As at Friday October 12, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: A mixed bag weatherwise this week. Dark and stormy at times, almost TGO's on some days. Either way, mornings were best ahead of the often robust afternoon northerly sea breezes. Good for the bottom bashers, though, with some good fish on the bite. The bar crossing was pretty straight forward with conditions improving as the week progressed. See video clips further down.
There were no reports from the outer reefs although the bigger boats did a few runs to Double Island Point. Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to D. I. on Saturday. Great conditions; 5 knot southerly wind, no current run and the fish were biting. We caught snapper, gold band snapper, sweetlip, scarlet sea perch, cod and jewfish."
|And this report and photo from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini..."Hey Bill. We did a 9 hour charter to D. I. on Monday. Conditions were great with a light southerly on the way up there before it glassed out. We caught snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, Maori cod, grass emperor and this cracker cobia (above left) that still put up a hell of a fight considering he only had half his tail left." A few days earlier they did a five hour to North Reef. More from skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "There was little wind with a slight northerly current. After a couple of drops on the anchor with no results we tried a bit of drifting in the calm conditions and it sure paid off with some solid pearl perch and venus tusk fish coming over the side. Pictured (above right) is Charles Colhoun with a couple of the standout pearlies."
North Reef was by far the most popular destination this week actually. This report and photo (above) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Sunday on a 7 hour charter. With no wind and a slight current to the south we had a great time, catching jewfish, cobia, snapper, pearl perch and cod. With a good feed of fish we spent the last part of the trip whale watching."
Cougar One ran a number of charters to North Reef (some back to back) and reported good catches of cobia, snapper, thumper pearl perch, grass sweetlip, moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold spot cod and Maori cod. The photos above are from some of those trips.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef produced snapper, grass sweetlip, lots of whale sightings and the odd keeper size Maori cod, as did Arkwright Shoal but with the added bonus there of quality yellowtail kingfish. From Kane Davies, above... "Caught this 15kg (approx) kingfish off Coolum in 23m on Sunday. Bait was a yakka on a triple gang. Put up a great fight with plenty of runs and a few nervous moments trying to land it into the boat. High fives all round. Split with the crew (John and Michael) for take home sashimi and kingy fillet steaks."
|COASTAL: No standouts from the open beaches this week. Just average size bread and butter species such as flathead at Peregian, quality whiting in close at Marcus Beach and good bream at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Little Cove was another whiting hot spot while across on the Noosa North Shore dart, bream and flathead were active down towards the river mouth and around Teewah.
ESTUARY: River report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Another nice week in the river. The water temp has jumped up pretty significantly again and the fishing is reflecting the improvement. We've caught flathead, tailor and bream at the river mouth and whiting on live worms in the Frying Pan. We saw a few little jacks there too. The Woods Bays also gave us some nice flathead and trevally. We fished the Tewantin area most days seeing some good bream and flathead, some good GT's and javelin fish. In Lake Cooroibah and between the lakes we caught flathead, good size mulloway, whiting and mangrove jacks. Pictured below left is Kim and son Thomas from West Australia with a 91cm dusky flathead. Caught on a prawn bait in the lower estuary. Thomas hooked on to it all in his own. It ran him round the boat a bit but he got it in pretty quickly. It was successfully released after this quick pic."
Above centre; Kim's 50cm trevally, caught and released in Lake Cooroibah on Sunday morning using a peeled prawn. Above right, Josh Hayes from Wollongong with a 70cm dusky. Caught in the lower estuary on Monday morning's charter. It went for a whole whitebait." Whiting were also biting around the Dog Beach towards the top of the tide. From Kel Flavel... "Hey guys. This is twelve year old Brady Flavel (below left) from Hamilton, Victoria. He caught this 31cm using live worms from Davo's Tackle World. He caught it near the Dog Beach while we were out in a hire boat on Saturday morning. Brady is looking forward to having it for dinner tonight. Regards, Kel."
|Mangrove jacks were out and about at night in the Woods Bays and the back of The Sound further upriver, quality flathead were on the prowl in the vicinity of the Noosa Marina. Please Note: There is a maximum size limit of 75cm on these fish so please release them as soon as practical. Moving up, jewfish were in good numbers in the second ski run and in the deeper holes up towards the first lake.
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Scout (above right) got this 54cm mulloway on a whitebait on Friday arvo's 2 hr session at Tewantin. She got a bit of an aerial display from this fish too. It was successfully released after a couple of quick pix."
Mangrove jacks were in excellent numbers between the lakes while even further up, in the freshwater of The Everglades, the wild bass were well and truly on the chew. From Riley Schellaars, above... "Caught my first bass up in The Everglades over the weekend with my pb (going 38cm) taking a Kato Cicada surface lure. Caught and released thirteen fish over two nights using surface lures and divers."
FRESHWATER IMPOUNDMENT: Lake Macdonald: Bass Bay and Three Ways have been producing the most fish early morning and late afternoon. Chasebaits 2.25” Curly Baits and Entice 2.5” Curly Tails have still been the pick of the soft plastics, rigged on a 1/8oz jig heads. Trolling along the deep drop offs working well for schooled bass using a variety of different deep diving hard bodied lures. Lake Borumba: Fishing the top of the Yabba Arm and around the boat ramp area has been the best with low lying trees and large drop offs being the best. Saratoga and bass being caught on spinnerbaits, surface lures and hard bodied diving lures. Lures: Jackall Squirrels and River2Sea Chasebaits Bobbin Frog. Smaller Bassman spinnerbaits cast into weed edges rigged with small curly tail plastics worked back slowly working very well. Small plastics in the 2.5-3” size working well in both areas, Z-Man TRD HogZ and 2.5” GrubZ are the go.
From local angler Neil Coxon, above... "Hi Bill. Had a bit of a go out at Borumba Dam on Monday. Caught and released two saratoga, 74cm and 78cm, using a Jackall Squirrel 67 hard body. Only had three bites for two fish but had a great day on some flat water and beat the storms home. Cheers, Neil." His quality catch and release won Neil this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
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