OFFSHORE: There were no glass-outs on the offshore scene this week with moderate to fresh (and occasionally strong) variable northerlies the norm rather than the exception. There wasn't much in the way of swell on the bar (wind driven slop and chop more than anything else) but conditions beyond, or even in, Laguna Bay were not particularly inviting for the small boat brigade. It was the last week of the holidays though, so the charter boats were kept busy.
When the winds took on a more westerly flavour, the inner marks of Double Island Point were in the sights of the bigger boats. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran a few nine trips to Double Island Point when conditions permitted this week. The catch was quite consistent up there with snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tuskfish, grass sweetlip, gold spot cod and amberjack making up the bulk. This quality red emperor (above left) was boated in the first few minutes of fishing on one of the earlier trips. And regular customer Dave’s cobia (above right) was another standout.
And we fished North Reef on Tuesday morning’s five hour trip. The fish bit pretty well all morning with quality snapper and pearl perch (as above), moses perch, tuskfish, Maori cod and grass sweetlip all coming over the side. Conditions were okay with 10-15 knots of easterly wind and no current. Cheers, Nat."
We also received this report and photo (above left) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We ran a seven hour to North Reef on Tuesday. Conditions weren’t great but the fishing made up for it. We caught snapper, moses perch, coral bream, gold spot cod, pearl perch, coral trout and grass emperor."
And we were busy earlier in the week with five and seven hour trips. The fishing was quite good. (See above). A couple of slower ones but in general pretty good. We caught cobia, cod, bonito, snapper, grass emperor, tuskfish, painted sweetlip, trag jew, pearl perch, moses perch, coral bream and tuna."
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "On the beaches this week we have seen good whiting with most catches coming from the lower water gutters. Try using quality beach worms on a Tru Turn 063 hook sized 4 or 6 for those bigger fish. North of Stumers Creek up too Marcus beach has been the pick of spots. Flathead also have been laying in those shallow water gutters with peeled prawns and baby blue pilchards showing the better results.
Dart numbers have been very good along the coast with plenty of fish taken on the incoming tide. Small baits of squid or worms worked best as they're a bit harder to get off the hook. If wanting to try for a tailor hit those high tide gutters with strip baits of mullet on a Tru Turn strip bait rig. Best results were from the southern side and the Yaroomba rocks, Peregian Beach and the northern end of Sunshine Beach. There were no reports from the Noosa North Shore."
ESTUARY: From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "The fishing was a bit slow this week and very hit and miss at times but overall we managed some nice fish. We caught the odd decent flathead around the river mouth and some barbwire queenfish, tarwhine, bream and flathead in the Woods Bays. Finn (pictured below) caught and released this 73cm lizard on Wednesday morning's charter."
The lower estuary was also good for the odd golden trevally. Pictured (below) is Ollie with a 45cm specimen he caught and released on one of our three hour afternoon charters. Apart from that, Tewantin fished reasonably well for trevally, bream and flathead."
From Douglas Wells, Tackle World Noosa.... "The river mouth was a bit quiet this week but the Dog Beach and the Sand Bags were good for whiting and flathead. There were also a few jacks out and about there after dark. From Matthew Pearl, below left... "I caught this 79cm flathead in the river before lunch on Wednesday. I was fishing with live baits near the Sand Bags. Released it after a few photos. It was great to see her back in the river swimming hard. Cheers, Matthew." His standout catch and release flatty earned Matthew this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
The Woods Bays were still worth a look around first light for the odd trevally and queenfish and, during the day, bream, flathead and whiting. From Charlie Price... "Hi Guys. I came in on Sunday afternoon and a nice young fella sorted me out with two Jarvis Walker Cyclone combos for my girls. He was really helpful and about 30mins later we got a double hook up. (See photo below left). Thank you for looking after me as I have not been in there since you had your little shop on the river and the service is still outstanding!"
And from Paige Maddy... "Hi there! My little man Elliot, 6 years old (above right) caught this awesome whiting all on his own in the Woods Bay on Wednesday afternoon. I know it's not massive, but for him it was a WHOPPER!!!! He enjoyed his fresh fish fillets on Wednesday night!."
"Moving along, the Munna Point Bridge was good for the odd trevally around first light and Weyba Creek yielded flathead, bream and good whiting. Upriver, quality bream were on the bite along the Noosaville jetty stretch and mangrove jacks were active around the Noosa Marina and up between the lakes."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Away from the river the impoundments have been fishing well with some very fat bass taken from the edges. Both dams are dropping and Borumba is below 80% for the first time in a along time so caution is strongly advised once beyond the ski zone. Stealth and patience is still the name of the game but the edges will be holding a lot of heat in the weed so small frogs like the ChaseBaits Bobbin Frog are a 'must try' especially if we see any rain. The weedy points especially the big one in the main area would do well with a weedless rigged Keitech 2 inch Easy Shiner and the trees will fish well if you throw smaller jerkbaits like the new Rapala Ripstop in the suspending model. Don’t forget the Mary River from Gympie upriver is closed to all line fishing for the Mary River cod spawn.