OFFSHORE: Not a brilliant week for the offshore brigade but certainly fishable most days. Variable northerlies dominated, though, so there was more often than not a bit of slop and chop to contend with on the exposed reefs. A tad uncomfortable at times for those in smaller boats but with the snapper on the chew it was worth putting up with a bit of rock and roll. With little or no swell, the bar (see above) was quite straight forward so that, at least, was a blessing.
Reports from the more distant reefs listed good catches of snapper, amberjack, pearl perch and nannygai around Double Island Point plus yellowtail kingfish, teraglin jewfish and lots of snapper on the bite at The Hards. Realistically, though, the middle reef belt was the limit for most anglers. Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "We fished North Reef on Sunday’s seven hour charter. We had a 5 to 10 knot south easterly breeze and minimal current. We caught snapper, gold spot cod, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Pictured (above) is Maylee Loy-Sin from Coomera with her standout knobby snapper."
And again, a couple of days later... "We fished North Reef on Tuesday’s five hour charter. Conditions were bumpy on the way out with 15 to 20 knots of north west wind, however it was down to 5 to 10 knots by mid morning. We caught some nice snapper, yellowtail kingfish, venus tusk fish, moses perch and saw plenty of whales. Pictured (above) is Kristian Markovic from Burpengary with his snapper, and Lachlan Jordan from Toowoomba with his kingy."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef and Laguna Bay (Jew Shoal and Hall's Reef) produced grass sweetlip, mackerel tuna and some good eating size snapper. Report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "The boys came around for coffee this morning, so a quick brew in the thermos, with a packet of pilchards and nobody at the boat ramp!! Turned into one hour of snapper power. All good eating size, taken on light floaters. Calm conditions and an easy bar crossing. Crispy skin snapper with couscous and rocket salad for the party. See ya out there. Chicko."
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COASTAL: Saturday's full moon drew out the jewfish or mulloway earlier in the week with some good fish reported on the bite at Yaroomba and Coolum between dusk and dawn. During the day, Peregian and Castaways Beaches were good for whiting while north Sunshine Beach was the spot for bream, yellowtail kingfish and chopper tailor around first light. Further up, tailor and trevally were on the bite off the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland and whiting were biting around First Point on Main Beach. Along from there, dart were on the prowl near the river mouth rock groyne and (along with flathead) opposite Teewah township on the Noosa North Shore. Further north, the rocks at Double Island Point produced a few yellowtail kingfish and chopper tailor.
ESTUARY: The lizards were out and about in numbers in the lower estuary this week. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. We’re seeing a lot more flathead moving back down the river towards the ocean entrance and Frying Pan. Plenty of mid 50’s sized fish getting about with the odd big mumma in the mix. Zac from Melbourne (below left) caught and released this 82cm specimen in the first couple of minutes on Thursday afternoon's charter."
Flathead were also on the prowl in the Dog Beach stretch (as were mangrove jacks at night) while whiting were biting in the Frying Pan and Munna Beach area. From Joey Cooney... "Great whiting caught by Abby (above right) on Tuesday! Off the beach at Munna Point with squid bait! She’s nine years old." Trevally and mangrove jacks were active in the Woods Bays and the back of Noosa Sound while Weyba Creek was another good option for whiting.
And the lower Gympie Terrace stretch was another trevally hot spot. Report and photos (above) from Sebastian Riggall... "Went fishing with the family on Thursday morning with a pretty successful outcome. Using live prawns we managed to land a few golden trevally and a couple small flathead. But the standout catches for the day was my girlfriend Kym's 61cm tea leaf trevally and my nephew Ace's diamond (pennant) trevally. Both put up great fights and all fish were successfully released." Sebastian's family group entry took out this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
There was still plenty of action further upriver around Tewantin with jewfish responding well to soft plastics and live fish baits near Makepeace Island and up past the car ferry. Flathead and queenfish were also out and about. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "We caught some pretty good quality queenfish and flathead in Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah and a few smaller mangrove jacks as well. Anthony from South Australia (above) caught and released this 76cm flathead on one of our weekend charters while Jon from Melbourne (below left) caught this 80cm queenfish on a frogmouth pilchard."
And Josh Marshall (above right) sent us this photo on Saturday of a mangrove jack... "I got it on a Jackall Squirrel in the Noosa River just next to the ferry on my kayak." Apart from that, jewfish (and the odd jack) were active in the deeper waters between the lakes about half an hour either side of the tide change.