As at Friday October 13, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Apart from Saturday when we had a solid 20 knot+ south easterly blow, it was all systems go for the offshore boys. Light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) variable northerlies dominated and with the swell in the 1.0m to 1.2m range there were plenty of boats (large and small) working the local reefs.
It was overcast more often than not which dropped the average temperatures back under the thirty degree mark but the much needed rain, again, failed to make an impression. Double Island Point was certainly a popular destination for the bigger boats and the range of species on the bite there made the trip worthwhile. Report and photos from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished D.I. on Tuesday. Wind was 5 knots NNW, no current. We got snapper, moses perch, Maori cod, oval cod, venus tusk fish, scarlet sea perch, gold spot cod, flathead, tailor and gold band snapper." Pictured above, Brett Wilson and his son Jed from Tasmania with a jewfish and Maori cod. Below; Sean Murray from Melbourne with a knobby snapper and Col Brackin from Nambour with a gold band snapper. Other species on the bite: Gold spot wrasse, lots of quality hussar and the odd Japanese sea bream.
|And this report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished D.I. on Monday. We had northerly winds to 15 knots with a slight current to the North. The fish were biting from the first to last drop. We caught snapper, jewfish or mulloway, moses perch, venus tusk fish, frypan snapper, hussar, gold spot cod, areolate cod and pearl perch. " Pictured below is Trevor from Port Stephens with his standout jewfish.
Also from that charter we have (below) Todd from Orange with a quality sweetlip and Chris from Bordertown, South Australia with a thumper pearl perch.
|Back along the middle reef belt, North Reef was unusually quiet with just the odd cobia, snapper and jewfish reported. Further down the line, however, Chardon's Reef took up the slack. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to Chardon's Reef on Monday. Conditions were light northerly breeze with no current. We caught sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish and cobia. Pictured (below) is Greg from Victoria with a decent sized venus tusk fish and a customer from New Zealand (sorry, didn't get his name) with a thumper 63cm sweetlip.."|
|And from Trekka 2 skipper Broke Wignall... "Hi Bill. We fished Chardon's Reef on Tuesday on a five hour. Conditions were northerly winds to 10 knots. We caught grass sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish and pearl perch. We also had a great whale watch on the way home. Pictured (below left) is Caitlin O'Bryen from Killarney Heights, New South Wales, making it look easy with her standout lipper." Other species on the bite: cobia and snapper.|
|Closer in, at Sunshine Reef, this report and photo from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Wanted to go fishing for some time, but days off and calm conditions just wouldn't talk to each other. Spotted a window on Monday morning. Out at 6.00am, back by lunchtime. Fished wide Sunshine for good grass sweetlip, pearl perch, Cod, venus tuskies and cobia. This snodger grassie of the day (above right) was landed by my mate Walter Lenko."
Sunshine Reef was also good for the odd longtail or northern bluefin tuna while in Laguna Bay there were still cobia on the prowl along the Hall's Reef stretch. Local angler Matt Hunter (above) caught his first legal size cobia while fishing at Hall's Reef on Monday morning. It went for a pilchard floater (from Davo's, of course) and weighed 8.75kg. It looks much bigger than that in the photo, of course. Matt's even bigger Colgate smile and excellent fish presentation for the camera won him the $50.00 soft plastic package as joint winner of this week's Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week competition.
|Unfortunately we didn't have room for all of this week's photos on the page but we did manage to feature a few more in the Lightbox Gallery above...|
|COASTAL: Whiting were in numbers and well spread on the open beaches this week. Castaways and Peregian beaches produced the elbow slappers with flathead on the bite as well. Good bream were active towards the northern end of Sunshine Beach while longtail tuna were responding to stick baits cast from the rocks. The only other reports were from the North Shore where flathead and big bream were on the bite from the Third Cutting to Teewah.
ESTUARY: The lower estuary continued to fire well with flathead, bream, tailor and quality whiting active from the river mouth to the Dog Beach and over in the Frying Pan. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo (below) from Friday morning's charter of Archie Hunter with a 65cm flathead which he picked up at the river mouth and a nice golden trevally, caught later up around Tewantin. Both fish went for whole prawn baits."
The Dog Beach and Sand Bags stretch were also good for flathead, as was the current line and the Woods Bays but with the added bonus of trevally and tailor boils. Three year old Monty Morgan-Giles (below) was super excited about his PB flathead capture but really disappointed when he couldn't hold the 68cm fish all by himself for the camera. No worries though, his father Charles stepped in to help, just as he did when it came to getting the little fella's fish into the boat in the Woods Bays on Friday morning. It went, by the way, for a pilchard bait just on the turn of the tide. For his remarkable effort, young Monty won the $50.00 store credit component of this week's Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize. Well done.
Trevally were also active around Culgoa Point and Munna Point while the deep holes of Noosa Sound and the Woods Bays jetty line produced mangrove jacks after dark. Flathead, bream and whiting were responding well to live yabbies in Weyba Creek while most of the sand flats from Munna Beach to the Tewantin ski runs and further up into Lake Cooroibah yielded quality whiting. Sang Bradbury from Adelaide (below left) was fishing the upper Noosaville stretch of the river, opposite the Yachtie, around noon on Monday when this elbow slapping 39cm, 575gm whiting took a fancy to his whole prawn bait.
|The Tewantin ski runs were also good for trevally, javelin fish (grunter bream), flathead and queenfish during the day plus mangrove jacks and jewfish (on live baits, whole pilchards and fresh mullet strips) after dark. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo from Monday afternoon of Jane Brown from New Zealand (above right) with a golden trevally. Caught and released in the Tewantin ski run using a whole prawn bait."
And above, from Friday morning's charter, we have Mat Savoltus with a barred grunter or javelin fish. Caught around Tewantin using a prawn bait as his draw card and Charlie Savoltus with a 58cm flathead. Caught on a whitebait in the Tewantin ski run. Bream, grunter, whiting, trevally, mangrove jacks and tailor were also on the bite at Lake Cooroibah while further upstream between the lakes, smaller mangrove jacks were responding well to a range of soft vibes and weedless plastics thrown into heavy cover. Zerek Prawns and the new Swimming Mullet Soft segmented vibes were performing well there.
FRESHWATER: The warmer weather has seen increased action on the surface. Lake Macdonald and the Noosa Everglades have all been producing healthy bass. Saratoga at Borumba Dam are getting caught at first light around the heavy timber with larger surface walkers the better option. Try Strada Zedia and larger Strada Viral lures when working the edges. Spinnerbaits, blades and divers are also great choices during lighter light times. If in a Kayak then Strada 55mm Villain Divers are small presentations that work well especially when worked along weed edges.
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