OFFSHORE: We had pretty good conditions on the local reefs this week with light to moderate variable winds the norm rather than the exception. Not a lot of swell either so, apart from a bit of slop on the last of the runout tide, the bar was 'easy as'. The fishing, however, was patchy, although still worth the effort.
Double Island Point and beyond proved productive for the bigger boats or (once again) for those anglers happy enough to trailer their boats up that way. Report and photo above from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Hi Bill. My mate Don Stokes and I have been planning a trip to Fraser Island for some time. This week came into line with calm seas and small tides! Departed Bundaberg at 7am Tuesday and searched the top end of Hervey Bay. At 3pm only one fish in the esky, 5pm came around and the box was very healthy. We stumbled onto a surprise spot, harvesting a mixed bag of snapper, sweetlip and very large tusk fish, just to name a few. A quick high five and back to port. Back in Noosa by lunchtime Wednesday. Now that’s fishing. Regards, Chicko."
And we received this report and photos (as above) from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on Monday on a nine hour charter. Conditions improved throughout the day but were relatively pleasant with southerly winds and a slight current from the north. We caught snapper, amberjack, venus tusk fish, Moses perch and pearl perch. Cheers, Nat."
Back along the middle reef belt, North Reef seemed to be the favoured destination. Report and photo from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished North Reef on Sunday on a five hour charter. Conditions were surprisingly good with about 10 knots of south-easterly breeze. We caught quality Maori cod, snapper, Moses perch and venus tusk fish. Pictured (above) is Melanie Ottaway with her standout Maori cod. Cheers, Nat."
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COASTAL: The bread and butter species were out and about on the open beaches this week. Not in big numbers but enough to keep the faithful happy with the odd bonus trophy fish in amongst them. Quality jewfish were on top of the leader board with the bigger fish responding well to mullet slab baits and lures from Mudjimba to Peregian Beach. Joe Tomic (below) caught and released this 116cm jewfish somewhere south of Coolum on Saturday night. It went for a well cast and retrieved Super Strike Bottle Plug lure. Joe's impressive C&R won him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Peregian Beach was also good for whiting and dart, as was Castaways Beach while Sunshine Beach was the spot for tailor and whiting from the surf gutters plus jewfish and bream off the rocks at the northern end. North of there, snapper and tailor were active off Hell's Gates and the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland. Across Laguna Bay on the Noosa North Shore, flathead and whiting were biting at the river mouth end of Teewah Beach and, to a lesser extent, around Teewah township while yellowtail kingfish and GT's were going for surface poppers and stick baits on the northern side of Double Island Point.
ESTUARY: The bread and butter species were out and about in the lower estuary this week with good bream on the bite at the river mouth and quality whiting responding well to peeled prawns and live worms in the Frying Pan. Flathead were also on the prowl in that area while mangrove jacks were active after dark in the deeper water off the Woods Point Sand Bags. Around the corner from there, the Woods Bays were good for tailor, queenfish and trevally. From Bhay Johnston, below left... "G’day Fishing Noosa. Tried me luck in the Woods Bays and landed this 55cm big eye. Was good fun on the light gear!"
Whiting were also schooling in the shallows opposite Munna Point caravan park and up in Weyba Creek. Further upriver, flathead were on the bite in the upper Noosaville stretch. From Michael Reed, above right... "Hi Bill. I’m living in Philadelphia, USA and my son and I have been visiting my parents, who moved to Tewantin from Brisbane a year ago. It’s our first visit to see them here, and the trip was made all the more enjoyable by the great service we received during three visits to Davo's. We were given some great advice from Chicko about where and how to fish for flathead at the west end of Goat Island. We used froggies with light gear and gang hooks and drifted across the river from north to south just as the tide started coming in, and landed this nice 50cm flatty, which we have just enjoyed for dinner! Kudos to Davo's, and especially Chicko for being so customer-focused and willing to help us novices by sharing their detailed knowledge. When we’re back you can be sure we’ll be visiting Davo's to get us set up for another successful time on the river! Cheers, Michael." Apart from that, jacks and jewfish were reported on the chew at the top of the first ski run at Tewantin and in the stretch between the lakes.
From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We’re still plucking some nice fish out of the river at the moment. We chased whiting and flathead in the Frying Pan on the higher tides a few times throughout the week. Golden trevally were around the Coast Guard early morning, late afternoon. A few were going for soft plastics even throughout the day. Tewantin and upwards continued to fish well for queenfish, flathead and mulloway. Pictured (above left) is Tony from the UK with his 76cm queenfish from the weekend and (above right) Xavier Capra from NSW with a flathead from Thursday's charter."
FRESHWATER: The impoundments have seen a rise in water temps due to lack of rainfall. The fish are a little harder to locate so turn your sounders on. Be sure to have side scan units running and zoom in as smaller screens can be hard to read if scanning beyond 10 metres. Now is a great time to hit the Noosa Everglades as the wild bass closure is over. The fish will be found lower down in the more brackish water following their breeding so surface lures and grub style soft plastics are the go. The lucky craft Sammy 65 is a great lure especially if in a kayak and if you want to fish surface as it can be skipped under trees.