Strong to gale force southerlies, 2.0-3.0m seas and swell and a good dose of rain hammered the coastline over the weekend. No boats out apart from the odd jet ski/surfer dude. There was always somewhere out of the wind in the river, though, and quality flathead, bream and queenfish out and about looking for a feed in the lower estuary. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "This (below right) is Russel. Fish was 73cm and released. Be like Russel."
Thursday December 1, 2022. Mid to late November is usually the start of the mackerel season off Noosa and the sporadic reports of spotties and Spaniards over the last week or two turned into a steady flow. We had great conditions, too, before the strong south easterlies shut the offshore gate on Wednesday.
From Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "We ran seven hour trips Monday/Tuesday to Sunshine and Chardons reefs. We had to work pretty hard and move around to get our fish but managed to catch some quality cobia, gold spot cod (as above), sweetlip, tuskfish, frypan snapper and moses perch. Cheers, Nat."
Plenty of flathead and bream about in the ldeeper channels of the lower estuary with quality whiting responding well to live yabbies, worms and prawns on the flats. From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "A few pics (above and below right) from our trip on Saturday. The sand flats in the lower estuary fished well for whiting. We landed a few flathead in the Woods Bays then found ourselves fishing opposite the Coast Guard for most of the morning. We caught moses perch, flathead golden trevally and whiting there. Once it warmed up a bit the fishing slowed right down for the rest of the morning."
From Jarrad Rodgers, above left... "Caught and released this baby black off Sunshine Reef on Sunday morning. Got two Spanish as well. Was a good day out!"
Plus this report and photos (above and below) from Cougar One skipper Matty Mccallum... "Hi Bill. We did a seven hour charter on Friday. Stayed in close mostly and got some spotted mackerel, yellowtail kingfish and a nice jewfish. Cheers mate, Matty."
And we received these pix below (plus a few more) from Dave Leonard... "Hey Bill. Got a few Spanish this week on live baits on Sunshine Reef. Cheers, Dave."