As at Monday December 20, 2010
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OFFSHORE: It was another good week for the
offshore brigade with most anglers taking advantage of the typically lighter
winds in the morning, avoiding the more blustery north easterly afternoon
sea breezes and often violent rain storms. The rewards were there as well,
with all manner of quality reef fish and pelagics (in good numbers) coming
on the bite.
As the swell dropped away the bar crossing became less of a challenge. A few adventurous souls like Elliot Bird, above, even ventured as far as Double Island Point where snapper to 7kg, like the 'Knobby' he's pictured with, were on the bite.
Double Island Point was also good for teraglin jewfish, cod and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd red emperor. Murray Sharpe did a run up there on Wednesday and popped into Davo's on the way home with this 4.6kg specimen.
Returns from the middle reef belt weren't too bad this week with North Reef producing snapper to 3.5kg, the odd mahi mahi, Maori cod, pearl perch, squire, moses perch and hussar while Chardon's Reef yielded Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi. Brian and Gary from the Noosa Offshore Fishing Club (above) fished Sunshine Wide on Wednesday morning and after landing a couple of small Spaniards, decided to head on out to Chardon's Reef where, trolling whole pilchards on pink squid skirted ganged rigs, they boated the 6kg Spanish mackerel and 8.5kg (est) dolphin fish they're pictured with.
Sunshine Reef, however, was without a doubt the place to be with the reef fish in numbers and the mackerel schooling all over the place. There were plenty of snapper in the 3kg to 4kg range (and the odd 'Knobby' to 7kg to just make things interesting) plus venus tusk fish, sweetlip, moses perch, pearl perch, mowong, striped perch and, as per the photo above, a number of coral trout.
Fishing Offshore Noosa got a few of their customers onto these colourful fish this week and Mel Hannon (above) was delighted to pose with a 4kg specimen, boated during a half day Trekka 1 charter on Friday morning.
Anglers were, in fact, spoilt for choice on inner and outer Sunshine Reef with mackerel tuna, cobia, northern bluefin tuna, Spanish mackerel and spotted mackerel hitting on the bait schools and responding equally well to cast slugs, floated whole fish baits, trolled baits and hard bodied lures.
Young Jett Vella (right) was out there on Wednesday with his dad 'Chicko' when his pilchard floater was taken by the 4kg (est) spotted mackerel he's valiantly holding up (with a bit of support from dad) for the camera.
Last but not least, Laguna Bay put on a little bit of a show with sweetlip, mackerel tuna and snapper (up to 4kg) on the chew at Jew Shoal. Across at Little Hall's Reef the catch was mackerel tuna to 7kg, sweetlip to 4.2kg and a few spotted mackerel to 4kg.
The only reports of surf beach activity was from Marcus Beach where bream,
dart and whiting were biting.
The massive amount of fresh water in the estuary system certainly slowed things down. Despite the almost full moon tides the salt water was only pushing in as far as Munna Beach on the peak, leaving most of the system a dark, murky chocolate colour. Understandably the river mouth at the top of the tide was one of the best spots with flathead the primo species. Whiting were biting in the Frying Pan as young Kyle Guy (above) discovered on Saturday. Kyle boated a number of these quality table fish (to 400gms) and a few grunter bream using live worms as his draw card. Apart from that, bream were active along the Gympie Terrace jetties (especially under burley) earlier in the week, the odd mangrove jack was reported to be on the prowl in the inner Woods Bay and mud crabs were of good size and numbers up in Lake Cooroibah.
On the freshwater scene, bass were taken along the steep rocky banks in the upper Kingham and Yabba Arms at Borumba Dam earlier in the week. Weekend trips, however, were cancelled because the access roads were flooded.
Well, it's that
time of the year again and many of you will be looking for ideas for Christmas
presents and stocking stuffers.
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