OFFSHORE: Overall it wasn't a bad week for the offshore brigade with variable easterlies dominating. Damaging storms from Saturday night through to Monday slowed things down somewhat, though, but by Tuesday we were back in business and, fortunately, the reef fish were ready and waiting for a feed. Even better, the swell was on the decline and the bar was quite settled, although that didn't prevent the odd boaty from demonstrating his aerial skills.
Those who got out in the latter half of the week certainly saw the best of it, however, with the bigger boats taking the opportunity to target the more distant reefs. Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We’ve been busy lately. Had Sunday and Monday off due to the windy conditions but it’s calmed down considerably the last couple of days. We’ve been catching some cracking fish up at Double Island Point on the longer trips including plenty of snapper, jewfish, some stonker venus tusk fish, gold band snapper, moses perch, amberjack and frypan snapper.
In closer, our shorter trips to Chardon's Reef produced some nice pearl perch, Maori cod and moses perch while Sunshine Reef has been good for a few venus tusk fish and the odd grass sweetlip. We haven't encountered any current lately and the pelagics seem to have disappeared for now. Cheers, Nat."
And we received this report and photos (above and below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip to D.I on Wednesday. Conditions were surprisingly good after the last few days of south easterlies. We had a light easterly wind most of the day and little current. We caught snapper, jobfish, tuskfish, spangled emperor and moses perch. The sharks were quite bad at a couple of spots taking some nice fish but that’s fishing."
Further south, the mack tuna schools were out and about and were responding well to metal slug lures on the closer reefs like Coolum and Arkwright Shoal.
Laguna Bay report from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi mate. Haven't been out lately. Getting my trailer and boat fixed up at the moment and in the process of moving house. A couple of the boys I talked to, though, have been out into the bay and managed a few grass sweetlip. Not much bait around and heaps of algae bloom or coral spawn on top. They also landed shiny mackerel. A few cobia on the prowl along the Hall's Reef stretch. Cheers, Chicko."
And last but not least, from Bhay Raynor Johnston, above... "Here’s the photo of the cobia I caught on Saturday. Thing gave me hell on the lighter gear. Thought it was a shark until it broke the surface. Absolutely stoked! Measured in at 120cm and 12.5 kg (looks way bigger) on the Davo's scales. It was a slow session with nothing at all happening until this monster came through and smashed my Daiwa Bait Junkie. Took me well over fifteen minutes to get it in. Cheers, Bhay." This excellent capture on light tackle earned Bhay this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
COASTAL: Not a lot to report this week apart from whiting and dart from Peregian Beach, flathead and whiting from Castaways Beach and quality whiting from the northern end of Sunshine Beach. On the Noosa North Shore the whiting were schooling around Teewah village and dart up at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The system fished pretty well over the last week. The snot weed has began to clump together, float to the surface and head back out to sea with the tide so the fishing has been more pleasant. We still had to be a little picky where we fished, however. The sand banks opposite the Coast Guard and Las Rios fished well for whiting and we caught some quality flathead and bream in the Frying Pan. Young Eric Etwell from Brisbane (below left) caught and released this 67cm flathead there on Saturday's charter. It went for a whole whitebait."
Weyba was good for a few flathead and whiting and we got into the GT's around The Sound. Greg Crawford from Mt Coolum (below) boated this 65cm flathead in Weyba on Friday afternoon's charter. It went for a live bait. And on the same charter, Adam from Brisbane (above right) is pictured with a 50cm GT he caught on a Swim Prawn. I took wifey for a Sunday afternoon cruise up between the lakes, we didn’t fish but sounded some really good looking life in the holes and around the rock bars, might be worth a trip up there for anyone looking to escape the crowds. Tewantin fished well for flathead and giant trevally."
And from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "Flathead were on the bite on the run out tide at the river mouth while trevally were schooling on the high tide in the deeper channels. Further up, whiting were in good numbers on the flats and drop offs in the Frying Pan. Across from there, trevally, queenfish and tailor were on the prowl in the Current Line. Mangrove jacks were responding to live fish baits and fresh mullet around the back of The Sound and in Weyba Creek. Lee Mason from Gympie (below) is pictured with a 52cm jack that he caught there on Wednesday morning. It went for a mullet strip.
Weyba Creek was also good for whiting (and mud crabs) as were the waters opposite the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. Further upriver at Tewantin the jacks were active around the Noosa Marina between dusk and dawn. Apart from that, mud crabs were out and about in Lake Cooroibah and in good numbers in between the lakes. There were also some good quality whiting reported at the top of Lake Cooroibah going for live prawns, yabbies and small surface lures."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments are ticking along nicely with bass coming from the edges as water temps rise. With SEQ water letting water go from Borumba in preparation for a big rain be careful while underway and go slow in the timber. The levels are at 80% making snag bashing for bass a great option while the saratoga are breeding. If after a new lure, check out our new range of Jackalls.