As at Friday June 23, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Ah well. It was pretty much all down to the weekend warriors this time around with cool, fresh to strong variable southerlies hammering the coastline from Monday onwards. The forecast 3m-4m swell didn't quite eventuate but it did peak close to that mark on Tuesday, although only briefly.
No out-wide excursions this week. North Reef was as far as anyone cared to go but it certainly wasn't a bad option. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hi mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday in one of the nicest days in a long time. Wind was 15 knots and dropping. Swell was 1.5m and no current. We got hussar, moses perch, shark, snapper, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, Maori cod and jewfish." Pictured from that trip above; Mitchel Woodman from Morayfield with a nice jewfish. Below left; Peter Hemsall from Rothwell with a thumper pearly and right, Clinton Hart from North Lakes with the standout Maori cod. Other species reported on the bite at North Reef were: cobia, Spanish mackerel and venus tusk fish.
|A lot of boats targeted Sunshine Reef over the weekend. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine on Saturday morning. Conditions were ten knots south south east early but it got better throughout the day. We caught pearl perch, grass sweetlip, coral trout, gold spot wrasse and venus tusk fish." Pictured below is Gary from Victoria with a coral trout and gold spot wrasse.
And from that same half day charter we have Tom from Victoria, below left, with the standout coral trout. Trekka 2 worked Sunshine the next day. Report from deckie Will Palfery... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday. Conditions were good with 10 knot south easterly winds, a one metre swell and a low current running north. Our crew caught venus tusk fish, coral trout, moses perch, cobia and cod. Cheers, Will."
|Pictured from that half day charter we have Connor Lyons (below) with a coral trout on jig and Jaxon Orchard (above right) with a couple of nice cobia.
Laguna Bay was pretty quiet with just the odd mack tuna and bluefin tuna on the move throughout the bay and Spanish mackerel active around Jew Shoal and the Hall's Reef stretch. Benoit Fourie, below, boated this quality 10kg Spaniard at Big Hall's on Friday afternoon. It went for a live yakka bait.
|COASTAL: It was a bit cool on the surf beaches this week and a tad blustery on the exposed stretches. Early mornings were best before the wind got up and those who made the effort were rewarded with whiting, tarwhine and increasingly better size bream on Sunshine Beach during the day. The odd tailor was also active there late in the afternoon. Around the corner, in the shelter of the headland, garfish were still schooling on and off in Granite Bay (and attracting a few large predators) while Little Cove was good for whiting, flathead and quality bream. On the Noosa North Shore the action was up around Double Island Point where snapper were on the bite off the headland rocks and quality GT's were responding well to cast slugs and stick baits.
ESTUARY: The channel at the river mouth car park rocks seems to cutting a deeper course at the moment, just in time for the luderick. Last year, on June 15, Brian Smith (below) landed the first of the season and on Friday morning (June 16) he did it again. Amazing how predictable these fish are! We usually forecast they'll be on the bite around the second or third week of June and it's been that way for many years. Anyway, Brian started getting hits on his Coolum Cabbage about 8.00am, roughly an hour after low tide, and by 10.30am he had five in the net and was ready to call it a day. Great start to the season. Even better for Brian as his quality captures won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Bream, flathead and whiting were also active around the river mouth during the day while some good tailor were reported on the bite there and, along with bream, in the Frying Pan around dawn and dusk on surface lures such as the Strada Torment 80, Strada Viral 85 and 110, Sugapens and the ever popular Storm Chug Bugs. After dark (on the run-out tide) they went for un-weighted, whole pilchards. Queenfish were on the prowl from the Frying Pan to the back of the Sound and all points in between while the Woods Bays saw some good surface activity from diamond trevally and GT's at first light.
Bream and the odd quality flathead were also on the bite there during the day. Craig Kuypers from Melbourne (above) caught and released an absolute thumper 82cm lizard in the outer Woods Bay on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a lightly weighted, whole whitebait.
|The video above? Bryce Francis and Jack Beeson, the young guns from Davo's Tackle World, messaged me to say they'd be working the the lower estuary with surface lures on Wednesday morning. I was a bit short on time but did manage to catch up with them for fifteen minutes in the Woods Bays and filmed Jack hooking up with a GT before having to head off again. The GT went into the live well and was later released. Above right? Certainly the heaviest capture of the week so far. From Lauren Watson.... "Hey Chicko! Do you reckon I am in the running for fish of the week? ... Yes, that's Sam Mohr, he hooked it good too, ended with a trip to Noosa Emergency." Pete from Davo's offered to replace Sam's cap as it looks a little worse for wear.|
|And this from Zane Hermence, above... "Hey Bill. I went for a quick flick around the Woods Bay on Sunday afternoon but didn't have much luck. Then we got to the Sand Bags and I managed to hook something on the surface and it was a pb tailor at 47cm." Moving on, the Munna point Bridge area produced some good GT's and queenfish around first light while Weyba Creek was a good option for bream, flathead, tailor and the odd estuary cod. Further upriver, quality bream were in numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch. It's also mullet spawn time so they've been thick in the river. Twelve year old Heath Hamlin (above right) caught a nice specimen on a Squidgy Prawn lure on Saturday while fishing from the public jetty on Gympie Terrace.|
|Flathead were also reported on the north shore side of the Noosaville stretch. Report and pix from Don Malcolm... "Hi. We purchased a QLD Maroons Rapala lure from Davo's a few years back and never used it. On Wednesday afternoon before State of Origin 2, my daughter Ellie (above left) decided to give it a go and hooked a 45cm flathead opposite the Yacht Club. She said it must have been a NSW fish. When I asked why, she replied that it put up a good fight but in the end QLD won. The fish was safely released for game 3. I have also added a photo of a tailor she caught in the Frying Pan on Tuesday using a Sugapen surface lure, also purchased from on advice from the boys at Davo's." See Dave Crothers next time you're in the shop Ellie and he'll reward you for the top report. Further up, the stretch from the Noosa Marina to the first ski run produced bream, javelin fish, flathead, trevally (mostly GT's) and tailor. Erol from Cunnamulla (above right) visits his grandma in Noosa every year. This time around he decided to fish the Tewantin stretch. His efforts were rewarded on Saturday when his 65mm Jackall lure was monstered by this 71cm flathead. A quick pic and she was released.|
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