As at Friday November 10, 2017.
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|OFFSHORE: Ah well. Half a week's fishing is a lot better than none I suppose. It wasn't a bad start for the offshore brigade with light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) winds ahead of a strong south easterly change late Tuesday. From that point on it was all over as far as the more exposed reefs were concerned. The small (sub 200mm) low tides caused a few problems for those boaties who ignored the 'three hours either side of high tide' rule with two boats going over on the very last of the run-out. One boat at 2.00am on Sunday morning and the other at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon. Both smack on low tide.
While the going was good the more distant reefs were too hard to ignore and the rewards were there for those prepared to go the distance. This report from Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished Double Island Point on Friday and Saturday. Wind was 5 to 10 knots from the south east, slight current to the south. We got snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, big hussar, coral bream, cobia, Maori cod, jewfish, slate bream and some nice gold spot wrasse." Pictured above from Friday's full day charter is Andrew Shea from Cooroibah with a quality snapper and Maori cod.
And on Monday, Wild Thing 2 targeted the Barwon Banks..."Wind was 15 to 20 knots NNE with a slight current to the south. We caught snapper, tusk fish, pearl perch, mulloway, snapper and thumper teraglin jewfish." Pictured above is Sharon Bailey from Maroochydore with a nice jewfish or mulloway and below left; Amy Stuckey from Lismore in New South Wales with a nice snapper. And this brief report from Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi Bill. Photo of my mate Pitzy Folk (below right) with a thumper spangled emperor. Boated on a quick trip to The Banks on Sunday morning."
|Closer in, North Reef was one of the more popular destinations. Report and photo (below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Brooke Wignall... "We fished North on a five hour on Friday. Conditions were easterly winds to 10 knots with a slight current to the south. We caught snapper, moses perch, red emperor, venus tusk fish, sea bream, trag jew and quality pearl perch. Pictured below left is Ashley Mackay from Melbourne with one of the standout pearlies."|
|And they fished there again on Saturday. Conditions were good with easterly winds to 10 knots and a slight current to the south. We caught tusk fish, moses perch, snapper, sea bream, trag jew and pearl perch. Above right, with the standout 61cm pearl perch, we have Breanna Buckley from Brisbane."
The pearlies were in numbers. This report and photo (above) from Cougar One skipper Theo Hewish..."We did a five hour charter to North Reef on Saturday. The conditions were nice with no wind and little to no current. We caught pearl perch, small snapper, tusk fish and Maori cod. Cheers, Theo."
And from Jackson Ross... "Fished North Reef on Sunday. Photo of Matt Balton (above), a mate of mine, with a jewfish, caught on a Davo's half pilchard. Conditions were good with 10 knot NE winds in the morning dropping to nothing by lunchtime. We also got cobia and pearl perch. Cheers, Jackson"
|Last but definitely not least, from local angler Tarek Lees, above left... "Hi Bill. I caught my first coral trout (66cm, 4.6kg) on a live yakka at North Reef on Saturday. Big hold on the bottom for about 15 seconds. Great feeling, catching my family an awesome fish for our dinner this week. Thanks, Tarek." Tarek's colourful capture earned him the $50.00 store credit in this week's Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize.
Closer in, Sunshine Reef was good for the odd Spanish mackerel, cobia, grass sweetlip and coral trout while in Laguna Bay the cobia and the first of the Spaniards were making their presence felt. From yak angler Jarrad Rodgers, above right... "Had a day off on Friday so I thought I'd see if there was any cobia around. Ended up getting this guy to the boat hanging on by a thread up Noosa North Shore. Went 136cm, estimate around 16kg. Caught it on a Davo's saurie on light wire, bit through the wire but landed it with one hook in the gill plate. Picked up some just legal cobes as well. Cheers, Bonesy."
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|COASTAL: Chopper tailor made their presence felt on the open beaches this week with captures coming from Peregian, Castaways and (together with bream and whiting) at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. Further north, the headland rocks produced squire and quality bream while around the corner from there, Dolphin Point had a few grass sweetlip on the bite, the boiling pot produced cobia and Little Cove was the spot for flathead.
Jordy Kahui (above) got the surprise of his life about half an hour after high tide on Monday morning when his Rapala X-Rap Long Cast hard body lure got smashed by this cobia as soon as it hit the water. Not a surprise when the fish are schooling and you're some way offshore but when there's no sign of any activity, and you're fishing off the Boiling Pot in the National Park, it could take you unawares. Jordy wasn't far off being spooled before he got this fish under control and up onto the rocks. Apart from that, flathead, chopper tailor and whiting were biting on Teewah Beach just up from the river mouth.
ESTUARY: During the day the river mouth was the spot for bream, whiting and flathead while at night, tailor and mangrove jacks were on the prowl. From Cara Woods... "Steven Holmes (below) caught this jack late Saturday night down at the mouth. It went for a live herring and put up a great fight. At 58cm, it was a personal best." His colourful capture earned Steven the $50.00 ChaseBaits soft plastics pack from this Week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Further up, flathead and whiting were in good numbers in the Frying Pan, off the Woods Point Sand Bags and, along with bream, in the Woods Bays. James Martini from Victoria (below) caught this 60cm flathead in the Woods on Wednesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn.
The current line produced some good trevally this week with goldens and big-eyes responding well to live beach worms there (believe or not) after dark. Further upriver, the stretch from the Marina to the Tewantin car ferry yielded flathead and bream. From Chris Arnold, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Photo from Wednesday morning of Jackson Finnis from South Australia (below) with a 58cm flathead which he caught at Tewantin using a prawn bait."
Apart from that, jewfish and mangrove jacks were responding to live fish baits in the deeper holes and snags from the Tewantin ferry to the mouth of Lake Cooroibah after dark. Mud crabs were were also active there and, along with threadfin salmon, were out and about in the stretch between the lakes
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