As at Monday March 19, 2012
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OFFSHORE: Hmmm. It's not a terribly complicated report this week. Moderate to strong (18 to 22 knot) south easterlies hammered the coastline for much of the week and the storm clouds were ever present. There was, however, a brief interlude from the windy conditions on Friday and Saturday and those lucky anglers who took the plunge were pleasantly surprised to find that the pelagics were not only out in excellent numbers, they were well and truly on the boil.
North Reef really fired up, especially on Saturday, with reefies like snapper, moses perch, venus tusk fish, pearl perch, hussar and sweetlip on the bite plus lots of Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, northern bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, mackerel tuna and the odd mahi mahi hammering the numerous bait boils.
Trekka 2 found themselves in the thick of the action out wide on North Reef on Saturday, working the boils with cast pilchards, metal slug lures and pilchard floaters. Dann Crosthwaite (above) from Nambour tempted his 12kg Spaniard with a pilchard floater on the full day charter while Steur Pallot (below left) was more than happy with his 9kg fish. And Marcus Caine from Maroochydore (below right) topped off a great day when he hooked a mahi mahi on a cast slug.
Blue Water Charters also fished North Reef on Saturday and were
doing well on the reef fish before their floaters were savaged by a mixed
school of Spaniards, mahi mahi and spotted mackerel. Greg Jensen from Brisbane
(below) cast a small slug into one of the boils that were circling the boat
and, being only lightly armed with a Shimano Symetre 2500 spin outfit loaded
with 8lb braid, did very well to boat the 8kg Spanish mackerel he's pictured
Those anglers who fished Sunshine Reef got best results out wide, away from the murky water. Isacco Gabizon (below) did a spot of bottom bashing there on Friday afternoon with local legend David 'Hatchy' Hatch and apart from sweetlip, pearl perch and a few thumper moses perch, they picked up two coral trout on whole pilchard baits. The standout trout, pictured below, tipped the scales at 3.5kg and won Isacco this week's Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
ONSHORE: The exposed coastal surf beaches were pretty much a no go zone this week. The only report, in fact, was of flathead on Main Beach which was well sheltered from the blustery south easterlies. Twelve year old Jake Wolfenden, below left, caught and released an 80cm+ lizard using fresh mullet fillet near the middle groyne on Friday afternoon. His fishing buddy Adam Murray held the fish for a quick pic as it was very keen to get back in the water.
| With rain continuing to blanket
the coast the river system was about as brown as it ever gets. Those anglers
looking for a feed worked the lower estuary or fished either side of high
tide. Flathead, whiting and bream were still on the bite down at the river
mouth and along the Noosaville stretch. Daniel Diver (above right) worked
the waters across from T-Boats with a Berkley Flicker Shad and boated a
few small bream and the 57cm flathead that he's posing with.
And you can't get a better recommendation than this! Robbie and Lesley Willcox from England, above, have been holidaying in Noosa for the last two weeks and the photo above is from their fourth charter with Noosa River Fishing Safaris. Robbie featured on our report last week with a grunter bream and this week he and his wife Lesley are pictured with three flathead (to 55cm) which they caught drifting pilchards at the river mouth on Thursday morning.
Apart from that, bream, grunter bream, school jewfish were active in the Woods Bays and, together with heaps of shovel nose rays, in lower Weyba Creek.
On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam saratoga were active and in numbers around the small feeder creeks and gullies in the bays of the main basin and in both the Kingham and Yabba arms. Cultiva Zip N Ziggy top water lures and Smak Mini Coop spinnerbaits got best results there.
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