ESTUARY: From Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Big schools of small baitfish moved from the bay into the estuary around the top of the tide this week, firing up the predator species such as mangrove jacks, trevally and school jewfish. Jacks were on the bite down around the river mouth (as were whiting and flathead) and along the Dog Beach stretch while the Frying Pan was good for flathead and whiting plus (on surface lures) the odd quality queenfish.
Queenfish, tailor and trevally (GT's, goldens and diamonds) were also schooling in the Current Line and in the Woods Bays. From Kye Porter, above... "Hi guys. I was fishing the Woods Bays early Monday. The morning started of relatively slow with only a couple hits on my Berkley 3" Power Bait Minnow when all of a sudden I started to feel some little nibbles on the end of my line. I struck into the bites and my reel started screaming with the fish taking heaps of line. The wind started to pick up about 2 minutes into the fight so that did not help at all. After about 10 minutes of fighting it on my 6lb line I finally got this beast of a Noosa River Diamond to the boat. It went 65cm and was released after a couple of quick pix. Kind regards, Kye." This quality catch and release trevally on light tackle was certainly an impressive feat and earned young Kye this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
There were a few jacks on the prowl after dark in the Woods Bays and around the Munna Point Bridge and, during the day, in Weyba Creek. Five year old Ruckus Harris from Cooroy (above) hit paydirt in Weyba on Thursday afternoon when this mangrove jack tried to run off with his live beach worm bait. With a bit of help from a big person he managed to land it and then later stop in at Davo's Tackle World for a 'Fish of the Week' Competition photo session.
The goldens were also active up towards Tewantin. From Chris Sealey, above... "Hi. I have just recently moved to the area and decided to get a new fishing rod and tackle from Davo's Tackle World. Best decision ever as I tried my new rod for the first time on the river bank and caught 2 small bream, which were released, and this golden trevally. I was using squid for bait on the new 7ft Ugly Stik. It put up a great fight and put my new rod to the test. Regards, Chris."
Flathead were out and about around Tewantin with some good fish coming from the Noosa Marina area, the waters opposite the Council Chambers and upriver towards Cooroibah. From Tameka Rushworth, above left... "Hey Chicko. The better half was heading out for a fish last Thursday morning and let me tag along. We headed up the river. First cast and much to his surprise I was onto this guy! A nice 50cm Flatty! Did think I had a snag at first, but after a nice little fight we got him in the boat for a good photo and quick release. Not a bad start to the day. Thanks Heaps, Tameka." Up between the lakes, though, the jacks were in good numbers. From Alex Cameron.... "Thought we’d try our luck with the fish of the week competition. Me and my girlfriend Beccie (above right) thought we'd brave the wind and rain and go for flick between the lakes over the weekend. And it paid off handsomely when she landed her first ever soft plastic (Squidgy Prawn Wriggler) caught fish! Happened to be her first ever jack too. It went 43cm and was released after a few pics. Cheers, Alex."
GT's and school jewfish (which were in numbers in the deeper holes throughout the entire river system) were also very active up that way. Plus there was the odd surprise capture. Emily Arch from Eumundi (above left) fished there on Sunday and was quite astonished when her chicken fillet bait was taken by this 3kg blubberlip bream. And further up in the brackish waters, there were more jacks on the bite. From Lucy Robson... "Eleven year old Asher Robson (above right) caught this 38cm fresh water Mangrove Jack last Saturday morning in one of his dad's secret spots. It was caught on a white Splash Prawn surface lure and put up quite a fight on his 4kg spin outfit. It was Asher’s first mangrove Jack and he was pretty stoked. Thank you!!"
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "With the dams and lakes now open, it's great seeing the bass fired up with single sessions exceeding 30-40 fish. These fish are smashing slow wound hardbodies like the Bassday Sugadeep and the Atomic Jerk Minnow. If fishing Borumba, head into the sticks and keep leaders around 12lb as these fish are feisty and will try and run you into cover. The surface bite has been slower since the cool down but bug-like presentations like the DStyle Reserve and Jackall Micro Pompadour are getting the hits. Lake Macdonald is also on fire with fish sitting deeper in the warmer water. Small soft vibes and heavy weighted 2-3 inch soft plastics will help get the bite. You can drop leaders down to 8lb as the fish are smaller and the timber isn’t as dense. Be sure to have an up to date SIPS permit and keep trailers clean from any weed when leaving the lake to avoid the spread.
COASTAL: The open beaches were fairly subdued this week but the bread and butter species were still out and about, just not in numbers. On the south side, whiting were biting at Peregian Beach and, together with bream, flathead and dart, at Sunshine Beach. There were no reports from the more exposed headland rocks but in the relative shelter of Laguna Bay, First Point produced a few good whiting while the river mouth rock groyne had dart and lots of baitfish. Across from there, flathead were active at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and, together with whiting, bream and tailor, around Teewah village.
OFFSHORE: A bit of a dud week for the offshore boys with fresh to strong variable winds from the get go. Thursday was pretty much 'the window' if you were keen but it was a tad sloppy past the shelter of the headland. The bar was a bit gnarly though and one local boat came to grief on Thursday afternoon.
Noosa Charters have the go ahead from Queensland Health so it looks like they'll be back on the water as of this Sunday, May 24, 2020. To comply with the new regulations they've added a Covid-19 action and management plan to their Safety management procedures to ensure your and their safety. They will be operating 5Hr (Half Day Trips) and 7Hr (3/4 Day Trips) at the normal prices of $160.00pp and $200.00pp and limiting the number onboard to a maximum of seven passengers and two crew. Their 9Hr (Full Day) trips will be subject to an extra fuel levy of $20.00pp because of the passenger limit. Price: $260.00pp. All food will be packaged individually off site in a commercial kitchen to eliminate contamination. To book, call the number above or tel/text... 0409 119 912