OFFSHORE: Not a bad week for the offshore boys with mostly light to moderate variable northerlies and little or no swell the norm rather than the exception. Smoky in the bay over the weekend (around first light) but otherwise quite glassy ahead of the afternoon sea breezes. Monday was a corker and Wednesday was the only non starter with 25 knot+ variable northerlies shutting the offshore gate and kick starting the bush fires on the Noosa North Shore once again.
Laguna Bay was quiet this week with just the odd cobia on the bite at Hall's Reef around first light and a few barely legal models on the prowl at Jew Shoal. Sunshine Reef, however, was a bit more productive. Report and photo above from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "After a break in chilly Melbourne, I jumped off the plane straight into my boat and headed for Sunshine. Monday was the best day with a small swell and a moderate easterly wind. Even better, the current was perfect. I had to work hard for our fish as the sharks had take up residence. Managed to boat one trout, the rest were munched mid water. Other species were tusk fish, grass sweetlip and snapper. Warm blue water pushing from the north should see an early pelagic season. Cheers, Chicko."
And this from Trekka 2 skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a five hour trip to Sunshine Reef on Saturday morning. Conditions were pretty good with little swell on the bar and no current. The wind started out from the south west and slowly swung around to the south east. We caught squire, grass emperor, painted sweetlip and, as pictured (above) purple rock cod or blue Maori cod. And we ran another five hour out that way again on Sunday morning. The bar was pretty much 'flat as', yet there was a bit of swell once out of the bay. There was little to no current on the closer parts of Sunshine but out a little wider it was once again running at a fair pace to the south. We caught venus tusk fish and a good feed of (as pictured below left) grass emperor or sweetlip."
Cougar One worked the middle reef belt on Tuesday. From skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on a seven hour charter. After crossing an almost flat bar we had fairly good conditions until the strong north-easterly picked up towards the end of the trip. However, with only a slight current to the south, fishing was easy. We caught some cracking pearl perch (as above right) to 57cm, venus tusk fish, small snapper and moses perch. Cheers, Nat."
While a couple of days earlier the Cougar One crew targeted Double Island Point... "G'day Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I. on Sunday. We had an easy run up with a south-westerly following us. Conditions improved throughout the day with the wind dropping out and a very slight current to the south. We caught snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, grass sweetlip and as pictured (above) venus tusk fish and (below) samson fish. Cheers, Nat."
COASTAL: With only a few days respite mid week from the smoke and the flames from the North Shore bush fires, the Teewah Beach stretch was pretty much deserted most of the time. And then on Wednesday morning it was declared a no go/evacuation zone once again when the strong winds fanned the flames.
Consequently, the only reports were from the National Park headland down with juvenile jewfish on the bite at Dolphin Point (there were also a few bust-offs from bigger fish) and trevally schooling around the Fairy Pools. South of there, dart, rat yellowtail kingfish, the odd flathead and some good bream were on the bite near the rocks at the northern end of Sunshine Beach while quality whiting were in good numbers at the southern end. Further down the coast, whiting were responding well to live beach worms in the low tide gutters at Castaways Beach and, together with dart and flathead, at Peregian Beach.
ESTUARY: Flathead, and to a slightly lesser extent, whiting were again in good numbers in the lower estuary with some quality fish on the bite down towards the river mouth and in the Frying Pan. From David Tierney, below... "Hey Bill. Went out for an early morning fish on Saturday and managed to land this 76cm flattie. It went for a live herring just down from the Frying Pan! After a couple of pics she was released safely." David was close to winning the $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize with last week's entry and was finally rewarded for his persistence when this big girl earned him first place.
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. There’s still some nice sized flathead around the river mouth. The Woods also fished well for them. Bill from Cooloola Cove (pictured below) boated this 60cm specimen there on Wednesday morning. Plenty of little trevally schools in the middle of the river fishing well on soft plastics, from tea leaf to pennant. Tewantin fished well for the bigger sized bream, whiting, flathead and queenfish."
Mangrove jacks and flathead were still on the prowl around the Dog Beach and Sand Bags, big-eye trevally were schooling in the current line after dark while the odd GT and tea leaf were active along the Munna Point stretch early morning. From Daniel Anderson... "Brayden (pictured below) sending some lures around the Noosa River. Released after a few photos." Weyba Creek was another bream, whiting and flathead producer. Live worms and live/frozen prawns were the best baits for bream and whiting, using size 6 Instinct Bloodworm hooks. Drifting with live biddies worked well on the lizards, as did soft plastics.
Up around Tewantin, the Noosa Marina and nearby structures were a good option for mangrove jacks (and the odd estuary cod) after dark. They were going for baits such as fresh mullet fillet and live biddies plus lures like the River2Sea Flick Prawn and Zerek Live Shrimp. Apart from that, jewfish were on the bite in the deep corner holes above the Tewantin car ferry while upriver from there, Lake Cooroibah was the spot for more flathead and the odd mangrove jack.
FRESHWATER: The impoundments livened up a bit, especially late in the day. Lake Macdonald had a strong top water bite in the late afternoon with bass to 45cm taken on a wide range of lures. Borumba was a little quieter with trolling the edges the most popular method of finding the yellowbelly and bass. Take a look at RMG Poltergeist for a lure with a lot of wiggle that gets down deep! With the full moon approaching the afternoons should be great on the surface.