flatty from the flats around Makepeace Island. Kids and Poppa were stoked with the catch! Cheers, Trent."
Apart from that, jewfish were active from the car ferry to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes. From local angler Bill Budd, above... "I boated this 85cm jewfish up towards Lake Cooroibah on Tuesday morning. It went for a 5cm Texas rigged Force Creature Bait. Regards, Bill."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "There was an influx of anglers to Borumba on the weekend for the annual Fish Headz Noosa comp. With over 90 anglers on the water was certainly an interesting time. Most bass were reported to be deep so blades, spoons and spinnerbaits were the go. The Hot Bite Spectre Assists have been flying off the shelf so be sure to give these a try as they have a habit of catching deep and mid water fish.