OFFSHORE: It was more 'off' than 'on' this time around with the weekend's light variable winds offering the best opportunities for the offshore brigade. After that it was pretty much a no go, with moderate to fresh (15 to 20 knot) south easterlies roughing up the local reefs before easing on Wednesday afternoon.
While conditions permitted, though, it was all systems go. Report and photos (above and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Double Island Point on Saturday and Sunday on nine hour charters. Current was running hard in some areas but overall it was certainly fishable. We caught some quality pearl perch and snapper, along with hussar, lots of venus tusk fish, gold spot wrasse, moses perch and amberjack. Cheers, Nat."
The September Snapper Challenge entries have started to flow in, especially from the more southern reefs. From Jim Brodie... "Hey guys. My son's friend James McMillan (above right) had his second ocean trip on Sunday. Caught this beast on a 2-4kg rod with 8 pound main line and 9 pound leader. His biggest fish to date. One very happy young chap. We were at Caloundra Wide. Not much showing on the sounder, a little here and there. Had a couple of drifts that produced a keeper pearly on a knife jig then anchored and started the burly trail. Next fish was a tusky on a paternoster. Only just legal so we let him live. Not long after my white Z-Man Jerk ShadZ locked onto a nice pan sized snapper. Another good sized tusky on the paternoster and finally the 65cm snapper. James got that one on a silver Catch Freestyle Kabura. Awesome effort. James is so addicted to fishing. He's up at 4am almost every day hitting the canals around Pelican Waters and the Pumicestone Passage jetties. A pleasure to have on the boat. Overall we only had 5 bites that produced 5 fish. Cheers, Jim."
And from Bridgette Cox... "Hello. Here are some pictures (above) from our fishing trip off Caloundra on Saturday. I would like to enter them in the September Snapper Competition. Our most impressive fish of the day goes to my husband Josh, who caught his 78cm snapper on a soft plastic. Regards, Bridgette."
Plus this one from Marc Horton-Stephens... "Woo Hoo... Junior angler Finn (pictured below left) is with a pan-sized snapper caught inshore Mooloolaba. He's loving his soft plastic fishing and it certainly shows! There's no bait on the boat, so it's angler vs snapper! Cheers, Marc."
Along the middle reef belt, North Reef produced good snapper to 70cm along with cobia, jewfish, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip and the odd thumper coral trout. Closer in, the reefs and bombies from Arkwright Shoal to Sunshine Reef were good for grass sweetlip, longtail tuna and the odd keeper size snapper. Local yak angler Dave McGregor, above right, sent us this entry for the Snapper Challenge... "Hi Bill. A mate loaned me a yak and another mate loaned me a paddle as I broke mine at Fraser a couple of weeks ago. Launched at Peregian on Saturday with some Davo's pillies and snagged one! Cheers, Dave."
COASTAL: Tailor made their presence felt along the eastern beaches this week with some good fish coming from the Yaroomba/Coolum area (together with the odd GT) and, along with dart and whiting, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. In between, Castaways Beach was the spot for more whiting and quality flathead while further north, jewfish were on the prowl between dusk and dawn off the rocks at the southern end of Alexandria Bay.
Tailor were also on the bite at Dolphin Point, either side of the river mouth (as were flathead and small dart) and up around Double Island Point. Dart and quality bream were also schooling around the top end while whiting were responding well to live beach worms and pippis in the surf gutters at Teewah.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson , Davo's Tackle World... "Flathead were in good numbers in the deeper channels at the river mouth, more so on the last of the run-out tide while whiting were schooling in the shallower waters of the sand flats on the run-in tide. Further upriver, trevally were active in the Current Line (big eyes, GT's, goldens and cale cales) and the Outer Woods Bay while the Inner Bay and the back of Noosa Sound had big eyes after dark.
Flathead and whiting were also responding well to live yabbies and live prawns in Weyba Creek and opposite the Yacht Club while up at Tewantin the lizards were in pretty good numbers near the mouth of Lake Doonella and opposite the Council Chambers. Apart from that, Lake Cooroibah was good for whiting."
River report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey mate. We caught some nice tailor, a few whiting and the odd golden trevally in the Woods Bays this week. James from Brisbane (above right) boated this 60cm golden there on Saturday afternoon's charter. First drop when we rolled up. It went for a whole prawn bait. We also picked up the odd cale cale trevally along Gympie Terrace. We probably caught most of our flathead along the Noosaville stretch as well... they appear be on the move getting ready for the annual spawn. The Tewantin area fished pretty well for bream, flathead and some little GT’s."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Freshwater is now more accessible with the Australian wild bass closure now finished. The Noosa Everglades is open and ready to explore with some great fishing to be had. Up here you can run spinnerbaits and small diving lures. Surface fishing is a lot of fun on low light days and these wild bass sure do pack a punch. Go armed with a Lucky Craft Sammy 65 lures and work the edges. The impoundments are warming up and there is a good edge bite right now. For lure anglers, small frogs, minnows and shallow divers will work very well. Keep leaders around 12b in case you hook a saratoga and be sure to keep any sizeable fish in the net upon landing so they settle down before bringing them onto the boat for hook removal. If after a landing net then take a look at any of our rubber mesh nets which protect the fish and don’t get hooked by lures.