OFFSHORE: Bit of an odd one this week. Not bad conditions at the kick off but there weren't a lot of starters in the small to medium boat category and, as a result, very little feedback. It's not often we find ourselves short of fish photos but that's life. The bar was quite settled most of the time and on some days, pretty much flat as a tack. A bit of bird activity in Laguna Bay over the weekend but no reports of anything, apart from small pelagics, under the bait schools.
Anyway, having said all that, we did get the odd report. Out wide, the Barwon Banks were worth the effort for those with good marks and the time to work an overnighter or at least a couple of tide changes. From Joel Hautala... "Saturday's weather was magic so we hit the Barwon Banks. Boated some good cod and a bin load of mahi mahi or dolphin fish on live baits. My mate James Baldwin (pictured above) took home some prize dolly fillets after a great weekend." Joel's timely report and James' enthusiastic photo pose earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
From closer to home, we received this report and photo (above right) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We’ve been pretty busy this past week with the good weather. We fished Chardon's Reef on Friday’s seven hour trip in glass out conditions and spent the day drifting. We ended up with venus tusk fish, snapper, scarlet sea perch, Maori cod, gold spot cod and moses perch. On Saturday we ran back to back trips to Sunshine Reef. We ended up with a good bag of fish both trips including quality venus tusk fish and pearl perch, plenty of grass sweetlip and moses perch. Cheers, Nat."
Laguna Bay still had plenty of small baitfish on the move. There was also the odd cobia and sweetlip on the bite early morning along the Hall's Reef stretch.
Above: Snapshots from Saturday's aerial drone flyover from Munna Point to the Noosa Bar and back. Taken one and a half hours before a 0.23m low tide.
COASTAL: Whiting were out and about again on the open beaches this week with some good fish coming from Marcus Beach and, together with flathead, from Castaways Beach. Further up, Sunshine Beach was pretty quiet with just a few dart to keep the light surf anglers happy. On the National Park headland, the rocks at Hells Gates produced the odd challenge with cobia taking live fish baits. Just along from there, chopper tailor were schooling off the Fairy Pools.
Whiting and bream were biting on Main Beach and, along with dart and flathead, on Teewah Beach. D.I. had bream in good numbers plus chopper tailor.
ESTUARY: Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. Fishing has been pretty good to us. The river mouth was fishing well for flathead and whiting. My mate and I got a really good feed of whiting fishing the shallows as the tide was ebbing. And Zac Maclean from South Australia (below) boated this 68cm flathead just up from the mouth earlier in the week. The Woods Bays were good for the odd flathead as well. There’s a fair bit of snot weed around the lower estuary so it makes it a bit frustrating after a while. Weyba had a lot of bream up there this week, the odd flathead and moses perch were also starting to chew a fair bit up there. Fished behind Goat Island a little bit... lots of whiting, couple of bream and longtoms. Cooroibah fished well for flathead, we trolled the edges of the channel on the ebb tide, got a little boring but it worked every time, got ourselves a nice feed of flathead."
And from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were going for live fish baits and soft plastics in the deep channels at the river mouth this week while whiting were responding well to live yabbies, prawns and small surface lures in the Frying Pan. Trevally, tailor and queenfish were schooling in the Woods Bays in the morning while Weyba was the spot for more whiting and a few mud crabs. Upriver, mangrove jacks were out and about at night around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin, in the Lake Cooroibah boat channel and, together with trevally and queenfish, in the stretch between the lakes."
From Brett Jackman... "My wife Jane (above right) caught this 48cm mangrove jack on Tuesday. Up between the lakes on the Noosa River. Was her first fish on the new 2 to 4 lb Shimano Spitfire rod with 8lb braid and 10lb leader. We were fishing the run out tide with live bait. The wind was blowing hard straight up the river making things a bit uncomfortable. The trevally and jacks were on the chew. Also caught an under size jewfish. Took home a feed and released the rest. We are from Warwick so don't get to fish as often as we would like. But this was one session we wont forget for a long time."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The impoundments are holding a decent amount of water making the edge bite best around first light and in the evenings if the wind isn’t too strong. During the day, try running tail spinners and Jackson Iga Jig Spin lures through any schooled up fish. Be sure to crimp the barbs on these as they are small and the bass hit these with a lot of aggression. Elsewhere, the saratoga are breeding and should be left alone as these mouth brooders are self-sustaining in both Lake MacDonald and Borumba. Should you catch one be sure to release it where it was caught and keep it in the water as much as possible. Also be sure you have a current SIPS permit before fishing the stocked impoundments."