OFFSHORE: Not a standout week for the offshore brigade. Fishable most days but a bit joggly at times with the better conditions coming through over the last few days as the winds lost a bit of their northerly flavour. Still a few snapper along the middle reef belt although the grass sweetlip, tusk fish and pearl perch made up the bulk of the catch with the odd cobia in the mix to sweeten the pot. The latter half of the week also saw small tuna in close in Laguna Bay.
Double Island Point featured more prominently on the 'to do' list in the latter half of the week. Report and photos from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished D.I. on Wednesday and Thursday on nine hour charters. We had great conditions with light easterly winds although a strong current from the north made things a bit tricky. We managed to catch lots of snapper around 2-3kg, some cracking venus tusk fish and an impressive array of reef species including tomato cod, green jobfish, amberjack, gold spot cod, scarlet sea perch and pearl perch. Pictured from the Noosa Yachtie Fishing Club trip on Thursday is Jim Upton (above) with his snapper and Lachie Shelton (below left) with his thumper 3kg+ tuskie."
"And pictured (above right) from Wednesday's nine hour charter we have Mark Walton, visiting from Canada, with his quality knobby snapper. Cheers, Nat."
And from a bit closer to home, on the middle reef belt, we received this report and photos (above) from Wild Thing 2 deckhand extraordinaire, Jack Meakin... ""Hey Bill. We did a seven hour charter to The Coffees on Thursday. We couldn't have asked for better conditions with winds not exceeding 5 knots and a slight northerly swell. We caught venus tusk fish, grassy sweetlip, painted sweetlip, quality moses perch and jewfish or mulloway. Regards, Jack."
Sunshine Reef was also worth a look. Report and photos (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Haven’t fished Sunshine Reef for some time. With the weather window opening, shot out for an arvo session on Wednesday with Jake and Will McCurdy. Conditions improved with only 10 knots easterly, small swell and no current. Coral spawn was prolific along with flying fish. We managed to boat some quality fish such as grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, coral trout and even a mackerel found his way into the esky. The channel through the lower river is changing quite rapidly atm. Cheers, Chicko."
COASTAL: It was business as usual on the open beaches this week with whiting and dart on the bite at Peregian Beach. Castaways and the northern end of Sunshine Beach were good for chopper tailor in the early hours while during the day it was flathead and dart. Further up, big whiting were biting on the first of the runout tide at the northern end of Alexandria Bay and along from there, trevally, tailor and quality bream were active around the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland. Back in on Main Beach, First Point was good for flathead and whiting, as were the surf gutters around Teewah village on the Noosa North Shore. Pippis worked well there. Further north, good bream were on the bite towards Double Island Point with cobia an added bonus off the rocks.
ESTUARY: Flathead and whiting were again in good numbers and quality with some good fish coming from down towards the river mouth, the Dog Beach, the Frying Pan and the Munna Flats area. From Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "On Tuesday we decided to chase some of the whiting that I commonly preach about! With live bait in hand and anchored on the sand we caught fish on command. After three spots we bagged a dozen fat specimens. Will and Jake McCurdy (below) had fun with catching these whiting. One of fish was monstered by an estuary cod, but it was his lucky day... Will kissed and released."
And from Todd McDonald... "Pictured (below) is Fraser with a 42cm whiting. Caught on a live yabby on Monday off the beach out front of Las Rias Resort."
Mangrove jacks were reported active in the deep hole off the Sand Bags and around the back of Noosa Sound while after dark, big eye trevally were schooling in the outer Woods Bay. Oh, and the prawns were running. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We caught some good sized flathead throughout the lower estuary this week. Andy from Melbourne (below right) caught and released this 86cm specimen using a whole prawn bait."
"The Dog Beach was good for for bream and we got a few small GT's at the Woods. Weyba had some decent sized GT's busting up. They were feeding on small herring. Tewantin fished well for flathead, bream, queenfish and the odd estuary cod. Maddy from Brisbane (above left) is pictured with her queenfish which she caught there on a small pilchard. It measured 58cm and was safely released. The southern and northern ends of Lake Cooroibah also fished well for flathead plus there were a few mulloway in between the two lakes." In addition to that, flathead were on the bite opposite the boat ramp at Tewantin, jewfish were reported around Makepeace Island (with the odd mangrove jack on the deeper holes) while trevally and jacks were on the prowl between the lakes.
From Derek Porter... "Hi guys. I took my son Ashton out for a troll on Saturday morning and caught a couple of good fish early. We got a 56cm flattie first up and this donkey of a GT shortly after. It was an epic fight on the 8lb gear.... the thing hit his Lively Lures Micro Mullet Grey Ghost hard body like a freight train then shot off in the opposite direction. They sure do test your gear and skill as an angler. The arm wrestle went on for about five minutes and it was spooling line whenever it saw the boat. The young feller made me proud with his calmness and quick reactions to avoid getting cut off under the boat as it darted every which way possible before I finally netted it. This is a fish we will both remember for the rest our lives, creating great memories and great anglers is what it’s all about. Ashton got a couple of pics then swam the fish and released it back to fight another day. It went 50cm to the fork, 56cm to the tip. Cheers, Derek." Ashton's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.