OFFSHORE: Lovely springtime conditions here in Noosa with light to moderate variable winds most mornings ahead of slightly brisker afternoon north easterly sea breezes. Thunderstorms and the odd heavy rain shower were another feature of the late afternoon sessions, certainly in the latter part of the week. There was little or no swell on the bar, in the bay or beyond so there were plenty of options for boats of all sizes to get out and make the most of the idyllic conditions. Lots of bait in the bay, along with the odd tuna and smaller pelagics, providing a bit of fun for the yak anglers and light tackle brigade.
Out wide, with the current light and very fishable, The Hards and Northern Banks produced good numbers of snapper, pearl perch and venus tusk fish, although Double Island Point was again the standout. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished D.I. last Thursday on a nine hour trip. Conditions were quite good with 5-10 knots of northerly wind and we managed to avoid the rain. We ended up with a good number of pearl perch and venus tusk fish, along with snapper, moses perch and mulloway. Not much current to speak of and the water was murky and green.
And we fished there again on Friday. Conditions weren’t too bad considering the forecast, apart from the odd rain squall. We caught a number of quality pearl perch with the biggest up around 65cm (as above left), along with moses perch, gold spot cod, venus tuskfish and snapper. Cheers, Nat."
North Reef was another popular destination for all size of boats. Report and photos (as per the two above right and one below left) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Kyle Tilling... "Hey Bill. We had a pretty awesome half day trip on Saturday. We fished North Reef with next to no wind for the whole morning and boated a nice mixed bag of fish including snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish and cobia. Cheers, Kyle."
And we received this report and photos from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did back to back five hour trips on Saturday. We fished Sunshine Reef in the morning. There was plenty of activity about with tuna and sharks balling bait up to the surface. We caught some tuna on slugs cast into the action before having a reef fish. In the afternoon we fished North Reef mainly catching snapper, pearl perch (as above right) and grass emperor.
And we did a couple of five hour charters out to North on Sunday. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was not bad either. We caught quite a few nice pearlies (as above), cobia and coral trout (below), snapper, bonito, venus tuskfish, moses perch, gold spot estuary cod, grass emperor and painted sweetlip."
From Chicko Vella, Tackle World Noosa... "On a break from work on Saturday and the weather was pristine . With three POB, we made an early morning dash to Sunshine Reef. Knowing there was no water on the bar at low tide there was no mucking around. After a few stops out wider we managed a collection of snapper, grass sweetlip (below right), good size pearl perch and (below left) the bonus of a gold-band snapper. Calm conditions and no current made angling a breeze. Oh yeah we managed to pick up a feed of spanner crabs from our pots set not too far away! It's perfect boating weather so have fun."
Jew Shoal and the grounds from Sunshine to Castaways produced some big kingies on livies and big soft plastics while cobia were reported at Big Halls and Little Halls reefs. Schools of bonito have been working the bait balls on the inshore reefs and in close in Laguna Bay. Estuary cod, of course, were on the chew at most locations. From Dave Neil... "G'day Bill. Another cracking day on the water on Sunday. Young 12yr Harvey (pictured below left) picked up this gold spot cod (12kg) on a pilchard rig. A kilo for each year, I'll have to take him out when he's 20 😊 Glassy conditions and great company. Cheers, Dave."
And we received this from Shannon Lacey, above right... "Hey Bill. Went out for a Sunday morning jet ski session on Sunshine Reef bouncing some soft plastics with light gear. Managed to hook a table sized snapper for dinner. Got smoked by some big trout also. Cheers, Shannon."
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "The stretch from Coolum to Castaways Beach produced some good bread and butter fish this week with whiting and big dart in good numbers. Further up the coast, Sunshine Beach was the spot for flathead and (after dark) tailor and a few keeper size jewfish.
On the National Park headland, trevally and rat yellowtail kingfish were schooling off the Fairy Pools, squid were active on dusk at Dolphin Point and whiting, bream and flathead were on the bite at Little Cove. On the North Shore, Teewah Beach produced good catches of bream, tarwhine and dart on the rising tide.
ESTUARY: Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Flathead were still active around the lower estuary this week although the river mouth and the Woods Bays probably fished the best. Bream were also on the bite there. Tracey (below) caught her 59cm flathead and 36cm bream on Saturday morning's charter.
And Simon Cessells (below left) caught and released this 86cm flathead in the Frying Pan on the same weekend charter. Apart from that, Weyba Creek as far as the mouth of the lake fished quite well for whiting, as did the Tewantin area, but with the added bonus there of bream and the odd flathead."
From Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Another good week for the bread and butter species with flathead and good size whiting on the bite close to the mouth of the river. Further up, queenfish and trevally were schooling at first light in the Woods Bays, the Current Line and (along with jacks after dark) around the Munna Point Bridge. Along from there, whiting and bream were in good numbers and responding well to live prawns and yabbies in Weyba Creek.
Upriver, mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina and in between the lakes while flathead were active at the top of Lake Cooroibah. From Ethan Galland, above right... "Hi. I caught my first ever mangrove jack on Saturday morning up at Tewantin on a micro jig. Released after a couple of pix."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Away from the estuary, the everglades are a beautiful location to go and explore on kayak. With beautiful surroundings and wildlife, you really feel like you are in another world. You can also catch wild Australian bass here which although not huge will certainly pull very hard and you along with them. Try small surface lures and suspending hardbodies like the trusty Jackall Squirrel in black and gold. Once you have explored here you can take a trip to Lake Macdonald which is another beautiful area with many arms to catch big bass, yellowbelly and saratoga. Be sure you pick up a SIPS permit online before you go and troll your lures out the back if just enjoying the exercise as bass will smash diving lures."