As at Monday December 13, 2010
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| OFFSHORE: With 15
to 20 knot variable easterlies (but mostly east nor' east) dominating the
first half of the week it certainly wasn't ideal as far as the offshore
scene was concerned. It was fishable, though, and it got a bit better over
the weekend when the winds dropped off and, on Sunday morning, took on a
southerly flavour, which flattened out the swell.
With the currents apparently running hard out wide and the seas just a tad sloppy on most days, few anglers bothered to motor much further the middle reef belt this week.
North Reef was a pretty good option and although at times it was a bit patchy, on the good days the area produced squire, moses perch, sweetlip,
pearl perch, mahi mahi and Maori cod.
Noel Mathieson from Ipswich (above) was out wide on North on Saturday on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter when his dead yakka floater attracted the attention of the 5.75kg 'Dolly' he's pictured with.
And, out there on the same day, Peter Maleney (right) caught this 3kg (est) Maori cod while on a 3/4 day Trekka 2 charter.
Closer in, mackerel tuna and spotted mackerel were hitting the bait boils from Arkwright Shoal to Sunshine Reef where, over the weekend, Spanish mackerel were also on the prowl. Sharyn Foley from Bli Bli (below) was at Sunshine early on Sunday with local angler Richard Pikus when her trolled Rapala X-Rap lure was smashed by the 19.2kg 'Spaniard' she's gamely holding for a pic.
Sunshine Reef was also good for squire, snapper (to 7.5kg), moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, coral trout and, as you can see by the photo below, the odd island or bar-cheeked trout. Sonnie Stevens boated two of these hard fighting and very colourful reef fish while fishing Sunshine with his buddy and local fishing legend Chicko Vella on Wednesday.
Laguna Bay was pretty murky but still had a bit of action with snapper and mackerel tuna at Jew Shoal plus sweetlip and heaps of mackerel tuna at Hall's Reef. Jason Armstrong (below) boated these three 'Grassies' (to 3kg) there on Tuesday.
The only reports we got from the coastal beaches this week was that it was
hard yakka for little or no return.
The estuary wasn't all that exciting either but it did at least show some sort of life.
Flathead were easily the highest profile of the bread and butter species with good results coming from the stretch from Munna Point to the river mouth on Gulp Jerk Shads, Gladiator Slim Jims and Gladiator Prawns.
The river mouth was also a good option for bream (on frogmouth pilchards) and tailor (at night) on Gladiator Prawn lures.
Flathead were also on the bite around the Noosa Waters Lock. Bob Jeynes (right) was teaching his son Braiden how to fish on Thursday morning when the little fella's prawn bait was taken by the good keeper size 1kg flathead they're pictured with.
Apart from that, trevally were active around the Sheraton Bridge and the outer Woods Bay just out from Ricky Ricardo's (as were mangrove jacks), tarpon were on the prowl in the inner Woods Bay, while the mouth of Weyba Creek was the spot for grunter and yellowfin bream, flathead and pike. Mud crabs were on the move further up the creek.
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