As at Monday April 21, 2008
OFFSHORE: The offshore
reefs were pretty much a no go zone this week with 20 to 30 knot south
easterlies hammering the coastline for most
of the week. The Noosa river bar was still crossable, however, and Laguna
Bay was reasonably sheltered and with the tuna still around, quite a few
small boats braved the still rather lumpy conditions to target the boils.
While there was still a bit of activity along the river mouth to Little Hall's Reef stretch, most of the action was over in the lea of the National Park headland hills, as local yak angler Ian Tagg (above) found yesterday morning.
Ian was out there at first light trolling a Lively Lures Mad Mullet behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak when his lure attracted the attention of the 9.5kg Longtail he's posing with. He was using a Penn Power Spin rod and a Shimano TSS4 reel loaded with 25lb mono line and 60lb trace.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches turned rather ugly as the week progressed but those who got in before the blow reported plenty of swallowtail dart on the bite on the North Shore stretch.
Twelve year old Chris Lawrence from Boonah, Queensland (right) hit the jackpot there on Tuesday when his fresh pippie bait proved to be too much temptation for the 4kg+ 'snub-nose' dart that he's pictured with.
Chris was staying at the camping grounds with his family and was fishing the surf gutters north of Teewah when this quality fish made his day. The only other report from the coastal strip was of whiting and bream on the bite around the top of the tide at Sunshine Beach.
In the estuary, the river mouth was one of the standout producers this week with flathead and thumper pilot bream (to 2kg) making their presence felt.
Pilchards on ganged hooks got most of the attention there.
Quality bream were also active up around the Tewantin boat ramp with live baits working well.
The Woods Bays and the back of Noosa Sound were the only other hot spots with mangrove jacks responding really well to trolled hard body, medium and shallow diving minnow type lures.
Young Toby Back (above) from Ipswich did well in 'The Bays' on Tuesday morning, tempting these two quality 'Jacks' (top weight 2.6kg) with a trolled white, red headed shallow diver.
He was using a Shimano Callisto combo loaded with 15lb line.
And on Friday morning Gympie angler Geoff Stolberg (right) was trolling a gold/black Manns 10+ lure behind his fishing kayak when this 1.65kg specimen slammed it hard.
On the freshwater scene, all the action was at Borumba Dam with quality Bass responding well to hard body shallow divers in the upper Yabba Arm.
Jed Hollis (above) was up there on Wednesday and had a very productive time on these hard fighting freshwater sportfish. The lure that got best results was a C-Lures 'Small Fry' and Jed's standout for the session was the 50cm fish pictured.