OFFSHORE: There wasn't much joy for the offshore brigade this week with mostly strong to gale force variable easterly winds, 3 to 4 metre seas and swell and torrential rain. Wednesday and Thursday were the pick of the bunch, if you could call it that, although conditions were best suited to the bigger boats. Under the circumstances, it was a tad lumpy and hard yakka on the locals with the bulk of the catch being plate size sweetlip, moses perch and pearl perch.
The photos above are from this time last year but they'll give you an idea of some of the species that will be cruising our reefs in the lead-up to Christmas.
Update: Saturday December 19, 2020. The boats have been out fishing the locals over the last few days. To view those recent FaceBook reports CLICK HERE
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Surf fishing has been quieter due to the strong winds, rain and swell. We should hopefully see a good flush-out though. The last rains saw some big dart in excess of 50cm landed. These fish fell for beach worms and pipi baits with 6-8kg setups doing the best. Lighter lines will always do best in the surf as they have less resistance, so fish as light as you can, especially if there is any sweep.
ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "Well, the rain really stirred things up nicely and the big tides and swell certainly moved a lot of sand around in the lower estuary. Top of the tide was best in most cases, of course, with some quality whiting on the bite around the river mouth sand flats. Flathead were on the prowl throughout the Frying Pan area, in the Woods Bays and along the Culgoa Point/Munna Point stretch. From Dan White... "Last day of our Noosa holidays and my daughter Sophie (below) landed a cracking 82cm flathead off the beach at Noosa Sound. The flathead was caught on a live herring caught by the kids in a cast net. The rod had been set up for whiting fishing so the herring was pinned in the shoulder on a size 4 long shank hook that thankfully was lodged on the corner of the flathead's mouth. After a couple of quick photos she was released fit and healthy back into the river. Cheers, Dan." Sophie's near croc size capture (and release) won her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Mangrove jacks were another species that were out and about in numbers this week, especially after dark, with the Sand Bags, the Woods Bays, the back of Noosa Sound and, along with whiting and trevally, around the Munna Point Bridge and up in Weyba Creek. From Fraser Johnson, below left... "Fished Weyba Creek on Tuesday night hoping for a jack. Got two! One measured 41cm, the other measured 49cm. Both went for live herring baits. Happy with that."
Apart from that, trevally were working the Current Line, while more jacks were on the bite at Tewantin (as were trevally) and further upriver in the stretch between the lakes. Local angler Noel Tierney (above right) decided to chase up a jack on Friday night and, as you can see, did well. This 50cm specimen tried to run off with Noel's live poddy mullet bait in the first ski run at Tewantin and nearly succeeded when he spat the hook just as Noel slid the net under him.
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Heya Bill. How good is the rain! Definitely the boost we needed for the silly season ahead of us, it’s also cleared out most of that snot weed so everyone will be happy to not see that for another 12 months. Heaps of tailor up and down the river everywhere so it’s well worth over stocking the tackle box. We caught mangrove jacks, flathead and bream around the Woods Bays. Pictured (above) is Derrick from Caloundra with his 43cm jack. Caught on a strip of mullet on Monday's charter. Couple of whiting in Weyba Creek and the odd GT around The Sound on our way there.
The clean/dirty water current line around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin has been holding a fair few bream, trevally and juvenile cobia,. We hooked a few good fish in the ski run but got busted off or spooled most times. Lake Cooroibah wasn’t too bad either, some nice flathead, barb wire queen fish, bream and trevally. Gian from Sydney (above) caught and released this 55cm flathead there on one of our Lake trips. It went for a whole whitebait."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Freshwater will be quieter as the dams fill with cool rain. The dirty water often sees the bass move into deeper water in search of warmer clearer waters. Fish closer to the bottom and look for schooled up fish. Try the Hot Bite jigs and spinnerbaits in the deeper waters. Look for spikes in water temperature as you move around the dam and be sure to have a good sound around these areas.