OFFSHORE: With moderate to strong (15 to 25 knot) south easterlies forecast for the weekend and beyond many anglers were caught wrong footed when the weather change came through late and Saturday turned out to be eminently fishable. The bar crossing had little or no swell on it either but it did turn gnarly from Tuesday onwards, as per the video above. The fishing was a bit patchy though, with some anglers reporting doughnuts and others kicking goals.
Before the weather turned ordinary, Double Island Point was worth the time and the fuel with snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, pearl perch, scarlet sea perch and cobia on the bite. Glenn Thomas (above) caught this 118cm cobia on an overnighter there last Thursday. It went for a pilchard floater.
We didn't get any feedback from the middle reef belt this week with most anglers sticking close to shore. Arkwright Shoal off Coolum showed a bit of life with good keeper size jewfish and the odd longtail tuna on the prowl. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was still a good performer, although best results were had by those anglers who were prepared to berley well or move rather than wait for the bite to come on. From Jordy Zerk, above right... "Hey Billy!! Friday arvo headed out with Danny and Tim to Sunshine Reef. First livey down Tim got this nice trout. Also caught some nice grass sweetlip and mackerel on live yakkas." And this from Tim Lawless... "Hi Bill. Young Finley and I ducked out for a quick fish before school and came home with this nice spotted mackerel (below left) and some good sized reef fish. The spotty went for a floating pilchard while we were anchored roughly between Jew Shoal and Sunshine Reef."
But what about this from Justin McNab, below... "Hi Billy. Got this monster Spaniard throwing surface stickbaits over Jew Shoal on Saturday arvo. Weighed in at 30.5kg. First drift first cast. And my mate Callum Scott (above right) picked up a couple of nice trout around Sunshine on live yakka baits. Cheers, Justin." Justin's absolute monster Spanish mackerel was the standout for the week and comfortably won him the $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Also in Laguna Bay, Hall's Reef was good for Spanish mackerel and northern bluefin or longtail tuna. Report and photo below from Dave Leonard... "Hey Bill. Had to work for it but got a mixed bag last Thursday including coral trout, grass sweetlip, cobia and longtail tuna. Sunshine and Halls reefs. Cheers, Dave."
COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the open beaches this week. Most reports were from the southern end where school jewfish were on the prowl at Yaroomba Beach and, along with dart and flathead, at Peregian Beach. The bigger jewies, though, came from Sunshine Beach and Alexandria Bay. From Ezra McGhee, below left... "Hey guys. I caught a PB 55cm flathead and a 41cm dart. I caught them on a 4” Jerk Minnow in Pink Mango. They were my first lure fish and I caught them off the beach at Peregian. I also used a small clear popper and got heaps of hits from dart although most were under 25cm. Cheers, Ezra."
Well, it's not that far up the road. We received this from Peter Spittal... "Hi Bill. Parker (above right) has been putting in a big effort of late learning the tactics about lures , line and leaders to take on the Monduran barramundi. This is one of 15 barra that Parker has put on the deck on his recent trip to Monduran under tough conditions. Was hoping you could add it to your next report? He is wearing one of his new lucky Samaki shirts recommend by Chicko!!!"
ESTUARY: Whiting and flathead were the bread and butter species at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan this week but they weren't in big numbers so the odd bream that showed up was a welcome bonus. It was pretty quiet overall, in fact, with most of the action coming from the current line where queenfish, trevally and tailor were on the bite. There was also a lot of surface activity out from 'Cliffy's Corner' at Munna Beach where small trevally were in good numbers. There was also a bit of a spill over from there to the Munna Point Bridge area. Apart from that, whiting were also biting in Weyba Creek, estuary cod were active around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin and school jewfish were in respectable numbers near Makepeace Island.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have been benefiting from the warmer day temps and less rain. The water clarity has improved greatly and the bass are schooling up in the deeper sections. The edges are always worth fishing with hard bodies with the Jackall Squirrel and Lucky Craft Pointers two of the best. Be sure to increase the pause time before ripping them out and away from the cover. Slow rolling soft plastics along the bottom is also working very well. Using 3/8oz jig heads on Z-Man Slim SwimZ in darker colours has also been working well for anglers fishing the deeper water.