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OFFSHORE: Ahhh, it makes a rather nice change to report almost a full week on the open reefs here at Noosa. Light to moderate (10 to 15 knot) east south easterlies were the dominant force from 'get go' this week and while conditions were still not ideal, they were certainly fishable up until Sunday morning when the winds picked up strength and once again breached the dreaded 25 knot barrier.
Anyway, it was good to see some clear skies and very encouraging to watch the boats cross the bar in numbers and venture offshore after such a long run of pretty ordinary weather.
Not many boats ventured beyond the middle reef belt but all of those local reefs produced Squire and Moses Perch.
On top of that, Chardon's Reef was the spot for Snapper, Parrot Fish, Maori Cod, Sweetlip, Marlin (caught and released as per the top photo) and Teraglin Jewfish while over on North Reef the extras were Cobia, Snapper, Spotted Mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above, Red Emperor. Glen Shipsides from Sunrise Beach boated this 5kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Thursday. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. His bait? A Squid/Pilchard combo.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was worth a 'pick drop' or two with Snapper, Coral Trout, Mowong and Sweetlip on the bite, while in Laguna Bay (with the bigger high tides cleaning out the murk) there were a few Spanish Mackerel on the prowl out around Jew Shoal. Local yak angler Jim Thompson (above) was out there on his kayak on Saturday morning when his fast retrieved 5" Gulp Jerk Shad soft plastic was taken by the 4kg Spaniard he's posing with. He was armed with an Abu Sonar Tip rod and a Shimano Sedona 4000 reel loaded with 6kg braid.
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ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a bit untidy this week and fairly quiet as a result. On the North Shore stretch the exposed coffee rock was a bit of a 4x4 hazard and a wind driven surf foam added a further element of difficulty. Having said that, Whiting and Dart were in reasonable numbers over there with the gutters around Teewah producing best. Over on the east side, Dart were well spread. In addition, Sunrise Beach produced Whiting and Marcus Beach yielded Bream.
In the river, Flathead were generally well spread but were in particularly good numbers down at the river mouth (as were Bream and Mangrove Jacks around the snags) and, as per the photo below right, along the Gympie Terrace stretch.
Local lad Luka Raubenheimer was fishing from one of the Terrace jetties on Friday night when his Prawn bait was monstered by the 67cm 'Lizard' he's proudly posing with.
The other high profile species this week were the Mangrove Jacks which have been in sensational number lately.
The Woods Bays were the best spot to get onto one (or two) of these great fighting (and eating) fish as Scott O'Brien from Cooran, above, discovered around 10am on Wednesday morning.
Scott was working the runout tide with live Garfish and Winter Whiting baits when this pair (top weight 2kg) came to the party pretty much one after the other.
Scott was armed with a Jarvis Walker Whiting rod and and Okuma reel loaded with 20lb line.
Apart from that there were a few Grunter Bream on the bite up around Lake Cooroibah.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam fired quite well earlier in the week with Saratoga chasing flies in the 'Arms' and the Bass active in the shallow grassy areas of the main basin earlier in the morning and in the deeper (20' to 40') waters later in the day.
Beetlespins and Jackalls got best results although as the week drew to a close and the dam waters rose above 77%, the activity slowed quite dramatically.