OFFSHORE: Since the start of autumn there has been a noticeable change offshore. The start of the tuna run has happened and the bays and coastline now feature schools of mack tuna along with longtails (northern bluefin) and a mix of school and spotty mackerel. See video below. Although not big in size these fish are proving a lot of fun on light gear combos. If you have 4000-5000 sized reels and a snapper rod or similar then you can chase these speedsters with a mix of metal lures. Look at the range from Gillies and Arma and grab a pack of single strand wire just in case the mackerel show up and snip you off.
The weather was pretty good this week with light to moderate variable winds dominating. The bar was settled and pretty much 'flat as', certainly in the latter half. It was overcast and wet at times, however, although the cooler temperatures were a blessing for those spending a full day on the local reefs.
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef produced snapper, pearlies and Spanish mackerel while Chardon's was good for mahi mahi, tuna and the odd marlin. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for coral trout, sweetlip, pearl perch, snapper, Spanish mackerel and spotted mackerel. For the reefies, large slab baits and live baits were successful with 7" Z-Man and Gulp Jerk Shad plastics working for the reefies. Cast slugs and pilchards for the pelagics. Photo and very brief report from Medin Taras, below left... "We managed a few off Sunshine on Wednesday. They went for 40gm Halco Twisty slugs and pilchard floaters."
And we received this report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on a seven hour trip on Thursday. We caught grass sweetlip, snapper, spotted mackerel, yellowtail kingfish, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Current run was steady to the south. Cheers, Nat."
Jew Shoal also produced the odd Spaniard. Report and photos (above) from Chicko Vella, Tackle World Noosa... "We've had a good run of Spanish mackerel of late. Wednesday had pelagic written all over it, with a nice glassy calm after the storm the night before. Jew Shoal was a quick check spot on the way through and it didn't disappoint. Tried to entice a snapper with my new light spin stick attached to a Z-Man 7” Bubble Gum Streak soft plastic but it got the attention of a 15kg Spaniard instead. Man, what a battle!! From there we headed out and collected a few more Spanish (Ana Maria, visiting from Victoria, is pictured with one of them) and a couple of nice spotties for the esky. The small longtails were also plenty of fun on the light spin tackle. Cheers, Chicko."
COASTAL: Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa.... "There are some great gutters all along the coast right now. Some have some really nice sized dart in them around the 40cm mark and on light gear these will go off and run hard! Use small metal jigs like the Majorcraft Jigpara and rip them in quickly through the wash for the bite. For the bait fisho, live beach worms and/or fresh dug pippies worked well too. The better swallowtails came from Peregian Beach (along with jewfish and whiting), Marcus Beach (where flathead and whiting were biting) and Sunshine Beach which also produced bream and flathead.
Up around the corner from there, garfish were schooling off the Fairy Pools and in Granite Bay while tailor and good bream were active at Dolphin Point around dawn and dusk. Across the bay, the surf gutters around Teewah township on the Noosa North Shore were good for flathead, dart and chopper tailor.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa... "It was fairly quiet throughout the system this week but for those anglers who put in the time there were a few flathead on the prowl on the run-out tide at the river mouth and mangrove jacks feeding in the deep holes and channels. Whiting were biting in the Frying Pan on the run-out while trevally, tailor and queenfish were responding well to metal slugs and soft plastics in the Current Line and the Woods Bays.
Trevally were also active around first light along the Munna Point/Coast Guard stretch towards Sun Lagoon and the Munna Point Bridge while some quality bream were on the bite around the jetties along the back of the Sound and, along with flathead and the odd quality whiting, up in Weyba Creek.
Upriver around Tewantin there were plenty of bream on the chew around the pylons of the Noosa Marina, school jewfish from the deeper holes around the car ferry and flathead up at the mouth of, and inside, Lake Coooroibah. From Richard Hemingway... "Seven year old Ethan (pictured above right) kicked off trolling a Rapala X-Rap Slashbait at Lake Cooroibah on Sunday morning, chasing flathead through the channel. Mid way through the downward tide, BOOM a 53cm flatty hits. You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face, especially after a slow morning and setting off at 5.20am. One will do. Regards, Richard." Ethan's early bird persistence, toothy (or toothless) smile and quality fish earned him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Freshwater has been a bit patchy lately. If you are a keen bass fisho then you'll know that atmospheric pressure can effect these fish. A rising or stable barometer can indicate a great time to go fishing if you have the chance to decide when to go. For the rest of us it is a case of trying a mixture of soft plastics and suspending jerk baits. The bass in Macdonald have been hard to find so you will need to keep sounders running and flick any schools of fish balled up. Remember that Lake Macdonald is an electric or paddle power only impoundment.