OFFSHORE: The mornings were quite chilly here in Noosa with light to moderate (and at times fresh) variable southerlies dominating most of the week. A bit of a mixed bag... cloudy one day, blue skies the next. We had a steadily decreasing swell, though, so offshore and the bar were flat as a tack by Wednesday (see above) ahead of a south easterly blow Thursday. The weekend forecast... showers and light to moderate variable southerlies. I think we can live with that.
With the weather steadily on the improve, Double Island Point became a favoured destination for the larger boats and quite a few smaller ones as well. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Sunday in fair conditions with 10-15 knots of southerly wind and a strong current to the north. We caught quality gold band snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, gold spot cod and snapper. Pictured (above) is one of our regular customers Tommy from Brisbane with his standout gold band. Cheers, Nat."
And Brett Jones from Maroochydore (above) fished D.I. on Monday and, using whole pilchards and live fish baits, boated this 6kg coral trout and 5kg cobia.
But this report and photos (above and below) from Mike Campbell was this week's standout... "Hi Bill. Headed up to D.I. on Monday with Dad and brother in law but didn't quite make it after finding a good show of fish on the sounder. We got spotted mackerel, sweetlip, snapper, cod, tuskies and jewfish. Conditions were good until the northerly picked up in the arvo and there was no current. Here's a couple of the standouts... Michael Wilson's cod went 10kg on soft plastic. We spent half an hour trying to revive him for release without success. Rob with his tusky on a squid bait and me with the jewie. It went 14kg on yakka strip. Stoked! Regards, Mike." His detailed report and quality fish pix won Mike this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Still a fair way from home, but further down south, we received this report from local angler Adam Diaz, pictured below... "Hey Bill. Got this thumper (my second best ever) pearly at Caloundra Wide last Tuesday. It measured 63cm. The rest of the catch was quality snapper and yellowtail kingfish. Cheers, Adam."
Closer to home, North Reef was good for the odd snapper, pearl perch and cod, as was Sunshine Reef but with the added bonus of venus tusk fish and coral trout. From Martin Bristow... "Jeff Going (pictured below) caught this 66cm coral trout on a pilchard bait at Sunshine Reef on Wednesday morning. We also boated a few tuskies but the trout was the standout of the trip. Cheers, Marty." There were also a few tuna (mack and longtail) on the prowl out there.
Laguna Bay was a little bit patchy but there were a few days when the tuna and the odd mackerel made their presence felt along the Hall's Reef stretch.
By the way, we flew the drone over the bar and lower estuary at 1.00pm on Wednesday. It was about an hour after a 0.35m low tide... CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
COASTAL: The open beaches were certainly worth a look this week with dart, whiting and chopper tailor on the prowl in the surf gutters at Peregian Beach and, along with the odd flathead, at Castaways Beach. Whiting were also in good numbers at the northern end of Sunshine Beach, as were quality bream. Rat yellowtail kingfish were schooling off the rocks at Sunshine as well. Up from there, the northern end of Alexandria Bay was good for more bream and whiting while jewfish were reported on the bite off Hells Gates and the Fairy Pools. Around the corner, garfish were in good numbers in Granite Bay while quality bream and chopper tailor were active off the rocks at Dolphin Point. The river mouth end of Teewah Beach produced whiting and the odd flathead.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "It was still pretty cold on the river but those brave souls who braved the early morning chill did well with some good pelagics working the lower estuary. Golden trevally were feeding on the baitfish schools just inside the bar around high tide with the odd tailor in the mix there, and off the river mouth rocks. Whiting were still schooling across the flats at the mouth and in the Frying Pan while flathead and diamond trevally were active in the deeper channels, especially around the top end. Across from there the Current Line and the waters out from the Coast Guard were good for tailor, trevally (golden and diamond) and queenfish while the Woods Bays produced more diamond trevally and a few good cale cales.
Trevally were also active around first light in the Munna Point Bridge area while the Weyba Creek bridges yielded the odd mangrove jack from dusk till dawn. Further upriver, queenfish, tailor, bream and trevally were on the bite along the Gympie Terrace stretch, mangrove jacks were on the prowl after dark near the Noosa Marina and up towards the mouth of Lake Cooroibah while school jewfish were working the deep holes between the lakes on the change of tide."
FRESHWATER: From Grant Budd, Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments were a little quieter with the cooler mornings and winds. Often toward the evening, however, the temperatures were a lot warmer. Bass were hitting surface lures around the edges of Lake Macdonald and Borumba this week. They were also sitting deep in the snags where the water is shallower and warmer once the sun has risen. In this situation, I'd recommend weedless rigged 3 inch Keitech Easy Shiners. Smaller saratoga were free swimming out in the sun bathed bay areas. These smaller fish are less shy and are readily taking small flies off the top. If lure fishing, the smallest poppers and walkers, allowed to sit for very long periods of time on light mono leaders would work best. Look at the Atomic K9 Walkers and the Zerek Poparazzi surface poppers. Please Note: June 1st is the closure of the wild bass fishery for breeding."