OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors had to sit it out once again as fresh to strong 20 to 25 knot+ variable southerlies hammered the Sunshine Coast until Monday night. During that time, two to three metre seas and swells relegated the bar crossing, and trips out past the relative shelter of the headland, to the realm of 'hazardous activity' and realistically it wasn't until Wednesday morning that the more exposed reefs were finally deemed to be worth the effort.
Of course, if you were keen for a fish, a trip north to fish the lee side of Fraser Island was always an option. From local yak angler Dave McGregor, above left... "Hi Bill. Just back from nine days on Fraser. Fished off Sandy Cape as the Eastern Beach was suicide. Plenty of small yakkas that were getting smashed by all sorts of mackerel. I caught 4 x Spanish and released 2, heaps of schoolies, shark and spotted. Dusk leading up to the moon last week was the hot bite!"
But after the rough weather, the good news was that the snapper were on the bite. Report and photos (above and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour trip up off Double Island Point on Thursday. Conditions were great with light variable winds and we just managed to dodge the rain squalls. Snapper were our target species and they well and truly came to the party as we reached our bag limit after a couple of action packed hours. After that we managed to find some venus tusk fish, gold band snapper, pearl perch and moses perch. Doesn’t get much better! Cheers, Nat."
And from Andrew McCarthy, above right... "Hi Bill. I hope all is well. I got a nice 75cm snapper on a floater at North Reef Thursday morning. Cheers, Andrew."
Plus this report and photos (above) from Chicko Vella, Tackle World Noosa... "Well you wouldn't know it's winter. But I tell you one thing! The snapper certainly do. Or maybe its an omen for the footy next week because everything was red today. After a glorious sunrise, the ocean was silky calm with minimal current, so we sounded up some good shows of fish around the middle reef belt. We only shifted twice. First stop bagged us some nice grass sweetlip and the next move yielded a patch of schooling bumper heads! Everyone took turns. Catching fish on light tackle is fun and challenging. Lauren landed her PB snapper and Sonnie was busy tag and releasing. Back home nice and early. Bar was easy to navigate. Predicting a good snapper season. Cheers, Chicko."
And last but not least we received this report and photo (above) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We ran a seven hour trip to North Reef on Thursday. Conditions were fantastic with calm winds and a light current to the south. The bar is still running a very similar track to what it was before the poor weather the last couple of weeks and the Frying Pan opening up. We caught pearl perch, moses perch, snapper and grass emperor."
COASTAL: On the beaches it was mostly about the mornings as the winds tended to increase as the day progressed. For the whiting anglers Peregian Beach and the northern end of Sunshine Beach were holding the better fish with the start of the run out tide, using worms, pippies or yabbies, getting the best results. There were also a few dart on the bite there and at Castaways Beach which had the added bonus of flathead and, around dusk, the odd jewfish.
In the latter half of the week, as it became more fishable, longtail tuna were within slug casting distance of Hells Gates and jewfish were on the prowl between dusk and dawn off the rocks at the Fairy Pools. Around the corner, garfish were schooling in the shelter of Granite Bay while trevally and chopper tailor were active just off Dolphin Point. Across the bay on the Noosa North Shore, dart, flathead and whiting were biting around Teewah village and tailor (mostly choppers) were responding well to cut baits of mullet and bonito plus whole pilchards on ganged hooks up towards Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa... "Flathead were in good numbers in the lower estuary this week with the odd quality keeper coming from around the sand pumping station near the river mouth. Whiting were responding well to beach worms, prawns, live yabbies and small surface lures in the Frying Pan while good bream were reported on the bite at the Sand Bags and in the Woods Bays. Small pilchards and mullet pieces worked well there.
Still too early for the luderick (as below) yet but it's not for want of trying. Local angler Brian Smith has been working the Sandy Cove rocks at the river mouth in the hope of nailing the first of the season. The fact that we usually award the Fish of the Week prize to the first one landed is no doubt an added incentive.
Moving up, trevally, tailor and queenfish were active in the outer Woods Bay and in the Current Line. From local lad Jesse Randall, below... "Hi! Caught these early on Saturday morning. The queenfish and tailor were caught on a Zippin Ziggy in the Woods Bays. And the jewfish went for the ZMan 3” Paddle TailZ in Gold Rush, in between the barge and Lake Cooroibah. It was definitely one of my best fishing experiences in the Noosa River so far. All fish were released. Thanks, Jesse." These quality catch and release fish and detailed report won Jesse this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Apart from that, whiting, bream and flathead were on the bite in Weyba Creek with prawns and yabbies getting good results. Upriver, flathead were active opposite the Council Chambers while school jewfish were on the prowl near the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and in the deep holes between the lakes."
And from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. A bit of a slower bite over the last week. Having said that, we still managed some good sea bream in the Frying Pan on the flood tide. The current was still a bit strong on the ebb tide where it’s blown out. We also managed a few legal flathead at the mouth, no size to them but enough for a feed. Plenty of small GT's and long nose trevally along Gympie Terrace and Hilton Terrace early morning as well."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Away from the estuary the bass will certainly be schooling up following the cold snap this week. Now is the time to break out vibes, spinnerbaits and jigs. Last week I mentioned the use of the Ecogear ZX blade, especially for yellowbelly. If you are looking for another option try the new Berkley Pro Tech 60mm vibe. At 18 grams it will certainly get down and stay down when worked. This makes targeting schools of fish that are close to the bottom easier. Don’t forget from the start of June the wild Australian bass closure comes into effect. This makes them a no target species in the Noosa Everglades as this is a tidal area.