OFFSHORE: Another pretty good week for the offshore boys. Variable northerlies over the weekend and variable easterlies after that. Predominantly light to moderate in the mornings, ahead of the traditionally more blustery afternoon sea breezes, so good for the early birds. Only one down day this week and that was Tuesday when the winds took on a southerly flavour and briefly moved into the 20 to 25 knot range. The bar crossing was a bit deceptive. Not a lot of swell but with the last of the runout early in the morning, the sloppy, choppy conditions caught a few small boat owners by surprise. See the video above.
While the nor' westers blew over the weekend, Double Island Point was certainly a worthwhile option for the bigger boats. Report and photo (above left) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "G'day Bill. We fished Double Island Point on a nine hour charter on Saturday. Unfortunately we lost some good fish to sharks on the first few spots, although we still managed to land some nice snapper and pearl perch. An area change saw us find a patch of quality pearl perch to 60cm, along with venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and more snapper. And on Sunday we fished there with the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club. We caught some cracking pearl perch, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod and gold spot cod. Pictured (above right) is Bruce Bate with his standout 4.6kg pearly."
Later in the week, Cougar One worked around he middle reef belt... "G'day Bill. We fished North Reef on Wednesday morning in glorious conditions, although I think we were all hoping for the breeze to kick in as it was pretty humid. We starting off on fire catching cobia (as pictured above) one after the other on pilchard floaters, with some 10kg plus specimens putting up a good fight. We left them biting to chase some reefies, ending up with venus tusk fish, frying pan snapper and teraglin jewfish to top up the esky. There was only a very slight trickle of current from the North. Cheers, Nat."
And on Thursday they ran a seven hour charter to The Hill... "The drive up was a bit bumpy with 10-15 knots of north easterly wind but it backed off throughout the morning. We caught a good mixed bag of snapper (as per above), gold spot cod, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and pearl perch."
Also from out that way, we received this report and photo (above) from Grant Budd, Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Hey Bill. Crossed the bar at dead low tide on Sunday. Had to get out and walk around to find a channel. Wanted to put Dylan onto his first jewie using jigs. We both dropped big fish and finally he hooked a big one only to get taxed. Came back with the wind and easy crossing across the bar before it blew up. Next time...... Cheers, Grant."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced hussar, squire, grass sweetlip, coral trout, school mackerel and the odd Spanish mackerel. Hearing that the Spaniards had arrived, Ben Bischoff from Sippy Downs (above) loaded his kayak on the roof racks on Tuesday morning and headed up the coast for a look. Launching at the 'Doggy Beach' at North Sunshine Beach, Ben rigged a whole Davo's pilchard on a weighted red/white chin guard and paddled his heart out until he got a hit. A thumper long tom wasn't what he was hoping for, unfortunately, so releasing it he headed off again, only to hook up on this 119cm mahi mahi or dolphin fish 10 minutes later. It wasn't a Spaniard, but Ben was more than happy with his first 'dolly' from his kayak, and stopped off at Davo's to show his catch and get a photo for the $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week Competition. Which he won, by the way. Well done Ben.
And we got this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning. Weather was as good as it gets. Variable winds and little amount of current to the south. We caught snapper, grass emperor, moses perch, Maori cod and painted sweetlip. Pictured (above left) is Jane from the Gold Coast with a snapper." And this one from Russell Millar, above right... "Hey guys. Me and me best mate Killer Pig went out Wednesday morning chasing the Spanish but we ended up hooking this thug on a slow trolled bonito up at Stingrays. Yeeeehaaaaaaa!!"
COASTAL: It was still quiet on the Noosa North Shore. The only report was from around Teewah where flathead, tailor and the odd whiting were biting. Moving along, flathead and whiting were on the bite at First Point on Main Beach while tailor and yellowtail kingfish were schooling off Hells Gates on the National Park headland. South of there, quality whiting were biting at the northern end of Alexandria Bay, Sunshine Beach and, along with dart, at Peregian.
ESTUARY: River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Still a few big flathead getting around. They’re starting to move around a bit more away from the lower estuary although Micheal Black from Victoria (below) caught and released these 92cm and 70cm fish down there earlier in the week. Some good little golden trevally, bream and moses perch at the river mouth and Frying Pan around the bait. The Woods Bays fished well for bream and flathead at the top and bottom of the tides. We caught a lot of javelin fish around Tewantin after the brief rain we received over the weekend with the odd tea leaf and giant trevally thrown in as well. There’s a few live prawns about at the moment and it’s pretty much what every fish wanted this week."
The Frying Pan was also good for lots of small whiting and the odd quality flathead while the Dog Beach snags produced mangrove jacks between dusk and dawn. Around the corner from there, GT's and big eye trevally were on the prowl in the outer Woods Bay, along the Current Line and (together with mangrove jacks) around Munna Point and the back of Noosa Sound. Brayden Montebruno from Melbourne and his 'Mini Me', Romeo (below) had an absolute ball in the Munna Point Bridge area on Wednesday morning, catching big eye trevally, GT's and a mangrove jack. All on Bassday Backfire poppers.
Up at Tewantin, flathead were active opposite the Council Chambers while the deep holes around Makepeace Island produced mangrove jacks. Upriver from there, the Lake Cooroibah boat channel was good for more flathead while between the lakes it was jewfish (at Forest Elbow), GT's and small mangrove jacks.
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald had a temporary closure due to bush fire support aircraft drawing water from the lake for water bombing. The closure has now been lifted but be sure to check SEQ water for up to date information before you plan to go there. Borumba Dam is still very much open and the bass are certainly on the chew with deep divers a must have. Spinnerbaits are also getting a few fish but trolling the weed lines is the more popular method. Saratoga are locked into breeding mode so expect to find the smaller fish more abundant while the bigger fish attend to their parenting duties.