As at Monday August 27, 2007
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OFFSHORE: What a difference a day (or so) makes! The photo above was taken around lunchtime today (low tide) at the river mouth.
For the benefit of those who've been living under a rock, the Sunshine Coast took a real hammering from an unseasonal storm front which brought with it 80-100km/hr winds, a 4-5 metre offshore swell and torrential rain.
This put paid to all offshore excursions for the week and severely limited or curtailed any beach fishing.
Over a metre of rain, in fact, dumped on the upper Noosa River area on Thursday and Friday, flooding Boreen Point and then, over the next two days, the Tewantin/Noosa lowlands. The flood level was the worst in fifteen years and the runoff shifted a lot of sand (see above right) from the lower estuary out towards the rock groyne side of the river mouth bar as the waters barreled out into the bay.
By the way, it now appears that the bar crossing has shifted over to the north side.
The only remotely offshore water species caught on film this week was a 2 metre Python (right) that was washed up at the river mouth.
We couldn't get anyone to hold it for the camera shot so had to estimate its weight at roughly 5kg.
|ONSHORE: The coastal surf
beaches were a total wipeout this week with big swells stripping sand and
closing all but Main Beach. And with the river running hard the Tewantin
car ferry wasn't able to operate so the North Shore was out of bounds
from the Noosa end of Teewah beach.
The river was also pretty much a non-event with the freshwater flush shutting down most of the activity.
Having said that there always seems to something to reward the diehards.
Local lad James Holt (right) braved the lashing rain on Friday afternoon and worked the banks of the Woods Bays with a Squidgy Stealth Prawn.
Saturated, but happy, he popped into Davo's on the way home and posed with the 1.1kg Mangrove Jack he landed for his troubles.
He was armed with a Raider rod and an Abu spin reel loaded with 6lb line.
Apart from that there were good size Bream chasing Crawdad soft plastic Stick Baits along the rocks near the Sheraton this afternoon, a few quality Whiting on the bite around the Munna Beach Caravan Park earlier in the week and plenty of Prawns swarming in the flooded Harbourtown car park at Tewantin over the weekend.
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was full and overflowing and was murky, weedy and snaggy. The only reports from there were of juvenile Bass and Dhufish below the bridge just down from the dam wall.