OFFSHORE: The forecast for the week turned out to be largely correct. Light to moderate variable westerlies were pretty much the norm, apart from the odd afternoon blow. It was, in fact, a pretty good week for the offshore brigade with the only fly in the ointment being the bar where a modest, dumping swell on the last of the runout (Sunday was a classic) caught a few small boat owners by surprise. See above. No real problems though, apart from the odd red face.
For those with the bigger boats, a run to the Barwon Banks was worth the effort with plenty of quality snapper, pearl perch, the odd monster cobia, gold spot cod, jewfish and even a few yellowtail kingfish on the bite. Double Island Point was good for snapper, red emperor, pearl perch, jewfish, cod and amberjack.
From closer in, we received this report and photo (above left) from local angler Paul Breheny... "Hey Bill. Had a great session off North Reef on Saturday mate. The day started off not great with a few things going wrong. GPS was playing up, all my marks gone, great start. I figured out where the middle of North Reef was though and found some nice ground in 40 metres. Soon the day turned around when the fish started to bite on the run out tide. We ended up with a great feed of good size pearl perch, grass sweetlip, moses perch and venus tusk fish. A good bag of fish."
And from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey mate. We did a five hour to North Reef on Wednesday morning in perfect conditions. The fishing was good with cobia (above right), snapper, moses perch, tuskfish, longtail tuna and grass emperor in good numbers so we got a good feed for everyone."
And the Cougar One crew were out that way earlier in the week as well... "Hey mate. We did a couple of five hour charters on Saturday in beautiful conditions once the westerly backed off in the morning. We fished North Reef in the morning and Sunshine Reef in the afternoon. The fishing wasn’t fantastic but we still caught some quality moses perch, snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch, coral trout (as pictured above), grass emperor and venus tuskfish."
Laguna Bay looked the goods with most mornings glassed out. There wasn't much in the way of surface activity but the Hall's Reef stretch was pretty popular, producing squire, sweetlip and cobia. Deb Atkinson (above) boated this thumper 16kg cobia there on Sunday morning. It went for a whole pilchard floater.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "For the beach anglers there has also been plenty on offer with some nice tailor being reported from the rocks around Yaroomba. With the new moon last week we saw some good jewfish were also on the bite, the larger fish quite happy to come into the shallower gutters and feed on baitfish, worms, prawns and even pippies. Fishing strip baits of mullet or tailor will get you in with a good chance. The southern end of Peregian has been good for some keeper size jewies, plus the odd whiting and dart. Worms and prawns have been their preferred baits.
Apart from that, flathead, dart and whiting were biting at Marcus Beach and (along with chopper tailor) around Teewah township on the Noosa North Shore."
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa... "The runout tide produced some nice flathead at the river mouth and quality whiting (across the flats) this week. There were also some good size trevally active along the rock wall around top of the tide and luderick schooling along the 'Platform' stretch."
From Bill Watson, Fishing Noosa... "Local blackfish angler Brian Smith (above) has been working the river mouth car park rocks and Platforms for the last week or two in the hope of landing the first luderick of the season. And he did it in style on Saturday afternoon when he bagged four of these feisty sportfish in a two hour session. He rang me about 3.00pm to let me know he had two in the keeper net and had just put away number three when I arrived about fifteen minutes later. I filmed fish number four, which put up a good fight on light tackle, before Brian called it a day. Coolum Cabbage did the deed and the last of the runout was when it happened." Brian was rewarded for his efforts with this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. The fishing inside was pretty entertaining this week. We caught bream at the river mouth, tailor and trevally in the Woods Bays and some small soapie jewfish around Tewantin and Cooroibah. We had the crew from La Vida Restaurant in Hastings Street on board with us on Tuesday morning's charter. They had a great time catching bream, golden trevally, giant trevally, flathead and tailor. Owner Nick and his mate Russell are pictured above with a 62cm flathead and a 58cm golden trevally. And below is Pierre with a 73cm tailor and Julian with a 50cm golden."
And more from Adam Neilson... "Trevally and queenfish were active along the current line, in the outer Woods Bay and along the Culgoa Point/Munna Point stretch. From local lad Jacob Bartley, below left... "After a slow start to the session on Sunday, with just the odd hit, I was pretty happy with this Brassy/Tea Leaf trevally. It went mid 40s and smashed my 2” White Spot Swim Prawn. After having an awesome fight with some big runs I managed to land it then released it shortly after. I was pretty stoked seeing how slow the session was going and being able to finish off on a fish like that."
"Moving along, bream and whiting were biting in Weyba Creek while the bottom of Gympie Terrace near T-Boats was another trevally/queenfish hot spot. Upriver at Tewantin, flathead and good bream were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina and jewfish were reported on the bite at Makepeace Island."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments have been a bit quieter but with a rise in daytime and evening temperatures we should see the fish feeding a bit harder. After the moon, fishing will often go through a lull so expect next week to fire up a bit more. As always run your sounders and use side scan mode on bigger waterways like Borumba Dam. Jigs and spinnerbaits trolled slowly like the Hot Bite Spectre Assist work very well on deeply schooled fish. As always ensure your SIPS permit is up to date and remove any weed on trailers when leaving Lake Macdonald."