OFFSHORE: It was a pretty ordinary week for all concerned with fairly marginal conditions on the offshore scene from Monday onwards. The weekend warriors got the best of it, if you could call it that, with those in the smaller boats finding it tough going if they ventured much beyond the middle reef belt.
The bigger (charter) boats made the most of it when conditions permitted. Report and photo (below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished the North Reef area on Sunday’s seven hour trip. Conditions were pretty good with light south easterly winds and a steady current from the north. This did make anchoring difficult at times. We landed quite a few jewfish as well as pearl perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and grass sweetlip. Cheers, Nat."
Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced squire, tusk fish, Maori cod, cobia and coral trout. Best baits have been squid, pillies and live baits. Soft plastics and jigs have also raised some nice fish with the Z-Man Coconut Ice in the Jerk Shads a real favorite in the plastics and the Hot Bite Raptors great for the jiggers.
Report and photos (above right and below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour charter to Sunshine Reef on Sunday in near perfect conditions, surprisingly, after Saturday night's crazy weather. We had little wind or swell and a slight current to the south. We caught painted sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, coral trout, snapper and grass emperor."
The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was fine for the bottom bashers with grass sweetlip and the odd deep feeding cobia on the bite along the Hall's Reef stretch. Those anglers hoping to troll up the odd longtail tuna or school mackerel were frustrated, however, by the presence of the dreaded 'snot weed.'
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Dart were in numbers with the top of the tide the most productive. Pipis, yabbies and worms were the better baits on bait keeper style hooks. These hooks give the bait longevity while being washed around in the surf. Look for those deeper gutters and fish the incoming tide. The bigger fish are coming from the back of the breakers with some good size bream in the mix as well. There were also a few jewfish on the prowl off the rocks at Yaroomba after dark while during the day it was sweetlip and spangled emperor. Peter Fedorniak (below) caught this 49cm spangled there on Sunday on a whole pilly. He was down to his singlet after getting drenched by a wave as he tried to land the fish.
The areas north of Peregian were good for whiting with most fish taken on the run-out tide. Worms and peeled prawns were the best baits there. There has been a fair bit of snot weed around which means you'll be constantly attending to your baits. The Noosa North Shore was more severely impacted though."
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "It was seriously hard yakka in the lower estuary this week with lots of snot weed making cast and retrieve of hard bodies, slugs and soft plastics a difficult and time consuming operation. Those who persevered, however, reported tailor and trevally on the prowl around first light in the Woods Bays and on the Sound side of the Munna Point Bridge while bream and whiting were biting up in Weyba Creek.
Upriver, muddies were on the move above Tewantin, flathead were active at the top end of Lake Cooroibah and jacks were on the bite in between the lakes.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The snot weed is pretty thick in the lower estuary at the moment, making it quite difficult to fish. The ebb tides do assist a little bit and it should all be gone within a few weeks. Regardless, we caught some quality whiting around the river mouth and in Weyba. We fished around Noosa Sound a lot catching Moses perch, estuary cod and bream, with the odd barbed wire queenfish and GT thrown in."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "We've had a great run lately with some fat bass coming from Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam. The influx of freshwater has seen the bass hitting the flats on shallow points looking for a feed. Break out your shallow diving lures, vibes and weedless soft plastics. Spinnerbaits are also claiming some great fish so check out the various styles from Hotbite in store as well as the Atomic jerkbaits. Dean Gregory (below right) has been trying for ages to boat a decent size bass in Lake Macdonald and on Saturday he achieved his goal when this 49cm fish took his Jackall TN60 Vibe. Even better, his quality catch and release earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
The surface bite may slow with the influx of freshwater so wait until we get a hotter day and try the weed edges and standing timber. Until then be safe on the water and be sure to check your SIPS permits are current. Note; wild barramundi are now off limits and can’t be caught or targeted until 1st Feb 2021."