at Monday 6th May 2002
The offshore reefs were pretty much out of bounds this week as very wet,
moderate to strong (20 to 30 knot) South Easterlies hammered the coastline.
Even as the winds backed off and became more variable Southerlies on Sunday,
they were still in the 15 to 20 knot range, ensuring that the swell was
at all times well in excess of 2 metres and in fact in the middle of the
week, peaking at 3 metres. Consequently, apart from the rather ordinary
weather, we have nothing at all to report from offshore at Noosa although
for those anglers who require their weekly 'fix' of fishy photos, we have
a couple that, due to lack of time and space, missed being included in
last week's report. Local angler Bob Jeynes, right, did very well at Sunshine
Reef last Sunday, cleaning up on the reef fish and topping off his day
with the 15.5kg Cobia he's pictured with. Bob was kitted out with an Ugly
Stik and a Daiwa 350H reel loaded with 25lb line and 50lb trace. His bait?
Jeff Llund, above left, from Gladstone in Queensland, was on a Cougar
One charter to Sunshine Reef the previous Wednesday when his live
Whiptail bait was monstered by the 6kg Coral Trout he's posing with. Jeff
was armed with a Jarvis Walker rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with
30lb line. The rest of the boat's catch on the day, apart from more Coral
Trout, was Sweetlip, Parrot Fish, Mowong, Moses Perch, Spangled Emperor
and Pearl Perch.
ONSHORE: The beaches took a bit of a pounding this week but that didn't stop the die-hards from getting out and giving it a go, although the results were patchy at times. The rocks at South Peregian produced Chopper Tailor at night, Castaways Beach yielded Whiting and Dart in the early morning and at North Sunshine Beach it was mostly Bream and (at night) the odd Jewfish. On the North Shore there were Tailor to be had near the 3rd Cutting (along with Whiting and Dart) and near the Hang Gliders' platform, while Bream and Tarwhine were the main catch up around Teewah. In the river, the run-off from the steady rain is starting to have an effect with the Trevally taking advantage of the murkier conditions. As the week progressed some quality specimens (along with Tailor and Mangrove Jacks) were found to be crashing the bait fish schools in the outer Woods Bay and in the Munna /Culgoa Point area which is where Brisbane angler Aaron Christie, right, boated his 2.405kg 'Golden' yesterday afternoon. Fortunately for Aaron the 'Goldens' don't have sharp tail razors as his SnyderGlas/Alvey combo was only loaded with 3kg and no trace. The bait that did the deed was a live Yabby on a No.6 longshank. Whiting were on the bite down at the river mouth at first light, as were Flathead, Bream (at night) and Chopper Tailor (near the river mouth car park rocks). Weyba Creek was another Whiting hot spot (together with Flathead) while Bream were active around the Woods Bays and Noosa Sound jetties plus up around Tewantin at night. On the freshwater scene, it was all down to the Lake MacDonald Bass which were more than happy to chase Spinnerbaits, Beetle-Spins and 'C-Lures' Small Fry lures.
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