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As at Monday April 2, 2012
Talk about 'same old same old'. Another extended run of 15 to 20 knot variable
southerlies had the bluewater boys wringing their hands and tearing their
hair out. The best news was there was no rain, and as the weekend approached,
the swell started to ease and the winds dropped ever so slightly. The marginal
improvement in conditions was just enough incentive for some of the bigger
boats to give it a go, at least as far the inner reefs.
Fishing Offshore Noosa did a run to Sunshine Reef on Friday and reported very sloppy conditions and not much returns for their effort. Saturday morning, though, was a ripper (at least by comparison to earlier in the week) and with the current running strong from south to north, 'Wide' was almost clear of the murk. The fishing also picked up with good numbers of Spanish mackerel in the 6kg to 8kg range on the bite during the morning session. The afternoon was better for the reefies with squire, moses perch, parrot fish and, as per above, coral trout on the bite. Mike Madden is pictured with a 2.9kg trout from that trip.
This morning was even better with the winds initially around the 15 to 20 knot mark but dropping back below 15 knots as the morning progressed. The swell dropped away as well, which was a bonus, and the Trekka 2 crew's decision to run a half day charter to Sunshine Reef proved a good one as they came back with a mixed bag of reefies and a couple of standouts, both landed by the same young angler. Joskie Robinson (above) couldn't do a thing wrong on the trip, boating the 9kg Spaniard that his new buddy Thomas (below) is holding, then nailing a thumper 4.6kg coral trout. Well done mate, you're a legend.
|ONSHORE: The coastal surf beach activity cranked up a notch with tailor to 2kg on the bite on the lower end of the North Shore, especially down towards the river mouth. Dawn and dusk got best results there. Quality whiting were still active in the surf gutters above Teewah township at first light and during the day. On the east side, whiting were biting in the northern corner of Sunshine Beach while further south, Marcus Beach produced dart, tarwhine and whiting.|
| In the estuary, the Frying Pan produced bream,
flathead and whiting as did the river mouth but with the added bonus of
mangrove jacks, trevally and school jewfish. Jarrod Milz from Packham, Victoria
(above left) caught and released a trevally at the mouth on the top of the
tide while a Noosa
River Fishing Safari last Monday. And on Tuesday morning, Melissa
Millar (above right) caught a 60cm flathead drifting at the river mouth
at the bottom of the runout tide.
And Jayden Newton-Brown (above) won the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize with the 1.5kg flathead he caught at the river mouth on Sunday morning.
|Grunter bream, yellowfin bream and trevally were
on the active list in the Woods Bays (as were jewfish), around the back
of Noosa Sound and at the mouth of Weyba Creek. Shane Pawluk from Kingston
(above left) tempted this 33cm bream with a mullet strip bait while fishing
from the public jetty in the inner Woods Bay on Friday afternoon. Also in
the inner bay, Jayden Alexander (above right) caught the 65cm jewfish he's
posing with on a 3 inch flick bait on Thursday night. Apart from that, whiting
were well spread along the Noosaville stretch and the odd threadfin salmon
was on the prowl around Munna Point.
Lake MacDonald was quiet and really hard yakka with just the odd bass (30cm to 32cm) going for blades and spinnerbaits at Threeways and in Gazebo Bay.
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