OFFSHORE: Wow! Haven't used the phrase 'as good as it gets' for quite a while but it pretty much describes most of this week at Noosa. Light to moderate northerlies to start the week off followed by slightly cooler, mostly light, variable southerlies with little or no swell or current. And... the fish were on the bite!!
With such great conditions, all reef locations were on the menu and Double Island Point was no exception. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We did a nine hour trip to D.I on Saturday in the best conditions of the year so far. We caught gold band snapper, cod, tusk fish, amberjack, trevally and snapper. Pictured (above) are Casey Dians and Ben Padmere with two cracking gold bands and Ben Newland with one of his amberjacks."
And from Charles Warland, above... "Nailed these on Saturday on the Davo's slimy mackerel rigs we picked up on Friday. Thanks a bunch!! We were north east of Double Island Point. Picked up a couple of pearlies and medium size snapper off the bottom then got four hook-ups on the troll. Landed two wahoo and one Spaniard in a two hour window. All within a couple hundred metres of each other. Pictured is me with a wahoo and brother Evan with the Spaniard."
Wild Thing 2 ran a seven hour charter to The Hards on Sunday where they caught snapper, tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, hussar and a good parrot fish. On Saturday they fished closer in. Report and photos above and below left from skipper Nat Turner... "We ran back to back five hour trips to North Reef in near perfect conditions. We caught cobia, Maori cod, squire, sweetlip, moses perch and lots of school mackerel. The whales put on a pretty good show as well."
And this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Sunday in perfect conditions. We had a slight amount of current to the south and variable winds. We caught snapper, Moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and painted sweetlip. Pictured (above right) with her snapper is Karen Williams from Colloroy in Sydney, who was on her second trip out with Noosa Charters in two days."
And the Trekka 2 crew were back there a few days later. "We did a five hour trip on Wednesday in perfect conditions. The bar was still 'flat as'. We had a light westerly wind and some current to the south. We caught Moses perch, grass emperor, painted sweetlip, squire, pearl perch and (as above) Spanish mackerel."
Sunshine Reef was another option for school and Spanish mackerel. Yak angler Steve Andersen picked up a 27.5kg Spaniard there on a trolled Halco Qantas hard body lure on Tuesday. CLICK OR TAP HERE to view that one. While Jaxon and Jeremy Orchard's catch (above) from a Sunday afternoon trip to Sunshine well represents the range of reefies on the bite. Jeremy got his trout and snapper on squid baits while Jaxon worked the waters with 'Missing at Sea' jigs.
Laguna Bay continued to fire with Jew Shoal still a pretty good option for Spanish mackerel as was the Hall's Reef stretch but with the added bonus there of the odd quality longtail or northern bluefin tuna. Local angler Andrew McCarthy, above, joined the multitude (fifteen odd boats) working the Hall's Reef area on Saturday morning. He was really only there to jig up some live bait and then head over to Sunshine Reef and hopefully pick up a trout or two. Anyway, while he was filling his live bait tank he put a live yakka out the back and before he knew it he had a 14kg longtail tuna on the end. And ten minutes later he was on again, this time with a 12.5kg Spanish mackerel. Happy with that, he packed up and headed for home. The trout will have to wait for next week.
COASTAL: Tailor were out and about on the open beaches this week with some good fish reported on the Noosa North Shore up towards Double Island Point. Chopper tailor (along with whiting and the odd bream and tarwhine) were active in the surf gutters around Teewah township and, together with the odd quality bream, off the river mouth rock groyne and middle rock groyne on Noosa Main Beach. On the National Park headland, the north end of Granite Bay and Fairy Pools area saw some queenfish action while longtail or northern bluefin tuna were on the prowl within slug casting distance of Hells Gates.
Further south, Peregian Beach also produced the odd quality tailor while small yellowtail kingfish, jewfish and sweetlip were on the bite around Yaroomba. Kev Stevenson (above) was fishing for bream at Peregian Beach on Tuesday morning when this 72cm tailor took a liking to the small piece of mullet he'd rigged on a 1/0 hook. Kev did well to land this fish as his light Gary Howard Dart rod/Alvey 600 combo was only loaded with 6lb mono line and leader. This quality greenback, successfully landed on light bream gear in the surf, won Kev this week's Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was fairly quiet with just the odd flathead and bream on the bite. The blackfish boys had been working the usual spot at the car park rocks for the last week without luck. Local angler John 'Cobby' Cobb (below) decided to get a bit proactive on Tuesday morning so he got the tinny out and scouted the snags further up towards the Woods Point. The water was clear enough and he spotted a few small schools along that stretch. With time to spare before a tide change he fished the Frying Pan for a few whiting then came back later around low tide, anchored up, and worked the area with Coolum Cabbage under float. Five luderick later he was heading for home with a prearranged stop off at Munna Beach so I could get a couple of pix.
There were also still a few mangrove jacks on the prowl after dark in the Dog Beach/Sand Bags stretch and whiting over in the Frying Pan. Up along the Woods Bay current line and around Munna Point there were lots of big eye trevally and a few queenfish. Along from there, quality bream were in good numbers up around the Weyba Creek Bridge section and also along the Gympie Terrace stretch with 30cm-40cm fish on the bite early in the morning.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The river fished well leading up to that full moon. We caught bream and trevally around the Dog Beach and river mouth. The odd tailor and trevally were passing through around the Coast Guard early mornings and late afternoon while the Tewantin stretch produced queenfish, flathead and trevally. Pictured (above) is Hugh from Melbourne with a couple of (76cm and 78cm) flathead which he caught and released there while on a four charter. And (below left) Warren from South Australia caught and released this 65cm queenfish on Friday and Mike from country Victoria (below right) is pictured with one of the queenies he boated during one of the four hour weekend charters."
Apart from that, school jewfish or mulloway (in the 50cm to 70cm range) were on the prowl from the bottom of the first ski run to the Tewantin car ferry.
FRESHWATER: Although the impoundments have been quiet, flicking the edges with stealth and persistence has produced some fat winter saratoga and bass. Suspending hardbodies like the Jackall Squirrel and Lucky Craft Pointers are two must have lures. It's also best to up leaders to 14lb as you're getting your lure deep into the timber. Those anglers with baitcast combos will be able to get on top of these fish quickly which is paramount when snag bashing. With the drop in winds and slightly warmer daytime temps the waters will have warmed a degree or two, making now a great time to hit the local dams.