OFFSHORE: Pretty typical spring weather pattern with light to moderate variable northerlies most mornings and blustery north to north easterlies in the afternoons. Sloppy and choppy at times but most days (ignoring Monday and Wednesday's wet and wild conditions) would have been classified as fishable although not necessarily ideal for the small boat brigade. Not a lot of swell on the bar but the low tides around first light made things tricky at times.
Double Island Point was a popular destination in the lighter weekend conditions. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We had a great nine hour trip up at D.I. on Saturday. We caught quality small mouth nannygai, snapper, pearl perch, hussar, venus tusk fish and moses perch. These ‘nannies’ all came in the last few drops and were the standout fish of the day. Conditions were good with a steady current to the south. Cheers, Nat."
Report and photo (above right) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We were pretty busy over the weekend running both seven and five hour trips to North and Sunshine reefs. We fished North Reef on Saturday morning. The fishing was relatively good considering the amount of current that was there heading to the south. A 12oz sinker was only just enough. We fished at Sunshine the rest of the weekend. The fishing wasn’t as good but a lot less current which made it a lot more enjoyable. We caught moses perch, grass emperor, pearl perch, snapper, venus tuskfish and cobia."
Closer to home, grassy sweetlip were active around the shallow reefs like Sunshine, Jew Shoal and Little Halls while snapper were on the bite early in the morning at Stingrays. There were also some small schools of mack tuna working the bait schools from Castaways to Sunshine Reef.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "On the beaches, whiting and dart have been in great numbers feeding on plenty of exposed pippies and beach worms. There are plenty of close gutters from Yaroomba up to Sunshine Beach. Flathead and trevally have also been prowling those same gutters.
On the Noosa North Shore, flathead and whiting were biting between the First Cutting and the river mouth and, together with dart and a few chopper tailor (dawn and dusk was best for them), around Teewah village. Further up towards the top end at Double Island Point the catch was trevally, dart and whiting."
ESTUARY: Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The report for this week was pretty predictable. Flathead, lots of them. The Frying Pan fished very well, lots of decent bream in the area as well. At the Sand Bags and around the corner into the Woods we picked up a fair few quality flathead. Craig from Brisbane is pictured (below) with a 72cm flathead which he caught and released there while on one of our afternoon charters.
We also had a land based fish on the Noosa North Shore inside the bar. Caught plenty of whiting, bream and dart on live beach worms. We fished Tewantin briefly around the Council Chambers and up along the first ski run. We caught flathead, estuary cod, trevally, bream and a few soapy jewfish there. Pictured below we have Amit and Buzz from Brisbane with their flathead. Amit's was about 64cm and Buzz’s went 73ish from memory. We let the bigger girl go."
From Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Flathead were still active and well spread in the lower estuary this week with some good fish reported on the run-out tide at the river mouth. Trevally were also working the deep channels there on the high tide while just up from there, whiting were schooling in good numbers on the flats of the Frying Pan. Opposite Munna Point, trevally and queenfish were chasing the baitfish schools along the Current Line."
Trevally were also making a splash in the Culgoa Point/Munna Bridge stretch while the back of the Sound was good for jacks and estuary cod. From Robert Morris, above... "Hey guys. Went out chasing jacks and got this welcome bycatch. My new PB cod going 59.5cm. Went for a whole pilly. Took back for a feed."
Up from there, Weyba Creek was a good option for whiting (on live prawns and yabbies) while Lake Weyba produced some good quality buck mud crabs.
Upriver, more whiting were biting around the back of Goat Island while mangrove jacks were active around the Noosa Marina and, together with jewfish and a few quality mud crabs, up towards the mouth of Lake Cooroibah and in the stretch between the lakes. From Joshua Gameiro, above... "Caught this 80cm jewie on Monday morning. It ate a 3" Holt Prawn on light gear... 10lb braid, 12lb leader. Safely released."
And from Mark Greentree, above... "Hey Bill. Been a while since I have sent a pic in. My mate and I fished the the top end of the river with endless action. We had several hookups with screaming reels on unstoppable fish. I was lucky enough to land this beautiful 78cm jewfish (my PB) as I was only using 15lb braid with 20lb leader. Made all the frustration pay off. It went for a live mullet."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The impoundments are becoming more popular as water temperatures have risen. Borumba Dam is now down to 75% capacity which means the upper reaches are fast becoming more hazardous. Always navigate with caution as there are many trees that will crack hulls or damage props. All too often the fish are in the main basin and on the big weedy points saving the need to explore further up. Try the new Chinlockz Finesse weedless hooks and your favorite soft plastic for the best option when fishing weedy points for bass and yellowbelly."