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OFFSHORE: The offshore scene was a bit of a dead loss this week with blustery (15 to 25 knot) variable easterlies deterring all but the absolute die-hards from venturing outside. Having said that, there were a few brief windows of opportunity which the more experienced (or desperate) locals took advantage of. Nobody, however, went further than Sunshine Reef where the odd Spanish mackerel was found to be responding to floated pilchards in pretty lumpy waters..
|And the fish pix above? Well, with no offshore
photos to post this week we thought we may as well have a 'Guess
the Weight' competition just to keep things interesting. Both of
these fish were boated on Noosa Blue Water Charters
trips a couple of seasons ago and are the sort of catch we can expect to
see on the reports in the coming months.
So.... what's the deal? Simply estimate the weight (to two decimal places) of the Red Emperor and/or the Scarlet Sea Perch pictured above 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 full day fishing charter worth $200.00. If the exact weight isn't guessed, the closest to it by 6pm next Monday, February 9, will be deemed the winner.
Well, 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 weren't a bad option this week, especially in the mornings before the winds built up a decent head of steam. Whiting were the high profile species on the North Shore with the better fish coming from up around the camp grounds and just north of the Cherry Venture. Over on the east side; Sunrise Beach was the spot for tarwhine and bream, as was Marcus Beach but with the added bonus of dart while Peregian Beach was good for whiting.
In the river, whiting were responding well to small surface poppers along
the Noosaville stretch (in 3' to 5' of water), around Munna Point and,
as per the photo above right, on live worms at the river mouth. Ben Robertson
from Coolum used a live blood worm to attract the 350gm specimen he's
pictured with while fishing the mouth yesterday morning. The Noosaville
jetty stretch also worked well for trevally, bream and mangrove jacks
with soft plastics getting best results. Last Monday night Roy Steverwald
(above left) used a 3" Gulp Natural Prawn soft plastic to attract
the 750gm 'Jack' he's posing with.
Don't forget to enter the 'Guess the Weight' competition. You might win one of the 2 full day offshore charters!