OFFSHORE: The winds were harder to pick than a broken nose this week, coming from all points of the compass. It was chilly and a tad blustery in the latter half but the south westerly flavour meant that conditions in close were quite fishable, despite the dire forecasts. It did tend to be lumpy out wide, however.
When conditions permitted, Double Island Point was a magnet for the bigger boats, especially with the pending snapper and pearl perch closure. Report and photos (above and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Gday Bill. We’ve had a busy week running back to back trips most days. Plus a few nine hour trips. Double Island Point produced lots of squire/snapper, jewfish, large mouth nannygai, pearl perch, longtail tuna and venus tusk fish. Cheers, Nat."
And from Leaon Walker, above right... "Joined a full day charter with Fishing Offshore Noosa on Sunday. Fished the reefs off Double Island Point, managed to catch this 79cm Knobby Snapper jigging soft plastics. Caught a few good size snapper on the day plus plenty of good size reef fish. Great day out...!"
Plus this report and photo (above) from Wild Thing 2 deckie Floyd Deserio... "Hey mate. Got this 9kg nannygai on our nine hour charter to Double Island Point on Monday. First drop on a slabbed slimy mackerel. The rest of the catch was grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, moses perch and gold spot cod. Conditions were nice in the morning. Wind picked up later. Cheers, Floyd." Back along the middle reef belt, Trekka 2 targeted North Reef on their seven hour trips and caught snapper early morning and late afternoon, while during the day they got some really good grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, pearl perch and gold spot cod. The current had been running from the north in most areas and conditions had been pretty good most days according to skipper Nat Turner.
Closer in, the reefs down towards Coolum were good for the odd longtail tuna and mixed reef fish. From Chris Arnold, above... "Hi Bill. With the alright weather on the weekend I headed south in search of some new ground. I came across this rock in 29m of water holding a lot of bait. Even with the bad moon phase we managed to pull a really nice jewfish (mulloway) off it using a live yakka bait. We also managed snapper, a 49cm red and a hermit crab on a jig." Chris's quality capture was deemed to be this week's standout and worthy of the $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And while Sunshine Reef was quiet it was still worth the effort as local yak angler Jack Dekort (above) found... "Hey guys. Snuck out for an hour of power before the wind blew me over to New Zealand on Tuesday morning. Hoping for a snapper before the season closed. I was rewarded with a fat lipper at 58cm. Cheers, Jack." Laguna Bay was unusually quiet with just the odd keeper size snapper on the bite around Jew Shoal and, together with sweetlip, at Hall's Reef.
COASTAL: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "With the south westerlies dominating the latter half of the week, conditions were as good as they get for the surf anglers. Down south, the Yaroomba rocks were good for some smaller, just legal jewfish or mulloway along with the odd grass sweetlip, bream and chopper tailor. Up from there, whiting and dart were active at Peregian Beach and (together with flathead and bream) at Castaways Beach and the northern end of Sunshine Beach. For the rock hoppers, rat yellowtail kingfish were schooling off the Noosa National Park headland along with a few legal size sweetlip. And, of course, trevally. On the Noosa North Shore, whiting, dart and a few flathead were on the bite at Teewah village and further up towards Double Island Point. Mac Moore from Peregian Beach (below left) caught these whiting around low tide on Monday morning at Teewah. They went for fresh pipi baits.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Chilly conditions everywhere this week with early morning temperature readings of 5 and 6 degrees not unusual. Very nice once the sun came up, though, with blue skies the norm rather than the exception as the week progressed. Flathead were on the chew at the river mouth, the Sand Bags and off Munna Beach on the run-out tide while whiting were schooling on the flats and drop offs in the Frying Pan. From Luke Parnell... "Hi team. My young fella Lachie (above right) caught this beautiful 60cm flathead just before dark on Monday. We’d been pumping yabbies for an hour and hadn’t caught much, so Lachie used the old faithful mullet strip instead. It was near Munna Point at the start of the run out tide."
Golden trevally were still on the prowl in the on the high tide in the deep channels at the river mouth and, along with queenfish and tailor, at the current line and outer Woods Bay. Bream were also in amongst them while whiting were biting in Weyba Creek. Pictured above, from Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari, are Scarlett from Brisbane with a 70cm golden (caught on a livie) and Ed Kasprowicz with a 40cm bream. It went for a whole prawn bait."
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We fished the first and second ski runs for queenfish and mulloway. A few bream in the mix around there too. Pictured above, local anglers Joshua Poulton caught this 60cm jewfish and Mitch James caught this 80cm queenfish there on Sunday's charter. Both fish went for whole whitebait and were safely released. Behind Goat Island we caught a few flathead just tucking in out of the wind. There’s still the odd whiting opposite the Yacht Club while flathead, goldens and bream were around The Woods. The river mouth fished well for the bigger bream, tailor and the odd flatty." Apart from that, the Noosa Marina was good for the odd javelin fish while school jewfish were working the deeper holes above the ferry.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The freshwater impoundments are going very well and the bass are still feeding hard. They have been easier to find as the schools become bigger and more concentrated. Quon blades hopped along the bottom are getting the bite. These lures come rigged with two sets of twin barbed hooks which are less likely to become snagged. As for saratoga they may have moved from the upper reaches into the lower main areas in search of clearer waters. Now is the time where they will be sitting deeper and suspending so break out smaller 70mm suspending lures like the Jackall Squirrel and work them with long pauses, especially around the timber.