OFFSHORE: Not a lot of joy for the offshore brigade this week with fresh to strong south easterlies hammering the coastline throughout the weekend. Tuesday, in fact, was the first opportunity to get offshore but it was for big boats only with a 2.5m to 3.5m swell deterring even the desperates and die-hards. A small window on Wednesday/Thursday morning saw the swell and the winds drop and those boaties who could, hit the reefs while the going was good.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner...' Hey Bill. We managed to make the most of this small weather window and get out for seven and five hour trips the past two days. On Wednesday we fished North Reef for good quality pearl perch and snapper plus moses perch, large mouth nannygai and jewfish. And we fished in close on Thursday morning. Laguna Bay produced a few nice squire, while Sunshine Reef was good for coral trout, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, grass sweetlip and more squire. Care should be taken on the bar as the channel has changed a fair bit. Cheers, Nat."
Oh, and the tuna (mack and longtail) were working just behind the surf line at times and worth targeting when the overnight southerlies flattened the bar.
COASTAL: With some pretty solid surf pounding the open beaches and exposed headland rock areas this week the beach anglers took a break and focused their attention on the more sheltered points of the National Park headland. The swell, of course, was an issue there at times as well but when fishable, quality bream were on the bite off Dolphin Point and the top end of Little Cove while whiting were active either side of the middle rock groyne on Main Beach.
The river mouth rock groyne area was also worth a look with the regular overnight southerlies flattening the swell and creating quite pleasant conditions there early morning. On the Noosa North Shore, the bottom end of Teewah Beach near the river mouth was good for whiting, dart and the odd flathead.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa... "It was quite chilly in the lower estuary this week but those anglers who rugged up and braved the lower temperatures were rewarded with the odd decent flathead. The deeper channels from the river mouth to the Woods Point produced the better fish on the run out tide with prawns, small pilchards, fresh mullet and soft plastics all getting results. And whiting were responding well to live yabbies and prawn baits across on the sand flats in the same stretch on the run in tide. Hunter and Koden White (below) are pictured with a sampling of quality Noosa River elbow slappers, caught on prawn pieces on the flats in that area. Their father Sean accounted for the bulk of the catch but the boys claimed the better fish for their entry in the Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week competition. Needless to say, they took out the $100.00 prize with this quality catch.
By the way, the bottom of the Frying Pan has blown out quite dramatically (as below) and there is now a good run-out there towards the bottom of the tide.
Moving along, trevally (big eye, cale cale and GT's) were on the prowl in the Current Line while the inner Woods Bay and the back of Noosa Sound had big eyes at night. Up in Weyba Creek, flathead, bream and whiting were going for drifted live yabbies and prawns. The prawns, by the way, are starting to run and this should be a good moon for them. Upriver, bream were in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch and around the Lake Doonella/Noosa Marina area while flathead were reported to be on the bite opposite the Council Chambers. Apart from that, whiting were in good numbers in Lake Cooroibah."
The video above? Just a reminder that the luderick season is due to kick off around about this time next month. It was a bit slow last year but even so we got some good footage of these feisty sportfish along the 'Platforms' stretch. The waters off the river mouth car park rocks are looking promising this year too.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments have seen a dip in activity from the cold spell and it’s still very much a case of using sounders to find the fish and work the schools with anything from an Ecogear ZX Blade to a Jackall TN60. There is a minimal edge bite and this will probably be best during those hotter days where the winds aren’t as strong and the heat is trapped in the weed lines. As always ensure you have a SIPS permit before fishing the lakes and dams. These can be purchased online and get sent to your phone in a matter of seconds making it an easy process.