OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it this week with the weather going from fine and fishable from Saturday through until Monday before morphing towards fairly ordinary on Tuesday (as the wind picked up and turned south easterly) and punching through the 'Kwell' barrier on Wednesday.
The westerly flavour of the winds earlier in the week (although often moderate to fresh) allowed the bigger boats to target Double Island Point. Report and photos from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We ran nine hour trips up to D.I. on Sunday and Monday. Conditions were reasonably good both days with westerly winds early that later dropped out, and no current. We boated cobia (as below), mulloway, large mouth nannygai, trevally, tusk fish, hussar and (as above) amberjack. We avoided areas that hold snapper and pearl perch. The snapper found us from time to time, though, but swam away well. Cheers, Nat."
We didn't get any photos from the closer reefs this week but we did receive reports of jewfish or mulloway, gold spot cod and cobia at North Reef while at Sunshine Reef the catch was venus tusk fish, coral trout, grass sweetlip and moses perch plus the odd northern bluefin (longtail) tuna and yellowtail kingfish.
COASTAL: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "There were still a few good jewfish out and about after dark in the Coolum to Marcoola stretch this week although those anglers who did an overnighter had to be well equipped for the icey conditions. During the day, whiting, dart and chopper tailor have been caught down at Peregian Beach while flathead, dart and whiting were biting at Castaways Beach. Further up, big bream and whiting were active at the northern end of Alexandria Bay, First Point and around the middle rock groyne on Main Beach. Teewah Beach produced chopper tailor, bream and flathead.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "It's been quiet on the fishing front as the cooler weather kept a lot of people off the water. For those who did venture out some nice flathead were on the prowl in the lower half of the system while whiting were in reasonable numbers in the Frying Pan on the high tide. Also try the deeper channels on the run-out tide around the Dog Beach. A few trevally were being caught at the Current Line in the early hours of the morning. Around the back of Noosa Sound, trevally were chasing surface lures early in the morning. Whiting were schooling the shallows just upstream from the Munna Point Bridge and flathead were in good numbers in the first ski run upriver at Tewantin. There were some really nice fish amongst the small ones."
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. The fishing was pretty good this week. Had some nice weather to complement the trips as well. We caught golden trevally in the Woods Bays, Dog Beach and Noosa Sound. Young Oliver (above right) did a two hour charter with us on Tuesday and landed this golden trevally using a prawn bait. He took it home for dinner. He is road tripping up the east coast with his family on their way to Darwin. Bream were pretty much everywhere up and down the river however the bigger models have not really fired yet all winter. We'll see what happens. In the Frying Pan we caught flathead and whiting. Plenty of school trevally along Gympie and Hilton Terraces early in the morning while the Noosa Marina and ski runs fished well for flathead, mulloway, queenfish and grunter bream. Sarah from Brisbane (above) caught and released her 72cm lizard on Monday morning's charter.
While Chris and Taj Worthington from Brisbane (above) boated a couple of very nice queenfish on Tuesday's charter. Both fish went high 70’s and low 80’s."
And last but certainly not least we received this from Jacqui Hart... "Hello Bill. My five year old son Luke (above) went fishing with his Grandpa Tim in his new boat on Sunday and managed to get the first fish for the boat. A nice 50cm flathead. They were fishing up in Lake Cooroibah about midday. Regards, Jacqui." Young Luke's quality, boat christening flathead capture earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments have been harder to fish with the gusting winds. Holding ground on spot lock with an electric motor which is mandatory in Lake Macdonald is hard and can give your location away. Without doubt when the winds are strong a heavier lure like the Hot Bite Spoon is a must have. You can fish these out the back as you follow your path. Spinner baits also work well as do heavy soft plastics weighted on 3/8oz jigheads. When plastics are this heavy you can keep them low to the bottom if that is where your target fish are sitting.
Surface lures, however, are still working well on the toga. I got this one (above) at Borumba Dam on Monday morning. It was 5 degrees so it was freezing on the water. Caught on my Megabass Dog-X surface lure or what's left of it. Quick pic after time in the net to recover then released. Went 75cm. Cheers, Grant."