OFFSHORE: There wasn't much joy for the weekend warriors with fresh to strong south easterlies hammering the coastline on Saturday and Sunday. Conditions improved from Monday on, though, but it appears that many were otherwise occupied by then, judging by the limited number of small boats heading out. Even with the wind dropping back it was more often than not moderate to fresh (despite the optimistic forecasts) so it was a bit sloppy at times.
The bigger boats handled the sometimes lumpy conditions without too many problems and trips further up the coast were certainly quite viable. Report and photo (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran up to Double Island Point on Monday on a nine hour trip. Conditions started off a bit lumpy but smoothed out by the time we got up there. We ended up getting our bag limit of squire with the odd bigger snapper mixed in, along with Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pigfish and trevally. There was almost no current so we were able to use soft plastics and floating baits for the snapper. Cheers, Nat."
The September Snapper Challenge has been a much talked about event and based on the feedback, we expect we'll see a steady stream of entries over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, check these out... From John Marlow, above... "I caught this snapper about 20 miles off Rainbow Beach. We caught quite a few, but this was the best of them. I’d be grateful if you could enter this into the Snapper Competition. It measured well over 90cm. Regards, John."
And this entry from yak angler Daniele Giannatempo, above... "Easy launch on my Viking Profish Reload from Noosa Main Beach at first light on Monday with Jason Milne. We saw dolphins on the way past the shark nets close to our kayaks. Lots of bird activity all the way from the beach to Jew Shoal but only very small surface bait and apparently no predators around. Wind was higher then predicted so we relied on fast drifts to get jigs, plastics and even trolled baits in front of anything. I jigged using my new jigging combo purchased at Davo's. I gotta thank Adam and Chico and for that. Storm Gomoku Gen 2, Shimano Saragosa 6000 and Shimano Coltsniper 40g. Real Anchovy colour. After an hour I got a beautiful 57cm snapper on a drift. Good times and tight lines, Dan."
Apart from that, North Reef produced some good snapper and pearl perch while Trekka 2 reported gold spot cod, squire, moses perch and tusk fish at Chardon's Reef. Closer in, Sunshine Reef didn't exactly fire but was still good for squire and grass sweetlip. Lots of bait in Laguna Bay but no pelagic activity.
COASTAL: The open beaches were good for the bread and butter species this week. Castaways Beach and the northern end of Alexandria Bay produced most of the elbow slapper whiting while Marcus Beach was the spot for the better quality bream and the odd flathead. Dart were also in the mix and well spread.
On the National Park headland, tailor were schooling off the rocks at Hell's Gates while cobia were within casting distance of the Fairy Pools. Back in the bay, whiting were in good numbers if not size along Main Beach and flathead were on the bite in the deeper gutters at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson , Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were out and about in numbers at the river mouth this week. Lots of keeper size fish on the bite with a few big females in amongst them. Please remember that the maximum legal size is 75cm and handle them with respect when releasing them."
From Luke Parnell... "Hey Bill. Saw Adam at Davo’s in store early Sunday morning and purchased some cracking new gear (Shimano Stradic 4000). Adam said try some live bait either side of the spit for flathead. Well we did that, and my son Lachlan (below) caught this beautiful 55cm flathead at the bottom of low on a live bait. Cheers, Luke." Lachlan's Colgate smile and quality fish won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
"Further up, whiting were biting across the sand flats of the Frying Pan while the Woods Bays were still holding good numbers of tailor and trevally. Moving on, the Munna Point stretch was good for the odd trevally while the jacks were waking up and making their presence felt around the back of Noosa Sound."
"The bread and butter species were out and about in Weyba Creek with bream, whiting and flathead leading the charge. Flathead were also on the prowl in the waters opposite the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club while up at Tewantin the First Ski Run was the best option for those anglers chasing the trevally."
And we received this report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We had a pretty quiet week but when we did get out on Thursday morning, our visitors from Brisbane had an absolute blinder in the lower estuary. Tahlia Gartner's 71cm golden trevally (above) went for a live herring. Nicky's 50cm golden (below left) jumped on a prawn and Greg Shipman's 71cm flathead (below right) took a peeled prawn. All fish were released. We also picked more quality flathead down towards the river mouth, along with bream and whiting, plus up around Tewantin; some small GT's and more bream."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Freshwater will be quieter as Lake Macdonald is now overflowing from the big dump of rain. This will see the fish adjusting to the cooler water which is nutrient rich so they should be feeding hard as of next week. Borumba is under 90% capacity and did not receive as much rain so is more stable. For most anglers vibes and spoons will get the job done on the bass. Larger slow troll lures like Samaki Redic and RMG will get the bite if working the edges and drop off’s for a yellowbelly. While the dams settle into their new levels be sure to try and areas where water flows into it. Often fish will move into any areas of current looking for a feed and will often stay in this area after the rains have gone.