OFFSHORE: The fresh to
strong (20 to 25 knot) south easterlies continued on from last week (month?)
and once again put paid to most offshore anglers' ambitions of hitting
the local reefs for a quick fish. There was the occasional welcome lull
between blows, however, and some mornings were bordering on fishable as
Wollongong visitor Darrin Marinelli found.
Darrin and his buddies Craig and Gordon braved some pretty ordinary conditions
(which were as good as they got) to fish Sunshine Reef on Friday and were
rewarded with a catch which included Snapper, Estuary Cod and the 4kg+
(est) Coral Trout that Darrin is pictured with. He was armed with a Penn
overhead combo loaded with 40lb line. His bait? Whole Pilchards. That
was the only report we had from offshore this week, which under the circumstances,
was no real surprise.
on the coastal surf beaches were less than ideal but still fishable and
those who persevered were at least rewarded with a feed. The North Shore
stretch was the best producer with the waters around the township of Teewah
yielding Bream and Whiting. The surf gutters up at 'Freshwater' were a
good option for some quality Tailor.
Over on the east side, Tarwhine and Whiting were on the bite at Castaways
Beach while down at Yaroomba the standout species was Jewfish with the
average size around the 5kg to 6kg mark.
estuary system was a lot more subdued this week with seemingly less fish
on the bite and fewer boats on the water.
Overall the results were very patchy and anglers found they had to put
in a bit more time and effort to get a feed.
Flathead and Whiting were easily the highest profile species up around
Tewantin, along the Noosaville stretch and down at the river mouth, where
Trevally were also active.
The lower end of Weyba Creek was another 'Lizard' hot spot (on live baits)
while Hairtail and Mangrove Jacks were on the prowl in Noosa Sound and
in the Noosa Waters canals.
Local angler Paul Clifford (right) caught and released this 1.5kg (est)
'Jack' while fishing in Noosa Waters last week.
He was armed with a Penn Power Stick and a Penn Spin Fisher 650SS reel
loaded with 10kg line.
His bait? Whiting fillet.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam Bass were chasing Jackalls along
the steep rocky banks of the main basin.