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well. After a very brief respite the fresh to strong (25 to 30 knot) south
easterlies were back again with a vengeance and while the rain wasn't a
deluge it was enough to dampen the enthusiasm of any remaining optimists.
Reality was, Tuesday and Sunday were the only days worth considering this week. Fortunately the swell wasn't too much of an issue and the bar crossing pretty straight forward and most of those who made the effort at least came back with a feed. Sunshine Reef was the best option for the smaller boats, producing Moses Perch, Sweetlip, Parrot Fish and, as you can see by the photo above, Coral Trout. Peter Dawkins from Coolum was out there on Sunday morning and while he described the conditions as 'very lumpy', hung in there long enough to boat a few of the reefies mentioned and the 2.6kg 'Trout' he's posing with. Peter, who was using Squid baits, was armed with a Penn 320 combo loaded with 40lb line.
North Reef was the only other producer of note with (when conditions permitted) Squire, Moses Perch, Sweetlip, Maori Cod and, as per the photo below right, Cobia on the bite. Shane Sypher from Toogoolawa boated this 9kg specimen while out there on a half day Cougar Too charter on Tuesday. His bait? A live Yakka.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches still had quite a solid shore dump but for those who were after a feed, this was no deterrent. There wasn't a lot of action, though, and those who did well were outfitted with light surf gear, targeting Whiting which were on the bite on most beaches. Best results for that species, incidentally, came from the North Shore and Sunshine Beach while further south at Castaways Beach the catch was mostly Bream (to 1.5kg) and the odd small Dart.
The river was still very discoloured this week although with the 'fresh' being no longer so much of an issue, Bream were in good numbers and quality around the Munna Point Bridge at night (along with Trevally), at Culgoa Point, in the stretch from the top of the Frying Pan to Goat Island and up around Harbourtown. Samantha Clunies-Ross (above left) from Sydney caught and released a number of Bream in that area last Tuesday with this 30cm specimen being her standout. She was armed with a Jarvis Walker Estuary combo loaded with 4kg line. Her bait? Frozen Davo's Prawns, of course.
The Mangrove Jacks were back with a vengeance this week with best results coming from Lake Cootharaba (where Bream were also active in close at Boreen Point), Harbourtown and, as you can see by the photo above, around the Woods Point. Will Nelson from Coolum Beach found Mullet strip baits working really well in that area, attracting a number of Bream and then the 1.8kg 'Jack' he's pictured with. Will, who was armed with a Jarvis Walker combo loaded with 15lb line and trace, boated this fish on Saturday afternoon. Apart from that there were Grunter Bream and Whiting on the bite up around Goat Island, Trevally chasing surface poppers at night in Noosa Sound and some pretty healthy Flathead activity around Munna Beach. There were also a couple of good size (1.2m and 1.5m+) sharks taken in the lower estuary so taking a dip in the murky waters might not be such a good idea at the moment.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was still firing well with Bass going for cast Jackalls and trolled deep diving lures in the main basin and around the 'Eagles Nest'.