COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Whiting numbers really improved along the open beaches from Peregian to Sunshine over the last week, despite the less than perfect conditions. A few school jewfish were also reported on the prowl off the rocks at Yaroomba at night. Whole pilchards, squid and slabs of fresh mullet fillet worked best there. Castaways Beach was worth considering for flathead and dart while trevally were schooling off the rocks at the Fairy Pools on the National Park headland. Around the corner from there, Dolphin Point produced the odd flathead and tailor while over on the North Shore, flathead were active towards the river mouth, whiting were biting at Teewah and up at D.I. the catch was dart and tailor.
ESTUARY: From Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hey Bill. Pretty average weather over the weekend but the fishing was really good throughout. We caught some jacks and flathead around the river mouth. Rob Moore (below left) caught and released this low 50’s jack there on Saturday morning's charter while Dan Penny from Melbourne (below right) caught and released this mid 60's flathead (and a low 50's jack) there on Sunday morning's charter.
The Woods Bays were good for tea leaf trevally, javelin fish, flathead and massive schools of pony fish. We didn’t fish Tewantin all that much due to the boat traffic but we did get into some good schools of small trevally there when we did. Up at Lake Cooroibah we caught flathead, cod, jacks, bream and tarwhine."
And from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "The jacks were out and about in excellent numbers this week with some good fish coming from down at the river mouth rocks and along the Dog Beach/Sand Bags stretch. From Craig Tindale, above... "Hi there Davo’s. Check out this nice sized mangrove jack. Caught and released by Andrew Tindale in the lower estuary on the run-in tide on Sunday afternoon." Flathead were on the prowl in that area as well.
Whiting and flathead were active in the Frying Pan and in Weyba Creek while trevally and tailor were on the bite at the Current Line, around the Munna Point Bridge and (along with flathead and whiting) along the Noosaville stretch. From Dan Lamsam, above... "Thank you Davo's for the advice on the colour choice for my Sugapen lure. I caught a crazy amount of fish on it. A couple of trevs, bream, flathead and so much whiting. Most off the beach on Gympie Terrace. Released all but two fish. Kept the flatty and one big whiting for dinner. Again, thanks for the great advice. Best session I’ve had in a long time. Cheers, Dan."
But the jacks were the dominant species throughout the system this week with some quality fish coming from around the Noosa Marina at Tewantin, below the Noosa Car Ferry, up towards Lake Cooroibah and (together with mud crabs) in the stretch between the lakes. From Richard Bull... "Buddy Bull and his best mate Reef Hardy (pictured above) from Eumundi had a night session with me gathering live herring and targeting jacks on Buddy's dad's boat. Both boys caught their first jacks! Biggest going 55cm! Absolute beast, joint effort from both boys to get this magical specimen on board. Kept one for the barbie, released the other." Buddy and Reef's great team effort won them this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
And that's not all! We received this quick report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Hi mate. Sean Santoro (above left) boated this thumper 58cm mangrove jack in the upper river system on Monday afternoon's charter. It went for a whole prawn bait." And this from Dean Whitby, above right... "Had a great Friday afternoon session in Lake Cootharaba. Got an estuary cod and this 48cm jack. Both on whole prawn baits."
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "The freshwater lakes are fishing well at the moment. Borumba, however, is reported to be low at less than 80% capacity. Many anglers have come in contact with trees sitting just below the surface so caution must be taken once beyond the float line. Bass are responding well to Jackall TN60 hard body lures, Hot Bite spinnerbaits and weedless rigged soft plastics in the smaller 2-3 inch size. Lake Macdonald will soon start the release of water so that work can start to the dam wall. This makes now a great time to experience one of the best bass fisheries on the coast. Make sure you have a SIPS permit when fishing our stocked impoundments and enjoy a relaxing day on the water."
OFFSHORE: Not a lot of joy for the offshore brigade earlier in the week with strong south easterlies hammering the coastline right through until Tuesday. The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was then an option before improved conditions on Thursday allowed the bigger boats to target the more exposed reefs.
Reality was though, no one ventured beyond the middle reef belt this week, but most anglers who worked within those limits did fine. Report and photo (above) from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "With a slowish start to the mackerel session due to the weather, there hasn't been many opportunities. I fished last week and missed out! But Thursday's outing was a huge improvement. Good conditions, perfect water temperature, slight current, easing swell and that deep blue water lapping the coast. We nailed the fish trolling at 7 knots with hard body lures just out from the dirty water line. The Spaniards were good healthy specimens around the 7kg mark. We also snared two small longtail tuna for the entrée. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come. Cheers, Chicko."
And we received this report and photos (above and below left) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We fished Sunshine Reef on Thursday morning's seven hour trip. Conditions had improved a lot overnight and the fishing wasn’t too bad either. We landed a couple of prized coral trout, plus Maori cod, venus tusk fish, moses perch and a few grassy sweetlip. Cheers, Nat."
And from Laguna Bay, this report and photo (above right) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "We did a five hour trip in the bay on Wednesday morning in the shelter of the southerly wind. We fished Halls Reef for some good fish, boating grass emperor, painted sweetlip, moses perch and snapper."