OFFSHORE: Ah well. Strong to gale force winds, rain and 2.0m to 4.0m seas and swell. Welcome to Queensland in the tail end of the monsoon season. No joy for the offshore boys this week. Not even a glimmer of an opening, even for the die-hards. On the upside, the weekend and beyond is (so far) looking good.
While the weather was a bit ordinary we ran a 'Noosa Charters Guess the Weight' Competition' on FaceBook. The rules were simple. Just guess the weight of the red emperor in the photo above (boated on a Cougar One charter to Double Island Point) to be in with a chance to win two seven hour offshore fishing charters with Noosa Charters. Total Value: $400.00. The winner, with a weight estimate of 7.89kg, was Glen Wood from Toowoomba. Congratulations Glen.
ESTUARY: Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. It's been a bit windy the last week but the sun was out and fishing was pretty good. The lower estuary was the pick of the crop. Around the mouth we caught flathead, stripy sea perch and a lot of juvenile lipper. Russell Mcaleese from Kingaroy (below) landed this 65cm flathead at the river mouth on Saturday morning while the tide was ebbing. It went for a whole whitebait. We got dusted plenty of times around the Woods Bays. I can only assume by mangrove jacks. Lots of trevally lapping around the back of The Sound and entrance to Weyba Creek. Also plenty of mud crabs around the area. Around Tewantin we caught mainly javelin fish or grunters and big catfish with the odd soapie in the mix."
And we received this report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were on the prowl in the deeper channels and holes near the river mouth on the run out tide and nice sized whiting were biting on the flats on the run in. GT's and queenfish were also active down there in the morning at the car park rocks, up in the inner Woods Bay and, along with the odd tailor and golden trevally, along the Current Line. Mangrove jacks were worth targeting at the Sand Bags at night and, together with estuary cod, in the outer Woods Bay." From Ethan Chilby, below left... "Hey mate. The sun showed up so I decided to head out for a quick flick. Got this hungry cod on a Holt Swim Prawn in the Woods Bays on the run out tide He still had a crab in his mouth. He was released."
"Further upriver, estuary cod and mangrove jacks were on the bite around the Noosa Marina and up towards the first lake." From Rachel Bourne... "Hi Bill. My five year old son Mason (pictured above right) caught this Mangrove Jack on Sunday morning down at our local jetty at Noosa Banks. It was caught on a 2-4kg Shimano bait caster rod using a prawn as bait, on a 10 pound mono line. Mason was so excited as he loves fishing and he nearly lost this one, as it was a tough fight to reel it in. But he made it and had the biggest grin on his face after!!! It's the first Mangrove Jack he's ever caught and tasted delicious last night. Thanks, Rachel." Mason's quality, first ever jack earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And last but not least, this from Megan McCaughey... "Hi there. My 16 year old son Larz (above) caught this ripper 47cm mangrove jack up around Tewantin on Saturday afternoon. It went for a live poddy mullet. Regards, Megan." Late mail: The waters opposite the Council Chambers produced a few flathead.
FRESHWATER: From Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments been quiet as both Borumba dam and Lake Macdonald continue to spill over. For bass anglers, try skirting the weed banks where the wind is blowing as this can push bait fish into the shallows. If you have side scanning technology be sure to watch your zoom rate as you scan the weedy points so you can see the schools. Once found pull back and spot lock and throw your lures like smaller spinnerbaits and lipless crank baits like Jackall TN 60 into the school and work out. Watch your retrieve speed so you stay at the same level as the fish. If after something a bit bigger try suspending hardbodies worked out from the banks and trees. With the lack of lilies fish will be holding under overhanging trees so be sure to work these edges and don’t forget to take a lure retriever with you!"