OFFSHORE: Not one of our better weeks as far as the offshore scene goes. Triathlon weekend is pretty quiet on the water normally with thousands of competitors flooding the accommodation houses and streets of Noosa. Many locals stay home until it's all over, but add a few days of fresh to strong winds to the mix and the week was a bit of a fizzer. Not a lot of small boat activity under the circumstances, so most of the feedback was from the charter boats.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Got back on Monday from a three day excursion based out of Double Island lagoon. Our clients had a mothership which we used as a base. Our target species was red emperor. We were lucky enough to catch several reds each day, along with big numbers of amberjack (jigging wore them out rather quickly), venus tuskfish, rosy jobfish, gold spot wrasse, snapper and pearl perch. It was a great experience for everyone and we got to explore some ground we don’t normally get to fish. Cheers, Nat."
From Scott Brockbank... "Brilliant seven hour charter to North Reef on Cougar One on Thursday. Skipper Jack got us onto the fish and crewman Jack was busy unhooking and baiting. Fast boat, stable and comfortable to fish from. Yours truly caught the best two fish of the day. A thumper cod and this 12kg nannygai. Snapper and pearl perch made up the rest of the catch. Over the moon to say the least."
Apart from that, coral trout were on the bite on the Sunshine Reef ledges and cobia were still on the prowl around first light along the Halls Reef stretch.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "The run of whiting continued on the open beaches with many fish hitting the low 40cm mark. Best options for the elbow slappers were Peregian Beach (where dart were also schooling in numbers), Alexandria Bay and (along with bream) First Point. Best baits were live worms and yabbies. Flathead and bream were also on the bite at Castaways Beach and, together with dart, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
On the Noosa North Shore, whiting were biting around Teewah village while tailor and dart were reported up at Double Island Point. Fishing the start of the run out seemed to be the most productive times. Pippies and worms worked for the dart, quality pilchards or fresh mullet were the better baits for the tailor."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Flathead were still on the prowl at the river mouth on the run-out tide while big whiting were in good numbers on the flats and drop offs in the Frying Pan. Mangrove jacks were out looking for a feed around the Sand Bags on the Woods Point while in the Current Line the catch (and more often release) was trevally, queenfish and tailor. The jacks were also on the bite around the back of The Sound after dark.
Up from there, the sand flats of Lake Weyba were good for more whiting, as were the shallows opposite the Yacht Club and the back of Goat Island. Up at Tewantin, mangrove jacks were out and about at the Noosa Marina between dusk and dawn while whiting were schooling at the top of Lake Cooroibah."
Bill Watson... "I stopped off at the Munna Point Bridge around 5.30am on Wednesday morning. I was filming an 'Around Noosa' video segment and got a bit of footage of the pelicans herding the bait fish and a surf boat training run near the bridge. I'd just finished talking to Chris Short (above) about how quiet the morning was when his Chug Bug surface popper was monstered by the 50cm GT he's pictured with. Perfect timing, good capture and nice release.
And on Thursday morning Chris was there again when I stopped by on my way to the river mouth. He was in the middle of telling me that there was no action at all when a large boil erupted about 20 metres away. He'd only just retrieved his Chug Bug popper so he simply cast straight into the eruption and immediately hooked up with what turned out to be a 54cm GT. Not to be outdone, Jack Dekort (above left) was just out from the bridge in his kayak when his ChaseBaits soft plastic was taken by a golden trevally. He paddled into the shore to de-hook it and I photographed and filmed the release for him."
Report and photo from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Quiet week. We caught bream and the Woods Bays, trevally and flathead in the second ski run at Tewantin plus trevally, bream, cod and flathead in Cooroibah. Justin (above) landed this 61cm lizard up there on Thursday morning's charter."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "There's been some very big bass caught as the impoundment waters start to warm up. First light bite is always better and throwing small poppers including the Zerek Popparazzi are a great way to get a big bite. With Borumba Dam below 75% capacity it is important to go very slow in the timber sections as huge trees are just below the surface. Don’t forget the wild barra fishery is now closed until next year.