OFFSHORE: It was a patchy, on again off again week for the offshore boys. Not a bad weekend (although the bar was a bit gnarly at times) but that was followed by a couple of days of fresh to strong south easterlies. Wednesday was marginal while Thursday was a pretty good proposition ahead of another south easterly blow on Friday. Forecast for the weekend: Moderate to strong south easterlies. Anyway, with the moon still pretty full over the weekend some anglers opted for an overnight fish, which in most cases paid off. North Reef was a good option for that with grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, snapper and gold spot cod on the bite for the bottom bashers in the early hours. During the day, spotted mackerel, mahi mahi and cobia were working in the upper levels.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was worth a look with the odd longtail tuna and mackerel working the bait schools. There were also a few reefies in the mix. From Geoff Stirzaker, above... "My mate Dan and I went out on Saturday morning and struggled to land anything decent until this 65cm trout crashed the party. Took a live yakka. Weight was 4.3kg. Cheers, Geoff." Geoff's colourful capture won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
South of there, Arkwright Shoal was a good option for the pelagics. From Brad Cooper, above... "Cracked another Spaniard! Off Coolum on Saturday arvo around 3pm. Got it on a whole yakka floater. Not much in the way of birds but lots of spotties, schoolies and tuna around. Cheers, Brad." The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was popular with the small boat brigade with Hall's Reef producing school and spotted mackerel, cobia and the odd quality grass sweetlip.
COASTAL: The jewfish were in dusk to dawn feed mode over the weekend as the full moon waned. There were more unstoppable fish lost than landed in the stretch from Coolum to Peregian with the more experienced anglers showing the way. During the day, Peregian Beach produced a few good flathead while Marcus Beach yielded bream, whiting and dart, as did Castaways but with the odd jewfish (again at night) in the mix. Further along, tailor, spotted and school mackerel and quality bream were active off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach and good dart were in numbers off the National Park headland.
Apart from that, bream were biting at First Point and, along with dart and flathead, near the river mouth rock groyne. Terry Martin (above) was fishing that area on Sunday morning while I was filming. In the half an hour that I was there he caught and released good bream, lots of dart and the odd juvenile lizard.
ESTUARY: River report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Tailor and flathead were the more active species at the river mouth and, together with quality whiting, along the Dog Beach stretch and in the Frying Pan. The odd trevally was in the mix there as well. From Ethan Chilby, blow... "Took the pooch and misso for walk around the spit late on Monday arvo for a sunset stroll. Had to take the stick of course and a batch of the Swim Prawns. Nailed an absolute beauty of a diamond trevally. We managed a few photos and a nice release. In all the excitement I never got a measure my guess around 50cm."
Further up, queenfish and golden trevally were active in the Current Line and up along the Gympie Terrace stretch. From Valentino Serra, below... "Hi guys. I was fishing the Coast Guard/Current Line stretch on the last of the runout the other day. Caught some smaller queenfish and trevs when all of a sudden this huge queenie ate my Squidgy Prawn boat side. After it jumped out of the water multiple times I finally landed this 75cm queenfish. Kind regards, Valentino."
Upriver at Tewantin there were thumper bream on the bite around the Noosa Marina, school jewfish in the first ski run and trevally up towards the first lake.
From Dario Boemio, above right... "Hi. My name is Dario. This is my first catch on a lure. Just getting into fishing. I went out with my local mate Ethan. We launched the boat at the barge on Sunday. Ethan was trying my faulty rod and it snapped (not the best start). He couldn't believe it, so I got to borrow his rig and literally 5 minutes later I caught this 37cm trevally near Cooroibah. Soft plastic on half oz jighead. Absolutely stoked. Released after a quick photo. Cheers, Dario." Apart from that, school jewfish were on the prowl and in good numbers in the deeper holes in the stretch between the lakes.