Report 14/7/17

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Nicole Penfold
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Report 14/7/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:26 pm

With some perfect winter days over the last couple of weeks families have been out in force on the river, the Flathead have been in good numbers with the area around Oyster Bank Rd a hotspot with the locals, table fish around the 40 to 50cm mark have been happy to take small baits like hardy heads, prawns and small pilchards, soft plastic have also been a popular choice with pinks and reds colours perfect for the job, give the Zman Streakz Curly tails a go in the Bleeding Banana and Coco Ice colours. The bream are really starting to fire with the river mouth right the way up to Bli Bli Bridge seeing good fish, Fish over the 30cm mark are plentiful and hit like a freight train. Good baits have been whitebait, mullet gut and fowl gut as well as strip baits like mullet and bonito. If you love chasing them with lures the Eco Gear ZX 35 blades are a great choice. The predatory fish have been in good numbers in the river, trevally, tailor and queenies have all been beating up bait schools as they come into the river on the rising tide. Areas like the Jet Ski Run, the current line around the tip of Goat Island and of course the bridge pylons on the traffic bridge have all been hotspots.

On the beach there are plenty of good gutter with large bream schooling up and snacking on passing bait fish. Add to the mix, some nice whiting and tailor and the odd jewie and the beach fisherman have been having a fine old time. For those angler that have been braving the cool morning there have been some nice tailor taken at the mouth of the Maroochy River. They are feeding on small bait fish that are brought in on the tide. Rather than bait give the Halco Spinner a go, it is perfect for tailor, cast as far as you can and retrieve quickly, as they spin and move through the water they leave a trail like a fleeing bait fish which is the main course for a hungry tailor.

Offshore anglers were not deterred by the rain and were happy to again been spoilt with some great wind and swell conditions, squire and sweetlip have been plentiful with some nice snapper amongst them, the Gneerings is the place to be with anglers that are burling up seeing some great results. The key to burley is don’t overdo it; too much and you will attract critters you don’t want. The Barwon Banks have also been producing some great pearlies snapper and cobia. Another reef often forgotten is Currimundi Reef, this reef holds some great sweetlip snapper and the odd parrot. As the reef is quite shallow soft plastics work a treat, fishing the Zman scented Jerk shads on light jig heads has some outstanding results.

Borumba Dam fished well this week with bass, yellowbelly and saratoga caught. Red claw have also been caught in good numbers. This is unusual as they are pretty quiet at this time of year. The bays and upper reaches of the two main arms have also fished well with schools of fish holding in the shallower water. At Lake Macdonald, a lot of bass have been taken around the botanical gardens and in the north facing bays across from the dam wall. The upper reaches near the road bridges and in the skinny water also fished well for bass and saratoga on the surface.

Wild Thing 2 skipper Paul Glover... "Hey mate. We fished North Reef on Saturday. Wind was 5 knots from the west. We got some nice slate bream, moses perch and some good cobia." Adrian Rae from Sunrise Beach above, is pictured with one of two cobia he boated on that trip.

Sam Proctor from Margate with a nice pearl perch.

WT2 did it again the following day..."Hey mate. We fished North Reef again on Sunday. Wind was very light from the south west and no current. We had a ball with the fish having a good chew. We got plenty of good size cobia, some great pearlies, moses perch, slate bream, squire, Maori cod and grass sweetlip." Pic is of Armond Thepemer with a thumper grassy.

Sunshine Reef was another good performer this week. From local angler Geoff Stirzaker, above right..."G'day Bill. My mate Dan and I went out early on Saturday morning and fished a few marks not far from the headland. We caught a good feed. No monsters, but certainly enough to fill the esky. Caught grass sweetlip, squire/snapper to 55cm, moses perch and spangled emperor. All went for whole pilchards and yakka flesh floaters."

From local angler Mark Greentree, "Caught this 60cm trout on Sunshine Reef on Sunday arvo. It went for a whole pilchard floater on a 6/0 circle hook. Took some getting out of the reef. Also boated grass sweetlip, snapper, pearl perch and tusk fish. Awesome conditions for an arvo session."

The surf beaches were quite consistent this week with the stretch from Peregian to Coolum producing keeper size jewfish after dark. Further up, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was still a good option for bream and whiting in close while GT's were on the chew out from Lion Rock at the southern end of 'A' Bay. North of there, the National Park headland rocks produced the odd squire and juvenile yellowtail kingfish. From local angler Ben Lavender, below left... "Caught a little kingfish on Sunday afternoon on a Z-Man soft plastic just around the corner from the bay in my secret spot."

Steve Smith from Ferntree Gully in Melbourne (above) caught and released this 74cm lizard at the river mouth on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a lightly weighted, whole whitebait.

Bream were also active at the river mouth and, together with flathead, in The Frying Pan. Dan Martin from Melbourne (above left) caught and released a 60cm flathead at the mouth and then later did the same with this thumper 94cm specimen in 'The Pan'. He too was on Friday morning's Noosa River Fishing Safari.

The Woods Point area worked well for the soft plastics and surface anglers with flathead, bream, trevally and tailor reported off the Sand Bags, along the current line and in the Woods Bays. Ash Baveystock from Sydney caught and released a 32cm and 38cm bream on whole prawn baits in the Woods Bays on Thursday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Small surface poppers accounted for a few whiting off the beach at Culgoa Point while further along, trevally were active around the back of the Sound and Weyba Creek was good for bream, whiting and flathead. Upriver at Tewantin, bream flathead and trevally were on the bite along the first ski run.

Report and photo from Nic Brewer... "Hey guys. Fished the lower river on Wednesday morning. Caught a bunch of tailor on surface lures and plastics. Finished the morning at the ski run catching this 55cm GT on a squidgy prawn plastic. All fish were released. Sounded up plenty of bait in the area, my mate hooked another solid fish that we later dropped."

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