As at Monday June 9, 2014.
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| OFFSHORE: Conditions
on the local reefs were excellent in the first half of the week. Predominantly
very light to moderate (5 to 15 knot) south easterlies and a 0.5m to 1.0m
swell dominated until Friday and all destinations were on the agenda. Double
Island Point was worth a look and local angler Dave Murray (below) headed
up that way very early on Tuesday to get the 'first light' bite. For his
efforts he came back with gold spot cod to 13.9kg, squire and Maori cod.
The current along the middle reef belt was light to almost non existent most of the week. This was good for the bottom bashers and also for those chasing the pelagics which were still feeding in the deeper levels. Greg Chalmers, Melbourne (below) was doing a spot of bottom bashing at North Reef on Thursday when this 7kg Spaniard tried to run off with his live yakka bait. He was on a three quarter day Trekka 2 charter at the time. Other species reported at North Reef were; sweetlip, pearl and moses perch, hussar, shiny mackerel, venus tuskers, bonito, estuary cod, striped sea perch, squire and juvenile red emperor.
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World got onto a few jewfish and mackerel at Chardon's Reef on Tuesday and later passed the word on to Bruce Waldron. Bruce (bottom left in photo) then arranged to take his mate Ian Markwell out that way on Wednesday morning, informing him they were going to chase up a couple jewies (as per the photo) and after that maybe a few mackerel. Sure enough, after the mulloway were boated on the first pick drop and safely stowed, the two amigos moved to another likely spot where they boated three Spaniards, four spotties and one good size Maori cod. Ian, of course, thinks Bruce is some sort of fishing guru. And maybe he is. But it certainly doesn't do any harm to have someone like Chicko pointing you in the right direction. Bruce and Ian's two mulloway came up so good in the photo that it wasn't difficult to award them this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize for their efforts.
It was a bit sloppy out past the headland on Saturday but the boys from Trekka 2 thought Sunshine Reef was good for a morning fish and they had a group of fisho's raring to go. The south easter was in the 15 to 18 knot range but they found it wasn't too bad on anchor. The lads got onto some reefies quite early, which helped, and came back with a respectable catch and a happy crew. On the capture list were sweetlip, shiny mackerel, pearl perch and lots of juvenile red emperor which were released. A bonus was the venus tusk fish and Maori cod that Josh De La Roche from Brisbane (below) nailed on his first two drops.
The relative shelter of Laguna Bay was a good option over the weekend with wolf herring schooling out around the shark nets, estuary cod and blubberlip bream at Stingers' and, earlier in the week, quality Spanish mackerel on the prowl at Big Hall's Reef. Local angler Jack Westera (below) was slow trolling a live slimy mackerel at Big Hall's on Tuesday morning when this 13kg Spaniard slammed it big time. He tempted a 12kg fish later using the same strategy.
ONSHORE: The Noosa North Shore coastal surf beach stretch had the odd surprise for the unwary angler this week. The waters either side of Teewah were good for chopper tailor during the day and the odd greenback at night plus a few snub nose dart. Some quality fish were reported but Greg 'Rooster' Friend's 11kg specimen (below), which went for a pipi bait, beat our previous website record by 0.8kg. It was on the last of the incoming, an hour before the high tide.
Over on the east side, Marcus Beach was good for whiting, as was Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus of dart. Further south, the Coolum area was worth a look for mangrove jacks in Stumers Creek while quality mulloway were responding well to fresh mullet strip baits (at night) at Yaroomba Beach.
There were lots of 40cm-50cm flathead on the prowl in the estuary this week and, along with bream, they were in good numbers in the Frying Pan and at the river mouth. Robbie Wilcox from England (below) caught and released this 34cm bream at the mouth on Tuesday while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari.
The river mouth also produced school jewfish (with the odd keeper in amongst them) and a lone stargazer. Mike (below) was fishing there on Wednesday's Noosa River Fishing Safari when his drifted whitebait was taken by a fish with a head on it that only a mother could love. He released it after the photo.
| Up around the corner, the Woods Bays ran hot
and cold with trevally and hairtail going for surface lures and soft plastics
and the odd quality tailor responding to trolled hard body lures. Weyba
Creek produced bream and flathead, as did the back of Noosa Sound, but with
the added bonus there of trevally (early in the morning near the Munna Point
Bridge) and the odd chopper tailor. Tom Ellis from Brisbane (above left)
caught his 48cm flathead at the back of the Sound on a whole prawn bait
yesterday morning. He too was on a Noosa
River Fishing Safari. Further upriver, the Doonella Bridge area
at Tewantin was good for mangrove jacks on the last of run-out tide, the
first ski run stretch had trevally, while flathead and whiting were biting
around the mouth of Lake Cooroibah.
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