As at Friday March 10, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a shorty but a goody with 5 to 15 knot variable easterlies, a nominal 1.0m swell and little or no current on the local reefs from Friday through until Monday. That kept the weekend warriors happy. But from Tuesday onwards it was 'all over red rover' with 15 to 20 knot+ south easterlies and a 2.0 to 3.0m+ swell.
The organisers of the Noosa Festival of Surfing were delighted with the conditions, of course, but the local boating fraternity scrambled to make the most of the 'long weekend'. Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover did a couple of runs to Double Island Point... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Sunday. Sharks gave us hell. We lost heaps of good fish to them. Wind was 10 knots NW to NE. Current to the south. We got heaps of longtail tuna, a few spotties, pearlies moses perch, squire and, above, this nice Spaniard, boated by James Warren from Mt. Crosby." Monday's D.I. charter was more of the same although the sharks were apparently out in greater numbers.
|And Wild Thing 2 fished The Hards on Friday. This report from skipper Paul Glover... "Wind was 10 knots from the south east. Current from the north so drifting into the wind but lines going into the current. Anyway we got lots of tuskies, moses perch, squire, rosy jobfish, coral bream, bombie cod, Maori cod and a bloody good flathead. Ha ha." Kyle Morish from Noosa Jet Ski (above left) boated a colourful tusker and Jonathan Cara from Sippy Downs (above) nailed one of the standouts.
Closer in, North Reef wasn't much chop for the bottom bashers. From Anthony Brown... "Hey Bill. It's been a long while since I've had a chance to get out but decided that the old man visiting Noosa was a good excuse. After a reasonably big bar crossing on Sunday morning we headed for North Reef. We had a fairly quiet start but managed to round up a few Spanish on live yakkas for a great day out. First one for the old man too." Pictured above is 'The Old Man', Jeff Brown and grandson Tom.
|Down the line, Chardon's Reef produced mahi mahi, squire and moses perch while in from there, Sunshine Reef was good for grass sweetlip, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Spanish mackerel, squire, moses perch, coral bream, school mackerel and quite a few coral trout. Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning. We caught grass sweetlip, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and coral trout. Lost a few fish to sharks but that's the name of the game. Conditions were good with light (5 knot) easterly winds and little or no current. Nigel Smith (above left) is pictured with the standout for the morning. Cheers mate, Theo." And Michael Gosley (above right) from Toowoomba nailed his coral trout there on Saturday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
David McLoughlin from Brisbane (above) did well at Sunshine Reef on Sunday afternoon, boating venus tusk fish to 40cm and a few quality grass sweetlip, but he then topped that with this colourful coral trout. He tempted it with a tasty looking squid bait from Davo's Tackle World but that's not all he got from Davo's. David's quality trout took top honours for this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize which, incidentally, has now skyrocketed to a whopping $100.00. That's right! From now on the weekly winner will receive a $50.00 store credit and a $50.00 lure pack from ChaseBaits Australia. How good is that! Get your entries in for next week!
Laguna Bay fired up earlier in the week with mack tuna, northern bluefin tuna, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel on the move and boils just outside the bar. Report from Chris Arnold; Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Went out in the bay on Saturday morning on a Sport Fishing Charter. Picked up longtail and mack tuna on cast metal slugs and Spanish and spotted mackerel on trolled pillies. Dominique Engel from Switzerland (above) is pictured with the standout Spaniard."
|COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the surf beaches this week and none at all after the swell built up seriously on Tuesday. While comfortably fishable, Sunshine Beach produced whiting in good numbers while school jewfish were responding well to fresh mullet fillets off the Noosa National Park headland rocks. Whiting (with a few dart in amongst them) were also biting along the Noosa North Shore stretch with live beach worms and peeled prawns accounting for the better quality fish.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was still a good option for the bread and butter species with bream, flathead and trevally responding well to prawns and small fish baits during the day. And mangrove jacks (and the odd tailor) were going for free floated whole pilchard baits and live poddy mullet and herring after dark. Chris Sturgess from Melbourne (below) caught and released this golden trevally near the river mouth on Sunday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait.
Further up, the stretch from the Frying Pan to the Woods Bays produced bream, whiting, flathead and tailor. Michael Porter (below left) is pictured with a 39cm whiting which he caught and released in that area on Wednesday morning. It went for a whole prawn bait. And local legend Bob Major (below right) got onto a school of tailor in the outer Woods Bay on Monday morning and sent us this report... "It was about 5.15am. Got them on a Live Target Mullet Popper. I brought two home for smoking and let four go. There were three or more fish trying to smash the lure even when I had fish on it. Great fun." Photo courtesy Grant Budd from Davo's Tackle World.
|Big eye trevally, GT's and tailor to 50cm were also on the prowl around first light in the stretch from Munna Beach to the back of Noosa Sound where mangrove jacks were responding to live fish baits after dark. And not far from there, whiting were biting in Weyba Creek. Live worms, prawns and small surface poppers worked well..|
|Upriver, bream, whiting and flathead were in good numbers around Tewantin and in Lake Cooroibah where, after the recent rains, the mud crabs were out and about and hungry for a feed. Warren Riwhi (above right) baits his mud crab pots with trevally frames and the muddies obviously like them, judging by the keeper he picked up on Sunday. It was so alive and kicking that Warren wasn't prepared to look at the camera in case he got nailed by one of those pincers. The muddies were also on the move in the lower estuary with the Noosa Waters canals and Weyba Creek rating a mention. Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes yielded jacks at night and the odd threadfin salmon. Brian McDermott from Cooroibah (above left) boated his threadie there (we think) on Monday morning. It went for a live herring bait.
FRESHWATER... Davo's Tackle World.
Lake McDonald: Early morning fishing weeded edges out to 30-35ft of water with spinnerbaits, EcoGear ZX40’s and Jackall TN50’s in brown dog colour. Saratoga have been hitting Lucky Craft and Megabass surface lures early in the morning and late afternoons along the weeded banks.
Borumba Dam: Large schools of small bass have been reported to be active in the late afternoons in 30ft of water, blood worms and shrimp have been the best baits. Paddle tail soft plastics (2.5"-3") slowly worked up from the bottom proved to be the best lure throughout the day, while surface poppers worked well around dusk..
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