OFFSHORE: Not much in the way of glass outs on the local reefs this week but with so much pelagic activity in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay the weather wasn't an issue. Which was a good thing with the late morning winds often in the 12 to 18 knot range and the exposed waters a tad lumpy. The swell on the bar wasn't all that big but the small sets were certainly packing a punch and catching some boaties by surprise, even on the better days... see video above.
The birds were working in close at times but a lot of anglers reported that the tuna schools were very skittish. Local angler Ben Lavender (above) didn't have any issues as far as that was concerned but he did end up with a surprise capture... "Got this 120cm queenfish while chasing the tuna in Laguna Bay on Thursday. I was casting a Nomad surface lure into a tuna boil just outside the river mouth when it was taken by this very acrobatic fish. Was successfully released after a quick photo!" Ben's quality capture (and release) won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
And we received this from Sam Gray, above... "Headed out in the bay on Sunday morning chasing longtails. Trolled the diver and 30 seconds later this thumper longtail took off like a jet. Cheers, Sam". Note: Troll the outer edge of the boils when the pelagics are a bit flighty. Or fish deep. From Mike Campbell, below left... "Headed out into Laguna Bay on Monday morning to throw into some boil-ups. Picked up a bonito for bait and then struggled to get within casting distance before spooking them. After an hour or so decided to have a bottom bash and picked up these two lipper, 56cm on a live yakka and a 48cm on floating pilly plus a few smaller ones up to 40cm on the fresh bonito off the bottom... stoked with a great mornings fishing! Regards, Mike."
The Spaniards and spotties were still around, of course, and a few anglers were quietly getting into them. From Noel Tierney, above right... "G’day Bill. We decided to make the most of a good day like everyone else and headed out to Halls Reef on Thursday morning. There was plenty of surface action with bait balls and birds working everywhere. My son and I got a double hook up and I ended up with this Spaniard going 8kgs. It went for a trolled gar. Cheers, Noel."
Away from the hustle and bustle of Laguna Bay, North Reef had some good snapper, venus tusk fish, spotted mackerel and Spanish mackerel on the bite. And Sunshine Reef produced longtail tuna, mack tuna, spotted and Spanish mackerel and mixed reefies. Report from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Well. I've had a week off the water but every fisherman had the green light on Thursday and the weather gods did not disappoint, dishing out perfection on all accounts. It's good to see all the locals out today. Big Hall's was the spot to pick up live bait, also producing mackerel in the mix. Myself having enough of the pelagics, concentrated on a reef fish diet. Anchoring on Sunshine Reef for a few stops and being rewarded with a mixed bag of pearl perch, tusk fish, mahi mahi and a few trout. Take care, Chicko." Further south at Coolum and Mudjimba it was longtail tuna, mack tuna, wahoo and Spanish mackerel.
COASTAL: There wasn't a lot of feedback from the open beaches this week with surf anglers still coming to terms with the new rules. Having said that, whiting and dart were in good numbers on the south side with some good fish coming from Peregian Beach and, along with the odd flathead, at Castaways Beach. Whiting were also biting at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Note: The four wheel drive beach recreation areas at Teewah Beach and Rainbow Beach have been 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 baitfish were in good numbers in the lower estuary this week and the birds and the pelagics weren't too far behind. Report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were on the bite on the run out tide at the river mouth while trevally were active in the deep channels there around high tide. Quality whiting were out and about on the sand flats and drop offs in the Frying Pan. Further along, trevally, queenfish and tailor were working the bait schools in the outer Woods Bay, along the Current Line, out from the Noosa Pacific and around the Munna Point Bridge."
"A few straggler jacks were also under the trevally schools and, after dark, around the back of The Sound. From Derick Payne, above right.... "Popped into Davo's on Wednesday morning and got some prawns and mullet. Picked up these two late in the afternoon on the run out tide in the Woods Bays. Both measured 52cms. Cheers, Derick." Weyba Creek was also worth a look, with whiting responding well to live prawns and yabbies and mud crabs going for the tried and tested mullet frames. Whiting were also biting across from the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club on the run in tide. At Tewantin, the jacks were on the prowl around the Noosa Marina while further up, mud crabs were on the move in the first lake (whiting at the top) and in good numbers between the lakes."