OFFSHORE: Not a terribly exciting week for the offshore brigade this time around with fresh to strong variable winds from the kick-off. A brief but welcome respite on Fathers Day (thank God) saw a steady stream of boats heading out but then it was a return to big winds and solid swells for the next few days. Light to moderate (and at times fresh) south easterlies provided the next window of opportunity from Wednesday on but it was mostly for bigger boats only.
With Sunday (which was Fathers Day) being the standout day of the week, the bigger boats headed for the relatively calm waters of Double Island Point. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on Sunday with a bunch of father/son teams on board for Father’s Day. Conditions were pretty good with a solid easterly swell but light winds. Dad was lucky enough to hook this nice jewfish within his first couple of drops, while the rest of the crew put together a good catch of pearl perch, venus tuskfish, snapper, grass sweetlip and moses perch. Cheers, Nat."
And we received this report and photos (above and below) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip up to D.I. on Sunday. Conditions were pretty good with light winds most of the day till the afternoon when 10-15 knots of northerly came up. The bar had a decent wave on it but nothing to stress about. We caught snapper, venus tuskfish, pearl perch, gold spot estuary cod, moses perch, areolate cod and painted sweetlip."
Apart from that there were few spotted mackerel, pearl perch, moses perch and quality jewfish reported on the bite on the northern end of North Reef while on Sunshine Reef the catch was grass sweetlip, squire and the odd coral trout. There were also a few good size cobia starting to show around Halls Reef.
COASTAL: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "Fresh to strong winds and a dumping surf made the open beaches a little less inviting this week although having said that, there were still a few die-hards out and about looking for a feed. They didn't do too bad either with flathead, dart and whiting coming from Marcus Beach and at Peregian Beach. and a few bream, flathead and most of the better quality dart reported on the bite around Sunshine Beach.
On the National Park headland, garfish were still schooling off the Fairy Pools and, along with whiting, in Granite Bay while bream and chopper tailor were active at Dolphin Point in the morning. On the Noosa North Shore, flathead, dart and tailor were active around Teewah and up towards Double Island Point."
ESTUARY: Rob Bracey, Tackle World Noosa.... "The bread and butter species were quite active in the lower estuary this week with both flathead and whiting in respectable numbers on the run-out at the river mouth. Whiting were also biting in the Frying Pan (again on the run out) while trevally and queenfish were on the prowl at the Current Line and in the outer Woods Bay. There were also a few mangrove jacks out after dark around the anchored boats and yachts.
Bream were on the bite around the Noosa Sound jetties, in Weyba Creek (as were flathead) and around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin. Upriver from there, school jewfish were responding well to live fish baits, soft plastics and fresh mullet strips in the deeper holes either side of the Tewantin car ferry."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The fishing was good in the lower estuary for flathead and bream this week. We mainly fished the Frying Pan and the Woods Bays. Pictured (above) is Les with a 59cm lizard which he boated Monday morning's charter. Hilton Terrace was also productive for trevally and bream while further upriver at Lake Cooroibah we landed some nice GT's and a few good flathead."
And we received this comprehensive FOTW entry from Tias Colefax, pictured above and below left... "Hi Bill. I caught and released this monster 90cm flatty on the weekend in Lake Weyba. I was casting a ZMan SwimmerZ into a shallow bank. I hooked this monster on a 1000 reel with 8 pound line and a Samaki Zing 1-4kg rod from Tackle World Noosa. The fish was barely hooked and my mate jumped into the waist deep water to net it. Cheers , Tias." His detailed report and accompanying video of the flathead release earned Tias this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
There were also a few mud crabs out and about throughout the system and blue swimmers in the lower estuary. From Samantha 'Brodo' Broderick... "Hi Bill. Emma (above right) and her dad dropped the pots in on Thursday night and managed to catch two muddies, including this big fella. Cheers, Brodo."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Lake MacDonald is holding just under max capacity and should be slowly warming up. Borumba is consistently around 80% and hasn’t had much flow into it for a while now. This all equates to stable water conditions which fish love. While we are heading toward warmer conditions there will be a short surface bite. During this time small surface lures are a must which makes the Sammy 65 perfect for edge work. Once the sun is up or the bait fish stop flicking it is time to break out small plastics on the new finesse ZMan Chinlockz jig heads and use small paddle tail plastics cast deep into structure. This method will pull fish from deep within weed beds and laydowns."