OFFSHORE: Blustery 20 to 25 knot south easterlies, the legacy of
a fading cyclone Hamish, hammered the coastline for most of the week before
dropping away quickly on Saturday afternoon. Media coverage on the oil
spill, which polluted Moreton and Bribie islands and Sunshine Coast beaches
as far north as Coolum, may have been responsible for the lack of boats
on the reefs as conditions improved but the news that most of the sludge
has now been removed is heartening.
Understandably, there was very little feedback from the offshore brigade
this week. North Reef was as far out as anyone cared to venture and those
who made the effort reported the fishing as painfully slow with only fairly
average catches of squire, sweetlip, moses perch and shark to reward the
faithful. Laguna Bay was the only other producer of note, but again, it
was quiet with just a few northern bluefin tuna prowling the Little Hall's
Reef area. Still, there's nothing wrong with a bit of tuna action as Andre
Potappel (above) will happily testify. Andre was out near 'Little Hall's'
yesterday morning putting his new boat through its paces when he spotted
a few splashes in the water. Casting a metal slug lure he counted it down
to get a bit of depth and was only starting to retrieve it when he was
hit by this very handsome 14.8kg 'Longtail'.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a no go zone most of the
week and as a result we have no reports of note.
The estuary system was the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster
week with the river mouth producing tailor and queenfish on cast prawn
lures (particularly Rio's gold flecks) and a few flathead on drifted whitebaits
and fresh prawns.
Trevally were in good numbers in the stretch from Munna Beach to the Yacht
Club (going for surface poppers), around the Sheraton
Bridge and in the Woods Bays, as were whiting and bream.
Tewantin lad Tremayne Fuller (right) was fishing in 'The Bays' with his
father on Sunday when his pilchard bait was monstered by the thumper 2.8kg
'Golden' he's posing with.
Mangrove jacks were also in good numbers and very much on the bite around
the back of Noosa Sound at night (to 2.5kg), at the Sheraton Bridge (to
1kg), in the Noosa Waters canals, up between the lakes and into Lake Cootharaba
Bob Young (above) used a prawn bait to attract his 2kg fish in Noosa Waters
And good fishing buddies Bob Jeynes and Mick Doran (below) hit the jackpot
in their secret spot up in or near Lake Cootharaba over the weekend with
the 1.5kg to 1.7kg mangrove jacks they're pictured with being a good example
of their catch, some of which they released. They were kitted out with
G-Loomis rods and Pflueger reels loaded with 8lb braid and 40lb monofilament
leader. Their baits? Live garfish.