Not much joy for the offshore boys all last week with strong south easterlies only dropping off on Sunday. Even then it was still pretty gnarly on the bar, in the bay and beyond and realistically only an option from this morning when the wind eased to almost nothing and the swell dropped below 1.5 metres.
The river, of course, was still worth considering but you needed your wet weather gear most of the time. Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa... "Flathead and trevally were active from the Dog Beach to the river mouth with the deep water by the rock wall best for the trevs. Best bait; lightly weighted whitebait. Fishing the run-out tide with lightly weighted small ganged pilchards was the most effective way to land a few flatties around Gympie Terrace and Weyba Creek. The mouth of Lake Doonella has also been producing good numbers of queenfish and trevally on soft plastics and small micro jigs.
Whiting have been in decent numbers around the Frying Pan. Most of these fish are in their mid 30's. Local cured worms have been the pick of the bait. Plenty of good size bream around Munna Point. For best results fish mullet fillet and whitebait. Munna Point is still producing queenies on dusk using small micro jigs and small soft plastics. The Lions Park was also a good place to find a few trevally and the odd mangrove jack on dusk."
Saturday May 7, 2022. Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Mate. Headed east of Double Island Point for our nine hour trip on Friday. Conditions were a bit lumpy on the way out with the easterly swell, but it was well worth the slow trip out. We caught snapper (released plenty once everyone had enough), pearl perch, amberjack, cobia, yellowtail kingfish, venus tuskfish and moses perch. Some big tea leaf trevally and mack tuna also kept our jigging customers well and truly entertained. Good day had by all. Cheers, Nat."
There were some good fish on the bite closer to home as well with tuna and mackerel working the bait schools in Laguna Bay (more so along the Hall's Reef stretch), out around Sunshine Reef (where coral trout were a welcome bonus) and along the middle reef belt. Juvenile billfish were out and about as well.
From local yak angler Jack Dekort, pictured above... "Hey Bill! Ditched the kayak on Saturday morning and had a cast of a soft plastic not far off the National Park headland at what we thought was longtail, turned out to be a baby black! Good fun on the snapper gear. Cheers, Jack."
And from Tom Peard, above... "Hi Bill. Headed out over the bar around 5.45am on Thursday. Missed getting on the morning bar crossing video but maybe next time. Huge bait schools all through Hall's Reef. It was on fire with tuna. We trolled hard bodies there and further out. Got busted off multiple times until we went to wire traces. The Spaniards were down deep. This one went for a trolled Samaki 7m+ deep diver that Chicko recommended. Cheers, Tom."