As at Friday November 3, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Most of the good boxes got a tick this week. Weather; Fine. Worst day was overcast with just a bit of rain. Swell: In the 1.0m to 1.5m range. Current; Mostly moderate. Wind: Predominantly light to moderate and variable. Bar Crossing: 'Flat as' either side of high tide. A bit gnarly towards low.
The outer reefs were all on the 'to do' list with Double Island Point at the head of the pack. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished D.I on Sunday on a seven hour. Conditions: Northerly winds to 15 knots. No current. We caught snapper, jewfish, moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia, areolate cod, goldband snapper, slate bream and pearl perch." Pictured above we have Mark and Alan with a couple of nice jewies.
| Also from that same charter, above left, we have Jim from Cooroy with the standout jewfish. While local lad Eddie Walter (above right) boated his gold spot cod and a few other reefies on a trip to Double Island Point with his father Chris and a couple of mates on Sunday. It went for a pilly/squid combo.
And Wild Thing 2 fished there yesterday... "Fished D.I. on Thursday. Wind was 10 to 15 knots SSE, current to the south. We caught pearl perch, Maori cod, tusk fish, moses perch, goldband snapper, squire, gold spot cod and mulloway." Richard Tillack (above) from Morayfield with a gold band snapper.
The current was apparently roaring out wide at The Hards towards the end of the week, but not so much over the weekend and through until mid week. This report from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished The Hards on Saturday on a nine hour. Conditions were good with 15 knot south easterly winds, 1.0m seas and a slight current to the south. We caught snapper, Robinson's sea bream, iron jaw jobfish, rosy jobfish, spangled emperor, tusk fish, moses perch and pearl perch." Pictured above we have Steve Piercy from Noosa Heads with a spangled emperor (inset) and knobby snapper.
On the middle reef belt, North Reef ran hot and cold but on the good days it was well worth the effort. From Scott McKenna, above... "Hi Bill. I caught this 82cm snapper on Sunday morning at North Reef. First drop! Using ball on the head snelled rig live yakka. Got hit as soon as it hit the bottom. Think it may have followed it down as we saw fish on sounder about 20ft off the bottom. Only one other fish caught all morning. About 15kg gold spotted rock cod. Mega strong current to the south." Scott's quality knobby won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And Paul Grenfell, above, fished inner North Reef on Saturday. Lots of bait fish in the water and lots of predators about. He lost four bait jig rigs trying to get livies to the boat but made up for it when this 14kg jewfish took one of his live yakkas. The rest of the catch: pearl perch, squire and teraglin jewfish. While Trekka 2 fished North Reef on a five hour charter on Thursday. From skipper Brooke Wignall... "Conditions were south easterly winds to 12 knots with a slight current to the south. We caught snapper, gold spot cod, mosses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, aerolate cod, trag jew and pearl perch."
|Further down the line, this report (and photos above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished Chardons Reef on Tuesday morning. Wind at stages reached 30 knots from the SSW. A strong current to the south made life difficult. Catch: pearl perch, moses perch, tailor and scarlet sea perch."|
|From closer in, we received this report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We ran a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning with good results. Conditions were light northerly breezes with a strong current to the south. We caught pearl perch, red emperor, tusk fish and small snapper. Cheers, Theo." Above... Craig with a decent local red emperor at 62cm and Wally Collins with an average size pearly for the day. Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World fished Sunshine on Thursday and boated a few reefies and a jewfish. He reported a strong current to the south.
In Laguna Bay, yak angler Jarrad Rodgers launched off the upper North Shore chasing cobia and instead boated a 15kg+ Spaniard. Photo next week.
The last time he won a prize, Harry Pimm (above right in photo) was 12 years old... and it was a girl's bike! So he was super excited to win the $400.00 Noosa Charters 'Guess the Weight' Competition. Working in Noosa, he was 'keen as' to pick up his gift voucher and was at the U-Drive/Noosa Charters Jetty as soon as the voucher was printed. He's pictured here receiving his prize from Noosa Charters proprietor Geoff Phillips. Well done mate.
|COASTAL: Not a lot of reports from the open beaches this week. Best option on the south side was the northern end of Sunshine Beach where bream, flathead, whiting and dart were keeping beach anglers busy. Fishing the gutters and casting into the rips with lighter gear has been working well on the smaller species with live beach worms and small mullet strip baits the best for whiting and dart. Up from there, the headland has started to fire up with quality snapper getting caught on fresh mullet baits and pilchards on Paternoster and single running hook rigs. Across the bay, the waters opposite the First Cutting were good for whiting, dart and bream while down towards the river mouth the catch was chopper tailor, flathead and school jewfish.
ESTUARY: The river mouth was the primo hot spot this week with bream, flathead, whiting, tailor, trevally and school jewfish all on the bite, even more so on the last of the run-in tide. From Nick Brault, below... "Hi Bill, We were up at Noosa last week for a spot of fishing. We fished the incoming tide / clear water at the mouth and did pretty well. My son Jackson got himself a 38cm whiting on a yabbie and a couple tailor and trevally on soft plastics. I also picked up a 70cm jewfish on a soft plastic. It was a good trip and the young fella was stoked with his first tailor. All fish were released. Cheers mate."
And this from Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo (below) from Sunday morning of Tom Bower with a 57cm flathead. Caught and released near the river mouth using a whitebait." There were also a few bust-offs from the odd mystery fish reported from down that way.
Also from Sunday morning's charter we have Ross Biggs (pictured below) with an 80cm flathead. Caught and released near the mouth using a whitebait.
And still at the river mouth... Kaelan Virag from South Australia (below left) caught and released this school jewfish (on a prawn bait) at the river mouth on last Thursday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Moving along, whiting were on the chew around the dog beach sand flats and along Gympie Terrace. Fresh beach worms, peeled prawns and live yabbies were apparently all working well there when fished on light lines and small, fine wire worm hooks.
|Bream, flathead and whiting were active in the Woods Bays, the Munna Point stretch and in Weyba Creek. From William Yeap... "Emily (above) caught this lovely flathead on the pier in front of the holiday house (Driftwood) on Barbados Crescent, Noosaville on Saturday. We were using mullet fillets for bait. Fish was caught in mid morning during the incoming tide." Upriver, bream, javelin fish, flathead, trevally and whiting were active in the Tewantin ski runs while in Lake Cooroibah it was bream, javelin fish and whiting. The only other reports were of small mangrove jacks in numbers, responding to Zerek Prawns and soft vibes and weedless plastics thrown into heavy cover, in the stretch between the lakes and up in the Kin Kin Creek area.
FRESHWATER: The warmer weather has seen increased action on the surface. Lake Macdonald, Borumba Dam and the Noosa Everglades have all been producing Healthy Bass from the snags and lillies. Surface frogs, surface walkers and micro jigs have all been working well.
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