As at Monday February 29, 2016.
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|OFFSHORE: It was a pretty small window of opportunity this week with 20 knot+ south easterlies only briefly dropping away into the 5 to 15 knot range for Thursday and Friday before the effects of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston impacted on our coastline. From Saturday on it was strong, 25 to 30 knot+ south easterlies and 3.0m to 4.0m seas and swells, which for most local anglers meant simply stowing the fishing gear and dusting off the surf boards and SUP's.|
|The bar crossing looked a bit gnarly at times,
even on the good days, but those boaties who took their time and paid particular
attention to timing of the sets got through without any real problems. There
were no 'out wide' excursions this week (as far as we know) with the middle
reef belt marking the outer limits. The fishing? It was, unfortunately,
pretty quiet. The Coffees produced just the odd moses perch, coral bream,
many lined sweetlip and spotted mackerel.
North Reef was a bit more lively, with grass sweetlip, moses perch, gold spot cod, pearl perch, mowong, school mackerel and Maori cod all on the bite. Nathan Lever from Ipswich (above) caught his 8kg gold spot cod there on a live yakka on Thursday morning's five hour Trekka 2 charter. Conditions were good with 10 to 15 knot south easterly winds, a 1.5m swell and a slight current to the south east. Further south, Chardon's Reef was still good for the odd Spanish mackerel on trolled hard body lures while closer in on Sunshine Reef the catch was moses perch, mowong, grass sweetlip and coral trout. Laguna Bay was a bit hit and miss with just the odd squire and sweetlip at Jew Shoal and northern bluefin tuna in reasonable numbers along the Hall's Reef stretch.
|ONSHORE: Not surprisingly,
there was no feedback from the coastal surf beaches this week and the
points of the National Park headland were chokka block with surfers over
the weekend so no joy there. In the estuary, the river mouth was certainly
worth a look around the last of the run-in tide and after dark with bream
(mullet strips and live worms), flathead (soft plastics), trevally (surface
lures), jewfish and mangrove jacks on the hit list. Des Penny from Melbourne,
below, caught and released this 70cm jewfish on a herring bait at the
river mouth last Monday. He was on a Noosa
River Fishing Safari .
And Frank Fox from Coolum Beach (below) fished the river mouth hard on Sunday morning using whole legal size whiting as his draw card. He was hoping for a decent fish for the dinner table and was disappointed when he got bricked by a serious contender. Then later in the morning, around top of the tide, he landed a 55cm mangrove jack. Frank's dogged determination and quality capture won him the bonus of this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
Further up, whiting were responding well to live worms and yabbies around the Frying Pan and Dog Beach areas while mangrove jacks were going for Z-Man soft plastics, bonito fillets and fresh mullet at dusk and late at night in the Woods Bays and the back of Noosa Sound. Tyson Whitford from Davo's Tackle World (below right) sent in this photo and report... "Hi Bill. Caught and released this 47cm, solid jack in the lower estuary on Friday night. It went for a Z-Man 4" SwimmerZ soft plastic on a 3/8oz HeadlockZ jig head. It was hopped across the bottom and the fish was taken out of tight structure."... Tyson.
| Weyba Creek was the spot for some quality
sand crabs while the bottom of Gympie Terrace was another option for whiting.
Surface lures and live sand worms worked well there. Apart from that,
flathead were still on the chew on the run-out tide at the mouth of Lake
Doonella and, along with mud crabs and diamond trevally, around the Hilton
Tce house boats. In addition, medium size GT's were chasing surface lures
at first light opposite the Council Chambers.
On the freshwater scene, Good wild bass (in numbers) were smashing small hard bodies right on the edges of the everglades while Borumba Dam had some good yellowbelly activity on live shrimps fished around the timber. The Yabba and Kingham arms have also been worth prospecting for quality saratoga.
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