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As at Friday September 9, 2016.
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OFFSHORE: There wasn't a lot of joy for the offshore brigade this week with 20 knot+ variable easterlies hammering the coastline from late Sunday onwards. Even Friday, while fishable, wasn't particularly exciting, as you can see by this report from Trekka 2 skipper Kelly Mills... "Hey Bill. Roughed it out on the inside of The Barwon Banks on Friday for snapper, pearl perch, amberjack, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Wind was 10-15 knots from the north but with 30 knot squalls. Swell was from the north east at 2.0m and a one knot current to the south." Pictured below is Matt from Melbourne who picked up an amberjack on a pilchard down deep.
The only other report we had was from North Reef, again from
Trekka 2... "Fished North Reef on Sunday for pearlies, squire, moses perch and venus tuskies. Wind: 10-15 knots from the south east. Swell E 1.0m. 1 knot run to the south. Pictured below right is Cory from Brisbane with a stonker 68cm pearly, taken on a fleshbait."
Trekka 2 heading out on Saturday. Pearl Perch
Well that's the shortest offshore report we've done for a few years. Bear in mind, the weather wasn't really that bad around Noosa, just a bit ordinary on the exposed reefs. Needless to say there's been a lot of catch up maintenance, anti fowling etc going on in anticipation of the better weather coming our way. Roll on Sunday.
And there couldn't be a better time to put together the monthly 'Round Up' video. August was a good month, as you'll see. The luderick season, which was the best we've seen for some time, finally ran out of steam. Some thumper flathead were caught and released, while snapper, reds and the odd tuna were active on the reefs.
COASTAL: It wasn't exactly manic on the surf beaches but there was a bit of action at Marcus Beach with bream, whiting and chopper tailor on the bite. Further up, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was good for the odd jewfish in the late afternoon with soft plastics and Rapala X-Rap hard bodies working well. On the Noosa North Shore, bream, whiting and chopper tailor were active just past Teewah township, in the surf gutters opposite the Camp Grounds and around Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: The river was fairly quiet this week. Having said that bream and flathead were still in good numbers down at the mouth and, together with whiting, in the Frying Pan and around the Dog Beach area. The Milfull twins, Harley and Eli (above) had a lovely day out with dad, mum and grandad on Father's Day. Booking a hire boat from
U-Drive Boat Hire, they picnicked and fished the Dog Beach stretch and capped the day off when Harley (right in photo) boated a thumper 38cm whiting. He used a fresh prawn, caught the day before by grandad, for bait. This elbow slapper also won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Tackle World Fish of the Week prize.
River Fishing Safaris Flathead
The Woods Bays produced quality bream and the odd golden trevally while GT's were active again around first light at the Munna Point Bridge. Moving up, bream, flathead and whiting were biting in the Munna Flats area and flathead were in good numbers along the Noosaville stretch. Alan Drayton from the Gold Coast (above) caught and released this thumper 84cm flathead on a whitebait in the upper Gympie Terrace area on Saturday morning. He was on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Golden Trevally
Further upriver, GT's were responding well to surface lures early in the morning in the waters opposite the Council Chambers while golden trevally and flathead were going for prawn imitation plastics and lightly weighted whole fish baits around the Tewantin ski run. Colin English from New Zealand (above) caught and released this golden there on Tuesday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a drifted whitebait. Apart from that, Lake Cooroibah was good for bream and flathead.

FRESHWATER: Report from Chris Locke, Davo's Tackle World.... "Good numbers of big bass in Lake Borumba at the moment and water levels are sitting around 90%. The bigger fish are holding in the deeper water near the spillway following their spawn instinct. This is a great opportunity to target some of the bigger fish found in this dam. For this area, spinnerbaits that are allowed to sink to the bottom then slowly “hopped” through the suspended bass has been working, with the Nories Wasaby jig also proving to be very effective when used the same way. The boat ramp has also been upgraded and is proving very popular with the locals. Saratoga are also starting to become more prevalent as the water temps increase, with the numerous creeks coming off Lake Borumba itself being the pick of the destinations. Schooled bass are hanging around the main basin in Lake Macdonald in good numbers preparing to spawn. For targeting these suspended fish try using the Jets Hot Bite tail spinners slowly “rolled” or “hopped” through these schools. Weather is warming up now and surface fishing around the edges will start to produce more fish."
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