As at Friday March 15, 2019.
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|Below left. The bar settled down over the weekend and by Sunday it was near chaos at the boat ramps and the river mouth...|
|Above right. As the week drew to a close the winds moderated even more and the swell on the bar was small to non-existent...|
|OFFSHORE: After a couple of turbulent weeks on the offshore scene the improvement in the weather saw an armada of boats crossing the bar and heading for the local reefs. Even better, a wide range of species (bottom feeders and pelagics) were seriously on the bite.
For the first time in a while, the more distant reefs were back on the agenda. Report and photo (above left) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to Double Island Point with the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club on Sunday. We had glass out conditions and no current run. We caught scarlet sea perch, plenty of big tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar, moses perch and sweetlip. Pictured is Neal Coxan, Therese Upton and Bruce Bate, all with horse scarlets or large mouth nannygai. Cracker day had by all."
And Cougar One fished closer to home the day before... "We did a seven hour to North Reef on Saturday morning. Great conditions and zero current run. We had a great morning, boating Maori cod, gold spot cod, big pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, grass sweetlip, scarlet sea perch and snapper. Pictured (above right) is Ryan Holherd from Woodford with a couple of cracker pearl perch."
The mackerel were on the prowl further south at Chardon's Reef as well. Dave Leonard and his mate Mike (above) bagged out on Spanish mackerel on Sunday. They were using trolled (Nomad and Bluewater) hard body lures, live baits, jigs and pilchard floaters.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef really fired with all sorts of fish on the chew. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a couple of five hour trips on Saturday to Sunshine Reef in brilliant weather and the fish were on the bite. We caught snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, coral trout, tusk fish, painted sweetlip, grass emperor and a cracker dark tailed sea perch.
The Trekka 2 lads fished Sunshine again on Monday morning... "Hey Bill. We had beautiful conditions. We caught venus tusk fish, coral trout, grass emperor and Spanish mackerel. Pictured (above) is Brad Hanson with his Spaniard which he caught on a live yakka."
And we received this report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Monday morning. Conditions were pretty good with a slight southerly current and 10 knots of northerly wind. We caught a good variety of reefies including Maori cod, tomato cod, tusk fish, moses perch, pearl perch and coral trout. As we were packing up the floater screamed into life, and a few minutes later we had a solid Spanish mackerel in the boat to end the day on a high. Pictured above is Andrew Liddicoat from Mt Hill with the Maori, Ray Brown from Noosa with the tomato cod and below, Danny Gatto from Mill Park with the mackerel."
Last but not least, Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World sent in this report and photo, below... "Haven't been out for some weeks so the intentions were to shop around for some fresh fish. After a late start, our first pick drop was Sunshine Reef. Coral trout were on special so we put a couple of them in the basket, along with some tusk fish, a couple of brown sweetlip for good luck, one mackerel for steaks and a couple of cod for the chowder. All up a good feed for mama. Conditions were ok, with a slight current and swell."
|COASTAL: With the swell dropping off, the open beaches were a better proposition this week. Whiting, flathead and a few dart were on the prowl in the surf gutters off north Coolum, Peregian, Castaways and north Sunshine beaches while tuna were active in close off Hells Gates on the National Park headland. Cast stick baits and metal slugs got results there. Around the corner from there, Dolphin Point was good for the odd trevally. On the surf side of the river mouth, the gutters near the rock groyne yielded dart and the shallows; whiting while the bottom of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore produced flathead around low tide. Further up around Teewah township, the exposed coffee rock played host to cod and flathead while out back, towards high tide, keeper size sweetlip were active.
ESTUARY: Flathead were out and about in the deeper channels at the river mouth, though not in big numbers, while whiting were biting on the sand flats there and in the Frying Pan. Jimmy Free from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (below) caught and released this 60cm dusky at the river mouth on Wednesday morning. It went for a 4” pink glow silver glitter Berkley Gulp Nemesis soft plastic.
Jimmy also sent us his river report... "Hey mate. We fished surface poppers around the Marina and Council Chambers early morning. Got a few small GT's and bream before the sun hit the water. The ski run had heaps of bream and the odd flathead and the sandbar opposite the Yacht Club held whiting. In the lower estuary we caught surgeon fish, bream and flathead. Shaun Hellyer from Melbourne (below left) caught and released this surgeon fish in the Woods while on a two hour charter on Sunday. It went for a whitebait floater."
Trevally were on the prowl along the Current Line while the inner Woods Bay saw a bit of chopper tailor action on surface lures. At night, the back of The Sound was good for mangrove jacks on live baits while mud crabs were on the move in Weyba Creek and above Tewantin. Ally Broderick (above right) is pictured with a thumper buck which turned up in one of the family pots on Monday morning.
The Tewantin area was also good for jacks (around the Marina) and flathead. Darren Best (above) was slow trolling an Atomic Hardz Shiner 85 hard body around there on Monday morning (on the runout tide) when this quality flathead hit it hard. Darren has been trying hard to land a prize worthy fish and this time around he was rewarded with the $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize for his efforts. Jacks were also on the bite at night in and around the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and, along with jewfish, between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments are still showing some great fish with bass and saratoga feeding hard. Most toga are getting caught on small surface lures like Sammy 65 from Lucky Craft and subsurface lures including the OSP Bent Minnow 86mm and 106mm. Bass have been caught along the weed edges and various drop offs on vibes and blades with spinnerbaits working for those anglers who cast deep into structure. Suspending hardbodies like the Bassday Sugadeeps were also working well against trees and on the troll.
After a hard yakka afternoon at Lake Macdonald on Wednesday for zero result, Jed Murphy (above) cast his Atomic Topwater surface lure into a massive surface bustup not far from the boat (just as the sun went down) and was delighted when this 45cm bass inhaled it.
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