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As at Monday January 3, 2011


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Crossing our murky brown bar
OFFSHORE:
Ah well, it certainly hasn't been one of the best Christmas/New Year breaks we've had in recent years but since we're not under flood, or about to be flooded, I suppose we haven't got very much to complain about. This week, in fact, wasn't all that bad. The latter half was mostly dry and the south south easterly winds dropped back to moderate and, in the morning, were often quite light. The murky runoff from the river (see above photo) was still making an impact as far out as Sunshine Reef but those who worked the edges found that the reef fish and pelagics were quite responsive.
Spanish Mackerel
In Laguna Bay the Hall's Reef stretch fished well despite the murk (which seemed to be mostly in the upper layers there) with grass sweetlip to 3kg and spotted mackerel common to both reefs and snapper to 5kg and moses perch a bonus at Little Hall's. Sunshine Reef was plagued by a joggly 1.5m to 1.8m easterly swell over the weekend but anglers keen for a feed put up with the very sloppy conditions to boat sweetlip, red throat emperor, parrot fish, coral trout, spotted mackerel, moses perch, pearl perch and, as you can see by the photos, Spanish mackerel. Dean Roper from Cooroy (above) was out there on a 1/2 day Cougar One charter on Sunday when his double pilchard floater was wolfed by a 6kg Spaniard.
Spanish Mackerel
And on the same morning charter, Ross Aiken (above), also from Cooroy, boated a 4.5kg specimen on a similar pilly rig.
Sweetlip and Pearl Perch
Crazy stunt of the week award goes to Matt Graham and Travis Meyer (above) who ventured out to Sunshine Reef in their 5.5m tinny on Thursday in 20 to 25 knot winds and 2m seas. Conditions were so bad that they had to motor at troll speed (about 5 knots) once they rounded the headland just to avoid shipping too much water. Anyway, they survived the awful conditions and came back with a few red throat, a couple of parrot fish and (pictured) quality sweetlip and pearl perch.
Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish
Conditions had improved enough by today to allow trips a bit wider and Noosa Blue Water Charters took full advantage of the opportunity by running up to Double Island Point this morning. During the full day charter they got their clients onto some Maori cod, snapper, moses perch, pearl perch, venus tusk fish, Spanish mackerel and, as you can see by the photo above, quality mahi mahi or dolphin fish. Jude Woolhouse from the Gold Coast was on the spot with a pilchard floater when a small school of 'Dollies' mosied right up to the boat for a feed. Jude's fish tipped the scales at 11kg.

Fishing the lower end of Teewah Beach
ONSHORE:
The North Shore coastal beach stretch (above) was a brown, frothy, foamy mess and although there were plenty of surf anglers trying their luck, the only reports from there, and from the Main Beach side of the river mouth rock groyne, was of catfish in numbers. Out on the National Park headland the news was a little better with trevally in numbers in the clearer water. Further south, the only reports of note were of dart and whiting on the bite at Castaways Beach and school jewfish, chopper tailor and quality grunter bream (javelin fish) on the prowl after dark at Yaroomba Beach.
Down near the river mouth With plenty of fresh water still in the estuary system catfish were spread throughout the lower reaches and especially at the river mouth. Fortunately there were other species there as well. Tailor, jewfish, flathead and a few quality bream were chasing the big prawns that were running and responding well to soft plastics and whole prawn baits on the run-in tide.
Flathead and Whiting
The Munna Point area produced the bread and butter species this week as Anthony Ibrahim, Adam Smith and Grace Robinson (above) discovered on Friday. Although things were quiet at times the trio persevered with live beach worm baits and eventually managed to land a 1.2kg flathead and a number of whiting to 500gm. Bream were also in good numbers.


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