OFFSHORE: The tail end
of a 2m swell and 20 knot+ south easterlies put paid to the first two
days of the week but from then on conditions just got better as the swell
abated and the winds dropped and took on a northerly flavour. These favourable
conditions fortunately held until late Sunday afternoon's strong, wet
south easterly change came through so there was plenty of time for the
bluewater boys to wet a line and stock up the fridge with fresh fish for
the festive table.
Squire, Pearl Perch, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were the common catch
on most of the visited reefs. In addition to those species, Massoud's
Reef produced Mahi Mahi and Cobia while over on North Reef the bonus species
were Teraglin Jewfish,
Mahi Mahi and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, Snapper and
Both of the Noosa
Blue Water Charters boats were out there with full day charters
on Saturday and both did well on the reefies.
Paul Schuit (above) from Coolum claimed Cougar Too's
standout for the day when he boated the 14kg Jewfish he's pictured with
while Jeff Dumphy from Bli Bli (right) nailed Cougar
One's top weight Snapper when he hooked and landed this 4.5kg 'Knobby'.
Both anglers were armed with Wilson Live Fibre rods and Alvey 826C reels
loaded with 30lb line. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was worth the effort,
producing the common species mentioned earlier, plus Mowong, Maori Cod,
Sweetlip, Red Emperor, Railway Perch and quality Snapper.
ONSHORE: There weren't many reports from the
coastal surf beaches this week with most of the action coming from the
Shore. The waters just north of the camping ground, in fact, were the
best option with Tailor (to 3kg), Bream, Flathead and quality Whiting
all on the bite.
The river was fairly subdued this week (the calm before the holiday mayhem
to come) with most of the Whiting action occurring
down at the river mouth entrance on the incoming tide.
A little further upriver, the Munna Beach area was a good spot for a few
Flathead captures while in Weyba Creek the catch was Mud Crabs and, further
up around the bridge, a few quality Grunter Bream.
Although the Woods Bays were unusually quiet they still managed to yield
a few Trevally on live fish baits (as the week drew to a close) plus the
odd Whiting and, as per the photo above, Giant Herring. Brisbane lad Stephen
this 1kg specimen with a Prawn bait on Wednesday afternoon. He was armed
with a Shimano 2000 spin combo loaded with 4kg line and trace.
Further upriver, the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club beach strip was (again)
a good spot for Mowong or Blubberlip Bream, as Brisbane angler Noel Tierney
(right) discovered on Thursday morning.
Noel landed this absolute snodger 5.5kg fish (the biggest weighed in from
the river in over ten years) and a few Whiting using live Yabbies as his
Apart from that, the deep hole before Lake Cooroibah yielded the odd Mangrove
Jack and quality Bream while the stretch between the lakes produced a
few 'Jacks' on trolled, deep and shallow diving, Gold Bomber type lures.