As at Monday December 17, 2007
It was a bit patchy on the offshore scene this week with light to moderate
variable winds (east and west) and calm seas earlier in the week, eventually
giving way to blustery south easterlies and a 2m swell which shut things
down on Friday and Saturday. After that, of course, it was business as usual
with 'out wide' on Sunday being a TGO.
Squire, Pearl Perch and Parrot Fish were common to all visited reefs. In addition, for those with the bigger boats and even bigger fuel tanks, 'The Hards' produced plenty of quality Snapper on some days and not much at all on others. Closer in, North Reef was the spot for Snapper, Sweetlip and Teraglin Jewfish while at Massoud's Reef the extras were Estuary Cod and Moses Perch. Nearer to home, Sunshine Reef yielded Moses Perch, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Kingfish and Cobia.
And the photos above and below? Well, as we didn't have any offshore pix of note this week we thought it might be a good time to run another 'Guess the Weight' competition. Both of these fish were boated on Noosa Blue Water Charters trips earlier in the year and are the sort of catch we can expect to see on the reports in the coming months.
So... what's the deal? Exactly the same as last time. Simply estimate the weight of the Mahi Mahi (above) and/or the Cobia (below) and email your entry from the Noosa Blue Water Charters page on this website.
The first entry in with the correct weight for either fish will win a half day fishing charter worth $130.00. If the exact weight isn't guessed, the closest to it by 6pm next Monday, December 24, will be deemed the winner. What a great Christmas present for two lucky readers! Anyway, what are you waiting for! Click on the hyperlink above, or HERE, and send in your entry. Please Note: There is a limit of one entry, per fish, per person, so take care and get it right. Oh, and good luck.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were well worth the effort this week with Bream, Tarwhine and Whiting on the bite around Teewah on the North Shore and Tailor (to 3kg+) in good numbers the gutters near the camping grounds.
Further north, the rocks at Double Island Point produced Trevally while around the corner in Rainbow Lagoon there were a few Flathead on the bite.
Over on the east side, Castaways Beach was the spot for Whiting, as was Peregian Beach but with the added bonus of a few Dart.
The only other report of note was of Tarwhine and Bream coming from the surf gutters at Marcus Beach.
In the river, the Mangrove Jacks were in good numbers and of excellent quality with the best returns coming from the entrance to the Everglades (along with Trevally) on hard body lures, between the lakes (on live baits and deep divers) and, as per the photo below, around the Noosa Harbour Marine Village on soft plastics. Young gun Chris Lacey caught and released a couple of these strong fighting fish during the week but kept these 1.5kg and 2kg specimens for the dinner table. He was armed with a Shimano Raider rod and Shimano Stradic reel loaded with 6lb Fireline and 20lb Seagar mono leader.
Apart from that it was a pretty mixed bag with Trevally on the bite below the Tewantin ferry, Flathead a little further down around the ski run, Grunter Bream and Whiting active around Goat Island while at Munna Point; Flathead and (as you can see by the photo above right) Whiting were chasing live Yabbies. Local lass Marlee Hunt landed this 350gm Whiting on Saturday morning and was understandably pleased with her result. The only other reports of note were of the odd Mangrove Jack in Weyba Creek and Trevally around the Sheraton Bridge (live baits) and (on poppers) in the Frying Pan
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam continued to fire with Bass (on soft and silent Jackalls) off the point at Eagles Bay and Bass and Saratoga (on soft Jackalls) near the second yellow buoy in the main basin.