OFFSHORE: It wasn't a bad week for the offshore brigade. Saturday was pretty much a no go with blustery south easterlies dominating but apart from that it was all systems go with light to moderate variable winds and little or no swell. And to top that off, the fish were on the bite, although the afternoon sessions (or overnighters) were best either side of Wednesday's full moon. Even better, the snapper were out and about which bodes well for the Snapper Challenge.
All of our local reefs were on the agenda. From out wide, we received this report and photos (above and below) from Mick Hardcastle, Davo's Tackle World.. "Hi Bill. My mate Harry Stockdale and I fished The Hards on Friday in great conditions and the fish were well and truly on the bite. We boated jobfish, amberjack, pearl perch, cobia and plenty of quality snapper. We left a hot bite with a healthy looking esky which is great news for the Snapper Competition!"
From the deeper waters of Double Island Point the species list consisted of snapper to red emperor to longtail tuna! This is the time of year where we see a rise in water temps and along with that the pelagics are hanging around. Mixed in with these are some solid winter species and a range of mixed reefies.
Report and photos (above and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey mate. We were super busy running full day trips most of the week. The weather was favourable, with light winds and almost no current. The fishing ran hot and cold with the full moon phase, but we worked hard and got some nice fish. We caught plenty of snapper, some trophy size pearl perch, cobia, mangrove jack, moses perch, sweetlip and venus tusk fish. Cheers, Nat."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced a few good coral trout. To land one of these quality fish you need whole pillies or live yakka’s and strong octopus hooks. Be sure you run 50lb or more leaders on a short stout rod like the Shimano Anthem which has already knocked over some big reef fish locally. Other species are of course the smaller snapper but you will need to drop lines down to 15lb to 20lb max as the waters are super clear from all the westerly winds. If you're looking for a great plastic try the 4" Atomic Prong. Snapper love plastics with movement and these have all you could possibly want. Report and photo (above right) from Wayne Junghenn, Davo's Boating and Outdoors... "Hi Bill. Fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday. It was glassed out most of the morning so we made the most of it, boating venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, hussar and a few snapper. Best baits were pilchards and mullet fillet. Cheers, Wayne."
COASTAL: Surf fishing is producing mixed results all along the coast. From after dark jewies in the big gutters to dart and whiting during the daytime. Be sure to check out gutters during the daytime so you can fish in low light hours. This week we had the full moon on Wednesday which is usually a great trigger for fish to feed hard in the low light/evening. For the bigger fish, check out the rocks of Sunshine Beach, Noosa National Park and the middle groyne.
For those anglers after a more manageable catch the bream were well spread along the Noosa North Shore with dart, tailor and whiting also making a show.
ESTUARY: Mike Sultana , Davo's Tackle World... "The River is clear after the lack of rain and the bigger currents are seeing good numbers of flathead and trevally in the lower estuary. During first light the trevally are picking off baitfish coming in with the tide. Try around Woods Bay, Munna Bridge, Frying Pan and Munna Point. Flathead will also be found around these areas. If looking for jacks you could try the rocks of the river mouth and the new colour Lucky Craft Pointers are more than equipped for the task. These come rigged with Decoy YS81 heavy duty treble hooks that are built tough for big fish.
Further upriver you can expect to find a continued run of soapy sized jewfish which love a range of lures. Small soft vibes and hard lures like the Jackall TN60 send out lots of vibration which attracts these fish. Other species around the flats and drop offs have been whiting, golden trevally and flatties waiting to smash passing fish." From local angler Chris Johnson... "Please pass on my thanks to all the team at Davo's Noosa. I decided get my wife Belinda (pictured above) into soft plastic fishing by getting her a new rod/reel for her birthday. The boys were fantastic on their advice. She is now consistently catching fish, the 620 flattie is her pb so far. We went out to Lake Borumba for the weekend and she landed a 500mm Bass. Thanks again. Cheers, Chris."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments are starting to warm up and with the increasing daytime temperatures you can venture around the edges and free standing timber. Small hard bodies twitched out from the bank will work wonders and the Jackall 61 SP is a great lure for this time of year. The new Hot Bite Raptors slow fall jigs have just landed and will secure any schooled up fish that are sitting deep.