OFFSHORE: Not the most inspiring week for the offshore boys. Conditions tended to be a tad sloppy but it was certainly fishable with light to moderate (10 to 15 knot+) variable easterlies dominating most days. On the upside, the swell dropped off as the week unfolded but on the downside, so did the fishing. Note: Even with the swell dropping away the bar was a bit gnarly at times. More so around low tide. Not a problem, however, for those who took their time.
While plenty of boaties ventured out, most reported slow times on the local reefs. North Reef and Chardon's Reef were as far as anyone cared to venture and the rewards were far from inspiring with mostly just keeper size snapper, Maori cod and pearl perch on the bite. Sunshine Reef, however, ran hot and cold. Report and photo (above and directly below) from Wild Thing 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Monday morning's five hour charter. Conditions were a bit average with 15 knots of southerly wind and a few rain squalls but that didn't bother our keen crew.
We started off catching grass sweetlip, snapper and moses perch then the pelagics came on the chew. We ended up catching cobia, spotted mackerel, longtail tuna and were unlucky to be bitten off mid-fight several times by what we thought were Spanish mackerel."
And this report and photos (above) from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour to Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning. Conditions were lumpy to begin with but turned into a nice morning. We caught snapper, longtail tuna, venus tusk fish, monocle bream, Moses perch and sweetlip."
The jet ski anglers, however, did quite well by focusing their energies on Laguna Bay and the Hall's Reef stretch in particular. From Paul Hayes, above... "Hi there. My Spanish mackerel. Caught on my jet ski on Friday at Little Hall's Reef. Went for a trolled bonito. Cheers, Paul."
And Mike Duncan from Robina (above) was still buzzing after winning Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize the other week with his 44.5kg yellowfin from his jet ski. So buzzed, in fact, that he left home on the Gold Coast before 3.00am on Friday morning and was out on Hall's Reef on his jet ski before the sun came up. He didn't repeat his previous catch but still did really well, boating a 14kg longtail tuna and an 11kg Spanish mackerel. Both on trolled bonito baits.
COASTAL: The open beaches continued to produce quite a few just legal size jewfish with strip baits of mullet, squid and bonito the preferred baits on a snelled rig. The smaller fish were also taking 3 or 4 inch jerk shad soft plastics. Best results came from the Coolum area and the northern end of Sunshine Beach where snapper and the odd mackerel were also on the prowl.
From Jason Milne, Viking Kayaks, below right... "Hi Bill. For Milan’s 14th birthday on Saturday we hit the rocks at Sunshine with his mate Toby, pictured above. Milan's goal was to get his first pelagic off the rocks and I doubted the chances as it’s a rare thing indeed but five casts into the session and this beauty little Spanish (below left) took the Rapala X-Rap! Bloody awesome for the little bloke. We flicked some Z-Man plastics around also and found snapper and jewfish on the chew which was a nice bonus. Great little fishery we have here on the Sunshine Coast. Cheers, Jason." Milan's first pelagic off the rocks (and a good fish at that) and his toothy birthday boy smile won him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
There were also a few tuna in close off the headland rocks plus the odd dart in the deep water channel just off the river mouth rock groyne on Main Beach.
ESTUARY: The river was deadly quiet this week so we received no fish pix from that scene. Down at the river mouth the catch was largely whiting and the odd small flathead while up along the current line it was chopper tailor and big-eye trevally. The Munna Point caravan park stretch produced some good bream on the run-out tide while more small trevally (big-eyes and GT's) were active at the Munna Point Bridge. The Gympie Terrace jetties were another bream producer, whiting were biting along the sand flats opposite the Noosa Yacht Club and quality garfish were schooling around the mouth of Lake Doonella. Apart from that, the second ski run at Tewantin was a good option for jewfish, as was Lake Cooroibah, where trevally were also active.
FRESHWATER: The bass at Lake Macdonald and Borumba Dam were best fished with a sounder as they're now schooling up on the bottom in the warm water table. Dropping small jigs, metal vibes and 3 inch soft plastics on 3/8oz jigheads will help entice a bite. Saratoga were quieter on surface and taking suspending hardbodies like Jackall Squirrels and Zerek Tango Shads. Best give them the longest pause as possible as the toga have been slow to respond.