OFFSHORE: Not the most exciting week for the offshore brigade with the weekend and Monday providing the best window for those wanting to target the more exposed reefs. After that the variable southerlies hit the 20 knot+ mark and the relative shelter of Laguna Bay became the only option for those chasing a feed. The forecast, unfortunately, didn't accurately portray early morning conditions at times and put many anglers off from targeting the pelagics in close.
The fishing pretty much mirrored the weather with rather patchy results on most reefs. North Reef was probably the most consistent along the middle reef belt with snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, cobia, tusk fish and gold band snapper on the bite. Pictured above is Jurie Swanepoel from Bellmere with a nice cobia he boated there on last Thursday's Wild Thing 2 charter. Jurie's fish was the trip standout and was also voted the Noosa Charters Fish of the Month for May. As a result, Jurie wins a free seven hour offshore fishing charter valued at $200.00. Congratulations mate! To claim your prize, just call: (07) 5449 9348.
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold but when it fired it produced longtail tuna, mack tuna, grass sweetlip, and the odd keeper size snapper. Laguna Bay was still worth a look, however, especially the Halls Reef stretch. Jet ski anglers Rob Grace and Mike Duncan (above) picked up a 9.8kg longtail or northern bluefin tuna and a 10kg Spanish mackerel while trolling whole garfish baits around there on Sunday morning.
And this from Charlie Ranken, above left... "Had a couple of mates come up from Melbourne over the weekend and went out for a fish on Monday. Headed out to Halls Reef. Floated a couple of pillies and within 15min we had a double hook up of a couple of big longtail tuna. 30mins later we dropped one right beside the boat, another 10mins and we landed the other one. Everyone was pretty pumped up. Biggest fish anyone has ever caught or been involved with. Bloody unreal!" Jew Shoal was pretty quiet but the odd quality Spaniard was still lurking there on or about first light. And what about the photo above right? Francelle Birkett's hubby hooked this 60cm bulb nose unicorn fish through the tail while bottom bashing on the Shoal. Released again after a quick photo.
COASTAL: The open beaches continued their run with swallowtail dart and chopper tailor on the bite at Peregian and Castaways Beaches and jewfish on the prowl after dark off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Just up from there, the waters out from Lion Rock at the southern end of Alexandria Bay yielded the odd tailor while the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland produced jewfish at night. On Main Beach, live beach worms attracted the attention of a few whiting in the surf gutters off the river mouth rock groyne. The runout tide worked best there. Further north, flathead, dart and tailor were reported on the bite around Teewah township while the rocks at Double Island Point were good for trevally, tailor, dart and keeper size yellowtail kingfish.
ESTUARY: The pelagic activity ramped up a notch throughout the system with queenfish responding well to surface lures and small fish baits at the river mouth. Further up, trevally (diamonds, cale cale and goldens) were active in the Woods Bays, the current line and the waters out from the Coast Guard station at Munna Point. From Zach Sweeney, below... "I got this cale cale trevally on an Atomic Hardz Diver late on Friday afternoon. Released after a quick photo."
And from Jordy Zerk, below... "Hey Billy!!! Here’s a few pics of the fish Rocky caught Saturday on the tide change in a very secret spot!!! He caught this diamond and a stack of bream all by himself without any help from mum and dad! Everyone might have to look out in the next Davo's comp!" Young Rocky opened an account at Davo's last week so he'll be delighted to know his efforts won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. What a start to winter! The water temp has dropped significantly the last week and the fish are responding well to the change. We've caught some nice whiting and a few snub nose dart as well as flathead on the incoming tide inside the frying pan, the dog beach fished well for bream and javelin fish in the afternoon after that southerly change came through. Plenty of trevally schools along Gympie and Hilton Terrace hammering the bait early in the morning. Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah also fished well for small jewfish, queenfish, bream and flathead."
"I took Kirsten, her daughter Zoe (above) and the rest of the family out over the weekend. We came across a few good queenfish up around Tewantin. Zoe’s measured 60cm on the tape while mother Kirsten boated a 66cm specimen. Both on whitebait. Cheers., Jimmy"
While Leslie from the UK (above) fished with us on a four hour charter on Monday. She boated this 60cm flathead and 55cm queenie upriver using whitebait."
"And Les from Sunrise Beach (above) caught this nice 48cm mangrove jack up around Tewantin on Tuesday's charter. It went for a whole poddy mullet." Apart from that, the Tewantin ski run was good for chopper tailor on surface lures around first light, whiting were biting around the top of Lake Cooroibah and Kin Kin Creek was the spot for some good tarpon action.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been quiet, more so due to the colder mornings. There's no rush to be first on the water as the surface bite will be a lot later and those fish seeking warm water will be sitting deep. Have sounders running down and side scan and be sure to pepper any schools with all you have to entice a bite. The Majorcraft Jig Paras are back in stock and have proven deadly on the bass. These also work well if you upgrade to a set of Ecogear ZX hooks if the fish are not fully hitting your lure. Remember, closed season for wild bass starts 1st June and runs until Aug 31st which means the Noosa Everglades are closed for that species. This makes now a great time to experience Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam. And don't forget your SIPPS permits.