OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week for the offshore boys. The bar crossing was pretty good most of the time and on the odd day when the easterly flavoured winds picked up a head of steam there were still plenty of pelagics to chase in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay. The tuna and bonito schools, in fact, were at times within 50 metres of the surf line just out from the bar (see video clip above) and they were often on the boil as soon as the sun penetrated the water.
When the going was good, Double Island Point was on the agenda. Report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "G'day Bill. We fished D.I. on Friday on a nine hour charter. We had wind against current making anchoring a bit tricky and lost a few fish to sharks. One even had a go at our anchor buoy as we were pulling the anchor. We ended up with a pretty good looking esky of pearl perch, cobia, snapper and lots of venus tusk fish."
While back along the middle reef belt, North Reef didn't disappoint the faithful. Report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Saturday. Conditions were as good as they get till the southerly wind picked up around lunchtime. We caught moses perch, grass emperor, painted sweetlip, coral bream, pearl perch, squire and (as above) cobia."
And we received this report and photo (above left) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "G'day Bill. We fished North Reef on Saturday's five hour charter. We had calm conditions but again a little tricky trying to anchor on small shows of fish. We ended up with school mackerel, venus tusk fish, moses perch and quality snapper. Pictured with the standout snapper is Leon Thomas from Parkdale." Sunshine Reef, however, was still the most popular destination. From Jason Skinner, above right... "G'day mate. Got out offshore on Saturday morning. Got a mixed bag of sweetlip and tuskies out at Sunshine. Pulled up a 37cm coral trout, upon letting it go I jokingly said, now go back and tell your dad to jump on my line. The next drop, I pulled in this beauty! Cheers, Skinner."
And above, from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Lots of patience was needed to get over the stretch of rough conditions of late. Saturday delivered the goods and just before the S/E change, the mackerel showed their faces. Caught and released spotty mackerel. Young Dory was aboard and claimed his first Spanish and I am weighing in a solid trout for the Davo's Social Competition. Conditions were calm with the swell just under a metre. Cheers, Chicko."
The tuna schools were in close along the coast from Coolum to the National Park headland. From Vaughan Robinson... "Hi mate. Number one son Gavin (above left) caught this tuna off Peregian (in my kayak) early Monday morning. It went for a well cast 15gm Halco Twisty slug." And they were boiling in Laguna Bay, accompanied by quality Spanish mackerel in numbers. Above right, from Jackson Ross... "Hey Bill. Left Noosa at 5.30am on Saturday morning with every man and his dog headed round to Sunshine... but no luck... very slow. So we went for a drive to find a feed. Ended up at Big Hall's where the Spanish were on. Landed two nice ones and lost another three. Photo of myself (inset) and Owain Ritson with his very first Spanish."
And according to Scott Davis from Brisbane, above, he was the only one out of half a dozen yak anglers to get a result in Laguna Bay on Saturday morning. Scott was paddling in 14.0m of water along the 'North Hall's' stretch when this 13.5kg Spanish mackerel tried unsuccessfully to run away with his trolled, squid skirted whole pilchard bait. With the Spaniards in almost plague proportions along that stretch it was deemed appropriate that this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize go to the standout, which in this case was Scott's entry. So, well done mate. It's been quite a while between drinks.
Steve Grace from Maroochydore (above) fished Sunshine Reef on a Wild Thing 2 charter last month. The fresh south easterlies made it a tad lumpy but the fishing was easy . They caught tusk fish, moses perch, sweetlip and a couple of nice coral trout. Steve's fish was the standout of the trip and was also voted the Noosa Charters Fish of the Month for April. As a result, Steve wins a free seven hour offshore fishing charter valued at $200.00. Congratulations mate!
COASTAL: Tuna were in close behind the open beach shore breaks and rocks this week with good reports coming from the Point Arkwright, Yaroomba Beach area (where tailor and quality bream were also active), Peregian Beach (along with whiting and bream) and the National Park headland rocks. On Noosa Main Beach the waters off the river mouth rock groyne produced dart in numbers and the odd flathead, as did the gutters on the bottom end of the North Shore.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We fished the lower estuary mostly earlier in the morning this week. We caught flathead, bream and a few species of trevally. The Dog Beach mainly fished well for bream and trevally. We caught flathead in the Woods Bays and along Gympie Terrace. We tended to move up towards Tewantin as the boat traffic increased where we caught flathead, bream, javelin fish (grunter bream) and whiting. Pictured (below left) is Nick from Brisbane who caught this 65cm flathead in the lower estuary. It went for a whole whitebait."
There lots of small trevally (diamonds, big eyes and GT's) on the boil around first light in the Woods Bays. The big eyes were also active around the Munna Point Bridge and the back of Noosa Sound. Moving on, whiting were biting in Weyba Creek while queenfish were smashing the baitfish along the Gympie Terrace stretch. There were also some flathead and the odd large shovel nose ray on the prowl in that stretch of water. Up at Tewantin, flathead were active around the mouth of Lake Doonella and the first ski run and a few school jewfish were on the bite up towards the first lake. From Joel Manteufel, above right... "Hey Bill. This was my last catch and release of the day on Sunday. What a cracker of a day out on the water it was! Perfect conditions! We were getting ready to pack up and go after catching a few little bream and trevally up towards Lake Cooroibah. We threw out the last of our whitebait and prawns we were using when I landed my first jewfish at 61cm. An awesome way to end the weekend! Cheers, Joel."
FRESHWATER: The impoundments are still providing anglers with solid sized bass and the occasional saratoga in both Lake Macdonald and Lake Borumba. Fishing surface has certainly slowed this month with fish now taking sub surface lures and hard bodies like the famous Jackall Squirrel a go-to option for both species. Sounding around will show you the bass and then the trick is getting them to bite. If dropping straight down to fish on the bottom then micro jigs like the Majorcraft Jig Para is a great option that you can wave about in their face which will often trigger a bite.