As at Monday February 6, 2012
While most of the week was certainly fishable, those who ventured out
before the weekend had to contend with moderate to fresh, 15 to 20 knot
variable northerlies and pretty ordinary conditions outside the shelter
of Laguna Bay.
The lighter (mostly southerly) weekend winds saw lots of boats cross the bar. This wasn't without incident, unfortunately, with the odd standup wave causing heart palpitations and in one case flipping a 5m fibreglass half cabin and triggering a coast guard/surf rescue. There were no reports from the outer reefs with most boaties focussing on the middle reef belt.
When it fired, Chardon's Reef produced the odd spotted mackerel plus snapper, Maori cod, moses perch and venus tusk fish, as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of mulloway, spangled emperor, teraglin jewfish, greasy cod and scarlet sea perch. April Jinnette (above), visiting Noosa from Warragul in Victoria, was at North Reef this morning on a half day Trekka 1 charter when her pilchard bait attracted the attention of a 5kg+ snapper, the standout 'Knobby' of the week.
One worked North Reef on Saturday morning and got onto a few
mulloway, as above. Simon Snowball (Terrigal) boated an 8.5kg and a 6.5kg
fish during the 3/4 day charter. Jess Pawlack was persuaded to pose with
the smaller one.
And from the same charter, Russell Lines from Raceview in Ipswich (above) is pictured with a couple of scarlet sea perch.
Closer in at Sunshine Reef the tuna and spotted mackerel came on the boil in tantalising numbers but were quite skittish and often hard to close in on. Lachlan Butcher (above) was out there on Sunshine on Tuesday morning when the pelagics fired up and pulled this 5kg yellowfin tuna with a well cast 50gm Rio's metal slug lure. The spotted mackerel were also on the chew that day and Andrew Butcher (below left) was pleased that he at least got one, a 3.3kg specimen, into the boat.
|If you were after a feed of reefies, Sunshine Reef fished better in the late afternoon and even more so after dark, yielding a few good squire and plenty of quality sweetlip plus moses perch, pearl perch and Maori cod. Although Laguna Bay was still pretty murky there was a bit of activity with squire, sweetlip and mowong on the bite along the inside of edge of Jew Shoal and plenty of sweetlip (with the bigger fish on the bite after dark) at Little and Big Hall's Reefs. Layla Cole (above right) tempted this 1kg 'Lipper' (her biggest so far) with a pilchard bait while fishing Little Hall's with her dad on Saturday.|
| ONSHORE: With
the surf up and the murk from the river still impacting on the lower North
Shore coastal beach stretch, most of the action (if you could call it that)
was again confined to the clearer waters up towards Double Island Point.
Dart and whiting were the main species taken. The only other reports were of bream and whiting at north Sunshine Beach.
The estuary bounced back pretty quickly from the recent rains and while there was still plenty of colour in the river water indicating the presence of fresh in the system, those anglers who worked the lower system a couple of hours either side of high tide were more than satisfied. The bottom end of the Frying Pan and the river mouth produced jewfish, shovel nose rays, quality flathead, whiting and bream. Eight year old Riley Klar from Brisbane (below) fished the river mouth yesterday morning on a Noosa River Fishing Safari and caught a 59cm and then a 65cm (pictured) flathead on whole pilchards.
The stretch from the Gympie Tce boat ramp to the Woods Point yielded flathead, whiting and bream while trevally were on the boil at night from T-Boats down. Michael Kilner (below left) fished near O-Boats on Saturday morning and, using fresh prawn baits, landed the thumper 1kg bream he's posing with. Weyba Creek was the spot for the odd flathead, bream and moses perch and the Woods Bays were good for whiting in the day, trevally around first light and mangrove jacks at night.
|Roger Hogben (above right) was fishing the inner
Woods Bay early on Tuesday morning when his live beach worm bait was taken
by the 400gm (36cm) whiting he's pictured with. And Jarrad Burnett (below)
hit the jackpot in the outer Woods Bay on Saturday night when his mullet
flesh bait was taken by a 2.3kg mangrove jack. Jarrad was very happy when
he weighed in his trophy fish but will be beaming when he learns that it
won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish
of the Week prize.
Apart from that, mangrove jacks were on the prowl at night around the Noosa Harbour Marina and quality grunter bream and school jewfish were taken in the deeper holes of the lower estuary at night in the last two hours of the runout tide. With the prawns running, lures like the Gladiator Prawn were well worth trying. Mud crabs were on the move throughout.
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