OFFSHORE: There were no complaints from the offshore brigade this week. Light to moderate variable easterly winds were the norm rather than the exception and the bar crossing was remarkably well behaved. A bit of swell at times on the more exposed reefs, but as they say, you can't have everything.
For those who targeted the Banks in the larger craft there were plenty of quality fish on offer including jewfish, cod, snapper, pearl perch, cobia and sweetlip. There were also some big mackerel with plenty of large fish cruising the deeper clearer waters. Live yakka's and slimy mackerel baits worked best for them.
Another popular destination for the bigger boats were the reefs off Double Island Point. Report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran nine hour trips Friday and Saturday up to Double Island Point. The fishing’s been pretty good with snapper, pearl perch, gold band snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod and moses perch all coming over the side in numbers. Current run has been slight and to the south. Cheers, Nat."
And from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a nine hour trip up to Double Island Point on Tuesday. Conditions were brilliant with little current and zero wind. We caught cobia and mahi mahi (as above) venus tusk fish, snapper, grass emperor, spangled emperor, wahoo and mackerel"
The middle reef belt produced some good fish for those anglers with quality lures and bait rigs and the time to fish a couple of tide changes. Report and photos (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Got away to a late start Sunday due to a deckhand no show!! Waiting at the boat ramp, then along came Andrew McCarthy! “Jump in I said“ and off we went!! We have been finding most of the mackerel hanging out wider thus far, but today they were very finicky. First fish came in on the Rapala X-Rap Pilchard colour. We boated a couple of small longtails as well. After anchoring we enticed a couple by jigging and floating pilchards. The bar was no problem and light westerly winds combined well. The photos show that everything is blue!! Happy days, Chicko."
And we received this from local angler Dave Leonard, pictured above... "Hey Bill. A few Spanish mackerel around on the weekend in the wider blue waters. Their moods change but managed to get them on trolling hard bodies, Armor jigs and floating pillies. There were plenty of small tuna on the surface also."
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was good for the smaller boats and yak anglers, although the charter boats also did well there. Report and photo (above left) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a seven hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Friday. Conditions were a bit bumpy first up but got better as the day went on. The fishing was quite good. We caught mackerel, coral trout, painted sweetlip, tuna, tusk fish, snapper, moses perch and grass emperor.
And we did a nine hour trip on Sunday to a few of the local reefs. We finished up at Sunshine catching a nice coral trout (above right) and a solid Spanish mackerel, as pictured below. We caught a variety of other fish throughout the day including cobia, tuna, snapper, moses perch, tusk fish and grass emperor."
Apart from that, the longtails were working the bait schools in Laguna Bay while Hall's Reef produced snapper, grass sweetlip and the odd Spanish mackerel.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle... "On the southern beaches, whiting, bream and the ever present dart have been plentiful and taking prawn, worms and smaller baitfish like hardy heads and whitebait. No need to cast a mile as most of the time they are just about swimming at your feet. For those of you looking to get away from the dart, reports have come in of good whiting coming from the Peregian, Castaways and Marcus Beach areas. Most have been taken first thing in the morning just after the tide turns. There were also a few good flathead on the bite at northern end of Sunshine.
Over the hill, whiting were biting at First Point, between the rock groynes on Main Beach and, together with flathead and quality dart, up around Teewah."
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "The big flathead (and to a lesser extent, good whiting) were out and about and on the prowl in the lower estuary this week with some thumper fish coming from down at the river mouth, up along the Dog Beach stretch and from over in the Frying Pan area.
From Stephen 'Stick' Kittelty, below... "Hi Bill, hope your week was as great as mine. I caught this 82cm Lizard on my $20 telescopic rod with a Jarvis Walker 2000 spin reel on Sunday. Took a bit of getting in at the mouth of the river, but once I asked a few swimmers to move away, I landed this beauty. It went for a live herring. Safely released. Cheers." Stick's quality catch and release won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
There were also a few jacks on the chew around the Sand Bags and GT's in the Current Line while the golden trevally were well spread throughout the system. Whiting were also biting in Weyba Creek while the jacks were active around the back of Noosa Sound, up around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin and, together with trevally, in the stretch between the lakes. Last but not least, the mouth of Lake Cootharaba was another good option for some quality whiting."
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... Hey Bill. We caught flathead and bream at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan area this week plus a couple of golden trevally, bream and mangrove jacks in the Woods Bays. Ian and Margaret from Goondiwindi (above) caught and released a couple of nice flathead on Saturday morning's charter. Ian’s measured 85cm. Marg's fish went 82cm. Her jack (inset) was 50cm. We also got a few flathead around Tewantin.
And I picked up one of the sticks on Tuesday morning's trip and got this jack (above) near the mouth. Didn’t measure it. Would have been about 45-50cm?"
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle... "The lakes and dams often see the rains drawing fish into the shallows. These fish feed on prey items that get caught and washed into the main body of water with the flooding rainwater. This is a great time to own a kayak as they give you the ability to push up into super shallow water and quietly. Once here you can pick up fish previously out of range to boat owners. Don’t forget to purchase a SIPS permit before fishing local impoundments. The money generated from this goes back into restocking, giving you great chances of catching a fish.