As at Monday February 27, 2012
OFFSHORE: There wasn't a lot of joy on the offshore scene this week with strong winds (mostly variable southerlies), big seas (with the swell pushing up over the 2.5m mark) and steady rainfall from late Tuesday through until Saturday.
The winds were in the blustery 20 to 25 knot region earlier in the week but peaked just before the weekend at around the 35 to 40 knot mark.
The less than welcome rain (260mm in 12 hours) resulted in flooding at Gympie and Pomona and severe storm damage in the Cooroy area with the river turning a gloomy chocolate brown by the weekend and once again turning the waters of Laguna Bay a less than inviting colour.
The only anglers who scored offshore this week were those who managed to get in an afternoon fish on Monday or a morning session on Tuesday ahead of the forecast stormy weather.
Adam Howard and Michelle Kerr (right and below) were the last offshore anglers to weigh any reef fish at Davo's when they returned from an afternoon excursion to North Reef on Monday.
They did well, too, reporting plenty of action from snapper in the 2.5kg to 3kg range taken on squid baits (as pictured), lots of tuna boils (none targeted) and cobia, or black kingfish, in numbers. They ended up with four cobia, in fact, with the 12.3kg specimen Michelle is posing with being the standout. The other cobia were in the 5kg to 6kg range.
Laguna Bay was worth targeting before the murk hit the bay with longtail and yellowfin tuna and the odd spotted mackerel on the prowl around Jew Shoal.
ONSHORE: There were no reports from the coastal beaches this week which, considering the rather ordinary weather we've just had, comes as no surprise.
There's always a sheltered spot to be found in the estuary, of course, and before the mega deluge on Friday afternoon there were some excellent fish on the bite. Bream and whiting were active and in good numbers along the Gympie Terrace stretch and, together with quality flathead (going for Gulp soft plastics) in the Frying Pan and down at the river mouth. The Woods Bays had a bit of variety as well, producing tarpon, trevally and quality bream. Xavier McLoughlin from Sydney (above) fished there on Tuesday night with Noosa River Fishing Safaris and is pictured with a 42cm bream he caught on a live herring.
|And Dylan 'Da Boss' Vlkanovski from Wollongong
in New South Wales (above left) popped into Davo's just after lunchtime
on Saturday with a small esky full of trevally he caught in the Woods Bays
using the ever reliable Gold Bomber lure. Weyba Creek was the spot for moses
perch, flathead and bream while further up around the Noosa Harbour Marina
at Tewantin the standouts were estuary cod, tailor and mangrove jacks. Holly,
above right, was fishing that general area on Friday morning with local
angler (and legend) Tim Milat when she hooked up with this 1.8kg (est) mangrove
jack. It was her first ever Jack.
Josh Loader (above) trolled the Noosa Marina area with a blue/spot River2Sea Min 80F hard body lure the morning before and hooked up with the very nice 2.5kg greenback tailor he's pictured with. Even better, Josh's smile and his good looking fish earned him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Over the weekend, with an enormous amount of fresh water in the system, the catfish were out in big numbers, but fortunately so were the grunter bream.
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