OFFSHORE: Wow! The Noosa Bar crossing was a doddle this week, fluctuating between 'easy as' (see video clip above) and 'flat as a tack'. We flew the drone a couple of hours after low tide on Monday afternoon to mark any changes and you can view that video footage HERE. Laguna Bay was glassed out at times but it was a little bit joggly out past the headland. Not perfect, but certainly fishable with some quality snapper on the bite on most of the visited reefs.
It certainly looks like it's going to be one of the best snapper seasons we've seen in a long while. We received this report and photos (above) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on a nine hour charter on Wednesday. The snapper were chewing their heads off early on, with the rest of the catch being pearl perch, venus tusk fish and Maori cod. The snapper were caught on squid/pilchard baits and soft plastics."
Cougar One is running double shifts at the moment with Trekka 2 and Wild Thing 2 off the water for maintenance and re-fit work. So, while the snapper were well spread, so were they. Report from North Reef... "Hey mate. We ran back to back seven and five hour charters on Sunday. Conditions weren't too bad with the westerly wind dropping around lunchtime. The fishing was consistent throughout the day. We caught snapper, plenty of pearl perch, Moses perch, cobia and venus tusk fish. Pictured above is Tina Bean from Gympie with a quality snapper and below left, deckie Jack Meakin with a couple of nice pearlies."
And on Tuesday they targeted Chardon's Reef on a five hour charter. Eric Wiberg from Sweden (above right) did well to pull in this nice snapper. The rest of the catch was Maori cod, Moses perch and more snapper. Closer in, Arkwright Shoal and Sunshine Reef were good for snapper, sweetlip and the odd longtail and mack tuna, as was the Hall's Reef stretch. There was even the odd out of season (or early season) Spaniard cruising north of there up around Stingrays.
COASTAL: Conditions on the open beaches were pretty much as good as they get for this time of the year, especially while the variable westerlies prevailed. Mornings were best, however, ahead of the odd afternoon blow. There wasn't a lot of swell either and the surf anglers made the most of it. On the Noosa North Shore, chopper tailor, dart, whiting, bream and tarwhine were well spread with the standouts coming from the stretch from the river mouth to the First Cutting and up around Double Island Point. On Noosa Main Beach, whiting were in numbers and on the move but in close enough for sight casting while on the Noosa National Park headland, Dolphin Point and Granite Bay played host to trevally, bream and schools of quality garfish. Further south, the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach were good for some quality bream while Castaways Beach was the spot for dart, whiting and tailor.
ESTUARY: It was pretty quiet in the river system this week with just the bread and butter species putting in a show. The lizards were still on the prowl at the river mouth but not in big numbers while whiting were biting in the Frying Pan. Bream were still in numbers in the lower estuary and up around Tewantin while tailor and queenfish were active In the Woods Bays. There was also the bonus of the odd mangrove jack being still out and about with the Noosa Waters canals worth a mention. From John Beaumont, below left... "Whilst holidaying in Noosa I caught this 2.5kg, 55cms long Mangrove Jack at Noosa Waters in the canal, just on dusk. This is the second Jack I've caught on light gear. Also caught Bream and Fingermark. They all lived to fight another day! Regards, John." John's colourful, quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "The water was cooler around the traps this week so the bigger flathead fired up for us most mornings early before the stronger westerlies picked up. Still plenty of bream schooling around structure at the river mouth and Dog Beach. Flathead were also chewing on the ebb tide in the Woods Bays and river mouth. Further up towards Tewantin and Cooroibah fished well for bream and flathead. We had some good hookups on the queenfish but busted off on the light gear time and time again. Pictured (below) is Liam from Windera, Queensland with a 65cm dusky and his better half Maree (above right) who topped him with her 67cm fish. Both boated around Tewantin, one on a prawn the other on a pilchard."
FRESHWATER: The impoundments continued to produce with bass schooling in the deeper, warmer waters. It's always worth having a sound around these areas as well as around the spillway float lines. Their natural response to head downstream and breed is only halted by these walls and schools can be of epic sizes. Check out Three Ways and the Botanical Gardens at Macdonald. Borumba is a little harder to fish due to its size but bass can even be caught at the boat ramp so before you head up into the arms be sure to nose around the smaller inlets closer to home. Surface lures are still getting hit in the afternoon and soft plastics like the Berkley Gulp Pulse Worms work well. The smaller micro jigs previously mentioned also work great as do the Hot Bite spoons.
From Cody Van Rensburg, above... "I was fishing Lake Macdonald over the weekend with my good mate. When first cast on a 2.8 inch Keitech Crazy Flapper, I hooked and landed my new PB bass going 45cm. After a quick photo he was released and swam off strong! Cheers, Cody."