OFFSHORE: The weekend warriors got the best of it this time around with light to moderate variable northerly winds dominating through until Monday afternoon. After that we had to endure fresh to strong south easterlies which pretty much shut the gate for a few days. The bar, as above, was quite settled although there were still a few half decent sets coming through either side of the boat channel for those who strayed... and for the keen long boarders.
The pelagics were well spread this week with good fish coming from in close and out wide. From Dave Leonard, above... "Hey Bill. Got out a couple of times and managed a few Spanish mackerel at The Banks and on the middle reef. Most caught on trolling hard bodies. Also a few cobia in the mix on live baits."
The middle reef belt also produced wahoo, mahi mahi and lots of small longtails (on the outer edge) plus trout and snapper for the bottom bashers. From Scott McKenna, above... "Went out Monday at gentleman’s hour and bagged a couple of nice trout around 60cm and 70cm. Thought you might like to show these nice specimens off. Don’t want to enter FOTW comp as I think old mate who went to Coolum and got one on a micro jig should get it. Cheers, Scott."
And we received this report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Here’s a few pics from the weekend and Monday. We’ve been running five and seven hour trips to North Reef and Sunshine Reef with good results. We’ve been catching Spanish mackerel, longtail (northern bluefin) tuna and cobia on live baits, as well as coral trout, snapper, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch on the bottom. Cheers, Nat."
Sunshine Reef continued to be a great option for those in kayaks and tinnies with tuna and mackerel in numbers and lipper and trout for those with quality marks. Luka and Leon Thorp from Tinbeerwah are pictured (below left) with a couple of mack tuna from their Sunday morning family trip. The bigger 70cm fish was Luka's first ever tuna and gave him a real run for his money before he got it to the boat. Both fish went for cast Halco Twisty metal slugs.
And Sunshine certainly produced the goods (above right) for local angler Duane Galloway and his mates on Saturday... "Hi Chicko. So the bigger fish was 20kg and the others were 12kg and 14kg. We got six in total on trolled whole garfish and sauri baits plus live yellowtail pike. Great day on Sunshine."
From further south, we received this report from Lachlan Hicks, above... "Hi Guys. Decided to hit Coolum at first light on Saturday. Crossed the Mooloolaba bar and conditions were good. We headed to our first mark. Had a good show and decided to throw on my 25g slow pitch jig (pink blue and silver) and see what's going on at 25m. First drop... boom! Reel was turning and it was on. Pulled up this beautiful coral trout. Almost fell off the boat as wasn’t expecting that. Absolute fish of a lifetime for me. Threw it on the lie detector and she was just over 70cm. Mind blown. One to remember. That’s for sure. Smile tells it all. Heaps of longtails busting up everywhere. Feeding on super small bait. Tried everything and even dropped down to 10gm slugs with no luck. Back at the ramp by 10.30am. Cheers." Lachlan's great story and quality capture won him this week's $100.00 Tackle World Noosa/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
In Laguna Bay the baitfish, bird and small pelagic activity was sporadic to say the least but when it fired up it was all on, and well spread throughout the bay.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "For the night anglers there were some nice jewfish caught during the darker nights of the new moon phase. The best fish seem to come from the Coolum, Yaroomba area. Most fish tended to be under legal size but there were couple just making legal. Best baits have been tailor fillet, mullet fillet and local caught squid. Flathead have also been in the surf with a lot of fish just past the drop off into the gutters. Anglers have had some fantastic fun using lighter gear and casting soft plastics (with heavier jig heads for distance) out into the surf.
There are good gutters along most of the Noosa North Shore at the moment so try to concentrate your efforts around the top of the tide. Dart, whiting and bream as well as chopper tailor have all been reported on the bite above Teewah township and, along with small jewfish, up towards Double Island Point."
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Tackle World Noosa... "It was very quiet on the river this week, even more so after the weekend when the wet and windy conditions set in. The bread and butter species were still around, although not in big numbers, but were still responding to a well presented bait or lure.
No news of whiting around at all but there were still a few flathead reported on the prowl at the river mouth and the odd mangrove jack responding to live baits and fresh mullet strips there on the tide change. Trevally were active at the Current Line and, along with flathead, in the Woods Bays. From Jacob Bartley, below right... "On Saturday I caught this 64cm flathead in the Woods. It put up a good fight but I managed to get it in to shore. I used squid as bait."
And, of course, the odd shovel nose. From Alex Smith, above left... "G'day. Up from Victoria on holiday and caught this shovel nose in Noosa Sound on Friday. Absolute beauty. The slippery sucker flicked its tail literally after this photo was taken and the tail wacked me in the face and he went flying. He put up a nice little fight and I put him back to live another day. Had a sore face from nearly getting knocked sideways by his tail but there was enough beer and laughs to push on through and keep the fishing going. Cheers, Alex." There were also a few jacks on the bite near the Sheraton Bridge and up between the lakes.
And Jimmy Free from Noosa River Fishing Safaris (just back from a well deserved holiday) sent us this .. "Hey mate. Went out chasing jacks and flathead in the rain on Thursday morning. We got busted off a couple of times by some very good fish in Tewantin but didn’t get any red ones in the net. We got some nice flathead in the Woods Bays and at the river mouth though. Pictured (above) is Nick from Brisbane with a 67cm lizard he caught and released there."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Northshore Bait and Tackle... "Lake Macdonald got a good top up last Friday night and now sits a smidge under 100% capacity. This sudden influx of cold water and run usually sees the fish go a little deeper to find more stable conditions. The fish have been somewhat harder to find so ensure you have sounders running in side scan mode as you travel. Vibes and blades have been doing well on the schooled up fish. The Ecogear ZX range is a classic bass and yellowbelly lure and a must have. Borumba continues to drop around 1% a week making navigation tricky beyond the ski zone. As we say farewell to summer be sure to get the most out of early morning surface lure fishing and break out the Sammy 65, Zerek Poparazzi and Gunfish 75's."