As at Monday March 12, 2012
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|Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2012. Time: 4.40pm. Tide: Approximately one hour after a 0.3m low tide. 1) Noosa Bar crossing. 2) Bird and bait activity along the back of the bar.|
Just as the pelagic activity was starting to gain a bit of momentum, the
murky river run-off from the recent heavy rains once again blanketed Laguna
Bay and spread out over Sunshine Reef. Moderate to fresh south easterlies,
which peaked at 25 knots earlier in the week didn't make life any easier
and it wasn't until Friday morning, when the winds dropped to about 10
knots, that we started to see a few boats venturing beyond the shelter
of Laguna Bay.
With light winds and only a modest 1m swell over the weekend the outer reefs were back in play. Noosa Blue Water Charters ran a late afternoon and night charter to the Barwon Banks on Saturday and came back with snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, hussar and venus tusk fish. And on Friday they fished Chardon's Reef for pearl perch, moses perch, snapper and cobia. Wal Kennedy from Toowoomba (above) is pictured with a 6.5kg cobia from that trip.
North Reef produced moses perch, venus tusk fish and sweetlip, as did Massoud's reef but with the added bonus there of cobia, squire, estuary cod and Maori cod. Closer in on Sunshine Reef the southerly running current was still going hard which helped to keep the waters clear of murk. With the full moon phase peaking just as conditions improved, many anglers who headed out around first light found themselves fishless, even after putting four or more hours.
Those who planned an afternoon excursion got the best of it, coming home with sweetlip, coral trout, snapper, jewfish, cod and the odd decent Spaniard.
Ian Tagg (above) and his fishing buddy Dave fished Sunshine Wide from about 1pm on Friday but got their first show of interest around 4pm when the 15.5kg Spanish mackerel Ian's posing with took a pilchard floater. The rest of their catch; two coral trout and half a dozen quality grass sweetlip, came on the bite as the sun went down so they didn't get back until well after dark. For his effort, and for the quality fish, Ian won this week's $50.00 Fish of the Week prize.
Another angler who did well on an afternoon fish at Sunshine Reef was Steve Hardman, above. Steve, who did a spot of bottom bashing there on Saturday afternoon with his son Brody and Chris Arnold from Noosa River Fishing Safaris, is pictured with the trip standout; a 6.5kg 'Knobby' which he tempted with a whole squid bait. It was hard to find much clear water in Laguna Bay but, regardless, there were lots of small mackerel tuna responding well to metal slug lures and salt water flies around Jew Shoal, along the Hall's Reef stretch and not far out from the bar. Top of the tide worked best and afternoon even better.
|ONSHORE: The lower end of the North Shore coastal beach stretch was impacted by the murky river run-off so most surf anglers focussed their attention either down towards the mouth around high tide or around the top end surf gutters. The only reports we received though were from about 10kms above Teewah where bream, dart and whiting were biting. Across the bay, quality bream were active at Granite Bay while jewfish were on the prowl at Hells Gates. Further south, chopper tailor were schooling in numbers out past the surf line at Sunshine Beach and Marcus Beach had tarwhine, dart and chopper tailor.|
|With plenty of fresh still in the system the estuary fished best towards the top of the run-in tide. Flathead were on the bite in the Frying Pan and, together with bream, grunter bream and whiting, down at the river mouth. Fletcher Parkinson from Victoria (below left) is pictured with the 28cm bream he caught at the river mouth on Thursday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. Further up, the Woods Bays were pretty quiet with only the odd flathead reported, while Weyba Creek was the spot for bream and grunter bream or javelin fish. Robbie Willcox from England (below right) caught a 37cm spotted javelin fish at Weyba Hole on Thursday morning while on a NRFS charter. His bait? Whole prawn, which were in good numbers due to the full moon phase.|
| Whiting were in quite good
numbers (and quality) around the Munna Point area and, together with bream,
along the Noosaville stretch. Further up around Tewantin the standouts were
bream, flathead and whiting. Jack and Nat Beeson (below) boated a 500gm
flathead and a 200gm whiting around the Noosa Marina just before lunchtime
on Saturday. Mud crabs were still in good numbers with the area around the
Tewantin Car Ferry producing particularly well.
The dreaded catfish were in big numbers throughout the system around the bottom end of the run-out tide. On the freshwater scene, the waters around Campsite Three in the Noosa Everglades produced plenty of wild bass. Gladiator Shiver Vibes and EcoGear SX40F and SX48F lures worked well there.
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