As at Monday May 2, 2011
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Below: A White Bellied Sea Eagle with dinner in its talons. Photo taken
on a recent Cougar One
excursion to 'The Coffees'.
strong south easterlies hammering the coastline until Saturday there was
only a fairly small window of opportunity available to the offshore brigade
this week. Being a long weekend, of course, was a bit of a bonus and there
were plenty of boaties chomping at the bit to make up for lost time. The
bar, unfortunately, tended to be a little bit gnarly a couple of hours
either side of low tide but at other times it was certainly do-able for
those prepared to bide their time.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches took a hammering this week so there were few reports from that area. The First Cutting was the only hot spot of note on the North Shore with whiting, dart, flathead and a few chopper tailor on the bite. Over on the east side, the only report was from Castaways Beach where dart were active just north of Beach Access 40.
Despite the estuary system being a chocolate brown colour there still seemed to be a reasonable amount of activity from the bread and butter species. The river mouth was a good place to start, producing bream, whiting, tailor (with the better fish going for mullet and bonito fillet at night), juvenile jewfish and, as per the photo above, flathead. Gavin Wuiske caught and released this 82cm 'Lizard' on the run-in tide on Friday afternoon while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter.
Estuary cod were also on the bite towards the mouth as Andrew Russell (above) found on Wednesday afternoon while fishing in the Frying Pan. Andrew was using live yabbies as his draw card and released this 65cm fish after a quick pic.
School jewfish were active around the sand bank opposite the DPI Station and together with trevally, tailor and mangrove jacks, were responding well to surface lures and soft plastics in the Woods Bays. Munna Point was also good for trevally and flathead as Zach and Thomas Broad (above) discovered on Monday morning while fishing there with live fish baits.
Mangrove jacks and school jewfish were on the prowl in Weyba Creek (along with flathead and whiting), around the Noosa Marina and, together with the odd threadfin salmon, along the gravel patches of the first ski run at Tewantin. Apart from that, bream were on the chew between the lakes (as were catfish), along the Noosaville stretch (together with flathead) and in the deeper holes at the back of Noosa Sound. Eliza Meehan (above) got the surprise of her life when she hooked up with the blubberlip she's pictured with while fishing at the Sheraton Jetty on Saturday night. It weighed a good 2.6kg!
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass hot spots were at the start of Fry's Run, around the Botanical Gardens Reach and near the Bubble Trail in the main basin.
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