OFFSHORE: It was a tad sloppy and choppy on the exposed reefs this week with light to (more often than not) moderate 10 to 15 knot+ east north easterly winds dominating. It was certainly fishable, if not a bit uncomfortable for those anglers in the smaller boats. On the upside, the snapper were still on the bite.
The outer reefs weren't really an option this week but the close-in marks at Double Island Point were certainly worth a shot. Cougar One fished there on Sunday and hooked their first mahi mahi of the season. They also managed a good feed of venus tusk fish, cod, hussar and Moses perch. Apart from that, it was all down to the middle reef belt and closer locations to come up with the goods. North Reef was probably the best performer. We received this report and photos from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We've been flat out running trips every day with the weather gods being relatively kind to us. The northerly current has picked up bringing warm water and the first run on pelagics. We're still getting the odd quality snapper on North Reef along with cobia, jewfish, pearl perch, Moses perch and tusk fish. The photos (above and below left) are from Friday and Saturday's seven hour charters. Cheers, Nat."
And this report and photo (above right) from Jack Meakin, Wild Thing 2... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Sunday's five hour charter. Conditions were pretty bumpy on the way out with a 15 to 20 knot easterly wind. Fishing was tough at the start but we ended up with a couple of nice sized snapper and cod. We also caught venus tusk fish, Moses perch and grass sweetlip. Cheers, Jack." The only other report was of sweetlip and small snapper at Sunshine Reef.
COASTAL: Under the influence of the easterly flavoured winds the open beaches were fairly quiet this week. On the southern stretch, Sunshine Beach was the standout with whiting, flathead and dart in reasonable numbers, followed by Lion Rock in Alexandria Bay where bream and chopper tailor were on the bite. Further up from there, the Fairy Pools were good for dart, school jewfish and more chopper tailor. Back on Main Beach, whiting were biting at First Point and, together with dart and queenfish, around the middle rock groyne. Over on the Noosa North Shore the waters around Teewah township produced whiting, flathead and tailor around first light while further north, bream, some good quality GT's and jewfish were on the prowl off the rocks at Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Whiting and flathead were the big ticket items in the lower estuary this week with some good fish on the bite at the river mouth and the Frying Pan. From Brady Sullivan, below left... "Hi Guys. Followed Chicko's advice from last week's report and while the family were playing on the North Shore, I took the paddle board around to the Frying Pan on Monday for a quick flick chasing flathead. Got these two (45cm and 60cm) on Z-Man GrubZ in Motor Oil colour and was back in time for a game of beach cricket. Always nice to have a quick weekend on the North Shore and my young fella enjoyed his flathead and chips. Cheers, Brady." And Wayne Phillis from Peregian (below right) caught and released his 77cm specimen while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari."
Mangrove jacks were out after dark with good fish reported around the Sand Bags and, along with chopper tailor, queenfish and diamond trevally, in the outer Woods Bay and the current line. From Mitchell Fredericks, below... "Hi Bill. Caught this 90cm diamond trevally on Saturday morning. Went like a train. Released after a few happy snaps!" Mitch's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And the whiting were biting around Munna Point and in Weyba Creek. From Tyson Anderson... "Hi mate. I fished the change of tide on Friday morning with my dad near Munna Point and managed a great feed of tasty whiting (below left), all taken on live worms. Biggest was 38cm but plenty around 30cm to 35cm. Dinner sorted. Cheers, Tyson." And the day before, my dad (below right) caught several flatties while we were trolling pink Micro Mullets up around the entrance to the lakes. Kept two low to mid 60's fish for dinner and released a couple of bigger models. Excellent few days in our backyard. Cheers, Tyson."
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Still some quality fish getting about. As the water is warming up a lot of species are moving back down towards the mouth. We caught queenfish, bream and flathead at the Dog Beach and the Woods Bays while flathead and whiting were moving through Weyba and along the Noosaville stretch. Shane and Pascale Hegarty from Tinbeerwah (below ) boated their lizards on Sunday morning's charter."
"We also caught flathead, bream tailor and mangrove jacks around Tewantin and up in Cooroibah which is still holding flathead in good numbers as well as javelin fish (grunter bream) and the odd jewfish or mulloway. Sean from Sydney (below left) caught and released this nice jack on a live bait while on Friday morning's charter and Derick from Noosa (below right) caught this 41cm mangrove jack on Saturday morning's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait."
Apart from that, whiting and flathead were active at the bottom and top of Lake Cooroibah while the stretch between the lakes continued to produce mangrove jacks, GT's and, in the deeper holes, jewfish. Late Note: There were also a few jacks reported on the prowl around the back of The Sound after dark.