As at Monday March 14, 2016.
|OFFSHORE: It was
not a great week for the small boat fraternity or the weekend warriors.
With the south easterly winds hovering in the 12 to 20 knot range earlier
in the week the local reefs were definitely not the place for those with
weak stomachs. As for the weekend, 20 to 25 knot south easterlies says
On the plus side, the outside swell stayed within the 1.2m to 1.5m range and on the fishable days there was little or no current to contend with. There were no incidents on the bar either, although that was probably because so few small (sub five metre) boats headed out. The charter boats had no problems with the conditions earlier in the week, although they didn't schedule trips beyond the middle reef belt. Chardon's Reef was very quiet with just the odd Spaniard reported, but only after extended periods of trolling. North Reef was a better option, producing modest catches of squire, snapper, mack tuna, moses perch, frying pan snapper, venus tusk fish, Maori cod, coral bream, grass sweetlip, Spanish mackerel and the odd school mackerel. Jacob Frahm from Murgon and Rick Kim and Victor Lee from Brisbane (above) are pictured with a quality Spaniard each from Wednesday's seven hour Wild Thing 2 charter to North Reef.
|And above left we have David Rennie from the
Gold Coast with a Maori cod and grass sweetlip from Tuesday morning's
2 charter. Sunshine Reef continued to fire with squire, moses
perch, venus tusk fish, grass sweetlip, monocle bream, gold spot cod,
Maori cod, school mackerel, mowong and coral trout on the bite. There
were also lots and lots of sharks seriously taxing the catch. Large schools
of small longtail and mack tuna schools were also reported hammering the
baitfish but the big attraction was, as per last week, the numerous coral
trout which were attacking live yakkas, pilchard floaters, half pilchards
and squid baits. Local gun angler Bobby Jeynes, above right, sent us this
report and photo... "Hey Bill how you going? I took Darren McAdam and
his son Reece for a quick fish off Sunshine Reef on Friday. We landed
some good coral trout, grass sweetlip, snapper and venus tusk fish. The
sharks ate a lot of what we hooked but we still managed to get a few to
the boat. All fish, by the way, were taken on live yakkas and pilchards.
Cheers mate, Bob."
Trekka 2 ran a couple of trips to Sunshine Reef this week. From Thursday's seven hour (three quarter day) charter to Sunshine Wide we have Fredrik Nyrell from Sweden (above) with good eating size gold spot cod and below, a very happy Cameron Lovat from Melbourne with a couple of colourful coral trout.
Chicko Vella from Davo's Tackle World (below left) sent in this photo and a report from Thursday's trip to Sunshine Reef... "Good morning Bill. Haven't been out for ages so we went out in pursuit of some mackerel yesterday. The conditions weren't favourable so tried closer in on Sunshine and the trout were out and about. We landed four beauties at 4kg to 5kg apiece, also the tax man in the grey flannel suit deducted about eight from our account! We managed to get a few grassy sweetlip, squire and cod past them but sharks definitely aren't colour blind, that I can confirm. Anyway, we all eat trout TONIGHT!!"
|And on Monday's Wild
Thing 2 charter, skipper Paul Glover had just announced they
were going to move to another spot and for everyone to wind in their lines.
Bruce Connaughton from Bendigo (above right) had pilchard and squid baits
on his rig and this quality fish nailed it as soon as he started the retrieve.
There were a few big northern bluefin tuna bust-offs just out from Alexandria
Bay earlier in the week while in Laguna Bay, the odd mack tuna and yellowfin
tuna were reported to be responding to trolled hard body shallow diving
lures out around the drum lines near Granite Bay and along the Hall's
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|ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches
were rather breezy and consequently pretty quiet this week. It wasn't
all bad though with the odd jewfish coming from the deep gutters south
of Coolum at night and small tailor (on metal slug lures) off the rocks
at the northern end of Sunshine Beach around dawn and dusk. On the Noosa
North Shore; quality whiting, tarwhine, bream and swallowtail dart were
reported on the bite in the surf gutters just north of Teewah township.
The estuary was about as quiet as it gets. There was still a good spread of species on the prowl but they were certainly down in numbers across the board. The river mouth was patchy but with, intermittent boils keeping the shore based anglers on their toes. Flathead (on soft plastics) and bream were still a constant there but every now and then a queenfish, big eye trevally or small GT would smash a well cast metal slug such as the ever faithful Halco Twisty.
The river mouth was also good for the odd mangrove jack at night (on live fish baits and fresh mullet) while further up in the Frying Pan the catch was quality whiting (on live yabbies and worms), bream, flathead and small tailor. Queenfish were also active around the Sand Bags and, together with trevally (goldens and GT's), grunter bream and flathead around first light and mangrove jacks after dark, in The Woods Bays. Zac from Adelaide (above) caught and released this golden trevally in the outer Woods Bay on Saturday morning while on a Noosa River Fishing Safari. It went for a whole prawn bait. Around the corner from there, mangrove jacks were on the prowl after dark along the back of Noosa Sound while Weyba Creek was the spot for some good whiting, flathead and sand crabs. Further upriver, trevally were responding to prawn baits around Munna Point (goldens) and surface lures (GT's) at the Council Chambers at Tewantin. Flathead and GT's were also active around the house boats around first light while mangrove jacks were taking live fish baits (mullet and herring) at night. Apart from that, the Lake Cooroibah boat channel produced whiting and flathead on the run-out tide while in the stretch between the lakes yielded quality GT's early morning. Jewfish were responding well to live fish baits in the deeper water.
On the freshwater scene, wild bass have been hitting small hard bodies and surface presentations up in The Noosa Everglades while Borumba Dam had some good saratoga action on surface lures right up in the Yabba and Kingham Arms. Lures like the 85mm Strada Zeida have been working well there.
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