OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors finally got a break! It didn't look like it was going that way initially but Saturday's forecast of moderate to fresh southerlies didn't eventuate and those boaties who took a punt and headed offshore reported quite fishable conditions. As it turned out it wasn't a bad week overall with only Wednesday lost to a fresh to strong northerly blow. And to ice the cake, the bar was pretty much flat as a tack and the reefies were on the chew.
Not many boaties headed out wide or up to Double Island Point this time around but those who did reported mostly average size snapper, pearl perch, grass sweetlip and the odd Spaniard on the bite. Along the middle reef belt and in close, however, it was a different story. Report and photos (above and below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We ran both five and seven hour trips to North Reef over the weekend and Monday. Conditions weren’t perfect with the wind from the south and the current from the north but we did what we could and put a solid box of fish together on most trips. We caught snapper, grass emperor, mulloway or jewfish, moses perch, spangled emperor, venus and grass tuskfish, mackerel, tuna and pearl perch."
And we received this report and photos (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey mate. Had a small group book the boat for a private five hour trip on Monday morning with the hope of seeing a quality jewfish or cobia. We set course for North Reef and after collecting a few live baits on the way we were fishing within an hour of leaving the jetty. After everyone on board landed a quality specimen it was mission complete and home time. Conditions weren’t too bad with a 10-15 knot south westerly breeze and no current. Cheers, Nat."
And on the weekend the Trekka 2 lads fished a little south of there. Report and photos from skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Chardon's Reef on Sunday’s seven hour trip for a good mixed bag of reef fish. The standouts (pictured below) were quality venus tusk fish and good eating size gold spot cod.
While the rest of the catch was pearl perch, grass emperor, plenty more tusk fish and moses perch plus (as pictured below left) the odd quality snapper. Conditions were pretty good with around 10 knots of southerly wind and no current. Cheers, Nat."
Last but certainly not least, this from Shane 'Chingy' Allchorn, above right... "Hi Bill. Here is my fish of the week entry. We started Sunday at gentleman's hours and had a plan to head to Coolum with our target fish being longtail tuna. However the winds had other plans. So with that in mind the decision was made to turn around after sticking our nose around the front of Noosa National Park and head straight to Halls Reef to jig up some live bait and set up a few Snell rigs in the hope of getting our first snapper each. On the second drift we hooked on to this solid sized cobia and I would not have been able to land this beast without the help of my lil grom Bowen Allchorn. We had a 30min fight on PE 1.5 - 3, 20lbs line and a 4000 Penn Clash II reel and nearly got spooled on the first run. It got down to the backing and the young fella took control of the boat and we eventually got some line back on the spool to be able to continue the fight and eventually landing it on the boat. With lots of high fives and hugs we decided that it was enough fish to share amongst friends and for ourselves so we called it a day and headed back to the boat ramp. It went 20kg on the nose and 1.5mtrs long and has given us a memory that we will share for a lifetime." Shane's quality fish and somewhat marathon story won him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Oh, and the tuna were working the bait schools in close in Laguna Bay at times. Not big numbers, but there was the odd solid fish in amongst the jellybeans.
Oh, and we flew the drone over the bar between 12.30pm and 1.00pm on Sunday afternoon. It was roughly an hour after a 0.57m low tide. See video above.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... Surf fishing is starting to show signs of tailor coming in with reports of fish turning up both north and south of Noosa. Snapper were also responding well to soft plastics off the headland rocks with the odd quality keeper coming from around Hells Gates.
On the Noosa North Shore, flathead and dart were on the bite down at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and chopper tailor were active up towards D.I.
ESTUARY: From Mick Hardcastle, Tackle World Noosa... "The new opening at the bottom of the Frying Pan has stirred things up a bit with garfish reported there in good numbers. There's also been a good run of flatties in the smaller 50cm size range at the river mouth. Berkley Nemesis plastics, prawn baits and small pilchards worked well there. With the cooler weather there have also been a few tailor on the prowl in the lower estuary. When these fish take down a surface lure the hit is nothing short of explosive! Try an Atomic Walker or Bassday Sugapen and work the high tide around the Woods Bays at dawn or dusk."
The Woods also held quality bream and a few GT's. From Dorian Pita... "Hey guys. I thought I’d enter my son Kiah (below) in the FOTW Competition. The day started off average with engine problems but soon made up for it when he hooked on to this GT. He was stoked. He then threw his line in again and before it hit the bottom it got smashed by this nice tailor. Was a good hour session picked up another two smaller ones as well as well as a big eye and barracuda!"
"The current line opposite the outer Woods Bay was another trevally hot spot with goldens leading the charge around first light. There was also a bit of early morning action around the Munna Point Bridge. Apart from that, bream were in good numbers around the Gympie Terrace jetties and at the Noosa Marina."
And from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. This week we caught flathead on the ebb tide at the river mouth, on the flats around the Sand Bags and in Weyba Creek. Marilyn from the Gold Coast is pictured (above) with a 57cm specimen that she boated there on Thursday morning's charter. The golden trevally are starting to appear in good numbers in the lower estuary mainly around the Woods at the current line. There also seems to be a plague of moses perch in that area. We also landed some nice whiting on live prawn baits on the sand flats opposite the Coast Guard and in the Frying Pan."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments continue to provide anglers with smaller bass in the 35cm-40cm range in both Lake Macdonald and Borumba. As mentioned last week the bass will be starting to move into the main basins over the coming weeks as things start to cool down further. Their natural urge to spawn is not lost on dam fish and they will school up in large numbers. Most of the time they will sit hard on the bottom so use soft plastics on 3/8th jighead weights and pull your lures through the school. Heavier sinkers ensure you stay low which helps trigger a bite from reluctant fish. Don’t forget that wild bass and Mary River cod are not to be targeted during the annual closure for spawning."