As at Monday March 12, 2007
OFFSHORE: With the first
half of the week virtually a shutout due to a 2m+ easterly swell there
wasn't much for the blue water brigade to do but catch up on a bit of
gear maintenance and prepare for an assault on the reefs over the weekend.
|Closer in, Sunshine Reef was the spot for Sweetlip,
Moses Perch, Parrot Fish, Mackerel Tuna, Pearl Perch, school Mackerel and,
as you can see by the photos above, Northern Bluefin Tuna and Coral Trout.
Local angler Rob Grace (above left) was out there on Friday on his jetski and picked up this 9kg 'Longtail' by casting a 15gm 'Big Eye' slug at a Tuna boil. And Frank Holdcroft (above right) found himself out there this morning on a Cougar Too charter, a surprise 60th birthday present which got even better when Frank boated the 3kg 'Trout' he's pictured with. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 30lb line.
Apart from that, Laguna Bay fired up with bait boils spread from the river mouth, across the bay and out around the headland. Mackerel Tuna were there in numbers with the odd Northern Bluefin Tuna in the mix to make things interesting.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches weren't exactly on fire but those who made the effort at least came home with a feed. Whiting were the bread and butter species on the the North Shore with the waters around Teewah producing particularly well. Across the bay, Winch Cove was a good option for Sweetlip, Tarwhine, Whiting and Bream while further south; Marcus and Sunrise beaches produced Whiting, Dart, the odd Tailor and, as per the photo on the right, quality Bream. Local angler Horrie Hockings tempted this 840gm (cleaned) specimen at Sunrise Beach yesterday morning using Pippie on a No.4 baitholder hook as his drawcard. He was armed with a 10' surf rod and an Alvey reel loaded with 3kg line and 10kg trace. Bream were also the high profile species in the river this week with best results coming from the mangroves and snags from Munna Beach to the river mouth where Trevally were responding to live baits and surface poppers. Other Bream hot spots were Weyba Creek (around the bridges on Gar filets) and, along with Flathead, from the entrance to Noosa Waters to Tewantin. Apart from that, the stretch between the lakes produced the odd Mangrove Jack on deeper divers and live baits and excellent quality Whiting were on the bite down at the river mouth over the weekend. For those wanting to drop a pot; Sand Crabs were on the move in Weyba Creek and Mud Crabs were active in the waters from Tewantin to Lake Cooroibah.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald Bass were best targeted in 'Eagles Bay' and along the 'Bubble Trail'