OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week for the offshore brigade although the weekend warriors got the best of it. Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) north to north easterly winds dominated and with modest (one metre) seas and swell it was certainly worth getting out and getting in amongst it. The bar wasn't big but it was a tad gnarly at times. Those who picked their time and place had no problems and those who got it wrong simply got a minor wetting for their troubles.
The wider grounds still produced snapper, pearlies, sweetlip, jewfish and a few cobia. Also the odd mahi mahi but they weren't in numbers. D.I. was worth the effort as well. Report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey mate. We ran a nine hour trip up to Double Island Point on Friday in great conditions. There was barely a breath of wind all day and a slight current to the south. Although the fishing was a bit slow, particularly during the middle of the day, we managed to land a couple of quality yellowtail kingfish as well as gold band snapper, venus tuskfish, pearl perch and moses perch."
And we ran a seven hour trip to Chardons Reef on Saturday. Despite our expectations after the blood moon, the fish bit their heads off! We caught a cracking 69cm Maori cod, the photo (above) doesn’t do it justice, quality pearl perch, some nice eating size gold spot cod, moses perch, good venus tusk fish and a few small snapper. Conditions were great with a slight current run to the south. We had a quick look at the fad nearby but nobody was home. Cheers, Nat."
The Bluewater crew mostly worked the middle reef belt and closer reefs this week. Report and photos (above and below left) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We have been very busy over the weekend doing five and seven hour trips to North and Sunshine reefs. Conditions have been beautiful in the morning with glass outs before a bit of northerly breeze in the afternoons. The bar has had a bit of a wave on it but manageable for most boats. We caught mulloway, pearl perch, moses perch, gold spot estuary cod, venus tusk fish, snapper, Maori cod and cobia."
And a few lucky anglers managed to pick themselves up the odd coral trout or two. From Nitya 'Nitch' Gehl Adams, above right... "Yewww. Sunshine Reef came through with the goods after the blood moon. PB 51cm coral trout. I can't tell you how excited I was but my smile says it all. Kind regards, Nitch."
While the grounds at Coolum and Sunshine were also good for a few early season Spaniards on trolled and floated whole fish baits. From local yak angler Jack Dekort, pictured above... "Hey guys! Landed my first Spanish of the season on Friday. Went 120cm. Caught on a trolled garfish. Cheers, Jack."
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Whiting and dart were again in good numbers on the open beaches with best results coming from Castaways Beach (where flathead were also on the bite), Marcus Beach, the northern end of Sunshine Beach and, along with tarwhine, at both ends of Alexandria Bay.
Whiting were also biting at the north end of Little Cove and between the groynes on Main Beach. On the North Shore, the stretch from the First Cutting to the river mouth was good for more whiting (and the odd flathead) as were the surf gutters around Teewah township and up towards Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Whiting were in good numbers on the flats and drop offs of the lower estuary and up at the mouth of Lake Weyba this week. High tide worked best and live yabbies and prawns got most of the elbow slappers. Trevally were on the prowl around the Munna Point Bridge around first light while mud crabs were active around Noosa Sound (as were the mangrove jacks) and deeper areas of Weyba Creek after dark."
Report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. After low expectations on Saturday after that moon we actually had a pretty productive morning around the river mouth chasing flathead on the flood tide. Pictured (above) is Richard with a 60cm odd lizard. We lost a mid 80’s one boat side which was a bit hard to watch. We also boated good bream in the Frying Pan and moved up towards Tewantin where we caught giant trevally."
"Mangrove jacks were very active around the Tewantin stretch and on the change of tide between the lakes. From Jimmy Christensen, above... "Got this 58cm jack last night on an MMD Splash Prawn up at Tewantin. Sorry about the photo of me with the fish... flash didn't work on the camera. Released safely."
And from Dave Lovegrove, above... "Hey buddy. I went out for a late afternoon sesh and hooked a few nice jacks around Tewantin. It was a low tide when this 56cm jack hit the deck. Also got a few others after it. All on live fish baits. Great evening on the water. Cheers, Dave." Apart from that, mud crabs were out and about above the Tewantin ferry crossing after dark while whiting were schooling in good numbers at the bottom end of Lake Cooroibah."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "While we have these beautiful low wind mornings, why not hire a kayak or come in and check our range and take a day trip to the Noosa Everglades. This part of Noosa is often forgotten about and less explored making it a very special place. Up here you can catch wild Australian bass which are native to this area. They will take a wide range of lures from small trolled hard bodies to surface lures. You can also explore Lake Macdonald by kayak which is only 20 minutes from Noosa. This is a beautiful lake with many arms and some huge bass call it home."