As at Monday February 11, 2013.
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The offshore scene got off to a bit of a slow start with cool, sometimes
squally moderate to fresh variable southerlies dominating earlier in the
Conditions improved somewhat from Thursday onwards when the winds dropped back below the 15 knot mark but it was still a bit sloppy at times and the fishing was, unfortunately, pretty slow.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a couple of runs to North Reef over the weekend for fairly average catches of venus tusk fish, snapper, moses perch, sweetlip, morwong and even the odd shiny mackerel.
|Closer in, Sunshine Reef was
patchy but on the good days it produced northern bluefin tuna, grass sweetlip
and coral trout out wide and, in close towards the shark nets opposite the
Surf Club; Maori cod, moses perch, wire netting cod, squire, pearl perch
and quality grass sweetlip.
Young Mitchy Fredericks (right), a junior staff member at Davo's Compleat Angler, capped a great birthday weekend with a trip to Sunshine Reef yesterday morning and while he reported the fishing a bit slow, was very pleased to boat the 2.5kg (est) coral trout he's pictured with.
Considering it's the only standout offshore fish photo we have for the week you'd have to say he did well under the circumstances. He apparently dropped a couple of bigger trout but that's fishing.
Laguna Bay was very quiet but while there were no catch reports, the birds were starting to work the baits schools not far out from the river mouth over the weekend.
|ONSHORE: The North
Shore coastal surf beach stretch was quite badly eroded by the recent storms
so a good 4x4 and competent skills were required by anyone looking to wet
a line along Teewah Beach, especially south of the first cutting. The only
reports from that side, in fact, were of sweetlip off the rocks at Double
Island Point. Across the bay, squire, sweetlip and chopper tailor were working
the pilchard schools in Granite Bay while further south the same species
(although the tailor were up to 2kg) together with jewfish to 80cm, were
in close in the surf line at North Sunshine Beach and Castaways Beach.
With the murk and fresh water slowly dissipating in the estuary the bread and butter species started to make their presence felt further up in the system as the week progressed. The Frying Pan was one of the first areas to show increased activity with bream, flathead, trevally and whiting on the prowl along there. Those same species were also active at the river mouth but with the added bonus there of tailor and shovel nose rays. The back of Noosa Sound and Weyba Creek produced bream, flathead and whiting. Four year old Sam Bradshaw from Kingaroy (above) fished the Sound with Noosa River Fishing Safaris on Thursday and is pictured here with one of the two bream he caught during the afternoon charter, made possible by the wonderful 'Make a Wish' Foundation.
And local angler John Reid (above) fished just below the Weyba Motorway Bridge on the incoming tide on Friday and was rewarded for his efforts when his live herring bait was taken by a 65cm flathead. As an added bonus his great smile and quality fish also won him the $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
The Munna Point Bridge didn't fire that well but it did yield the odd mangrove jack after dark. Further up, the Gympie Terrace stretch produced whiting and blubberlip bream towards the end of the week. Darryl Cairns from Tewantin (above) fished the stretch from the Yacht Club to the Gympie Terrace boat ramp with live yabbies on the incoming tide this morning and popped into Davo's with half a dozen whiting to 470gm. He also boated a 4.5kg blubberlip bream but that's another story. Apart from that, bream, flathead and grunter (javelin fish) were active at the mouth of Lake Doonella and around the Noosa Marina.
|Davo's Compleat Angler and Australian Fishing Online will be staging this year's 2013 Summer Classic fishing competition here in Noosa. Competition starts Friday, February 22 and finishes Sunday, February 24, 2013. Entry fee is $20.00. It's designed to be both fun and social but will also have some good competitive options for the more serious anglers. You can register online or simply turn up on the day. For more details, contact Davo's or CLICK HERE.|
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $175.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $455.00
2nd Place Prize:
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $140.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $420.00
3rd Place Prize:
Damiki/Pontoon 21 Prize Pack (RRP $100.00) and Nordic Stage Jaeger or Gunslinger ($280.00). Total RRP = $380.00
There will also be five Lucky Door Prize draws, each one a $100.00 gift voucher, courtesy of Davo's Compleat Angler.
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