As at Monday February 9, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: Now that
was a short week! Those anglers who couldn't get offshore for a fish last
Monday had to sit back and watch as the coast was well and truly hammered
by 20 to 25 knots south easterlies and a 2.5m to 3m swell right through
until the weekend. Saturday was still a tad marginal beyond the inner bay,
but by Sunday morning the offshore scene had settled, at least as far as
the middle reef belt. The bar crossing also proved less of a challenge.
Trekka 2 fished North Reef this morning and came back with grass sweetlip, striped sea perch, Maori cod and quality Spanish mackerel. Father and son team Frank and Luke Mirabile from Geelong in Victoria (above) took turns to play Frank's fish as it wasn't giving up in a hurry. They did well, though, boating the day's standout, which tipped the scales at 20kg. Their team effort and big smiles also won them this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
And on Sunday, which was the only other fishable day, Trekka 2 fished Massoud's Reef for moses perch, venus tusk fish, cobia (dropped at the boat) and quality pearl perch. Trent Hall and Natasha Seeto from Brisbane (above) are pictured with a couple of nice pearlies they boated on that half day charter.
|While Melbourne visitor Kenan Batuk's pearl perch (above) would have been the top weight for that species on the day. A bit closer in, Sunshine Reef fished well, although some anglers reported losing quite a few good fish to sharks. That problem wasn't widespread, fortunately, and there were some good fish weighed in. Trevor Ingram from Bellbowrie (above right) boated this sweetlip around the middle or Sunshine on Sunday morning's Wild Thing 2 charter.|
|And earlier on, and a bit closer in, Chris Logan
from Redbank Plains (above left) nailed his colourful coral trout on a pilchard
bait on the first drop of the morning. Other species on the bite around
Sunshine over the last few days were moses perch, coral bream, venus tusk
fish, fusilier, Maori cod and the odd pearly. Wild
Thing 2 was also one of the boats that got in one last session
before the weather turned ugly. From that half day charter to The Coffees
on Monday we have Felicity Rogers from Sydney (above right) with a nice
Maori cod and Brad Webb from Melbourne (below) with a 9.0kg Spanish mackerel.
Last but not least, and from that same 'calm before the storm' excursion, local angler Bryce Davis' spotted mackerel (below) went for a whole pilly floater.
|ONSHORE: With dangerous
surf conditions all along the coast most of the week there weren't many
reports from the coastal beach brigade. The National Park headland, in
fact, was the only performer of note with quality (30cm+) moses perch
and the odd mowong on the bite in the more sheltered Granite Bay, Dolphin
Point area earlier in the week. A little bit further out, the headland
rocks produced the odd jewfish over the weekend. Michael Bochow from Tewantin
(below) tempted this 81cm, 4.0kg (cleaned) jewfish or mulloway with a
lightly weighted whole pilchard on Sunday night. He was fishing the Hells
In the estuary, the river mouth produced bream, flathead, small tailor and big eye trevally during the day. The more serious fish, however, were on the prowl between dusk and dawn with mangrove jacks going for trolled hard body lures and mullet strip baits and greenback tailor responding well to live fish baits. Local angler Matt Major (below) worked the rock groyne beach area with a Micro Jig on Saturday morning and, not long after, came up with this nice lizard.
|Bream and whiting were active around the Dog
Beach and, along with flathead and chopper tailor, in the Frying Pan.
Live yabbies, peeled prawns, whitebait and live or cured worms all worked
well there. Further up, the Sand Bags on the Woods Point produced the
odd mangrove jack after dark while quality GT's were chasing Prawn Star
and Gladiator Prawn lures throughout the Woods Bays around first light
and in the afternoon. The odd thumper tailor was also in that mix while
on the top of the big tides there were some elbow slapper whiting chasing
the soldier crabs across the flooded Woods Spit between the bays.
Tarpon were also active there and around the back of the Sound (as were tailor and trevally) although they were quite picky. Weyba Creek was good for blue swimmer crabs, flathead and small tailor while Munna Beach had bream and the odd golden trevally. Nick Bentley (above right) is pictured with a golden trevally which he caught at Munna Beach on Wednesday. It was his first ever trevally and it went for a fresh, half banana prawn. Further upriver, GT's and golden trevally were in good numbers near the Tewantin boat ramp and opposite the Council Chambers and flathead were going for trolled hard bodies along the first ski run. Mangrove jacks were chasing cast soft plastics off the river banks around the Tewantin car ferry and trolled hard bodies between the lakes.
Bass were responding well to Westin 65mm Swimbaits and Imakatsu Piranhas at Three Ways, Bass Bay and along the weed edges at Lake Macdonald.
The Davo's Social Fishing Comp is officially on again! The competition starts 4.00pm Friday 20th February and finishes 1.00pm Sunday 22nd February. Registration forms and fees payable at Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's Bait & Tackle Marcoola. Anglers can fish anywhere between Maroochydore and Noosa. Presentations and a free BBQ at Davo's Tackle World Noosa, 1pm Sunday 20th February. Species: Whiting, trevally, tailor and mangrove jack.
Entry Fee: $20.00. Ten percent of fees donated to Coast Guard, remainder gets divided between the four anglers that take out 1st place for each species. Prizes: 1st Prize for each species; cash prize. Runners up each species; JML Trading lure pack. Lucky draw prize - 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcast rod.
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