As at Monday February 23, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: Ah well,
cyclone Marcia sure made a mess of north Queensland. By comparison we here
in Noosa got off lightly, although we experienced severe weather from that
event and lots of rain from a separate one which preceded it. The result
was heavy rain in our upper catchment area, larger than normal tides, a
3m+ swell and strong winds. The effect was a shut-down of the offshore scene
from Monday afternoon through until Saturday. Sunday's brief lull saw conditions
improve dramatically, so much so that the local reefs were eminently fishable
ahead of strong, 25 knot+ late afternoon south easterlies.
We were forewarned about the pending formation of cyclone Marcia so there was a mad scramble on Monday to make hay while the sun still shone. Wild Thing 2 was one of the last boats in that afternoon and the late timing meant their catch wasn't included in last week's fishing report. Not such a bad thing as at least we have a few more fish pix to look at this week. Maddison Roberts from Sippy Downs (above) is pictured with a grass sweetlip and venus tusk fish from that late start half day charter while Mark Brooks from Peregian (below left) boated a coral trout. The rest of the catch was moses and pearl perch.
|Skip forward to Sunday and we had surprisingly
good conditions on the local reefs, considering cyclone Marcia had only
passed through the area late on Saturday morning. The bar crossing was quite
do-able and although we didn't have any reports of anyone venturing past
Sunshine Reef, most anglers came back with a feed. The current was apparently
running on Sunshine in the morning but when Chicko Vella from Davo's
Tackle World headed out there for a family fish on Sunday afternoon,
he reported great conditions until about 4.00pm when the blustery south
easterlies kicked in. They came back with a mixed bag of sweetlip, squire,
pearl perch and moses perch. Chicko's daughter Moet (above right) is pictured
with the trip standout, a quality dark-tailed sea perch.
The only other reports to hand were from Jew Shoal in Laguna Bay which was a bit slow, apparently, but still good for a few squire and the odd sweetlip.
|ONSHORE: Wild seas and dangerous surf conditions deterred even the desperates and die-hards from trying their luck on the local surf beaches this week.|
|In the estuary, the river mouth fished quite
well earlier in the week before the murk and fresh water barreled down
from the upper catchment area. While the going was good, jewfish, flathead,
bream and mangrove jacks all made their presence felt. Live biddies, poddy
mullet and yellowtail pike worked well for the bigger predators. Fresh
prawns and herring also got results. Dylan Harvey (above left) caught
his mangrove jack on a live biddy at the river mouth on Wednesday night,
as did his buddy Shah Rodgers, above right. Shah is pictured with a 69cm
flathead he caught in upper Weyba Creek earlier in the day.
A little further up, whiting were in good numbers and size in the Frying Pan. Live worms, live yabbies and peeled prawns all worked well there. The catfish invaded that area over the weekend. The deeper waters off the Woods Point produced some quality bream this week, as did the Woods Bays, but with the added bonus of whiting. Around the corner from there, big eye trevally and small tailor were active around the Munna Point Bridge and Weyba Hole. Quality whiting and bream were on the bite along the bottom half of the Gympie Terrace stretch and the Munna Beach area. Live worms and Skinny Pop surface lures worked well on the whiting and even accounted for the odd squid. And how about the photo above! Brooke Edwards caught and released this thumper 39cm bream in the lower Gympie Terrace stretch on Tuesday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Brooke's Colgate smile and quality yellowfin easily earned her this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize. Tarpon were out and about in the murky water over the weekend with the odd catch and release reported just up from the Noosaville boat ramp and along the Tewantin ski run. Trevally were also schooling there and in the waters opposite the Council Chambers. Mud crabs and sand (blue swimmer) crabs were also on the move throughout the system and in good numbers after the prolonged rain.
By the way, the Davo's Social Fishing Comp which was cancelled last weekend due to Cyclone Marcia, will be held this weekend! The competition starts 4.00pm Friday 27th February and finishes 1.00pm Sunday 1st March. Registration forms at Davo's Tackle World Noosa or Davo's Bait & Tackle Marcoola. Presentations and a free BBQ at Davo's Tackle World Noosa, 1pm Sunday 1st March. Target 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.
DAVO'S FISH OF THE WEEK COMPETITION.
A video compilation made up
of the photos of the weekly competition winners from 2014.
To be in with a chance to win the weekly $50.00 prize, just:
1) Call into Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville with your capture for a quick pic.
2) Email your fish photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Or give us a call on:
0400 491 069
The deadline for this great Weekly Competition is 12.00pm every Monday.
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