OFFSHORE: Variable easterlies dominated the offshore scene most of the week. Not such a bad thing as they were predominantly light to moderate and accompanied by a relatively modest 0.8m-1.2m swell. There were mixed results on the inner reefs, however, with the snapper keeping a fairly low profile.
Out wide, however, it was a different story with some good fish coming from the Barwon Banks. From Joel Hautala... "Great weather let us run to the Barwon Banks....a few snapper up to 72cm...some nice pearl perch...plus this yellowtail kingfish that pulled like a train in 90 metres of water...Ross Duncan (above left) looking forward to big fish steaks on the barbie this weekend."
And we received these pix (above right and below) from Luke Dutney... "I took my brother, my two boys Jack and Will, and niece to The Banks on Friday. It was my niece's first trip out wide and it turned out to be a cracker! Each of the kids picked up a nice snapper each. Bella was buzzing, having caught her first snapper, and from the whole ocean experience. We had up-close encounters with dolphins, sharks and whales. Safe to say she is hooked now!! Cheers, Luke."
Double Island Point has been fishing well for jewfish or mulloway, snapper, cobia, pearl perch, venus tusk fish and amberjack to name a few. Drift fishing this area is a great way to discover new ground and areas can certainly be very extensive. Heavier 1- 1.5 oz jig heads rigged on 30lb gear around the 50-60 metre mark lets you fish vertically in current. Bigger plastics like the PowerBait Nemesis range swim very well when not been jigged, which big reef fish love.
Report and photos (above and below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Here’s a few photos from our recent nine hour trips up to Double Island Point. There’s been some quality mulloway on the bite, some monster pearl perch, as well as scarlet sea perch, snapper, Venus tusk fish, Moses perch, longtail or northern bluefin tuna and gold band snapper. The current has been from the north and quite strong in some areas. Cheers, Nat."
Closer in, the middle reef belt was fairly quiet but still produced the odd snapper and gold spot cod, as did the stretch from Sunshine Reef to Coolum but with the added bonus there of grass sweetlip and coral trout. Craig Mullet (below) is pictured with his entry in the September Snapper Challenge... a 70cm knobby snapper which he caught on a pilchard bait on Friday morning. He was fishing around Arkwright Shoal at first light when this fish came to the party.
Apart from that, large schools of small baitfish were on the move throughout Laguna Bay, targeted by schools of small mackerel tuna, longtail tuna, bonito, small queenfish, dolphins and even the odd hungry humpback whale. There were also a few mackerel sightings, or encounters, but none boated so far.
COASTAL: A bit of a mixed bag from the open beaches this week with whiting on the bite at Peregian Beach, flathead and dart from Castaways Beach and nice jewfish from Marcus Beach. Further up the northern end of Sunshine Beach next to the rocks also produced whiting and a few good size tarwhine. Around the corner in the bay, flathead and whiting were active on Main Beach and, together with dart and tailor, around Teewah village on the North Shore.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson , Davo's Tackle World... "The flathead were almost out of control in the lower estuary with some thumper fish on the bite from the river mouth to the Woods Point. From Daniel White... "Hi Davo’s crew. How is this for a flathead! My son Tom (below left) caught this 66cm fish on Monday afternoon off the Dog Beach on a ZMan 2.5 inch GrubZ. The combo included a rod he made himself in lockdown 2020. He is starting to regularly outfish me. Not sure if I should be annoyed or proud!" And as an added bonus, whiting were biting in the Frying Pan and the jacks were on the prowl at the Sand Bags."
Report and photos from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. The fishing has been very good the last week. Definitely seeing the results from that downpour we had last week. The mouth is fishing well for flathead and bream, lots of big lizards around just about everywhere. George from Brisbane (above right) caught and released this 85cm specimen on Tuesday morning's charter. And this family group from Brisbane (below) had a ball catching flathead on Sunday's charter. Young Billy's fish went 74cm, Margot's was 84cm and Henry's lizard measured 62cm. All released after a few quick pix."
The Woods Bays were good for queenfish, goldens, pennant fish, flathead and bream. Chris Brown from Brisbane (below left) caught and released this 60cm pennant there on Monday's charter. It went for a prawn bait. Tewantin is also fishing very well for the duskies, with GT’s schooling early on before the boat traffic dispersed them. At Cooroibah we landed a nice mulloway and a couple of smaller models, as well as queenfish, flathead and heaps of javelin fish."
Trevally were still active in the Current Line, mangrove jacks were on the prowl around the back of Noosa Sound after dark, while Weyba Creek was a good option for whiting and and a few flathead. From local lad Dan Rees, above right.... "Hi Bill. My name is Dan. I caught this 62cm flathead at the back of Weyba Creek. It was caught on a yabby and a light Shimano setup. I went into Davo’s Tackle World and they told me to send it in to you. Thanks heaps, Dan."
Further upriver, mangrove jacks were in good numbers around the Noosa Marina and up between the lakes while trevally, school jewfish and queenfish were responding well to live baits and soft plastics above Tewantin. From Richard Green, above... "G’day guys. I’d like to enter fish of the week with this 78cm queenfish. It produced good runs and aerial action. It was caught upstream of Tewantin and was one of two we caught this week in the same location. We used live bait with light sinkers. The other queenie measured 76cm. I initially hooked the second fish and after all lines were wound in by my friend Peter, I handed him the rod to finish the fight and land it. Several good sized GT’s were caught also this week using the same techniques and location. Around 54cm each. All tackle purchased at Davo’s Tackle World Noosaville with assistance from Rob and Chicko. All fish were released. Thanks guys! Regards, Richard." His detailed report and quality catch and releases won Richard this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And from Bianca Fox... "Hi guys. Lovely jewfish caught by nine year old Isabella (above left) on the Noosa River, 500m upstream from the marina. This little beauty was caught on a peeled prawn and landed with her pink IFISH combo, purchased from Davo’s a few years ago. Jewfish put up a good fight... rod, reel and Bella have never worked so hard! Catch happily released! Kind regards, Bianca Fox." And from even further up, this from Ben Bischoff... "Hi mate. Took my eleven year old Oliver (above right) up to the Everglades camping in the Viking double on Tuesday. Oliver’s biggest fish to date went 50cm on the mat. It took a Savage Gear 10.5g gold soft vibe in 0.5m of water. The young fella was stoked. Safety released after a couple of snaps for the album. Cheers, Bisho."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The Impoundments continue to warm up with lilies starting to fill in around the edges of Borumba. These warmer temperatures will see the bass sitting in close and taking small lures off the top. ZMan FrogZ and small surface lures flicked as close to the edges as possible will work well. It is important to let any surface lure sit after casting for at least 5 seconds before retrieving. Bass will often smash any lure on the pause so make sure you put plenty in. Lake Macdonald has stopped over flowing so try around the bubble trail and along the edges toward the float line as bass will follow flowing water."