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was a little bit like 'Ground Hog Day' on the offshore scene with moderate
to strong (15-25 knot) variable easterlies restricting activity until Sunday.
The only change from last week was the lack of rain, which was a blessing.
Under the circumstances nobody ventured too far beyond the middle reef belt. North Reef, in fact, was by far the most popular destination and those boaties who spent a bit of time there reported good catches of Squire, Teraglin Jewfish, Moses Perch, Mowong, Parrot Fish and, as you can see by the accompanying photos, plenty of quality Snapper.
Hugo Steinfort from Geelong in Victoria (above) was out there today on Cougar One charter when he boated the 4.5kg 'Knobby' he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line.
And on the same charter, George Cameron (above), another visitor from Geelong, boated a 3kg specimen. He too was armed with a Wilson/Alvey combo. Their baits? Pilchard/Squid combos.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef produced Squire, Parrot Fish and Coral Trout while down around Arkwright Shoal the catch was mostly Sweetlip and Parrot Fish. In Laguna, despite the murk, there were a few Sweetlip and Snapper taken at Jew Shoal and Hall's Reef.
ONSHORE: There wasn't a lot to shout about as far as the coastal surf beaches were concerned. The waters around Teewah were the standout on the North Shore, producing Dart, Bream and Whiting. The only other reports were from over on the east side where quality Bream were active at Marcus Beach and Whiting were biting at Peregian Beach.
In the river, Bream (Yellowfin and Grunter) were in good numbers and of good quality with the best results coming from down at the river mouth (along with Trevally and quality Whiting), in the Woods Bays (together with Trevally and Flathead) and, as per the photo above, around the Munna Point Bridge.
Local kids Daniel, Sam, Sam and Tom were doing well on the Yellowfins there on Tuesday when the magnificent 2.2kg 'Grunter' in the photo crashed their little party. Their baits? Davo's Prawns.
And young Coen Hunt (below left) hit the jackpot in the Woods Bays yesterday morning when his live Poddy Mullet baits attracted the attention of a 700gm Flathead then a nice 600gm Bream. He was using a Shimano 2kg-3kg IFish combo.
Bream and Whiting were also active up around Harbourtown,
the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club and, as you can see by the photo above
right, at Munna Beach. Patrick Long was fishing from the beach there on
Saturday afternoon when his live
Worm bait was monstered by the 500gm Bream he's posing with. Patrick was
using a Shimano spin combo loaded with 8lb line.
By the way. We've just posted the latest Noosa Bar crossing photo on the website. CLICK HERE to check it out.