As at Friday November 23, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: Weatherwise it was a mixed bag on the local reefs this week with moderate to fresh south easterlies the norm rather than the exception. Quite fishable though, certainly for the bigger boats, with the fairly modest swell compensating for a bit of slop and chop.
The outer reefs were worth a look. You just had to pick your time. As Russell Millar (above) did... "Thumper dolly. Caught on a Pakula skirt out at The Canyons on Saturday. Also picked up a solid wahoo at The Banks the next morning on the same skirt." Russell's report might have been brief but his catch was impressive enough to win him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
|And from Dave Leonard, above left... "Hey Bill. I got out wide on Friday and the snapper were very active around the low tide. Had a four way hookup at one stage... on a jig, live bait, plastic and pilchard." While Double Island Point produced quality reds. From Ben Forgan... "Lindsay Frodsom (above right) with his first legal red. Caught Saturday north of Noosa on a Reedy's rig with mullet fillet bait."
Plus this report from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour up to Double Island Point on Friday. Conditions were 50/50... no wind all day and clear skies but the current was pumping to the south so 16oz lead was needed to get to the bottom. First hang for the day saw some cracking pearl perch and (as pictured above) a solid 12kg red emperor. Shortly after that we lost another big fish in the reef which shut the bite down unfortunately. We persisted for the rest of the day finding more great shows on the sounder but struggling to get the fish to chew we scratched up a feed of tusk fish, frying pan snapper, coral bream and moses perch."
|The middle reef belt was another worthwhile option. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. The weather gods were kind to us earlier in the week but it looks like the strong north to south current is upon us. On Friday we fished Chardon's Reef in calm conditions and caught pearl perch, sweetlip, moses perch and some very nice Maori cod. On Saturday we fished North Reef for snapper, gold spot cod, tusk fish and moses perch. Pictured (above left and right) are the standout fish from each trip, a big Maori cod and a nice snapper that ate a soft plastic on the first drop of the morning. Cheers, Nat."
And from closer to home, this report and photo (right) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Tuesday in glass out conditions and no current run. We caught pearl perch, grass sweetlip, red emperor, tusk,fish and snapper. Cheers, Theo."
The first Spaniard of the season (about 7kg) was apparently boated just before the swing to fresh to strong nor'westers shut the offshore gate for Wednesday and Thursday.
|Below left. The bar was again quite straight forward on the weekend. Not much swell there or in the bay. Still birds working. ...|
|Above right. The winds were moderate south easterly most of the week and the swell on the bar remained quite manageable...|
|COASTAL: The open beaches took a turn for the better this week with flathead on the prowl at Peregian Beach and whiting and dart at Marcus and Castaways. Further up the coast, bream and dart were active off the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
Around the National Park headland, Dolphin Point was good for the odd trevally. On Main Beach, tailor were active off the middle rock groyne while First Point and the river mouth rock groyne produced quality whiting on the last of the incoming tide. Jimmy from Brisbane (above) caught this quality whiting (and a couple of others) on live beach worm at the river mouth groyne on Tuesday morning. Apart from that, flathead, whiting and the odd dart were on the bite opposite (and just north of) Teewah township on the Noosa North Shore.
ESTUARY: There were a few good tailor on the prowl at the river mouth around the top of the tide while the snags along the Dog Beach stretch yielded some quality mangrove jacks between dusk and dawn. The top of the tide was also good for whiting in the shallows of the Frying Pan area and mangrove jacks in the inner Woods Bay. Local angler Luke Strahl (below left) caught this 42.5cm jack there on Friday afternoon. It went for a mullet fillet. Further along, Weyba Creek produced flathead and the odd elbow slapper whiting.
|River report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We had a good week in the river, certainly made the most of the early morning run out tides. The river mouth had plenty of pelagic action. Goldens, GT's and queenies were about early morning and the odd one still about in the middle of the day. We caught flathead, bream and queenfish in the Woods Bays and some juvenile grassies and GT's around the Coast Guard. Tewantin also fished well. Plenty of flathead up in Cooroibah, mangrove jacks are coming on and some good size mulloway have been caught up there. Pictured (above right) is Sam from Victoria with a 35cm jack that he caught and released on a mullet fillet and his mate Steve (below) with his 60cm dusky which he caught on a whole whitebait."
The Gympie Terrace stretch fired well this week with some good flathead on the bite along the north shore side, whiting in the shallower waters from the Munna Flats to Goat Island and bream around the jetties. Thomas Walters from Malvern in Victoria (below left) caught this 36cm whiting there (roughly opposite the Gympie Terrace boat ramp) on Wednesday. It went for a piece of fresh beach worm.
|At Tewantin, trevally were taking soft plastics and live baits at the Marina while mud crabs were on the move up near Lake Cooroibah. Between the lakes the mangrove jacks continued to make their presence felt. Jewfish were also active there in the deeper holes. From Stephen Busch, above right... "I caught this Mangrove Jack about 7:30am Saturday in the river above the lake bouncing a soft plastic shrimp along the bottom. Surprisingly, it was feeding in the channel. I also caught and released an undersized flathead and a queenie."
FRESHWATER: The impoundments were harder to fish with the wind but the early morning bite has certainly produced some great fish. Both saratoga and bass are becoming increasingly active in both Lake MacDonald and Borumba Dam as we head toward hotter daytime temps. Using smaller surface frogs, Z-Man HardlegZ Frogs on weedless hooks working very well with 12lb leaders in low light. Hard bodies cast toward the lilies also producing fish as well as smaller Ecogear ZX blades and soft vibes fished in the deeper sections.
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