OFFSHORE: Laguna Bay was a preferred option for the small boat brigade this week with the sometimes fresh, variable easterly winds chopping up the exposed reefs and making distance travel rather uncomfortable, especially in the afternoons. For the larger charter boats, however, it was business as usual.
Report and photos (above) from Kyle Morish, Wild Thing 2... "Hey Bill. We fished Double island Point on Saturday on a nine hour trip. The morning punch up there was good with light northerlies. There was a very strong current to the south the whole day using 16oz to get to the bottom. We caught some good quality pearl perch ranging from 55cm to 65cm (see above) plus moses perch, gold spot cod, platinum snapper, grassy sweetlip and venus tusk fish.
From closer in, this from Matthew Graham, above left... "Hey guys. We had a great day at North Reef on Friday. First up, we caught and released a 2.4m sailfish. Then later I boated a 15kg, 102cm jewfish on a micro jig and then Bruce Sharland caught a mahi mahi on a pilchard floater. Both released after a few pix." And this report from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "The strong current from the north kept us in close the last few trips, around the bottom of North Reef and Sunshine. We caught grass sweetlip (above right), quality tusk fish (particularly on Sunshine) moses perch, small snapper and honeycomb cod." Chardon's Reef was pretty quiet but for those with the time (or good marks) it produced venus tusk fish, moses perch, frying pan snapper and pearl perch.
In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal was the spot for the odd snapper while Hall's Reef continued to produce grass sweetlip and cobia. From Joel Treloar... "Hi Bill. I took the wife (Josefine, above) out for her first offshore fish on Sunday, I planned to make it out wide but with the northerly wind picking up early morning we were restricted to Hall's Reef. I said we’ll have a few drift runs here and see how we go. So I baited the wife’s hook up with a whole squid and wouldn't you know it, on the very first drop, bang! She's on! The Stradic 4000 was sizzling away. With 20lb braid and 20lb leader I thought for sure she’ll be busted off any second. But after about the 3rd or 4th good run by the fish I decided to chase it with the boat and help get some line back. Whatever we had wasn't coming easy and at times she struggled on the light gear but she never gave up and maintained that pressure on the fish. A few more line burners by the fish and after about 15mins of battling away we finally had vision. I think it’s a shark I said. Oh, hang on, it’s a cobia! "Is that good?" the wife asked. It sure is now don’t drop it ha ha. With the pressure on to help land her first offshore fish my little river net just wasn't cutting it and I missed it twice. After a few swear words I tossed the net aside and managed to tail it. Lifting the little sucker in and both celebrating with a woohoo and high 5’s all round. The cobia came in at exactly 1m long and pretty good effort for your first offshore fish and on light gear. Beginners luck? Only time will tell. Thanks, Joel and Josefine." Joel's marathon report and Josefine's debut offshore capture on light gear won them this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
While local angler Paul 'The Pirate' Grenfell (above) did a quick run to Hall's Reef on Thursday morning and picked up a couple of cobia on pilchard floaters.
COASTAL: The variable easterlies made the open beaches less of an attractive proposition this week so the reports were a bit thin on the ground. Having said that, jewfish were out and about after dark in the Coolum/Yaroomba stretch. GT's were also active off the rocks there early morning and late afternoon. Brief report and photo below from Joe T... "Ruben Torrisi caught this thumper GT late Thursday afternoon off the rocks at Yaroomba. It went for a Savage lure."
The National Park headland points were a better option for the rock anglers in the latter half of the week when the winds lost their northerly influence. Chopper tailor were active off Dolphin Point around first light and whiting were biting in the Little Cove/First Point area early morning before the bathers arrived. Chicko Vella from Davo's reported lots of bait sold to anglers heading for the Noosa North Shore but there were no last minute updates from there.
ESTUARY: Flathead were very active in the system this week with the lower estuary producing good fish. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Pictured (below) is Sammy from Melbourne with a 68cm dusky and brother Harrison with a 65cm model. Boated in the lower estuary on a recent charter."
Whiting were also biting at the mouth, in the Frying Pan, across the Munna Flats and, along with bream and flathead, in the Woods Bays. From Jamie Bright, below right... "Hello mate. Just like to thanks the local guys at Davo's Tackle World for their help while I was up in Noosa on holidays from Newstead in central Victoria. Got good whiting day and night. Good sized bream 30-35cm. One flatty at 70cm and one at 76cm. A lot between 45-55cm (which would be big for Port Phillip Bay), then on Monday night, our last night, I landed and safely released this 90cm flathead. So excited. Hit the plastic like a freight train. Thanks to the two blokes who were collecting bait that helped me land it and took the photo. Caught from our accommodation jetty in Quamby Place. The flatty took a Savage 6cm Pink Mango Fat Curl soft plastic. Quickly and safely released after a couple of snaps. The fish of a lifetime for me. Cheers, Jamie."
Tarpon and mangrove jacks were out and about at night. From Ethan Chilby, above left... "Hey mate. Took the new boat out for a little bit of a night fish to see if I can finally get a fish on the deck of it..... we were fishing the lower parts of the Noosa River when I got this nice tarpon on surface. First one I have got and also first fish on the deck of my boat. I was stoked after a good fight with the landing net and the fish put up a good fight also ha ha. The misso netted it and it went 65cm. Not long after got a 47cm jack on a plastic paddle tail." GT's and goldens were also on the prowl, as were big eye trevally with the Gympie Terrace stretch providing plenty of action on surface lures around the top of the tide. Dusk till dawn worked best for them.
From Noah Williams, above left... "Hi Bill. I got this 48cm Golden Trevally early on Sunday morning. Caught the fish on a Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ in natural colour which Chicko at Davo's Tackle World recommended. Hooked it on 8 pound line which made for a good struggle. Released for another day." And we received this upper river report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We fished Lake Cooroibah for good flathead this week. They were up there in numbers and were responding well to baits and trolled hard bodies. Queenfish and golden trevally were also active in the Tewantin ski runs. Nate Peppin (above right) caught this 57cm golden trevally above Tewantin on one of our recent charters." School prawns, a major draw for the pelagics, were still in numbers from Tewantin down. Apart from that, the top of Lake Cootharaba was the spot for the odd mangrove jack.
FRESHWATER: Quality saratoga and chunky bass were reported at both Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam. The early morning and late afternoon bite was strong with the morning better due to the winds of late. The Lucky Craft Sammy 65 was good for surface work. This little lure walks with ease, casts easily and has great action. If looking for bass and you find them schooled up in deeper water be sure to drop a jig down. A simple slug rigged with some Atomic Trick bitz assist hooks can turn a simple cast and retrieve lure into a deadly jig. Be sure to get out early to enjoy the day ahead before the winds picks up.