August is a great month for anglers for many reasons; day after day of sunny, mild weather, the opportunity to send the kids off to the ekka with the grandparents one, two or seven days in a row! Plus the month usually is strong for winter species and we see the return of elbow slapper whiting and flathead in greater numbers in the rivers. I like to review the winter fishing season thus far in August, to either rejoice or rethink my game plan! The full moon for the month was last night and the past 3 days have been good with reliable locals weighing in their offshore and estuary species like clockwork.
I expect this weekend will also see good weigh-ins as well. The 3 days following the new moon which is on Friday 21st to the 24th are also looking good for fishing, according to the Anglers Almanac. These two moon phases will play a huge role for those keen anglers chasing big jew and the run of tailor along the beaches overnight. The deeper holes around bridge pylons, rock walls and river bends are well worth fishing with live or big slab baits for jew. Hopefully there will still be a few nice sized yellow fin bream for the end of the season to keep those gung hoe bream anglers happy. We can expect less bream next month and the dusky flathead should be firing up and more readily taking lures. The increase in water temps should get the old faithful dusky’s to chase trolled hard bodied and soft plastics lures. These fish provide recreation sports anglers with consistent catches and a responsible fight. Just remember that with the increased technology provided by lure manufacturers to help angler catch fish, we are really putting a dent in the wild flathead numbers. Only keep enough for your own immediate needs and release big females over the 70cm mark. Take a camera with you in your fishing travels and if you catch a nice fish, get a photo to show your mates proof, you won’t have to kill the fish to look good.
The beaches have really picked this year with excellent schools of tailor are along most SE QLD coastlines, with some record fish getting caught on South Straddie, Noosa and Kawana Beaches. Those south westerlies brewing in mid July, were just cold enough to hurt my bottom lip which is a great indicator that winter beach fishing is at its peak. Pillies were on the mark, sometimes with a squid-skirt on a 3 gang of 4/0 Mustad 4200D’s. Reports came in also of decent greenbacks on the odd bit of local squid on a similar rig, Surecatch knight or bishop or Halco Twisties in 40 or 50g. Sometimes the tailor go off the bite and you are left with over ½ a block of pillies thawed. Freezing them to use them again only leaves us disappointed at the mushy composition. Next time consider using the South African product called Bait Mate, really just glorified elasticised cotton, but it really works well when your pilchard has turned to mush.
The Noosa, Maroochy and Mooloolah rivers plus the Passage have offered good bream to 23kg this winter so far, but many catches are coming in between 600g and 1kg. The bream have been best at night or the top of the tide as they are spawning at this time of year. A lot of quality fish have been caught off rocky headlands like Pincushion Island, the new Cotton Tree jetties, Twin Waters weir area, South Channel and at the Cod Hole. Yinni Street has also been a favourite spot for bank fishing. Thin strips of mullet fillets, pealed green prawns, pilchard, gar or bonito fillets provide a soft, yet deadly bream bait. If you find your flesh bait is getting ignored, it may just be too bland so coat it in an additive like aniseed or tuna oil which acts as an aphrodisiac and usually brings on a feeding frenzy.
Flathead usually start to move more in the late winter months as well. Lures and fresh bait cast over the top of sand banks in the lower reaches is the best option. A few big lizards, well and truly breeding size were also caught and released in the upper reaches. The stretch of water between the mouth of Petrie Creek and the Bli Bli bridge is an excellent flathead fishing spot. In the coming months the numbers of big summer whiting should be on the rise in this location as well. Once we have a rise in water temperature, this encourages the flathead to move around a lot more and chase down food easier. Lure fishing will be successful in the coming months along this stretch of water also. Working soft plastics while drifting in a canoe or boat can be affective. At this time last year I trolled small lures such as the Tilsan minnow and Micro mullets on the run out tide along Bli Bli for plenty of dusky flathead. The same shallow water should fish well for whiting in the near future. Their numbers are already increasing and should continue through September. Try on most stages of the tide with live worms on the sand banks around the Bli Bli channel markers.
With the temps warming and Spring just around the corner, get out amongst the last of the winter fishing action and be prepared for the warm weather to lure in those summer species in the coming months.
Noosa: Snapper to 5kg on North Reef. Tailor to the 1kg and a few dart along Teewah. Mud crabs in the canals and upper reaches. Bream and whiting along Castaways Beach. Good numbers of flathead in Lake Cooroibah and along the ski run. Whiting and bream from Munna Point and the Frying Pan.
Maroochydore: Tailor at night along the north shore and bream up to 800g in good number from the river mouth in the morning. Bream at dusk around the coffee rock along Mudjimba Beach. Big flathead and quality bream in the southern channel. Mud crabs overnight from the mouth of Eudlo Creek.
Kawana: Amberjack to 20kg and parrot to 5kg from Murphy’s. Dart, bream and Tarwhine along Kawana Beach. Schools of gar throughout the lower reaches. Tailor and gar from the Kawana pontoon. Golden trevally along the La Balsa stretch over night. Flathead from the sand basin and the flats above McKenzies Bridge.
Caloundra: Snapper and grassy sweetlip from the 9 mile and Currimundi Reef. Dart and bream along Currimundi Beach. Tailor and bream at the bar. Trevally and queenfish on poppers in the Pelican Waters Canals.
Riley and Matt Evans welcomed the warmer weather and the flathead which came out of hibernation to bite Riley’s prawn bait.
Six year old Cale Page was fishing at Munna Point when his live yabby bait was taken by this 900g trevally (with thanks www.fishingnoosa.com.au).
Jake McLennan fished just off Point Cartwright with whole squid to lure this Sweetlip up close to the boat.
Paul Smith got lucky and landed this 10kg black king fish aboard "Fishing Offshore Noosa" charterboat Trekka 3 at North reef.
There's a morning ritual that only happens at a certain time a year; scraping the thin layer of frost off the car windscreen, witnessing the early morning, eerie fog over the river's surface (if you are crazy to be awake that early) and of course, the terribly hard decision of whether to go flannelette with uggs or bomber jacket with gumboots! If this reigns true for you then you must be a luderick angler or a fan of winter!
Luderick anglers are those who type of people who relish in the bitterly cold winter days and are not afraid to get up early to find fresh green weed or cabbage in order to hit the best luderick spots before the sun is up. To be honest; I would rather be tucked up in bed under many layers of doona! But I must admit, I have experienced an early morning luderick hunt and it's a great experience that I recommend any angler tries at least once in their life!
Luderick or scientifically "Girella tricuspidata" are exciting to catch due to their hard fighting capability complete with many dirty tactics. They move into SE Queensland waters to spawn over the winter months and are definitely on the chew now. During their visit to coastal waterways, they will be feeding up around any surface area where cabbage or thread like algae grows. These habitats include all rocky areas, bridge pylons, fallen trees and seagrass beds.
The best bait to chase luderick is the thread and cabbage algae that can be collected from rocky ledges, out crops and rock pools along the coast on low tide. At the moment green weed is not that easy to find in any decent amount along the coastal rock surfaces but locals have been seen with "weed" that is reportedly growing near the Boardwalk at Caloundra, along the rock walls at Mooloolaba bar and by the Sheraton at Noosa. Davo's bait and tackle has also got cryovac weed in stock at the moment which is an excellent option if you are having trouble finding weed. When the luderick are on a hot bite they will often eat live yabbies, fresh peeled prawn and even live worms. There is even the local legend of the chap who caught a very decent sized fish on bok choy or Chinese cabbage!
Anglers choose to target these temperamental and extremely sensitive fish, because they are a challenge to hook and also an demanding great skills and intricate rod handling to land the ferocious fighters. On light tackle a small luderick fights as hard around structure as a large sea bream or golden trevally would. Once hooked, they pull straight towards cover - generally the rocky walls and caves that they inhabit. Anglers must keep pressure on the line at all times, because luderick will fight from start to finish, thrashing like crazy trying to escape. The angler will normally need to hold the spool of the reel tight, so that the fish doesn't get an inch of line. This is when the long whippy rod acts as a shock absorber during the battle until the fish tires slightly and is dragged in.
The best rod for targeting luderick must be highly sensitive and flexible, roughly between 8 and 10 feet in length and not much heavier than 2-4kg. A tried and tested combo which can be recommended is the Jarvis Walker Aurora (Ocean Blackfish) in the 3.6m minimum. This rod is for medium action and is ideal for the hard fight ensuing from a luderick hook up, but also it will easily handle the movements of a small school jew, trevally, large bream or flathead. Likewise, Surecatch Bigfield rod has been designed with a species like luderick in mind. Any spinning reel with a high gear ratio for quick retrieve will suffice. Newish to the market is the Surecatch Ovation reel with 5 ball bearings and infinite anti reverse which is a nice size tough reel for luderick plus it has a 5 year warranty! Also don't be afraid to pop on slightly heavier line than you would for a bream as luderick may be timid but they are not as paranoid as bream are when it comes to detecting line.
Needle sneck hooks in size 8 or 10 are commonly used and should be rigged between 2 and 4 foot below a luderick style float depending on the depth at which the fish are feeding. The float is held in place by small rubber float stoppers. Size 00 - 1 split shots should be clamped on the line to make your float sit down in the water and to hold the line straight down despite the tidal flow. The first split shot should be clamped on about 20cm away from the hook.
Bait presentation is important; wrap your weed around the hook in a plait or similar twisted style and be sure that the hook is fairly well covered in weed, with a few centimetres hanging below the hook, as luderick have good eye sight. Adjust the space between the hook and float, so that the bait drifts along only a matter of inches above the structure where the fish are feeding.
Drift your baited hook along a fish feeding zone and pay close attention to the depth of the float. Luderick will suck the weed down and your float will become submerged. Once submerged for more than a few seconds, lift your rod quickly to set the hook. Once you find the luderick it is well worth using a berley to keep them there. A landing net is an essential to tool for luderick fishing and it will increase the number of fish landed.
Hot Spots over the coast include:
Noosa: Cheryl from Davo's reports that the competition is fierce at Noosa to claim a spot along the rock walls at the river mouth and also along a new stretch of rocks at Dock Beach. The best time is a couple of hours either side of high tide which has yielded several 2kg size fish.
Maroochydore: The Motorway bridge pylons have fared well for luderick so far this season. The small jetty near the Duporth Tavern has also become a popular spot of late as well as the rock walls behind Cotton Tree Caravan Park.
Mooloolaba: The Kawana rock wall has always been a very popular spot, the sand basin and along La Balsa Park have also produced good results on high tide. It has also been reported that cabbage has been sighted growing around the Wharf so if you are adventurous enough get your wetsuit and snorkel on or head there on a very low tide in your boat.
Caloundra: Though the Boardwalk is closed down at present, if you can take a boat out fish in the channel between The Boardwalk and the Military Jetty plus reports have come in from anglers taking their boats to the Blue Hole and around the pinnacle of rocks just before the bar.
If the water temperatures remain cool over the next few month then the luderick should remain in the Sunshine Coast waters, providing a challenge for keen anglers of all ages.
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Good reports of snapper, squire, pearl perch and moses perch at Chardon's and North Reef. A few sweetlip, parrot, cobia and northern bluefin tuna also earlier in the week at North Reef. Bream, whiting and chopper tailor to 1.5kg along the North Shore to Teewah. Bream throughout the river. Luderick off the rock walls at the mouth, best on high tide. Whiting, trevally and tailor in the lower reaches.
Maroochydore: Good tailor at night and at first sun along Marcoola and Mudjimba beaches. Bream and chopper tailor around the coffee rock at Pincushion. Luderick around the Motorway Bridge pylons. Flathead on lures and anchovies from the mouth of Eudlo Creek to Bli Bli islands. Bream and a few whiting near the sand bags at the river mouth.
Kawana: Pearl perch, snapper, parrot and maori cod at Caloundra Wide and 12 Mile Reef. Dart, bream, tailor and whiting along the beaches. Schools of gar throughout the lower reaches. Whiting and sand crabs reported along the Wharf boardwalk and towards the Coastguard. Bream and golden trevally off the rock walls at the mouth.
Caloundra: Snapper and sweetlip from Brays Rock and 5 Mile Reef. Tailor moving in schools from the mouth down the Passage towards Donnybrook. Bream at the mouths of Coochin and Bells Creeks. Flathead, trevally and queenfish in the Pelican Waters Canals.
The Noosa River mouth is the favoured spot for Matt Flett who has pulled in dozens of quality luderick on high tide here.
Shaykia, Tahlia and dad Paul got up rather early to fish the rock walls at the Cod Hole for this nice luderick.
Steve Muller fished over the high tide along the Maroochy North Shore using mullet strips for this tray of bream between 600 and 835grams.
Bryan and Tommy enjoyed an afternoon flicking soft plastics just at the Maroochy Waters Canal entrance – these pan-size bream are the results.
After some very positive feedback on last week's article on choosing the best rod for each angler, it became obvious that an article detailing a few suggestions on choosing the right reel was necessary.
With the huge range of fishing reel brands and models on the market, choosing one isn't always as easy as picking what channel to watch on television at night. The first thing you have to decide upon is what you are going to use the reel for; general estuary, boat-based lure flicking, sports fishing where you target something that hits like a steam train, offshore bottom bashing on reefs, long casting along the surf beaches or flicking a line from a river bank or dam.
Reels are grouped in the following categories: side casting, spinning, bait casting and overhead. Side Cast Reels are ideal for use where the target area you want to fish is a long cast away. The best side cast reel ever made is the Alvey. Alvey's are pretty much bullet-proof and are low maintenance. Their best application is in the surf or estuary. They hold large amounts of line and can handle the hard conditions involved with beach fishing. Alvey's come in a Junior Caster model 40B which fits nicely onto a 6 foot or 6 foot 6 inch light weight rod and then go up in size and weight to the other end of the scale which is the 700C5. The 700C5 weighs in at just over a kilo and a half, takes up to 900m of line and has an excellent recovery rate which has been improved by the addition of a rapid retrieve handle plate system. A reel this big needs to be used with a 12 foot plus rod and is for serious tailor, jew or shark fishing.
Spinning Reels are the most commonly used reels for their ease of use and often lower starting price. They make up the majority of all reels made world wide and can be used in a wide variety of applications. Spinning reels are the most simple to use and novice anglers usually start with Spinning reels. They are exceptionally adaptable for casting any bait, from the lightest lure to a heavier whole mullet (dependant on line strength of course). My personal preference is an Abu Garcia 800 Series in the Cardinal make, as I believe that they are the best spinning style reel that Abu has ever made and I've had many successful catches on these reels.
Baitcasters are very unique and take much practice to perfect your casting technique. They're built for precision casting, with magnetic spool control and a centrifugal drag to control how fast your spool spins. The low profile styles with thumb bar fit into your palm for all day castability. The Abu Garcia 5600 C4 is still made in Sweden and is a good all-round bait caster which is also reasonably priced.
Overheads are easy to use and do all the hard work for you. They're good for trolling, bottom bashing and casting big baits. Generally overhead reels have powerful gears, tough drags and large spool capacity. I would recommend the Convector 30L as a good all round reel for trolling and bottom bashing.
Like rods, reels come in many shapes, sizes and colours not to mention a vast difference in price. The saying "You only get what you paid for" reigns true when it comes to reels fairly often, though it is possible to get a real bargain sometimes which outlasts some of the most expensive reels. Some important things to consider when looking for a new reel include:
Composition: If you are planning to fish the majority of the time in salt water, then look for a reel made purposely to withstand a harsh saltwater environment. The reels which frames are made from a lightweight aluminium alloy will last longest without giving into corrosion. A high-strength reel body means the reel will be incredibly strong while still maintaining a minimal weight. Graphite or a combination of graphite and metal sounds stronger but under extremely intense pressure and loads it can shatter. Graphite is also much dearer as it takes more power to create. Aluminium alloy is stronger and will hold up better against the force and pressure of a trophy-sized saltwater fish, including ones which are extremely large and vicious in their fight for freedom.
Drag Systems: When buying a spinning or bait casting reel, anglers can choose either a front/rear drag system or lever drag system. A front/rear drag uses pressure is increased or decreased by turning the "wheel," located just inside of the handle or on top of the spool. The tighter you turn the "wheel" the tighter the drag is set. While front/rear drag systems are simple to operate and are fine for most applications, lever drag systems typically supply smoother, more consistent fish-fighting performance. Most lever drags also allow for drag tension to be adjusted in smaller, more precise increments than star drag systems. If there is a downside to lever drag reels, it's price - they tend to be more expensive than top drag reels.
Ball Bearings: Spinning and bait casting reels all feature either ball bearings or bushings strategically placed within the reel for smoothness, support and stability. Many spinning reels also feature a roller bearing within the line roller. When it comes to smooth performance and durability, sealed stainless steel ball bearings are preferable over bushings. Generally speaking, the more ball bearings a reel has, the more smoothly it will perform. Quality reels typically feature at least two stainless steel ball bearings. Top-of-the-line reels can have up to twelve ball bearings for deluxe spinning.
Gear Ratio: A key consideration when purchasing a reel is gear ratio, which refers to how many revolutions the spool makes with each complete turn of the reel handle. This determines how rapidly line is retrieved as the angler winds the handle. Reels with high-speed gear ratios are better for working lures quickly back to the boat, or gaining line in a hurry. Low gear ratios don't offer as fast a retrieve, but provide the greater cranking power ideal for bottom fishing and trolling applications.
Spools: The composition of the spool should be a consideration when purchasing either a spinning reel. Spinning reels typically come with either an aluminium spool or a graphite spool. The anodized aluminium spool offers greater strength and durability than graphite spools, which can break or crack under torque. Many reels now come with a spare spool, often made of a plastic or lesser quality material because this spool is a spare or alternate spool for storing extra line. Be sure to consider the line capacity and length your reel's spool can take as this will influence where you will be able to cast this reel.
So now you are geared with enough knowhow to be able to make an informed decision on what you need in a reel.
LOCAL FISHING REPORT
Noosa: Dart and whiting along Sunshine Beach and the North Shore to Teewah. Excellent reports of tailor along the North Shore and also up to 3kg in Woods Bay. Flathead in Weyba Creek and scattered throughout the lower reaches. Good bream up to 1kg overnight around Makepeace Island and around the Noosa Ferry crossing.
Maroochydore: Plenty of reports of tailor being taken over night and dawn and dusk along the north shore. Good flathead on small neutral colour soft plastics in the lower reaches. A few luderick around the Motorway Bridge pylons. Schools of tailor and the odd jew moving between the Cod Hole and Bli Bli. Bream throughout and chopper tailor and flathead near the sand bags at Cotton Tree.
Kawana: Tailor, dart and bream between Point Cartwright rocks and Kawana Surf Club. A few bigger bream and tarwhine along Kawana beach over night. Bream on mullet fillets and big schools of gar fish between the boat moorings and the mouth. Flathead on the drift in the lower reaches of Mooloolah River.
Caloundra: Tailor just inside the bar and out around Brays Rock. Bream in good numbers throughout the passage but best overnight at the Blue Hole. A few flathead in the shallow channels that lead to the bar. Reports of good trevally and queenfish in the Pelican Waters Canals.
Daniel Hollis boated his personal best 'Knobby', a very nice 6kg specimen, at North Reef (with thanks to www.fishingnoosa.com.au).
Although traditionally luderick anglers would use Centre pin or Alvey reels. Jason, Lachlan and Paul prefer to use light bait caster rods with low profile reels that are spooled up with 4kg line to target Luderick like these quality specimens caught in the Maroochy River last weekend.
Neil Dale uses a 700 size Alvey Reel to target big jew in the surf because they are resilient in the salt and sand and hold plenty of line. Neil’s fish went 42lb and was taken on mullet overnight from the north shore.
The school holidays are over for another 11 weeks which many local anglers will read and give a small sigh of relief. It is really positive to see during the holiday period the families hitting all the fishing hot spots along the Sunshine Coast, but the fish often flee the area upon the sight of kids, dogs, boogy boards and jetskis. It often takes a week or two for the waters to settle and for the fish to sense it's safe to return as there is a slim chance of a fluoro pink scoop net being waved frantically in their direction.
If you love fishing in peace and quiet, then winter is the time for you, after the school holidays mind you. If new to the game then today you are in luck as this article will look at the first thing you will need to perfect your craft....a fishing rod! If you are a beginner, or are just chasing some more information; then read on!
Finding the best rod suited to individual needs can be tricky. One of the first things that you need to do is decide where the majority of your fishing trips will be - beach, boat, bank, offshore, dams or off the rocks. What type of reel you use will also influence the type of rod you will need. If you use egg-beater or spinning reels, you will need a spin rod. If you prefer bait casting reels, you are going to need a bait caster rod and so on.
Another thing that you will need to consider is what length is suitable for you. The longer the rod, the further your cast. However, shorter rods can often help improve your accuracy. In some circumstances you cannot use a long rod as overhead branches or the cabin height in your boat restricts casting a long rod. Keep in mind also transportation; no plane in Australia, let alone anywhere in the world will allow you to take a 13 foot single piece carbon infused beach rod, no matter how much you sweet talk the woman at the check-in desk.
Many anglers believe that a solid one piece rod is the bee's knees when fishing in the surf, yet other say they prefer the flexibility of a two piece rod so they can pop it in a rod bag and take their favourite extension of their arm with them everywhere - even on a plane!
Lastly, you need to consider what type of material you want your rod to be made of - this will influence the price of your rod hugely. Fibreglass rods are very sturdy and flexible, even though they are quite heavy. Fibreglass is old school and has been used in fishing rods since the 1950's. It's preferred by many anglers due to the price, however if buying new - they are very hard to find. Composite rods are lightweight and flexible but will not last as long. Graphite rods are the lightest material, but are also the easiest to break.
If walking into a tackle store bewildered, ask for advice. Tackle experts can often use terminology that may sound like another dialect, so read on for a few hints as to what is meant by certain terms used for describing features of fishing rods.
Action: As in light, medium and fast action. This describes how much of the rod deflects or bends when you put pressure on the tip. A fast action rod will bend in only the top third or less of the blank, a medium or moderate action will bend in the top half or so and a light action will bend starting in the lower third of the rod.
Power: This describes the strength of the rod and its lifting power. When someone says this rod has a lot of backbone, they mean power. Power ratings are usually describes as heavy, medium, and light. Power is closely related to the line strength; heavier power rods will handle heavy line weights and lighter powers will be good for light lines. It is important to keep your line strength within the limits printed on the rod. If not you may find putting light line on a heavy power line will never catch a fish as it snaps quickly.
Responsiveness: This is the ability of the entire rod to flex under load and release. Generally, the lighter the rod, especially the tip, the more responsive it will be. The better a rod's responsiveness is, gives the angler an ability to flick a more accurate cast.
My best recommendations:
Graphite estuary all round rod: The Berkley Drop Shot 6'6" 2-4kg.
All round fibre glass estuary rod: Wilson's Heritage 7'.
All round Surf Fibre glass rod: Surecatch Big Field 12'.
Hopefully now you will be able to walk into a tackle store with confidence and make an informed choice on the best rod for your needs. Until next time, tight lines!
Noosa: Tailor and bream from north shore and Teewah Beach. A few good luderick off the rock walls in the lower reaches. Whiting to 750g from the frying pan, Woods Bay and Munna Point. Bream an Flathead in the lower river. Trevally and tailor at the back of Noosa Sound and in Woods Bay.
Maroochydore: Moses perch and snapper to 2kg from the 12 mile. Bream to 33cm and a few flathead from the sand bags. School jew and flathead along the bli bli stretch. Bream from the Cod Hole, Picnic point, Chambers Island and the river mouth.
Kawana: Dart and tailor between access 28 and 32. Big schools of gar in the sand basin, the moorings and La Balsa wall. Bream and tailor fromt he mooring and the eastern rock wall. Plenty of quality bream scattered throughout the lower river. Flathead above McKenzies bridge.
Caloundra: Trevally in Pelican Waters on small poppers. Flathead from the mouth of Bells Creek and in the bar. Flathead and bream in the Blue hole and off the military Jetty. Bream and school jew from Shelly Beach over night.
Rob Stokes was floating pilchards into the channel in the lower Mooloolah River, when he came up with several bream to 32cm and a chopper tailor.
The luderick have moved into the lower Noosa River and Matt took advantage of their numbers landing several quality fish on his long whippy rod this week. - supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au
Barbara O'Donnell used a frozen Davo's beach worm to attract this 2kg flathead down at the river mouth. - supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au
Darren Lloyd fished with his kids Casey and Cody east of Old Women Island recently for this tray of parrot, snapper and pearl perch.
Gorgeous mild sunny days, light winds, minimal rain and of course two weeks off school - this is a fabulous recipe for a great winter holiday of fishing in a kids mind! Many local school students and visitors to the coast took advantage of the excellent weather for river and beach fishing this school holidays. It was promising to see junior anglers and their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts lining the banks of the Maroochy River. Places like Cod Hole, Cotton Tree and by Muller Park at Bli Bli were all buzzing with action.
At one end of the beach there were fluoro coloured junior rods whooshing through the air rapidly like light sabers in ‘Fish Wars: The Phantom Snag', Mums appeared to be secretly dreaming up cloning methods so they could pop down the shops for some RnR while their clone rigged up hooks and sinkers, while the epic battle between young Jedi's and Fath(er) Vader continued over who slayed the biggest Sith lord...errr I mean fish lord.
Ah, holidays...I love them because the kids inject so much enthusiasm into fishing; weigh-ins increase as do photos for the rogue's gallery as every single legal catch is brought in to be shown off in the paper! And these holidays have been no different! Swan Boat Hire has seen many a junior angler weighing in good quality bream caught on live worm and fresh prawn at the river mouth, off the small jetty at Wharf Street, at Chambers Island, Yinni Street and the Cod Hole. Best fish were weighed in either side of the high tide or early in the day as we open shop.
Flathead numbers have been dwindling considering July is the coldest month of the year and the peak of the winter fishing season. Though a few reasonable fish measuring up to 60cm have been caught around Godfrey's Road, Bli Bli Islands and Channel Island on the falling tide. Plenty of junior anglers have had success these holidays with Berkley Powerbait and Gulp soft plastics in the smelt, barbeque and fluoro chicken colourings. Best size for flathead is 5inches with a 1/6 ounce jighead with a 2/0 hook, but the likes of tailor and grunter bream have also hit moving plastics in this size. I can also highly recommend the Tsunami Pro Holographic Swimbaits in 2.5inch glass minnow fleck coloured yabbies. These soft plastics are so realistic and move just like a frightened yabbie scurrying away from a hungry flathead.
Big schools of mullet have been gracing all the local beaches between Coolum and Mudjimba and have popped into the rivers for a sticky beak. This is music to the ears of bream and tailor anglers as once the mullet are entering the rivers; the bream and tailor are usually close behind. Tailor have been caught along Mudjimba, Marcoola, Yaroomba and Maroochy beaches at night and as the sun rises. They have also entered the rivers on the high tide and in the Maroochy they have been seen chopping the water up as far as Petrie Creek mouth. Tailor are great fun for the juniors and anglers of all ages as a matter of fact. Nothing is better for giving you a rush than a determined tailor on the line fighting to the bitter end - nothing tastes better than fresh tailor fillets as well, I might add!
The cold South-Westerlies have meant that species such as bream have spawned close to the full moon period which has just passed and on June 23rd the winter solstice occurred so we can now expect the days to get longer gradually. This is important if you are the ‘hav-a-fish-after-work' kind of angler. The early sun-down is not conducive to quick trips after work, so the more sun each day will be appreciated. So kids enjoy the last few days of the holidays and try to fit in as much fishing as possible; may the force be with you.
Noosa: Today looks like a good day for fishing , but watch the possible Dangerous bar crossings with the forecast swell increases. Good flathead and bream throughout the lower reaches. Scattered catches of whiting throughout and trevally and the odd grunter bream in Woods Bay.
Maroochydore: Reasonable bream from the Cod Hole, Picnic point, Chambers Island and the river mouth. Flathead to 60cm from the Bli Bli stretch and cotton tree. Trevally around Goat Island the in Twin waters Canal.
Kawana: Try for a few tailor, bream, flathead, tarwhine, and some big dart at dawn or dusk along Kawana Beach and off Point Cartwright. Plenty bream in the lower reaches and gar in the sand basin.
Caloundra: Try for luderick off the boardwalk and trevally in Pelican Waters. Flathead from the mouth of Bells Creek. Flathead and bream in the Blue hole, in the bar and off the military Jetty. Ashlee was enjoying the school holidays fishing with his family from the bank near the motorway bridge pylons with pilchards for this chopper tailor.
Ashlee was enjoying the school holidays fishing with his family from the bank near the Motorway bridge pylons with pilchards for this chopper tailor.
Peter Batey fished the Maroochy River Cod Hole drifting with 4" soft plastics in the Cod Hole for a chopper tailor and several dusky flathead up to 1.26kg.
Brisbane angler Johnathan Hartley hit the jackpot in the Noosa Woods Bays when his chicken flesh bait attracted the attention of this whopper 2.5kg grunter bream - Supplied by www.fishingnoosa.com.au
Cameron and Erin Sullivan fish with their dad from the bank of the Cod Hole on regular basis and hit the jackpot on a recent trip nailing to good tailor using fresh prawns on their small tackle combos.