As at Monday June 20, 2011
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OFFSHORE: Ah well, the offshore scene wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders this week but conditions, although a bit cool at times, certainly justified crossing the bar. Light to fresh (10 to 18 knot) variable westerlies ensured most anglers stayed rugged up until the sun was high in the sky. The rolling 1.2m to 1.5m swell, however, was quite manageable most days.
A few of the bigger boats tried the Barwon Banks but there were no standouts reported, just average size snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, hussar, iodine bream and teraglin jewfish. The middle reef belt was a better option with Massoud's Reef producing snapper, grass sweetlip and, as per the photo above, the odd quality spangled emperor. James Orr fished Massoud's on Friday and was absolutely delighted when this 6.7kg specimen took his pilchard bait.
North Reef improved steadily as the week progressed with the northern end producing plenty of 3kg to 6kg snapper over the last couple of days. Mickael Peterson from Melbourne (above) was out there on a half day Cougar One charter on Wednesday morning when his full squid bait on a snell rig attracted the attention of the 3kg+ snapper he's pictured with.
Early mornings and late afternoons worked best for the snapper this week. Steve Meiklejohn from Roma (above) was out at North Reef on a half day Trekka 2 charter yesterday morning when this 5kg fish swallowed his slimy mackerel bait.
And Graham Mutch, Greg Hales and Glenn Allen, above, reported the snapper coming on the bite out wide on North Reef around 7am yesterday. The three amigos got equally good results from pilchards, soft plastics and whole prawn baits and their top weight Knobby tipped the scales at 5.5kg. Other species taken out on 'North' this week were Maori cod, pearl perch, moses perch, northern bluefin tuna, teraglin jewfish and venus tusk fish.
Closer in on Sunshine Reef the standouts were coral trout, small cobia and, at the northern end, sweetlip and snapper. In Laguna Bay, Hall's Reef yielded sweetlip, as did Jew Shoal, but with the added bonus there of the odd spotted mackerel. The mackerel tuna and bonito action was sporadic, and not in mega numbers, up to a kilometre out from the river mouth.
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were in good numbers and well spread along Teewah Beach on the North Shore
this week. Dart were on the bite at the river mouth end and around the cuttings
although the better quality six spotters were mostly on the bite at the
Third Cutting, as were chopper tailor. Further north towards Double Island
Point the catch was bream and tailor and up around the rocks, the odd snapper.
Across the bay, pilot bream were on the bite around the National Park headland
rocks and squire were active at the Fairy Pools. Further south, Sunshine
(north) and Castaways beaches yielded jewfish.
In the estuary, if you could get to them, there were some quality tailor feeding along the outer bank of the river mouth bar. Inside the mouth itself, and in the Frying Pan, large pilot bream, flathead and whiting were in quite respectable numbers.
Further up, flathead were on the bite along the Noosaville stretch and, along with bream, at the first ski run at Tewantin. Dylan and Sioned (below) caught their 850gm lizard while fishing from a friends jetty on the river North Shore on Tuesday.
Trevally were responding well to Storm Chug-Bug surface poppers and Gladiator Prawn soft plastics in both Woods Bays. Flathead and bream were also on the capture list there and, together with golden trevally, at the mouth of Weyba Creek.
The deeper waters around the back of Noosa Sound produced some quality GT's and the odd mangrove jack.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass were schooling in the main basin and responding well to cast 1/4oz blades or 1/8oz jig headed soft plastics. They were also hitting on trolled 1/2oz TN60 Jackalls and bibbed River2Sea hardbodies. Apart from that, bass to 46 centimetres were caught and released around the Bubble Trail on blade lures.
|The Davo's Compleat Angler 'Fish of the Week' species is tailor. Competition ends at 6pm Friday, June 24.|
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