As at Friday June 8, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: With moderate to fresh variable southerly winds dominating the offshore scene the smaller boats found the going a bit tough at times. The big cats, however, took it in their stride and while there were no trips scheduled for the out wide reefs, Double island Point was certainly worth the effort.
Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Sunday although we only got half way there before we were onto some good fish. Conditions were a little sloppy with 15 knots from the south and little to no current run. We caught scarlet sea perch, pearl perch and as per the photo above, gold band snapper and bagged out the boat on snapper for the first time this season."
And this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Saturday. The conditions were great with no current and a light south west wind. The fishing was up and down throughout the day but on dusk the fish really came on the chew. We caught tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper, gold band snapper, moses perch, nannygai (as per the photo above) and a few trevally. Cheers, Mitch."
|Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was the most productive. Report and photos from Kyle Morish, Wild Thing 2... "Hey Bill. We fished the southern end of North Reef on Sunday. Wind was about 10 knots from the south west in the morning, then picked up to 15+ knots SSE with a slight southerly current. We caught moses perch, venus tusk fish, snapper, gold spot estuary cod and pearl perch." Pictured above left, from that five hour charter, we have Peter Hore from Tamworth, New South Wales with a gold spot cod and above right, Nathan Hardy from Springwood, Queensland with a nice pearly.|
|And from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to North Reef on Monday morning. The conditions were a bit lumpy but more than fishable. The stability of our big cats really come into their own on days like that. The fishing was pretty good also. We caught tusk fish, pearl perch, snapper, coral trout, Moses perch and a few solid grass emperor. Pictured (above left) is Greg Semple with a nice snapper." And from Cougar One... "We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Tuesday. Conditions were blowy with 15 to 20 knots of wind but no current. We caught pearl perch, snapper and tusk fish. Pictured (above right) is Dave from Brisbane with a good pair of pearlies." Spanish and spotted mackerel were also in the mix.
Sunshine Reef, as it does at times, ran hot and cold but when it fired, produced sweetlip, coral trout, squire, Spanish mackerel and the odd longtail and mack tuna. From Richard James, above... "Hey Bill! Fished Sunshine wide last Wednesday. Beautiful day out, with little to no current. All was very quiet until this coral trout took a live bait. Regards, Richard." In Laguna Bay, the big single Spanish mackerel were still in the bay but mostly further north of the Hall's Reef stretch and up towards D.I. The odd mack tuna and longtail tuna were chasing the bait schools and taking smaller slugs and stickbaits.
|We filmed and photographed the bar crossing by drone around mid tide last Saturday, as above. To view the video, just... CLICK HERE.|
|COASTAL: Dart were still in good numbers on the southern beaches with some standouts on the bite at Castaways Beach, as were whiting and bream. Whiting were also biting at north Sunshine Beach while quality bream were responding well to live beach worms on the run-out tide at the northern end of Alexandria Bay. Further along, the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland were good for thumper bream, chopper tailor and trevally on cast slugs while Dolphin Point yielded good size bream. Flathead were also active around the middle rock groyne on Main Beach. On the North Shore, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach yielded whiting while bream were on the bite opposite Teewah village and, along with small jewfish, at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "The river mouth worked quite well this week. We picked up some good mid 50’s flathead and whiting on the sandbanks at mid tide. The Frying Pan had a couple tailor shooting through it if you can be the first boat there for the day. The current line at the outer Woods had plenty of good sized bream and golden trevally at the top and bottom of the tide. Also plenty of trevally around the Coast Guard and back of the Sound. The Tewantin area around the Marina had good bream and flathead, There were some nice jewies between the lakes throughout the week on the run out tide and the first lake had a couple nice flattys too. Plenty of prawns up there at the moment. My flatty, below, which I caught and released along the Noosaville stretch, went for an Atomic Plazos Prong soft plastic in Motor Oil Gold. Cheers, Jimmy."
Owen Burnett (below left) caught a nice bream and a few moses perch while fishing near the Sand Bags with his dad on Saturday night. Best bite was an hour before the low. Best baits; prawns and pilchard cubes. There were a few tailor in that area as well. And three year old Quinn Rapacioli (below right) was fishing from the beach on Gympie Terrace with his mum around lunchtime Wednesday when this 50cm golden trevally tried to run off with his prawn bait. One of the lads saw him in a tussle with this fish on his little river combo and gave him a few tips and a hand to bring it in. Well done! Ripper fish!.
|Whiting were also biting along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Live worms, yabbies and peeled prawns on No. 4 Instinct bloodworm long shank hooks were best baits while Bassday Sugapen and Strada Viral surface lures worked well on the sand flats. Further up, jewfish were on the prowl from Tewantin up.
From Cade Holeszko, above... "Hi Guys. I was fishing the upper Noosa River on Saturday, casting Holt Productions Swim Prawns around for some jew and trevally when I hooked this 91cm Jewie. It is my PB jewie caught on 6lb line using a JML Sensation Sensitive Tip rod we picked up from Davo's a few weeks back. Crazy fight on light line and a light rod but managed to land it take a few photos and tag and release it to swim away strongly. Absolutely stoked and the old man still has some catching up to do. Have a good week. Cheers, Cade." Cade's quality catch and successful release comfortably won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Apart from that, flathead were active in, and at the mouth of, Lake Cooroibah.
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