OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it this time around before the northerlies kicked in on Tuesday. It was lumpy and bumpy but still fishable until Thursday's 20 knot+ blow. Double Island Point was an option, weather permitting. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. A couple of photos (below) from Monday's nine hour. We fished around D.I. and ended up with a nice mixed bag of fish. We caught snapper, pearl perch, tusk fish, gold band snapper and lots of hussar and moses perch. Conditions weren't too bad although we had a strong current from the north. Cheers, Nat."
The middle reef belt was also worth a look. Report and photo (below left) from Jack Meakin, Wild Thing 2... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on a five hour charter on Friday. We had a 5 knot south easterly wind which picked up to 10-15 knots on our way home. We got onto a good patch of pearl perch. Pictured are Charlie and Jimmy Hele with a couple of good size fish. We also caught painted sweetlip, grass sweetlip, tusk fish and moses perch. Cheers, Jack."
And Joel Hautala (above right) boated his absolute thumper 25kg cobia or black kingfish at North Reef on Sunday afternoon. It went for a squid bait. Joel turned up at Davo's with his trophy fish just as they were closing up for the day so the boys got the best photo they could under the circumstances. Nevertheless, it was still a standout capture and more than worthy of winning this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
But the relative shelter of Laguna Bay was a magnet for many of the smaller boats. From Ben Newland, above left... "Hey Bill. My good mate Dan (above right) and I punched out to super early Sunday morning before the wind was due to hit in hopes of an early snapper bite. We didn't need to go too far and within 30 minutes had our boat limit of fish, most over 60cm. We were back at the ramp by 6:30am. Couldn't have asked for a better morning. How good is Noosa."
And this report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "You know when you miss the window!! Well, on Wednesday morning we sure didn't! Sneaked out before the wind and scored some crackin' snapper. Tide was low with a lot of sand exposed throughout the river. Only a wind chop wave lapping on the bar. Pictured with me and my good mate Sonnie is new recruit Sara. Her first time offshore and on her first cast, she cleaned up with this 78cm specimen. Smiles all round, especially tonight around the dinner table. Whales were still present, along with good signs of bait activity. Good fishing, Chicko."
COASTAL: Whiting were biting on the open beaches this week with some good fish landed around Teewah village on the Noosa North Shore, along with flathead, bream and tailor. Flathead were also active at the bottom end of Teewah Beach and the surf side of the river mouth while First Point on Main Beach produced more whiting. Over the hill, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was good for bream, flathead and dart while at Peregian it was more whiting.
With the full moon phase peaking over the weekend, the jewfish came out to play after dark. The stretch from south Peregian to Coolum and beyond was particularly productive with some quality fish reported on the bite. We received this very brief report and photos from Joe Tomich, above... "Hi Bill. I got two nice Jewfish Saturday night." Joe usually fishes the waters south of Coolum. Oh, and the lure in the fish's mouth is called a Super Strike Bottle Plug.
ESTUARY: Flathead were easily the highest profile species in the system this week with some quality fish reported on the prowl (together with whiting and bream) down towards the river mouth, along the Dog Beach stretch and across in the Frying Pan. Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We've had some pretty favourable fishing the last week. The flathead are fishing well around the top and bottom of the tides, most of the bigger girls are being caught in the lower estuary. Tania Hayes and son Josh (below) caught and released these 69cm and 75cm fish on one of our four hour trips."
"And Adrian Rasica from Sydney (below left) caught and released his thumper 82cm flathead in the same area. Golden trevally and bream were also in the mix while the Woods Bays fished well for bream and flathead. The Tewantin ski runs and Lake Cooroibah fished well for flathead, trevally and whiting, with a few smaller queenfish still hanging around." Tailor, queenfish and trevally (GT's) were active in the current line and, along with whiting, in the Woods Bays. Tobias Sampson (below right) is pictured with just two of the whiting he caught in the Woods while on holiday from Tasmania. He was using live yabbies."
Flathead were also on the chew around the back of Noosa Sound and up in Weyba Creek during the daylight hours while after dark the same stretch yielded a few good mangrove jacks. From Ollie Gettinby, below left... "Hey Bill. After school I went for a flick around the Munna Bridge area. There was heaps of bait flicking on the surface so I knew it was a good chance there'd be fish sitting underneath. I cast out using a 7gm jig and quickly hopped it off the bottom before feeling a big thud. Using only 6lb line I worked slowly as I wasn't sure of my catch. Eventually after taking a few runs I had it close enough to see that it was a big flattie. After a tentative fight, aware that my light gear wouldn't hold I eventually beached the fish. With only 1 assist hook left I gently lifted the fish measuring 76cm. Feeling lots of eggs inside I quickly released her. She swam away slowly and gracefully. Ollie Gettinby."
And the lizards were out and about along the Noosaville stretch as well. From Leigh Probert... "Hi Bill. I took Nullah 6 and his friend Finley 4 from Victoria (above right) out on the Noosa River on Saturday. It was an awesome adventure. The kids braved the storm that swept across and patiently kept trying. Nullah eventually landed his first ever flathead. It measured 44cm and he caught it on a soft plastic that Chicko at Davo's suggested. Regards, Leigh."
Phew! Flathead were also active opposite the Council Chambers at Tewantin and, together with jewfish, up around Lake Cooroibah. From Craig McCarthy, above left... "Hi Bill. Fished last Friday for this 70cm jewfish on a Z-Man soft plastic. Fishing with me was mate Neil Coxson. He chipped in with a nice 70cm flathead of his own on a Zerek hard body. Both fish released after a snap or two. Cheers, Craig." And between the lakes it was jacks, jewfish and the odd GT.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments livened up along with the warmer weather. The surface bite was on during morning and evening and the saratoga and bass were responding well to ChaseBaits Bobbin Frogs (especially after a bit of rain) and the Micro Pompadour from Jackall during the hot daytimes. Both of these lures create enough noise to call up the fish from far away. Spinnerbaits like the TT Striker also work well once the sun is overhead and the fish are hiding deep under trees and overhanging bushes. These can be cast deep into cover and slow wound back out as these are almost weedless.