OFFSHORE: This week's forecast was for predominantly light to moderate northerly winds, and in the latter half... storms. And that was pretty much as it panned out. Not perfect by any means but with the storms late in the afternoon and night, most days were fishable. Not a lot of swell on the bar either. Surprisingly few small boats headed out, though, even though the morning sessions were certainly fishable as far as the bay and closer reefs were concerned.
Some days, however, were more suited to the bigger boats, especially when targeting the more distant locations. And when conditions permitted, those outer reefs fished well with snapper, jobfish and mahi mahi on the bite at The Banks, The Hards, and along with nannygai and jewfish, at Double Island Point.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey mate. Had an awesome nine hour trip on Friday. Everyone got their bag limit of quality snapper, along with a couple of beautiful mahi mahi, gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, rosy jobfish and moses perch. The snapper were biting all day and happily took soft plastics, floating baits and paternosters. Conditions were great all day with light winds and almost no current. Cheers, Nat."
Trekka 2 also fished North Reef on Saturday and Tuesday, boating quality spangled emperor, snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, tusk fish and gold spot cod.
And we received this report and photo (below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Friday. Conditions were unreal with a light northerly wind and little current. We caught mahi mahi, pearl perch, grass sweetlip, moses perch, snapper and tusk fish."
Sunshine Reef was a better option for the smaller boats with coral trout, sweetlip, pan size snapper and tusk fish on the bite. In Laguna Bay there were signs of surface activity from the smaller pelagics in close, as they (along with the whales and dolphins) targeted the schools of small baitfish, but no other reports.
COASTAL: A bit of a mixed bag from the open beaches this week with keeper size sweetlip, snapper and (after dark) the odd jewfish on the bite in the Coolum/Yaroomba area. Further up, whiting were biting at Peregian Beach (along with dart), Castaways Beach (as were flathead) and north Sunshine Beach.
On Main Beach, whiting were active across the sand flats just out from the river mouth rock groyne while on the North Shore side the catch was flathead and, around dawn and dusk, tailor. Further up, the surf gutters around Teewah were good for more whiting while dart were in numbers at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead and trevally were the standouts at the river mouth this week. The lizards were best on the run-out tide and the trevally were schooling in the deep channels on the high tide. There were also good numbers of quality whiting on the flats and drop offs in the Frying Pan while trevally, queenfish and tailor were feeding on the prawns and baitfish in the Current Line and in the Munna/Culgoa Point stretch.
From Michael Whitehead, above... "G’day Bill. Wanted to get out for a fish on Tuesday before the rain came so headed out early in my kayak down to the Current Line. Just fished topwater to minimise hassle from the weed - was flicking the MMD Splashprawn right at the top of the tide near the rocks up from the Sand Bags when this mid 40s Bluefin Trevally smacked the Splashprawn at speed. My first Bluefin Trev, amazing colours .. happy days. Cheers, Michael."
Bill Watson... "Went out early on Wednesday morning and checked out the river and boat ramp. Not many out. Spotted three guys fishing the Munna Point Bridge around 5.30am where I filmed the prawns and trevally schooling the other morning... see the photo above. I stopped for a chat around 6.30am on the way back from filming the bar. They had three trevally in a bucket, taken on live biddies. One of the lads, Troy Beitzel (pictured below) was happy to hold up a couple for a photo. Apparently there were a few tailor bite offs as well. They weren't going to be fishing there again this week so were happy to share the spot. Anyway, Troy's quality captures and generous gesture earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize."
Moving along, mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the back of Noosa Sound between dusk and dawn while Weyba Creek was a good option for whiting and, after the recent rains, mud crabs. Whiting were also schooling across from the Noosa Yacht Club on the run-in tide. Further up at Tewantin, the mangrove jacks were out and about after dark around the Noosa Marina. Upriver from there, more mud crabs were on the move in the stretch from the car ferry into Lake Cooroibah and were in good numbers between the lakes. Apart from that, whiting were biting in the shallows at the top of Lake Cooroibah.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments will see a welcome raise in dam levels after the recent rains. Borumba was around 80% capacity and Lake Macdonald was close to 90%. This will see the bass exploring into previously high and dry areas in search of food. Try small grubs, tail spinners, shallow diving lures, spinnerbaits and weedless rigged plastics for a great mix of options. Keep leaders to 6-10lb depending on the structure, and fish with stealth, as movement in shallow water transmits a lot further leading to spooked fish.