OFFSHORE: It was a bit
chilly on the local reefs around first light this week with cool, light
to moderate (10 to 15 knot) variable westerlies reminding us that this
is, after all, the middle of winter. Forecast strong winds for the weekend
didn't really materialise and there was a bit of grumbling from those
boaties who'd canceled trips based on the official data.
Still, today was an absolute pearler with the bar crossing looking like
a mill pond and all manner of boats motoring out.
The cool weather heralded the start of the annual whale migration
and a few boats have reported the odd close encounter.
Double Island Point was pretty quiet this week, yielding only average
size reefies such as squire and parrot fish. Closer in,
Chardon's Reef was a much better proposition,
producing pearl perch, hussar, parrot fish and, as you can see by the
photo above, plenty of quality snapper. Dean Pit, Frankie Tuckwell and
Luke Tuckwell got right into the 'Knobbies' on Wednesday while out there
on a Cougar
One Maxi day charter.
North Reef was another strong performer with cobia, pearl perch, mackerel
tuna, northern bluefin tuna, hussar, estuary cod, plenty of average size
snapper and a few snodger 'Knobbies' on the bite.
Cole McDonald (above right) was out there on Friday morning with his buddy
Bruce when he got onto the 12kg cobia he's posing with. They also caught
and released a number of mackerel tuna and an 8kg northern bluefin tuna.
And Jock Walker, Robert Petric and Jeff Crellin (above) were at North
Reef the day before on a three quarter day Cougar
One charter when the fish came on the bite. There were plenty
of reefies boated but the 7kg and 8kg 'Knobbies' that Jock and Jeff landed
were the standouts. Sunshine Reef was a bit disappointing this week although
the odd Spanish mackerel capture around the top of the tide did make life
interesting for some anglers. In Laguna Bay, Jew Shoal produced a few
squire and sweetlip as did Little Hall's Reef but with the added bonus
there of mackerel tuna and the odd Maori cod.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were absolutely perfect this
week and the fishing was a dead set bonus. The North Shore was well worth
the ferry crossing with tailor on the bite down at the river mouth end
and dart and whiting (and the odd mackerel tuna) well spread all along
Teewah Beach. Over on the east side, bream and dart were on the bite at
Castaways Beach and also at Peregian Beach. Apart from that, Sunshine
Beach produced whiting, as did Marcus Beach but with the added bonus of
tarwhine, while further south at Coolum Beach there were a few squire
landed from the rocks.
The river mouth area was popular this week with trevally and tailor chasing
soft plastic prawn lures and surface poppers. Flathead were going for
soft plastics and drifted whitebait while luderick were again on the bite
at the car park rocks.
Bream were well spread throughout the system with lots of juvenile fish
making their presence felt. Some of the better fish, however, were taken
in the Woods Bays along with tailor (to 2kg), queenfish (to 80cm) and
trevally. Young Jesse Russell (above) was fishing in the 'Bays' with his
dad on Saturday and apart from a few 'choppers', landed the 34cm bream
he's pictured with. His bait? Pilchard pieces. Flathead were also on the
prowl in Noosa Sound as local angler Paul Richardson (below) found around
noon today. Paul used a Gulp 'Pumpkin Seed' soft plastic to attract this
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (up to 33cm) were responding
to live shrimp baits off the jetty near the dam wall and to Jackalls (to
37cm) further out. Jackalls also accounted for bass to 38cm along the