OFFSHORE: The offshore scene was pretty much a write off this week with 20 to 25 knot south easterly winds and a 2.0m to 2.5m swell the norm rather than the exception. Not that that deterred local surfing legend 'Mighty Mal' Hunt (see video above) tackling the bar on Monday morning in his custom catamaran 'Granite Express' but he didn't venture beyond the headland. Having said that, there was a small window on Tuesday morning which was certainly worth a go.
Anyway, the only offshore report (and photos) we received were from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Tuesday morning. Conditions weren't too bad with about 15 knots of southerly wind but there were still a few good waves on the bar. We caught grass sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch and moses perch. Pictured (above left) are Jack and Dennis with their good size grass sweetlip and (above right) Ian with his snapper." After that it was all over red rover for the rest of the week and the coming weekend with 25 knot+ south easterlies and a 3.0m+ swell dominating the coast.
COASTAL: In spite of the pounding surf conditions, the open beaches actually produced quite well this week with tailor back on the bite at Peregian Beach. Trent Cowan (below) picked up this 62cm (to the fork), 3.0kg greenback there on Monday morning. It went for a whole pilchard bait on 5/0 ganged hooks.
Further up, dart and whiting were biting at Castaways Beach while the northern end of Sunshine Beach was the spot for bream. On Noosa Main Beach, the river mouth rock groyne was the spot for some good tailor on whole ganged pilchards late in the afternoon and towards dark. On the Noosa North Shore, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach yielded good dart and small flathead, as did the surf gutters opposite Teewah township. Whiting were also biting there around low tide as were chopper tailor towards the high. North of there, the rocks at Double Island Point produced bream, tailor and rat yellowtail kingfish.
ESTUARY: The river fired up big time this week with chopper tailor and GT's on the prowl down at the river mouth. The luderick were also very much back on the bite at the river mouth car park rocks either side of high tide when the water tended to be a bit clearer. Up from there, the Frying Pan produced quite a few small flathead and whiting while the current line and the outer Woods Bay played host to quality flathead, golden trevally, GT's and the odd cale cale.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. The river fished well this week with this rain we've had. There's live bait schooling up just about everywhere. We caught flathead, bream, tarwhine and trevally at the river mouth and in the Frying Pan. The current line and the Woods Bays fished well mainly for big bream, GT's, golden trevally and flathead. Matthew from Victoria (above left) caught his GT there on Friday's charter while Fraser and his sister Alex (above right) caught and released their quality flathead there on Tuesday's charter. While Tony from Brisbane (below) caught this mid 50’s golden trevally (on a whitebait) and a 60cm flathead (on a live prawn) on Saturday morning's charter. There’s also plenty of good sized tailor there hanging around with the schools of mullet early morning and late afternoon. Queenfish, diamonds, bream and tailor were caught around Coast Guard and the fisheries shed. Up around Tewantin also fished well for trevally, flathead, bream and we even got a few small bass on peeled prawn up in the ski runs over the weekend."
And from Kye Porter, below left... "Hi guys. I went for a fish in Noosa around Coast Guard area on Saturday afternoon. Me and my mate were just catching small trevally when all of a sudden my line was ripping off the spool. I had no idea what the beast of fish was. After 15 minutes of fighting the fish I finally landed the monster A 56CM GOLDEN TREVALLY!!!! Caught on the 3inch Berkley Power Bait Minnow that I bought from Davo's earlier in the day."
The Munna Point Bridge area was also good for the odd trevally. From Jack Dekort, above right... "Hey guys. After three mornings of failed attempts on the wand I managed to land my first fish on fly on Wednesday morning around Munna. Two little GT's." While Weyba Creek yielded a few whiting and flathead. And, of course, the young guns were in amongst it. From Robert Morris... "Hey Bill. Saw a break in the weather on Saturday morning so me and the young fella (below left) decided to go for a quick flick. After popping into Davo's and getting some live worms we were off. Was starting to look like a wasted mission but on the last worm Hunta got this little beauty... a whip fin silver biddy. Safely released after his trophy pic. That smile says it all."
And we received this from Helen Rose... "Hey Bill. Despite the dirty water the flathead are still biting. My five year old son Jack (above right) caught this one on a live herring on Saturday morning around Tewantin. Released successfully after the photo." But after dark, things really hotted up. From Peter Hasset, below right... "Caught and released a few winter jacks and GT's in the lower estuary on Saturday night. The school holidays are looking great for fishing."
The Gympie Terrace/Hilton Terrace stretch was good for trevally from dusk through till dawn with whiting, tailor and mangrove jacks in the mix to make it interesting. From Jason Milne... "Hi Bill - took the boys for a night fish in the river Sunday in the kayaks for a school holiday adventure. Lots of surface action which was exciting for these kids anticipating the hook up in the dark with only the sound of the bust ups as a guide on where to cast. Bream, whiting, jacks, tailor and trevally were up for the action. The standout would have to be this 34cm whiting that took a prawn lure slow hopped over the sand bar. We fished into the night getting home at midnight. How good is the Noosa River in winter? Pictured (above left ) is young Toby Wills with the elbow slapper whiting."
The $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize, though, went to Tom Ingram, above... "Hi Davo's. I'm on holiday in Noosa from Victoria. I have been chasing a Noosa River jack for the last two holidays to Noosa for lots of lost tackle and some great stories of hard hits and bust offs. After some great advice from Rhys at Davo's and some upgraded tackle I finally landed my first Noosa Jack (measured 47cm) last night. It was a great fight that almost dusted me in the structure before getting him free and you can see my smile. I caught it on a live herring drifted in the run in tide at Tewantin. Thanks for the awesome advice. Now to chase a trevally on the micro jig." Further up, jewfish were on the prowl at the top of the first ski run and in the stretch between the lakes.