As at Friday October 26, 2018.
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|OFFSHORE: The offshore brigade were chomping at the bit after last week's shocking weather and they weren't disappointed. The rain, wind and swell dropped away over the weekend and conditions on the exposed reefs just got better and better as the week progressed.
Double Island Point was the big performer this week and the bigger boats made the most of the improved conditions. Cougar One fished there on Sunday and Tuesday (see above) for snapper, red emperor, Maori cod, pearl perch, tusk fish and scarlet sea perch.
And we received this report and photo from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We had the Noosa Yachtie Offshore Fishing Club crew for a full day trip on Sunday. We headed north to D.I in pretty good conditions. We had 10 knots on NW wind swinging NE later on. The guys put an impressive bag of fish together including large mouth nannygai, gold band snapper, cobia, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and lots of snapper in the 2-4kg range. Pictured (above) is Neil and Bruce with their fish from the last drop of the day."
|And this report and photos (above) came in from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Wednesday. Conditions were as good as they get with glass calm seas pretty much all day. The day started off great with a solid bite on our first hang. The next few spots we slowly picked away, getting a couple of fish each time we anchored before another solid bite on our last hang. We caught quality pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, gold band snapper and venus tusk fish."|
|Along the middle reef belt, North Reef was easily the standout performer. Report and photos above from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Saturday morning on a five hour charter in near perfect conditions. We caught good sized Maori cod, snapper, pearl perch and gold spot cod. The bigger fish got the better of us a few times but that's fishing." They fished there again on Tuesday for a catch of snapper, grass sweetlip, jewfish, pearl perch and gold band snapper. For those pix, just CLICK HERE
And from closer in, we received this report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Well that downpour of rain we copped is already taking effect on the reef fish. I know it's early in the season but as I predicted, all the species were out. With the swell fizzled out, a morning attack to Sunshine Reef on Monday with my friends from Geelong Will and Jay McCreedy was our best move . A light south easterly breeze and a trickle of current run was made for fun. We had a meeting with coral trout, snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish and Maori cod. Wish it was that easy all the time. Cheers, Chicko." Due to the murk, the bay was quiet.
|Below left. The bar was pretty gnarly on Friday and Saturday with a few of the smaller boats almost coming to grief...|
|Above right. From Monday onwards, though, the swell dropped away steadily until conditions were about as good as they get.|
|The last Davo's/Berkley Social Fishing Competition of the year will be held on the second weekend of November. Starts Friday afternoon, November 9 and finishes Sunday lunchtime, November 11. Total Prize Pool: $1850.00. If you register early you'll be in the draw to win the $250.00 Berkley 'Early Bird' Bonus Prize Pack! To be eligible, just register (cost is only $20.00) at either Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's North Shore Bait and Tackle, Marcoola before 6.00pm, Friday November 2, 2018.|
|COASTAL: There wasn't a lot of feedback from the coastal stretch this week. The National Park headland showed a bit of life with dart and quality bream on the bite from the Fairy Pools to Hell's Gate while chopper tailor (2.0kg to 2.2kg) were active off Dolphin Point and just out from the river mouth rock groyne in the latter half of the run-in tide. Whole pilchard baits worked well there. Apart from that, whiting were biting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and (together with the odd flathead) further up around Teewah township.
ESTUARY: With the murk slowly dispersing and the waters in the lower estuary clearing up around the top of the tide, that was where a lot of the action was. Whiting were biting around the shallows around the river mouth with live worms and yabbies more effective than lures. The deeper channels were good for flathead as Guy Morgan (below left) found when this 59cm specimen took his whitebait.
|And from Paul Fox... "Hi Guys. Nine year old Morrison Fox from Peregian Beach (above right) caught this 65cm flathead off the Sand Bags near the Dog Beach. Caught on a whole pilly early Monday morning and his student free day! It’s his new PB for a flathead. We let most go but this one came home for fish tacos." Morrison's quality fish won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We had a good week in the river. We caught whiting, flathead and bream found a few schools of little snub nose dart at the river mouth. There's heaps of bream, queenfish and trevally in both the Woods Bays. Tewantin also fished productively... we caught flathead, bream, javelin fish and a few small school jewies in the ski runs. Pictured (above) is Peter from Victoria with an 80 odd cm flatty which he caught and released in the lower estuary on a prawn bait."
The Woods Bays produced golden trevally, school jewfish and (at night) mangrove jacks while Weyba Creek was the spot for a few quality whiting. Up around Tewantin, flathead were on the prowl around the oyster banks opposite the boat ramp (as was the odd jack) and up at the mouth of the first lake. From Kim Webb... "Andrew from Mountain Creek (above left) and Smithy from North Lakes caught and released these 60cm and 52cm flathead just before Lake Cooroibah on Saturday morning. Both fish went for pilchard baits." There were heaps of catfish in that area as well. Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes was still good for the odd mangrove jack.
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