OFFSHORE: Those anglers who got out earlier in the week were the lucky ones as far as offshore scene was concerned with fresh to strong winds limiting further excursions to the shelter of Laguna Bay from Tuesday on. The bar continued to be a non issue for those who were able to find the channel and those who didn't simply polished the prop and scheduled a service. Apart from that, however, it was pretty much all systems go and the fish, again, were waiting.
When conditions permitted, Double Island Point was worth a look. From Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle, Marcoola... " Hi mate. Headed to D.I. on Sunday and got smashed up by big sharks and unstoppable AJ's. Also caught longtail tuna and bonito and left them still hitting the jigs after 7 hrs of non stop action. The AJ in the photo (above) went for a Shimano Pebble Stick jig with a Decoy Middle Pike 4/0 Assist hook. Safely released. Cheers, Grant."
Back along the middle reef belt, North Reef was still the preferred option for most anglers. We received this report and photos from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran back to back seven and five hour charters on the local reefs earlier in the week with some good results. Conditions were excellent with light variable winds early tending north-east in the afternoons. On North Reef we've found cobia and jewfish or mulloway around the bait schools, along with quality snapper, grass sweetlip, Maori cod and some big pearl perch. We also had a school of mahi mahi come up to the boat and although we couldn't get a bite it’s a good sign of things to come. The photos (above) are from Friday's trips and (below) are a few pix from Saturday's charters. Cheers, Nat."
And from closer in, we received this report and photo (below left) from Tim Lawless... "Hi Bill. We had a fish around northern Sunshine on Sunday morning - mostly undersized red emperor, but a few quality tusk fish and morwong as well. Here is Finley with a 52cm tusky caught on squid using a paternoster."
Laguna Bay was still an option for the odd cobia along the Hall's Reef stretch. There were also a few tuna chasing the bait schools throughout the bay and not far out from the bar at times. Not big numbers but enough to make launching the tinny worthwhile. Best results came from cast slugs and trolled hard bodies. From Louis Bickle, above right... "Hey guys. Went out Friday morning and trolled in the Laguna Bay area. Managed to hook up on this yellowfin tuna after getting snapped off by something that looked even bigger through the water. It's great to see that the pelagics are moving back in early. Cheers, Louis."
COASTAL: The usual suspects were active on the open beaches week. Peregian, Castaways and Sunshine Beaches were still good for dart, whiting and the odd flathead and good bream were an added bonus off the rocks at North Sunshine. Further up, tuna and small snapper were schooling off the National Park headland rocks at Hells Gates while around the corner from there, Granite Bay was good for garfish and Dolphin Point produced chopper tailor and trevally. Over on the Noosa North Shore, flathead and whiting were biting around Teewah township while up at D.I. the catch was bream, tailor and yellowtail kingfish.
ESTUARY: Flathead and trevally were on the prowl in the lower estuary this week and they were of good size and numbers. The stretch from the river mouth to the Sand Bags was particularly productive with some thumper lizards caught and released. Please remember that the maximum legal limit for these big females is 75cm. Handle them with care and return them to the water as soon as practical. And there were some good golden trevally in the mix as well. Tim Milat (below) caught and released this nice specimen at the river mouth beach around 6.30am Wednesday morning. It went for a 3" Gulp Shrimp soft plastic.
The Frying Pan was another good option for flathead, together with queenfish and whiting in excellent numbers and size. Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught golden trevally at the river mouth in that clear water, plenty of bream and reasonable flathead in the area as well. Hugo from Brisbane (below) landed this 59cm golden trevally on Sunday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait."
"And pictured (below) is Jo White with her 82cm flathead and her brother Kevin Darbison with his 86cm fish. Caught and released down near the mouth. Both were visiting Noosa from Sydney. The Woods Bays fished well for the odd flathead and bream while whiting were biting along the Coast Guard and Fisheries. The Tewantin Marina and ski runs yielded bream, trevally and flathead. Lake Doonella fished pretty well at the end of the ebb for flathead too."
The Woods Bays also produced a few queenfish and trevally around first light while mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the back of Noosa Sound after dark. Apart from that, the ever reliable Weyba Creek was worth wetting a line for flathead and whiting while upriver from Tewantin, jewfish or mulloway, mangrove jacks and trevally were reported to be working the deeper waters and snags up towards Lake Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments saw a big bite window last week which continued into the early part of this week. Saratoga were active at Borumba, caught on suspending lures like the Rapala Jack Deep. This little lure gets down deep and is perfect for crash diving down to the fish fast. Bass were still hiding along the edges of both Borumba and Macdonald so spinnerbaits and heavily weighted plastics cast close to the edge and worked back were best there. In deeper water, Jackson Iga Jig spinners were another great option as were Hot Bite Gang Bangers twitched and slow rolled through schooled up fish.
From Peter Spittal, above... "Hi Bill. Here is my Borumba Dam beast caught on the Monday public holiday. An 80cm chunk of saratoga. Caught on a Shimano Baitcaster and 25lb FC Rock leader on a Nitro spinnerbait rod. The lure was a Westin Ricky The Roach." Peter's impressive catch and release toga was voted the week's standout and as such was deemed a worthy recipient of this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.