OFFSHORE: It was a pretty ordinary week as far as the offshore scene was concerned. A tad marginal with 15 to 20 knot+ variable southerlies in the latter half and not a lot to show for the effort it took to work the exposed reefs. The bar had little or no swell most days, however, and the mullet run attracted the pelagics in close. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World, below right, got into them before they ran out to sea... "Last week we got stuck into the pilchards. This week the mullet were on the charge, schooling up ready to make their annual run to the ocean. Cast nets are the only way to capture these plankton feeding bullets in any numbers. Here I was using a 10 ft Pro Throw professional cast net, available from Davo's. After a few easy casts we filleted the mullet, kept the frames for crab bait, recovered 2.5kg of fish roe for the smoker, some fillets for bait and the rest are going into beer batter. My omega 3 is higher than my blood pressure. Gotta love this winter weather. Cheers, Chicko." Check out the video above as the mullet hit the surf to evade the tuna and dolphins.
Before the weather turned, though, the fish were well and truly on the chew with Double Island Point producing red emperor, Spanish mackerel, amberjack, grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish. From Trev Callanan, above left... "Hey Bill. Fished Double Island Point last week in some great weather and the fishing was fantastic. Thought I'd send in this pic which I was pretty stoked with. New PB red emperor of 13.5kg. Caught on a live yakka. Happy days. Cheers, Trev." Closer to home, Wild Thing 2 fished Sunshine Reef on five hour charters on Monday and Tuesday. Report from skipper Nat Turner... "It was rough but fishable, with 15 to 20 knot southerlies and a current to the north. No real standouts but we ended up with plenty of pearl perch and venus tusk fish." In the shelter of Laguna Bay, Big Hall's Reef produced school mackerel and mack tuna. There were also a few mack tuna and longtail tuna not far out from the bar at times.
ESTUARY: Bream were in numbers at the river mouth this week with the odd flathead in amongst them to make life interesting. The luderick were still a no show at the river mouth car park rocks as the week commenced but were again schooling just up from there. Local angler Brian Smith, below, boated his first three fish of the season around the snags in the Dog Beach stretch on Friday afternoon. It was about an hour before low tide and he was using 'weed' under float as his draw card. Over the last couple of days, however, there have been a couple caught (on the last of the runout) back at their old stomping grounds.
Further up, trevally (diamonds, goldens and GT's) were on the prowl in the Woods Bays and around Munna Point. From Anna Neuwirth, below... "Hi. I went out on the Noosa River on Monday with a few friends for a quick fish. Casting a small paddle tale soft plastic through The Woods when first cast I hooked up to what I thought was a ray at first as it kept taking my line. After a long tiring fight on 6lb line, I was thrilled to catch my first cale cale trevally. Moments later Tom hooked up and landed a nice golden trevally. Both were released after a few quick pix. It was a great way to spend the day. Hooked! Anna Neuwirth."
Trevally (and lots of bream to 30cm) were also active along Noosaville stretch and around Tewantin. From Claudia Murray... "Hi Davo's. Angus and Christian (below left) caught this trevally (long nose) on a mullet strip bait on Sunday!!! Thank you for helping us with bait and rigging the rods! Wooohooo!!!"
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill, The Woods fished well this week for bream and trevally. There’s also some whiting right up in Lake Weyba. We fished Tewantin around the ski runs for diamond and giant trevally and some good flathead up in Lake Cooroibah. Andrew (above right) caught and released this diamond trevally around Tewantin on Monday morning's charter. It went for a lightly weighted whole whitebait."
The odd jewfish was out and about just below Makepeace Island while Lake Cooroibah was good for flathead. Local angler Darren Best (above) popped into Davo's late Tuesday morning with a nice flathead and a fishy tale to tell... "After catching and releasing an undersize flathead at Lake Cooroibah I flicked my Pink Zerick Tango Shad lure back out and before I could continue trolling I was on with this 70cm specimen. It came on board to wish me Happy Birthday."
FRESHWATER: There's been a great run of bass in both Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam with big fish coming from the weedy edges. Suspending lures and slow sinking jerk baits are a must as are slow rolled soft plastics like the Baby Bass Slim Swim 2.5 inch on 3/8 jigheads. The afternoon bite appears to be stronger right now which is due to the afternoon sun getting high enough to warm the shallows and turn the bite on.
From Maxine Stibbe... "Hi Davo's team. My son Callum and I came into the Noosa store on Sunday and got some fantastic service and tips from the young fella who helped us find just the right lures (Keitech Swing Impact 3" Custom Worms) to catch some bass. After school on Monday I took Callum and his best buddy who is also fishing-mad, down to the Lake Macdonald jetty. We met some lovely locals, and had a great afternoon watching the sunset over the lake towards Mt Tinbeerwah. He’s keen to enter fish of the week, all the locals wishing him the best. Thanks again for your great Tackle Shop and fabulous staff. Sincerely, Maxine Stibbe." Callum's great smile and great fish (he caught two) won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.