As at Friday September 8, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Not a bad week actually, with light to moderate variable winds prevailing. Monday (when fresh to strong 20 to 25 knot northerlies dominated) was the only no go. Otherwise it was full steam ahead with the more distant reefs a definite option for those with the bigger boats and larger fuel tanks.|
|Report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish: "We ran a nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Saturday. Conditions were perfect with light westerlies. We caught red emperor, gold band snapper, sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, tusk fish and bagged out on snapper."
And Wild Thing 2 had a blinder at The Hards on Tuesday. From skipper Paul Glover... "Well, what a wicked day. We had winds of about 10 knots north west to south west. We caught our bag of good snapper, quality jewfish, nice amberjacks on knife jigs, venus tusk fish and Maori cod." Pictured is Philip Margrave from Adelaide (above) with a quality jewfish. Kyle Clark, Brisbane and Greg Dworak from Adelaide (below) with a couple of standout knobbies.
|While local angler Robbie Haddow (below) fished The Banks on Saturday... "Hi Bill. Landed this coronation trout, personal best at 72cm, 5.5 kg. Caught it at the Northern Banks christening my new egg beater, a Penn Spinfisher 950SSM with 30p braid. It was an early Father's Day present from the kids when I told them I was taking a few boys out on Saturday. Also got good parrot and AJ's. All fish were caught on Davo's pilly/squid combos." Robbie's standout and very colourful capture earned him the added bonus of this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
North Reef was feast or famine. Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish... "We ran a five hour charter to North on Sunday. Conditions were light westerly winds with little or no current. We caught snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch and red emperor. Pictured is Rick (below left) with his red."
|And from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "We fished North Reef on Friday. Wind was 15 to 25 knots from the south east. Light southerly current. We boated moses perch, tusk fish, slate bream, sergeant baker and the coral trout that Geoff Martin from Tuchekoi, Queensland (above) is pictured with."
Haven't heard much from Chardon's Reef for a while. Eric McCarthy (above) fished there with his son Andrew on Thursday morning. There wasn't much action apart from the odd just legal size reefy until Eric's pilchard floater was taken by this 7.5kg cobia. The lads were happy with that and headed back home before the heat of the day. In Laguna Bay, Hall's Reef produced the odd grass sweetlip, as did Jew Shoal, but with the added bonus of squire.
|COASTAL: Not a lot of feedback from the surf beaches this week with just a few chopper tailor reported on the bite at Marcus Beach and whiting (and the odd flathead) active from Castaways to Sunshine. The only other reports were of dart and chopper tailor chasing small cast slugs off the headland rocks.
ESTUARY: The river wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders but it was still worth putting in the time down around the mouth if you were looking of a feed of bream, tarwhine, whiting or flathead. Barbara Curry (below) caught her 55cm flathead there on a prawn bait on Friday's Noosa River Fishing Safari.
Bream and flathead were also active in the Frying Pan, as were quality whiting, with live beach worms, squid tentacles, live yabbies, small 2” grub style soft plastics, Jackson Ebi Panic Prawns and of course, small surface lures like the Strada Virals attracting the elbow slappers in excellent numbers. Further along, the Woods Bays were good for the odd diamond and cale cale trevally which were going for small micro jigs like the 3gm and 6gm Blue Blue Jigs. These belly weighted jigs have an attractive slow fall action. Bream, tarwhine and flathead were also on the bite there. Lucas Nunn from South Australia (below) boated this 72cm flathead in the outer Woods Bay on Saturday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait.
And from local angler Thomas Antcliff... "Hi guys. My partner Michelle King (pictured below left) caught this flathead while trolling the outgoing tide in the inner Woods Bay on Friday morning. She was using a pink Micro Mullet hard body lure from Lively Lures. It measured 60cm and we kept it for dinner."
|The Munna Beach area and Weyba Creek (up to the mouth of the lake) produced flathead, bream and whiting while up around Tewantin it was flathead and bream in the ski runs and golden trevally on the bite below Makepeace Island. And this from Tim Lawless... "Hi Bill. My daughter Madeline (above right) caught this shovel nose ray on a Davo's prawn on the mud flats of the Tewantin reach on the outgoing tide on Sunday. Released after a quick pic." Between the lakes, mangrove jacks were responding well to live baits and Samaki Soft Vibes around the rock bars in the vicinity of Johns Landing.|
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