OFFSHORE: The weekend certainly came alive with the almost perfect weather bringing out the boaties in droves. There wasn't much swell on the bar but it tended to be a little bit sloppy at times. Later in the week the winds cranked up a notch, as did the swell, and the boat numbers dropped away accordingly.
While the going was good, however, the pelagics didn't know what hit them with just about every offshore angler in town targeting Laguna Bay and the local reefs hoping to stock their freezers with a few fish fillets. The mackerel were the dominant species this week, as you can see by the photos, and there were some good fish on the bite in close and as far up as Double Island Point. From Jack Dekort, above...
Hey guys! Had a good day chasing mackerel on Friday. Spent the morning on the kayak at Sunshine Reef. Lost a few Spanish but managed to boat a 100cm spotty on a trolled slimy mackerel bait. Then I headed up to D. I. on my mate Sam 'Mad Frother' Hippesly's boat where I picked up this thumper Spanish in close on a slimy mackerel floater. Happy with that.
The middle reef belt was also worth the effort with Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, cobia and the odd mahi mahi leading the capture list. Local angler Dave Leonard picked up a few Spaniards on metal jig lures in that area over the weekend. The fish pictured above went for a silver 60gm Arma Twist jig.
Closer in, it was all on. From Paul Peterson... "My boys Mitch and Tom (above) caught this cobia on Saturday out on Sunshine Reef. It went for a live yakka."
And Lauren McCall (above left) did well on her first ever trip offshore on Monday. Fishing Sunshine Reef she hooked and lost a 'big fish' before boating two nice spotted mackerel. But Laguna Bay was the top performer, certainly earlier in the week, with birds, bait fish, pelagics and boats in mega numbers. Six year old Monty Morgan-Giles from Noosaville (above right) caught his first ever mackerel on Friday. Monty was fishing Hall's Reef with the family when this schoolie took off with his pilchard floater at a great rate of knots and gave the young fella a run for his money before coming to the side of the boat.
Chris Jacobsen (above) fished the Hall's Reef stretch on Saturday morning and thought he had it made when a thumper fish (which he took to be a Spaniard) took his live bait. Unfortunately, one of the armada of boats out there ran over his line and it was back to square one. Time and patience paid off, however, when Chris hooked and landed this smaller 7kg number later in the morning." And this from Peter Falzon... "Hi Bill. Harry, my 13 year old son, (below left) caught his first mackerel near Halls Reef on a yakka on Sunday. He was over the moon and wanted to share. It was 120cm, just under 10kg. Regards, Peter."
And from Paul Breheny, above right... "Headed out early Friday morning with Danielle. Had to be back home for a online meeting before 11pm. Caught this Spaniard off Jew Shoal on a live yellowtail pike trolled with a pink skirt. Home by 10am. Stoked. Cheers, Paul." There were also a few tuna in the mix out there.
COASTAL: Lovely conditions on the open beaches earlier in the week. Not a lot of anglers out though but those made the effort reported jewfish from the southern end of Peregian Beach and flathead, dart and whiting at Marcus Beach. Further up, spotted mackerel were schooling within casting distance of the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. On the Noosa North Shore, flathead, dart and small tailor were active in the surf gutters around Teewah village.
ESTUARY: River report from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "The spotted mackerel were chasing the small bait fish in close at times on the Noosa Bar this week and, on top of the tide, inside the river mouth. The bait schools also attracted the trevally schools with the waters out from the river mouth car park rocks yielding some good size fish. Flathead and, on the sand flats, whiting were also on the bite down there with the run-out tide working best for both of those species. Further up, trevally and queenfish were active along the Current Line and at the bottom of Gympie Terrace. From Seb Riggall, below left... "Hey mate. Went down next to T-Boats and cast netted a few bait fish. Chucked one out off my local jetty and my reel started singing to me. After a good fight I landed this pennant fish. Measured in at 57cm and released quickly. Cheers, Seb."
The Munna Point Bridge area was good for trevally and tailor while Weyba Creek was the spot for whiting and some good size mud crabs. Upriver, flathead and bream were on the chew around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin while Makepeace Island was the spot for school jewfish and queenfish. From Ed Wright... "Hey Bill. Poppy (above right) was desperate to catch a tuna so we headed over the bar on Saturday morning in the hope of finding some. But after an hour trolling around the Bay, and no sign of any surface activity, we decided to head back into the river and hopefully catch a flathead for dinner. We didn't get one, unfortunately, but Poppy snagged her first ever Queenie opposite Makepeace Island. It gave her a great fight and after a couple of pics swam away strongly. Cheers, Ed." Poppy's never say die attitude, quality fish and toothy smile won her this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Apart from that, mangrove jacks were active around the Noosa Marina at night, above the Tewantin car ferry and in the stretch between the lakes while whiting were biting at the top end of of Lake Cooroibah". From Grant Pawson, above... "Hi Bill. How are you going mate? Have been doing heaps of fishing in the river lately. Got this nice 45cm jack up past Tewantin on Tuesday. I was flicking a Swim Prawn into a mullet school on dusk. Cheers, Grant."