OFFSHORE: The pelagics were out in numbers in Laguna Bay this week and so were the local anglers, all looking to stock up their freezers and avoid the crowds at the supermarkets. It was a tad lumpy at times, courtesy of the northerlies and later in the week, the blustery south easterlies, but with the fish on the boil it wasn't an issue. Social distancing was the buzz word and most anglers adhered to the official directives, especially at the boat ramps. The swell on the bar wasn't too bad on the weekend but close to low tide the small but deceptive sets packed a punch and gave a few skippers a bit of a fright. The birds were out in numbers as well so you didn't need a fish finder to locate the action; it was all on for young and old within 100 metres of the bar, and beyond.
From Joel Hautala... "Great Friday morning fish off Noosa. Worked the Halls Reef side of the bay chasing mackerel with my mate Ross. Trolling three different baits; pike, garfish and yakka. Picked up three Spaniards and two sharks. Ross (above) got this 16kg (est) fish on a pike. Glassed out. An unreal morning."
And we received this report from Bhay Raynor Johnston, above... "G'day Bill. Headed out in the bay Sunday afternoon to chase some longtails and this personal best 17kg specimen decided to give me a real run for my money. It went for a white Rapala X-Rap stick bait. Bloody stoked to land him. Cheers!"
Local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) paddled out into Laguna Bay well before first light on Monday morning and found himself hooked up to this thumper 19kg cobia or black kingfish at Little Hall's Reef just before sunrise. This fish took off with Ian's trolled Rapala X-Rap Magnum 20 (Wahoo pattern) hard body lure at a great rate of knots and towed him across the bay before finally coming to the side of his kayak at Jew Shoal. Tired as he was, Ian still had the energy for a quick stop at Davo's to get his catch photographed for the Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week Competition. Which was good thinking on his part as his impressive capture (these fish have a ton of energy and power) and even more impressive feat of endurance won him the $100.00 prize.
The mack tuna were out in mega numbers. From Joe Corcoran... "Ten year old Finn (above) caught his first ever tuna around 6.30am on Monday morning. Off the Boiling Pot, from the back of my jet ski. It went for a cast Arma 10g Metalik slug that we bought off Davo's Tackle World on Sunday. Thanks, Joe."
Local yak angler Dave McGregor (above) has been at it again... "Hi Bill. I snuck out early from the doggy beach at Sunshine on Friday morning. One hit on a ganged tailor just inside the boats at Alexandria Bay. A nice fat 132cm. Let me know when you're ready for a paddle to Halls Reef. I'll take it easy on you."
And we received this report from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi fishos. I have been a little quiet of late, staying home, fine tuning my fishing gear. Only venturing out once a week to bring home some fresh fish. Last week we came across some smaller size Spanish on the 50 metre line but a few of the boys are finding the larger fish on the closer reefs. Most of these fish are preferring large, slow trolled baits. On Monday we chased the tuna smashing the small bait in the bay. They were mostly mack tuna but the larger longtails were definitely lurking. We pushed out to Sunshine Reef and boated a large spotty mackerel along with some delicious tusk fish for Easter. Weather conditions were sloppy with no current and the swell around a metre. Stay safe, Chicko."
COASTAL: Please Note: As at Thursday afternoon, April 2, 2020 the four wheel drive beach recreation areas at Teewah Beach and Rainbow Beach are among the latest locations to be closed by the State Government in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch made the announcement, saying it was “necessary” in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and align decisions with advice from the state’s Chief Health Officer.
ESTUARY: The river system was fairly quiet this week with many anglers still coming to grips with the Government's COVID-19 directives. For your information, fishing for food has been deemed an acceptable exercise as long as the correct social distance rules and limited numbers (the exception being the close family unit) are observed. I saw a couple of Council Rangers at the river mouth car park on Tuesday morning. They appeared to be checking to make sure no one was flouting the social distance rules. Good to see. I think some of the non believers are starting to take the Coronavirus threat more seriously now. Long may it last. I paddled there in my kayak, by the way, and in between filming the boats, I did my swivels, stretches and touch toe exercises.
River report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were active in the deep channels down towards the river mouth on the run out tide and whiting were biting on the lower estuary sand flats on the run in tide. Jemma Clive from Tewantin (below left) is pictured with an elbow slapping whiting which she caught while fishing with her family on Saturday. They were drifting in the Frying Pan in their boat, using live yabbies as their draw card.
Across from there, trevally (big eyes and GT's) were on the prowl at the Current Line and (at night) in the Inner Woods Bay. Flathead and whiting were responding well to drifted live yabbies and prawns in Weyba Creek. Mud Crabs were also in good numbers there and throughout the river. Ally Broderick (above right) caught this thumper buck in Weyba early on Thursday morning. Mum Samantha said... "It will go well with the mackerel we caught last week for our Good Friday lunch. Happy Easter. Cheers, Sam." Upriver at Tewantin, flathead were on the bite at the Council Chambers while whiting were in good numbers in the first lake. Note: The prawns are starting to run and it should be a good moon phase for them."
FRESHWATER: Recreation areas at Seqwater-managed lakes and parks are closed until further notice to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This closure includes boating, skiing and fishing. That means Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam are now out of bounds for recreational activities until further notice.
From Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle: "Freshwater anglers keen for a fish can still work the more secluded waters of Kin Kin Creek. You can find a mixed bag of species here as the water is brackish. This area is heavily laden with timber and is a lure fisho's paradise. Be sure to use the new Shinto weedless hooks on smaller 2.5-3 inch soft plastics for better results. And don’t forget to load up on ice before you start your trip so your catch remains fresh."