As at Monday February 13, 2012
Hallelujah! After some fairly average weather and quite mediocre fishing
over the last few weeks, the murky waters finally cleared, the winds and
the swell dropped away to almost nothing and the pelagics and reef fish
came on the bite with a vengeance. By the weekend the bar crossing had
settled down and, with blue skies all round, it was a green light for
all manner of craft to hit the reefs.
Laguna Bay fired up early in the week with northern bluefin, yellowfin and striped tuna on the prowl and the odd Spanish mackerel in the mix just to make things interesting. Hamish Dods (above) was in the bay on Tuesday morning trying to pick up Little Hall's Reef on his new fish finder when his troll rig was monstered by the 19.3kg Spaniard he's pictured with. It was a lucky strike as the only troll bait he had was a frozen tailor frame he'd found in the freezer. He'd rigged this on a Spaniard Special just to have 'something out the back' and boy, did that pay off. It was doubly lucky as his story, and the thumper fish, also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|Calvin Fredericos from Dulwich
Hill in Sydney (above left) was on a Trekka
1 charter on Saturday when they spotted a bait boil as they
crossed Laguna Bay. A brief pause, a few casts of a metal slug, and Calvin
had a 6kg yellowfin tuna on board before heading off again.
Sunshine Reef was a bit erratic but when it fired there was some great action. Ian Tagg (above right) fished there around lunchtime on Saturday with his buddy Dave and between them they came back with five coral trout in the 2.5kg to 3kg range. Their baits? Pilchards.
Sunshine Reef was also good for sweetlip, squire, moses perch, Maori cod, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, spotted mackerel and, as per the photo above, a few Spanish mackerel. Richard Miegal from North Lakes tempted his 16.5kg specimen with a whole pike floater. A little further south, yellowfin tuna, northern bluefin tuna and spotted mackerel were hammering the bait schools in close at Castaways.
Along the middle reef belt, Chardon's Reef was the spot for squire, pearl perch, greasy cod, moses perch, venus tuskers, marlin (catch and release) and the odd wahoo. Local angler Tony Kebblewhite (above) fished Chardon's on Saturday and although he had no luck with the reefies he did well on the troll when his 150mm Sebile lure was hammered by this 17.5kg wahoo not long after he set out for home.
| North Reef produced the usual bread and butter
species such as pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod and venus tusk fish
but with the added bonus of cobia, the odd mulloway and a few quality
snapper. Nick West and Jessica Sailes from Burpengary (above) booked out
for a three quarter day charter to North Reef on Tuesday morning where,
apart from the usual plate size fish mentioned, they boated a 6kg snapper
and a 5.5kg mulloway. Out wide, The Hards and the Barwon Banks yielded
average size snapper, teraglin jewfish (in numbers) and venus tusk fish
while at Double Island Point the standouts were scarlet sea perch, cobia
and moses perch.
The latest bar crossing video clip and aerial photos have now been uploaded to the website. To view them, CLICK HERE.
| ONSHORE: The
coastal surf beaches were quiet with most of the activity on the North Shore
coming from whiting and dart. The better fish came from just before Freshwater.
On the east side, the only report was of bream, dart and small chopper tailor
at Marcus Beach.
Bream, flathead and whiting were the predominant species in the estuary this week with best results coming from down at the Frying Pan and the river mouth. John Nunan from Brisbane (below left) boated this 52cm flathead at the river mouth this morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Bream, moses perch and flathead were active in Weyba Creek while the Gympie Terrace stretch was the spot for bream, golden trevally and whiting. Chooi Chuah (below right) fished the lower Gympie Terrace stretch on a 2m+ run-in tide late on Friday morning and, using live prawns for bait, landed the two nice whiting he's pictured with. His top weight was a healthy 500gm.
|The Woods Bays had most of the pelagic activity
with trevally, school jewfish, mangrove jacks and grunter bream on the prowl
at night and in the early morning. Live baits and lures like the Gladiator
Prawns and Slim Jims or the River2Sea Flexi Babes got best results.
The closed season on barramundi ended on February 1 and, ever since, Kim 'Kimbo' Vitale (above) has been out working the waters of the lower estuary from the Woods Bays to Munna Point and all the way around the back of Noosa Sound chasing his elusive prey. And in the early hours of Friday morning he once again hit paydirt when his live mullet bait was monstered by the 85cm 'Barra' he's pictured with. He also landed a mangrove jack which, although we didn't weigh it, would have around the 2.5kg mark. But that's another story.
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald was still very quiet. There were a few big saratoga cruising around on the surface but they were playing hard to get and not responding to lures. Small bass were chasing spinnerbaits and Jackalls at Three Ways and Fry's Run.
Hey, next time you're in Davo's get yourself listed on their V.I.F. (Very Important Fisherperson) list and be in to win all sorts of prizes. Pictured above is the Mann family who won a great fishing kayak by simply filling out a coupon that put them on the Davo's data base. From left to right in the photo; Peter Wells, proprietor of Davo's Compleat Angler, plus Dustin, Ethan and Alan Mann from Doonan.
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