OFFSHORE: It wasn't much of a week for the offshore brigade. The weekend warriors got a bit of a look in with light to moderate south easterly winds easing through Saturday and Sunday. After that, however, it was pretty patchy with moderate to fresh (or strong) south easterlies the rule rather than the exception. The late exception was Thursday when the winds eased, providing a morning window of opportunity. But that was pretty much it. From out wide we had reports of some good size snapper getting caught in the 80m+ depth range from The Banks. These fish were taking bigger strip baits like mullet and mac tuna down deep. There were also amberjack, tusk fish and cobia. There were quite a few pearlies in the mix but many were under the new size limits of 38cm.
North Reef produced the bread and butter species such as cod, snapper, sweetlip and pearl perch. From closer in we received this report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We fished Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning’s five hour charter. We caught plenty of plate-sized reefies including pearl perch, squire, tusk fish, grass sweetlip and trevally. Conditions weren’t too bad with around 15 knots of southerly wind and minimal current. Cheers, Nat." Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with just the odd sweetlip and longtail on the bite at Hall's Reef and (along with a few small snapper) around Jew Shoal.
COASTAL: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Well, winter is well and truly here. Not that it's an issue, happens every year. The upside is we start to see the bigger bream and better tailor so it's worth rugging up and getting down to the local beaches. After dark the jewfish or mulloway were out and about with some good fish coming from down Coolum way, from Castaways Beach (along with flathead and dart) and off the Fairy Pools on the Noosa headland.
From Geoff Stirzaker, above.. "Hey Bill. My mate Dan and I had a crack at some jewfish off the beach on Friday night. Now I'll be the first to admit, my beach fishing experience is limited , so I was following Dan's lead . My second cast for the evening had not long settled in the gutter when the rod buckled over and the Penn Spinfisher started protesting. There was a back and forth battle and a stroll up the beach to follow the fish, but eventually it tired before I did and I was stoked to hear Dan yell out "it's a jewie. Oh my god it's a big jewie!" as he plucked it from the surf and carried it up the beach. Length was 110cm and a shade under 11kg. It took a strip of mullet fillet set on 2 snelled 5/0 hooks. It was about two hours before the high tide, near Point Arkwright. Cheers, Geoff."
From other points in between whiting were biting at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and, along with dart, at Peregian Beach. Also off the headland, longtail tuna were within casting distance of Hells Gates, garfish were schooling in Granite Bay while Dolphin Point was the spot for trevally. Across the bay, the waters around Teewah village produced dart, flathead and whiting." From Ben Nothling... "Hi Bill. Long time no speak. Hope you are well mate. Our kids (Miller and Kira pictured above) caught some nice size dart at Teewah on Tuesday arvo on the high tide on worms. I enjoy your bar videos! Cheers, Ben."
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Bream were in good numbers in the lower estuary this week with some good fish on the bite around the Sand Bags and along the Gympie Terrace stretch. Flathead weren't in big numbers this week with just the odd one reported on the chew around the sand pumping station near the river mouth and, together with whiting, in the Frying Pan. From Kat Stroem... "Hi there. A couple of entries for fish of the week. Liam (photo below left) caught and released a shovel nose shark on his 9th birthday trip with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and Kobe caught some nice bream."
Trevally and queenfish were still in numbers with some good fish still coming from the Current Line and up past Tewantin. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Kara Richards (above right) boated this 78cm queenie up above Tewantin on Saturday morning's charter. It went for a livie."
Still in the lower estuary, Weyba Creek yielded some quality whiting and bream this week (on live yabbies and beach worms) while the upper Noosaville stretch produced a few golden trevally and the odd surprise species. From local lad Eddie Walter, above... "Hey Bill. Managed to get out on Saturday morning with my mate Ben. We were fishing the Hilton Terrace stretch of the river when this 78cm giant herring ate my jig. Gave my 6lb gear a run for its money with it showing us some aerial displays and some hectic runs! This is a fish I won't forget in a hurry! Released successfully. Kind regards, Eddie." This quality catch and release (and highly regarded sport fish) on light tackle won Eddie this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
At Tewantin, the flathead were on the prowl from the mouth of Lake Doonella to the waters opposite the Council Chambers while, as mentioned earlier, queenfish were taking soft plastics and live fish baits further upriver. From Grant Pawson, above... "Gidday Bill. The river has been firing all over. Landed this nice queenie on the weekend. Plenty of action down river too." Apart from that, jewfish were active in the deeper holes in the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The cold snaps has seen the bite harder in the freshwater, but different retrieves can help trigger a bite with smaller lures. Have sounders running and check around the free standing timbers beyond the float line in Borumba. The fish can be found in 2-5 meters and big schools will respond to vibration presentations like the Jackall TN Vibes and also Ecogear ZX Blades. It's been a windy week so surface may be a little slower and harder especially in wind blown areas. Use bigger lures that have more presence so the noise and vibration stands out amongst the chop. Look at the new 95mm Splash Prawn and even try casting around areas where birds are gathering. Lake Macdonald can be a tricky one so given the lack of timber have a small hard body lure out the back while you sound around. Any smaller lures from Bassday, Ecogear and Jackall in the 65mm-70mm size will get the job done. Enjoy the week ahead and don’t forget to send us your photos for the Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week Competition.