As at Friday November 25, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: There wasn't a lot of joy for the small boat fraternity this week. Sloppy at times, a tad marginal some days and pretty much a shut down on Tuesday and Wednesday when the fresh to strong (15 to 20 knot+) south easterly winds brought 2m+ seas and swell with them. A bit of a mixed bag, but still mostly fishable.
It wasn't a perfect week but the fish didn't mind and the bigger boats were less challenged by the conditions. The only report from Double Island Point, however, was from Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills... "Hi mate. Fished D.I. on Saturday. Ended up with snapper, pearlies, moses perch, slate bream, trag jew, gold spot wrasse and tuskies. Wind 10-15 knots ENE. Swell 1.0m. 1.5 knot run to the south. John Schwabs from Caloundra, above, scored this solid knobby on the last drop of the day."
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef wasn't a bad option, producing snapper, jewfish, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, pearl perch, hussar, striped sea perch, Maori cod and sweetlip. Kiera van Doornum from Brisbane (above) is pictured with a quality mulloway or jewfish which she boated there on Sunday's Wild Thing 2 charter.
| And above we have Lindy Allen from Mapleton with a snapper from Friday's charter. Down the line, Chardon's Reef was good for moses perch, coral trout, squire, gold band snapper, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, hussar and Maori cod. From Friday's Cougar One charter to Chardon's we have Paul Brown from Toowoomba (above) with a coral trout, Matt Fishburn from Ninderry (below) with a couple of Maori cod and Clay and Colby Earsman from Dulong (below) with a quality pearl perch each.
|Closer in, Wild Thing 2 targeted Sunshine Reef on Thursday. This report and photo from skipper Paul Glover.. "Hey mate. We fished Sunshine this morning. Current was light to the north. Wind about 10 knots variable northerly. We got lipper, coral trout, pearlies, trag jew and gold spot cod." Paul is pictured below with a coral trout.
Reports from Laguna Bay were of northern bluefin and mackerel tuna on the move and school sharks, cobia, grass sweetlip and squire along the Halls Reef stretch.
|COASTAL: There wasn't a lot of action on the local surf beaches this week with just average size whiting and small dart on the bite at Marcus, Sunrise and Sunshine beaches. Live worms, early morning and late afternoon, got best results. Further up, small tailor, trevally and queenfish were active in the waters off Hell's Gates with tuna reported within slug casting distance. Around the corner, Little Cove was good for whiting before the early morning swimmers impacted, or in the late afternoon. On the Noosa North Shore, the First Cutting produced school shark and small tailor, while north of Teewah there were unconfirmed reports of the odd snub nose dart.|
|The aerial video above is a panoramic cruise over the lower estuary which we filmed after Saturday's flyover of the bar. CLICK HERE for the other clips.
ESTUARY: Apart from the ever present bream and flathead, the river mouth was a little bit deadly this week. Having said that, Kevin Darbison and his son Tyler from Sydney (below) boated a quality flathead each down that way on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. Both fish went for a lightly weighted whitebait.
|Just up from there, the Frying Pan stretch was good for whiting, bream and flathead plus the odd tailor and estuary cod. Rohan Murfett from Warrnambool in Victoria (below) caught and released a 60cm estuary cod (on a herring bait) and a 90cm flathead (on a whole prawn) there on Sunday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
The Woods Bays were quiet with just the odd bream, javelin fish and estuary cod on the bite while not far from there, the Munna Beach area was good for flathead on the run-out tide. The GT's were still chasing the baitfish around first light either side of the Munna Point Bridge with surface lures and metal slugs getting the best results. Around the bend from there, lower Weyba Creek was the spot for bream and flathead during the day and mud crabs and sand crabs for pots left overnight.
Mud and sand (blue swimmer) crabs were also out and about in the Noosa Waters canals, as were flathead and the odd shovel nose shark. Ten year old Jack White (above) caught his 52cm flathead in Noosa Waters on Saturday afternoon. It went for a live biddy. Up at Tewantin, the waters out from the Council Chambers were good for trevally on surface lures while the ski runs produced bream, flathead and javelin fish. Mangrove jacks and threadfin salmon were active in the upper reaches.
Local angler David Devonshire (above) fished the mouth of Lake Cooroibah on the incoming throughout Saturday morning without a lot to show for it until this 1.04m threadfin salmon monstered his Fish Candy plastic. As an added bonus for his efforts, Dave also won the $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Noosa Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER REPORT ...Davo's Tackle World.
Lake Macdonald is still firing with bass widespread. Casting around the weed edges early and late has been productive. Fishing the deeper sections of the lake once the sun comes up has also been very effective. Surface fly has accounted for some quality bass and saratoga.
Borumba Dam has seen plenty of activity with bass and saratoga widespread throughout. The Kingham Arm has been fishing particularly well for bass, and the toga are active in the upper reaches. Borumba Dam is 16% lower than this time last year so take care in the creeks as there will be hidden timber just under the surface.
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