OFFSHORE: Ignoring Tuesday and Wednesday (which were no-go's due to the fresh to strong south easterlies) it was certainly fishable on the local reefs although not ideal for those in the smaller boats. Those anglers prepared to put up with the often joggly conditions, however, got into some good snapper.
There were no reports from the out wide reefs but once again, the Double Island Point turned it on for the bigger boats with quality snapper on the bite and still in good numbers. Report and photos (directly above and below left) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran a nine hour charter to D.I. on Sunday. The south easterly was up around 15 knots early on but dropped out before lunch. The fish were biting all day and we managed to get our bag limit of snapper to about 4kg, plus amberjack, samson fish, plenty of venus tusk fish and some delicious gold spot wrasse. Cheers, Nat."
The middle reef belt was a little bit patchy this week. Still good for the pan size fish but pretty hard yakka for those anglers without quality marks or mojo. Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on back to back seven and five hour charters on Thursday. Pleasant conditions all day with light easterly winds and a slight current to the south. We caught some cracking Moses perch, Maori cod, grass sweetlip, tusk fish, snapper and red emperor. Pictured (above right) is Kate Nean from Ashtonfield in New South Wales with her standout red emperor. Cheers, Nat."
Laguna Bay wasn't exactly a mill pond either. From Katie Whelan, above... "Morning Bill. Fished Jew Shoal early Sunday morning and christened my new offshore rig from Davo's with two nice squire and a cracking 13kg cobia. The cobia took a lightly weighted pilly and fought hard all round the boat before I finally got him with the gaff. Cheers, Katie." Katie's nice mix of fish earned her this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
COASTAL: It was mostly the bread and butter species that were out and about on the open beaches this week. Bream and whiting were active at Peregian Beach and, along with dart and flathead, at Sunshine Beach. Whiting were also biting at First Point on Main Beach, the river mouth end of Teewah Beach on the Noosa North Shore (as were flathead) and, together with bream and tailor, around Teewah township and further north towards Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: Not exactly 'busy as' throughout the system by comparison to the last couple of weeks but it was still worth wetting a line at the river mouth, Dog Beach or the Frying Pan, especially if you were after a feed of whiting, bream or flathead. Queenfish were still on the prowl in the Current Line and, together with tailor, in the Woods Bays. Tailor were also reported on the bite around the back of The Sound around first light while after dark it was mangrove jacks.
Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Flathead has been the main species caught the last week. We're catching them up and down the river with best spots to fish them being the Frying Pan, the river mouth and Lake Cooroibah. Angela from Noosa (above left) caught and released her 75cm lizard in the lower estuary on a whole whitebait. There’s a lot of bait around the Woods Bays and Coast Guard area with trevally busting up though them. We fished Cooroibah for queenfish, bream and whiting. Kane from Victoria (above right) caught and released his 60cm queenie there on a prawn bait.
"And pictured (above left) is Henry from New South Wales with a 39cm bream and (above right) his mate Alex with a 55cm queenie. Both fish were taken on prawn baits and both were released safely. There’s a fair bit of weed getting around the system at the moment so fishing out of the main current will be the best strategy until it clears." Apart from that, flathead were active at the bottom of Lake Cooroibah and jewfish were responding well to soft plastics, live fish baits and mullet flesh in the deep holes between the lakes. There were also a few mangrove jacks working the snags in the that stretch of water.
FRESHWATER: Lakes Macdonald and Borumba are producing chunky bass and even saratoga to 70cm. The consistent sunshine and lack of rains continue to warm things up. If wanting to target these fish during windier days be sure to have an assortment of suspending jerk baits in the 60-80mm body size. As for colours the Ayu and black and gold are two favourites. For both species try and use the wind to your advantage to make wind assisted casts. This keeps you away from the edges and possibly spooking bigger fish. Although warmer, the waters are still cool so be sure to put in long pauses as this is when the big bites will come. In the cooler waters the fish may be a little more lethargic so patience is key. Consistent performing lures include Lucky Craft Pointers, Jackall Squirrels, Norries Laydown Minnows and Zerek Tango Shads. Don’t forget to purchase your SIPS permit so that more fingerlings can be released each year.