OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore brigade with predominantly light to moderate variable southerlies and a slowly decreasing swell coming off the back of last week's rather ordinary conditions. The weekend was probably a tad sloppy but after that it was pretty much all systems go for the smaller boats.
Double Island Point was worth a look once things settled down. Report and photo (above left) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point on Tuesday in nothing less than glorious conditions. We had light winds and a slight trickle of current to the south. We caught gold band snapper, Moses perch, venus tusk fish, squire, grass emperor and pearl perch." And this report from a couple of days earlier... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip with the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club on Sunday. The wind was blowing in the high teens at Double Island Point on Saturday night so we decided to head a bit wide (south east) of Chardon's Reef where it was a lot calmer. We caught Maori cod, pearl perch, Moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, hussar and painted sweetlip." Pictured from that trip (above right) is Adrian Lawson with a thumper tusk fish and (below) Rob Wahl with a nice Maori cod.
North Reef was slow but steady, yielding a decent feed for those who had quality marks and good local knowledge. Report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Thursday morning. We had pleasant conditions with light winds and a steady current to the south. We caught snapper, painted sweetlip, grass sweetlip, Moses perch, school mackerel and (as pictured below) jewfish or mulloway. Cheers, Nat."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced sweetlip, moses perch, coral trout, school mackerel, squire and Maori cod, but Laguna Bay, although crowded at times, was the best option for the pelagics. Below, from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Well the weather was perfect on Thursday. Great for chasing my favourite fish to eat... pilchards. This time of year they school up in Laguna Bay with the predators underneath. We jigged up a large bucket full while our floater rods were busy snaring Spanish mackerel and cobia. The bar was calm, slightly shallow on low tide. Tonight for me, it's Omega 3. Cheers, Chicko."
Local angler Josh Collins and his father-in-law Roly who was visiting from Tasmania (below) decided to follow up on the recent reports of tuna and mackerel along the Hall's Reef stretch on Sunday. Sure enough, the longtails were still around and they managed to attract two using live yakkas. Both were good fish, tipping the scales at 18kg and 22kg. Then around lunchtime on Monday they hit Sunshine Reef and picked up a couple of coral trout.
Also acting on the reports, Jason Mills from Peregian Beach (below) decided to give Hall's Reef a go on Tuesday and, as you can see, it was a good move. This 26kg longtail tuna couldn't resist Jason's trolled, live slimy mackerel bait and after a long, hard fight, gave in to his determined pump and wind strategy. A couple of spotty mackerel filled out the keeper bag and then it was off home, with a short stop at Davo's for a photo for the Fish of the Week competition.
COASTAL: The open beaches continued to reward the faithful this week. Marcus Beach led the charge with whiting biting around low tide in the close surf gutters. Dart and chopper tailor were also on the prowl there, and further north at Sunrise and Sunshine Beaches. Whole pilchard baits and high tide got best results. Further up, quality bream were on the bite at Lion Rock and at the northern end of Alexandria Bay while the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland produced a few small jewfish, chopper tailor and dart. Across the bay, yellowtail kingfish were making a splash off the rocks at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: The river fired up this week with good flathead on the bite in the deeper channels at the river mouth and around the top of the Frying Pan where whiting were active on the run-out. Across from there, the outer Woods Bay was good for trevally while the inner Bay produced quality tailor around first light and thumper whiting after dark. From Evan Griffin, below left... "Hey guys. Hit the river early Saturday morning for some surface fishing. Didn't start well, losing two Sugapens to sharks in the Woods Bays, but was stoked to get my first diamond trevally later in the morning on a Keitech Easy Shiner soft plastic."
Just up from there, queenfish were schooling along the Noosaville stretch while flathead and mangrove jacks were on the bite from opposite the Council Chambers to the second ski run where trevally, small jewfish and good bream were on the bite. From Grant Pawson, above right... "G'day Bill. The river fired up over the weekend. Everyone was recording epic catches. Got my first diamond after years of trying and a feisty jack up on the rock bars. Cheers, Pawso."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We fished around the Dog Beach for bream, tarwhine and golden trevally. We also landed a few chopper tailor on the hard body’s hanging around with the mullet. The Woods Bays produced plenty of trevally schools but otherwise a bit quieter this week. Tewantin fished quite well for flathead, trevally and small soapies. Cheers mate." From John Griffith, above ... "Hi. I caught this flathead on a Noosa River Fishing Safari charter on Thursday morning on a live herring. It measured 75cm in length and is the biggest flathead I have ever seen. Was very happy to see it go back into the water. Would like to thank Jimmy from Noosa Fishing Safaris. Had a great morning and will be back. Cheers, John Griffith." While young Angus from Wollongong, below right, got his trevally on Monday morning's charter. It went for a whole whitebait.
And from local angler Zach Sweeney, above left, ... "Hey again Fishing Noosa. Thought I'd share this monster dusky flathead I got on Saturday morning at the Tewantin ski run. It measured 90cm on the brag mat and was caught on a 3.5inch Gastronomic soft plastic with a 1/8oz TT jig head! Safely released after this quick pic!" Zach's quality capture and successful release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER: With the wild bass closed season now in effect Borumba and Lake Macdonald are the closest options for anglers wishing to target these fish. Slower moving suspending lures are a must for working the edges and the new range of Jackall Squirrels have been working well on the bass and saratoga.
Report and photos above from Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle, Marcoola... "My first solo session to Borumba on Monday. Got my first saratoga (71cm) on a hard body lure and the trusty Jackall Squirrel certainly didn't disappoint. Hard work setting up the camera on my own though! Cheers."