OFFSHORE: The northerlies dominated earlier in the week, bringing with them smoke from the Fraser Island bushfire (see photo below), late afternoon storms and, when they blew more moderate than light, a fair bit of slop and chop to the local reefs. Not the best of conditions, especially for the smaller boats. It was still quite fishable, though, ahead of a swing to strong south easterlies late on Wednesday, which shut the gate as the week drew to a close.
When conditions permitted, Double Island Point was good for the odd wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna and small mackerel while at The Hards the catch was quality snapper, cod, amberjack, yellowfin tuna and pearl perch. From ten year old Zack Griffiths, below... "We went fishing at The Hards late last week and I caught this solid 1.25m amberjack on a 60gm jig. Took me almost half an hour to get it up and I almost gave in but pushed through and got rewarded!"
Otherwise it was all down to the closer reefs. Report and photos (below) from Trekka 2 skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. Here’s a couple of standout pearl perch from Saturday’s seven hour trip. We fished the North Reef area and conditions were pretty good for most of the morning despite the forecast. The rest of the catch was grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish and moses perch. Current was steady from the north. Cheers, Nat."
In addition, we received this report and photo (below left) from Cougar One skipper Mitch Bertacchini... "Hey Bill. We did a seven hour trip to North Reef on Monday. Conditions were great with a glassy ocean first thing before the light northerly kicked in. We had a slight amount of current to the south which has thankfully taken the coral spawn with it. We caught moses perch, grass emperor, snapper, pearl perch and hussar. Cheers, Mitch."
And from Tom Hobelt, above right... "Shot out Monday morning in perfect conditions. Fished the North Reef area and hooked this nice jewfish on a live bait. Tough taking photos when your by yourself. He measured 1070mm and went 12-14kg approx. Hoping to release him but ended up in the esky. Cheers, Tom."
Sunshine Reef was patchy but when it clicked, it fished quite well for squire, moses perch, pearl perch, grass sweetlip, venus tusk fish, juvenile marlin and the odd coral trout. Laguna Bay saw a bit or surface activity throughout which was largely from the mack tuna schools. Cast metal slug lures worked best there.
COASTAL: Mike Sultana, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Flathead and whiting were on the bite this week at Castaways Beach and, together with dart and bream, at the northern end of Sunshine Beach. There were also some elbow slapper whiting at the north end of 'A' Bay, responding well to lightly weighted baits like live worms, prawns and strips of mullet. Jewfish numbers have also been improving with good fish coming from around the Double Island end of the Noosa North Shore. Fresh tailor fillet is their chocolate, so if you get a smaller legal tailor take the sides off him for the perfect jewfish bait.
ESTUARY: Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World Noosa... "Whiting were of good size and in good numbers on the flats and drop offs down towards the river mouth, around the top of the Frying Pan and across the Munna Flats. There were also a few tailor and trevally on the prowl in the Current Line and in the Woods Bays and, after dark, mangrove jacks around the back of The Sound. From Caleb Hickling, below... "Photos of a mangrove jack I caught in the Noosa River. I started a big day of fishing with a bit of surface action, just throwing Sugapens in the Woods Bays on sun up. I changed to plastics, then at the end of the day, just on dark at the Sound Bridge. I threw a little Samaki Pink Diver on and I got absolutely smacked by this big jack. I landed her with a 6 pound braid and leader, with no net, all on my own. Ha ha. I was stoked to get this big girl in the boat, but since it is my first good Jack, I let her go!!! Cheers, Caleb."
Quality whiting were also biting up in Weyba Creek (where mud crabs were on the move) and around the sand flats in the upper Noosaville stretch. From Neil and Robyn Pollock, below... "We've been going to Davo's for about 40 years for tackle, advice and fish pix. We caught half a dozen of these thumper (38cm to 42cm) whiting opposite the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club on Tuesday morning. We were using live yabbies for bait." Neil and Robyn's elbow slappers created quite a stir on our FaceBook Page and earned them this week's $100.00 Davo's Tackle World/ChaseBaits Australia Fish of the Week prize.
Apart from that, jacks were active around Tewantin, whiting were biting at the top of Lake Cooroibah and mud crabs were out and about between the lakes.
FRESHWATER: Grant Budd, Davo's Northshore Bait and Tackle Marcoola... "Freshwater has been quieter this week but with the lead up to the moon and warmer waters now is the time to break out small surface frogs like ZMan Finesse FrogZ and Chasebaits Frog. Cast these onto lilies or the gentle sloping bank and twitch these slowly into open water. Be sure to put in plenty of pauses as bass love to hit a paused lure. As the sun rises switching to smaller jerkbaits like the Bassday Sugadeep which is a personal favourite has secured many solid fish just sitting in the shade of an overhanging tree and bush. Be quiet on the water and enjoy the warmer weeks ahead as it will be a great time to start getting fish off the top.