As at Monday April 25, 2011
Hmmmm. It was just like last week all over again, only this time with slightly
stronger winds early on, ahead of 20 knot+ south easterlies on the weekend.
It was great news for the holiday boaties, though, and the visitors took
full advantage (in numbers) of the very fishable conditions right up until
the blustery weather settled in on Saturday afternoon.
Laguna Bay was again an easy option, especially for the smaller craft, with the bar crossing a couple of hours either side of high tide about as good as it gets. Northern bluefin tuna, mack tuna, small spotted mackerel and dart were schooling throughout the bay and responding well at times to small slugs, whole pilchard floaters, flies and trolled hard body lures.
Big Hall's Reef also produced the odd wahoo while Jew Shoal had the added bonus of sweetlip and snapper to 3.5kg.
Sunshine Reef was worth the effort, producing pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, venus tusk fish, northern bluefin tuna and heaps of coral trout. Mick Doran (above) was out there on Thursday morning getting a few tips on how to catch the elusive 'Trout' from Bob Jeynes from Davo's Compleat Angler. Using whole pilchard baits and Bob's proven technique, they boated a number of these colourful fish, although the quality 4.5kg specimen Mick's posing with was the standout.
Jessie Tesch (above) was fishing with a friend at Sunshine Reef on Saturday and while she was pleased with their catch of snapper and venus tusk fish, was even happier when her pilchard floater was monstered by the 8kg 'Longtail' she's pictured with. They were one of the last boats out there and pulled the pin just ahead of the steadily worsening conditions.
Chardon's Reef was the spot for cobia and pearl perch, as was North Reef but with the added bonus of spotted mackerel, snapper, coral trout, Maori cod, gold spot wrasse, scarlet sea perch, sweetlip and moses perch. Noosa Blue Water Charters did back to back trips to North Reef on Friday and on the afternoon charter Jim Laird from Cooroy (above) was over the moon to boat a 4kg coral trout. And Jacky Chu (below left) hooked up with a 3kg+ snapper on the same charter.
Offshore Noosa also did a few runs to North Reef this week.
Liam Balmer from the Gold Coast (above right) was out there on a 3/4 day
Trekka 3 charter on Thursday when he boated a quality pearl perch. And
Jayden and Kyle from Melbourne (below) are pictured with a 6.5kg standout
snapper, boated the same day on a half day Trekka 2 charter.
| In the estuary, Noosa
River Fishing Safaris reported tailor and bream on the bite in
the Frying Pan plus whiting, bream and flathead at the river mouth, in Weyba
Creek and along the Noosaville stretch. On the run-in tide school jewfish,
bream and flathead were on the prowl around the house boats near Goat Island.
Bream were also active around the barge at Makepeace Island but catfish
were in big numbers in that area as well. Despite the seriously chocolate
coloured water there were still a few tailor schooling around the Munna
Point Bridge area. James Paine (above) caught and released a number of small
choppers there early (2am) on Thursday morning before coming up with the
keeper 2.2kg (cleaned) fish he's posing with. He was using a large Pencil
Popper as his draw card. The only report of mangrove jack activity was from
Noosa Waters. Stephanie Clunies-Ross (below) boated this 1.5kg 'Jack' at
dusk on Saturday while trolling a Savoy Shad.
On the freshwater scene, the better bass (36cm to 45cm) were going for Jackalls at Three Ways, Bass Bay, Borer Creek and along the Bubble Trail at Lake MacDonald. With the drop in water temperatures the juveniles were schooled up around all weed points throughout the dam and were responding to spinnerbaits, small blades and Jackalls. At Borumba Dam, saratoga were on the bite in the Yabba Arm and bass were active on the steep rocky banks of the Kingham Arm.
|For those of you who haven't noticed, Davo's
Compleat Angler is now under new
management. To celebrate the changeover, and as a bit of a fun bonus, new
owner Peter Wells will be running a 'Toss the Boss' promotion until further notice.
How does it work? Well, next time you're in Davo's making a purchase, introduce
yourself to Peter. If you mention you'd like to 'Toss the Boss', he'll flip a coin and if
you win the toss, Peter will happily give you an extra 10% discount on your purchase.
Good thing is, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by just saying g'day!
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