As at Monday April 27, 2009
| OFFSHORE: The offshore
scene got off to a slow start this week with moderate to fresh southerlies
and a 2m+ outside swell limiting most activity to the bay until Friday morning.
Brisk northerlies over the weekend created rather sloppy conditions but
light south westerlies and an almost nonexistent swell today made Monday
the standout of the week.
Noosa Blue Water Charters made a run to Double Island Point today and during the full day excursion, boated snapper, scarlet sea perch, gold band snapper, Spanish mackerel, school mackerel, sweetlip and, as per the photo above, a few quality red emperor. Warrick Lodge from Wagga was more than happy to stop for a quick pic of his colourful capture.
North Reef, although quiet, did manage to produce the odd Spanish mackerel while closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for moses perch, sweetlip, northern bluefin tuna, red throat emperor and quality coral trout. Sean 'Snapper' White (above) hit the jackpot there on Tuesday morning when his yakka baits attracted the two 5kg fish he's posing with. Northern bluefin tuna were moving fast and smashing small bait boils near the shark nets at Sunshine Beach, off the headland and wide of Jew Shoal while the shoal itself produced the odd squire and snapper towards the end of the week.
ONSHORE: Conditions on the coastal surf beaches improved steadily as the week progressed. On the North Shore, dart, bream and quality whiting were on the bite just south of Teewah while a little further north the standouts were good size dart and the odd thumper tarwhine. Over on the east side, the rocks at the south end of Alexandria Bay produced bream, turrum and heaps of dart, whiting were biting at North Sunshine Beach and Marcus Beach yielded dart and tarwhine.
With the estuary still a tad murky the fishing continued to be quiet although there were lots of small bream on the bite throughout the system. Down at the river mouth there were a few chopper tailor on the prowl around high tide in the morning while flathead were active in Weyba Creek (on soft plastics) and, as you can see by the photo above, Munna Point. Angus and Jack used a prawn bait to attract the 600gm specimen they're pictured with. Apart from that there were some big bust-offs at the Munna Point Bridge at night (with threadfin salmon and trevally being the likely suspects) and quality whiting and garfish schooling in numbers around the shallows near the DPI station at Munna Beach
On the freshwater scene the Lake MacDonald bass were in good numbers if not size. Paul Fleming (above) was part of a the stocking group who fished below the spillway this week (with permission) and returned 30 bass (from 31cm to 37cm) to the lake basin. In the process Paul also caught the 45cm yellowbelly he's posing with and then released it in the lake.