at Monday June 8, 2009
OFFSHORE: Wow, two great weather weeks in
a row! Pinch me, I must be dreaming! No doubt about it though. Light to
moderate variable winds and a 1.5 metre rolling swell that eventually
dropped away below the 1 metre mark led us nicely into to an almost perfect
and extremely productive Queen's Birthday long weekend here at Noosa.
Trips out wide were an inviting option under the benign conditions with Double Island Point producing pearl perch, moses perch, snapper, Maori cod and, as per the photo above, quality red emperor. Local angler Nat Meltzer did an overnighter there on Friday and boated two 8.5kg 'Reds' around 8pm, about an hour after the top of the tide. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Trinidad TN40 reel loaded with 30lb line and 80lb leader. His bait? Mullet fillets.
North Reef and 'The Coffees' were both quite popular options this week, yielding pearl perch, moses perch, Maori cod, mackerel tuna, plenty of snapper and, as you can see by the photo above, the odd northern bluefin tuna. Peter Gibney from Melbourne was out there on Friday on a Cougar One charter when he boated the 6kg specimen he's pictured with.
Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was the spot for squire, snapper, Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch, sweetlip, Spanish mackerel, red throat emperor, coral trout and cobia. Paul Jeffery (above) hit the jackpot there on Saturday morning when his slimy mackerel bait on 2x7/0 ganged hooks attracted the attention of the 13kg black kingfish he's posing with. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Daiwa Saltiga Z6000 reel loaded with 20lb braid and 70lb mono leader.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were well worth a look this week and the long weekend holiday crowds sure made the most of the idyllic conditions. The North Shore, of course, was well patronised and repaid the faithful with good catches of whiting, bream and dart all the way along Teewah Beach. As an added bonus, tailor to 2kg were responding well to cast metal slug lures from Teewah township to the top end with the odd Greenback (to 3kg) going for whole pilchard baits. Across the bay, flathead and estuary cod were on the bite around the National Park coves and points while further south, the only other report of note was of quality dart taking live beach worms at Castaways Beach.
In the river, the first of the season's luderick came on the bite at the river mouth car park rocks on Tuesday. Please note that the new bag limit of 10 fish and a new size limit of 30cm applies to this much sought after species. Chopper tailor were on the prowl in amongst the mullet schools in the Frying Pan and in the Woods Bays while most of the Trevally action came from around the Munna Point Bridge. Corey Blanch (above) was fishing there around lunchtime today when his fresh Davo's prawn was taken by the 1.5kg specimen he's pictured with.
Apart from that, bream were on the bite in the Woods Bays and along the Gympie Terrace stretch where flathead were also active. Local lads Josh and Jack (above) were fishing at the Gympie Terrace boat ramp last night when their pilchard baits attracted not only the 1kg bream in the photo but a hungry 1kg mud crab as well. They cooked the muddie (and a few blue swimmers) last night but put off eating it until they had a photo taken at Davo's today.