As at Monday May 19, 2008
OFFSHORE: With light to moderate variable southerlies and a swell that steadily dropped away to almost zero as the week progressed, it would be difficult to imagine better conditions heralding the onset of winter here in Noosa.
And while the morning temperatures were a stark contrast to those of recent weeks there were no complaints from the offshore brigade.
The bar crossing towards the end of the week was as flat as it gets and as a result there was plenty of small boats heading out through the bay on Saturday in an effort to make the most of the conditions ahead of Sunday's brief but strong south westerly blow.
Excursions 'out-wide' were once again on the agenda and Double Island Point was as good a destination as any for those inclined to go the extra distance.
Justin, Shane, Kane and Jess (right) did an overnighter there on Friday and came back on Saturday afternoon with an esky full of moses perch, snapper and pearl perch to 4kg.
Also 'out-wide', the Barwon Banks produced squire, moses perch, hussar, cobia, pearl perch and Maori cod while closer in, North Reef was the spot for shiny mackerel, sweetlip, mowong, moses perch, pearl perch, cobia and, as you can see by the photo at the very top of the page, northern bluefin tuna.
Frank, Brett, Michel and Mark were out there on Thursday on a full day Cougar One charter when they got onto a school of these 'Longtails' and had a ball hooking and landing the 8kg to 9kg fish they're pictured with.
Sunshine Reef and Laguna Bay were as quiet as the proverbial which was disappointing for many small boat owners. Having said that, a little bit of persistence can pay dividends as local yak angler Bill 'Billybob' Watson (above) found on Friday morning. Bill spent a couple of nonproductive hours paddle trolling a 'Pretty Boy' bonito behind his Swing Angler fishing kayak but instead of calling it a day, decided on a wide 'sweep' out into the middle of the bay west of Jew Shoal. On his way back, much to his delight, he hooked up with the 15kg cobia he's posing with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano Baitrunner 4500 reel loaded with 20lb Fireline and 40lb Seaguar fluorocarbon leader.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches were a great option for anyone with the time to take advantage of this week's idyllic conditions. The North Shore was top of the list for many surf anglers and campers and those who spent some time there reported good catches of bream (800gm+), whiting (to 560gm), flathead, tarwhine (1kg), a few chopper tailor and lots of dart about 10kms north of Teewah while near the camp ground the catch was mostly bream, tarwhine and whiting.
The only other beach report was of quality whiting (to 35cm) at Sunshine Beach.
The estuary system was surprisingly quiet this week although the Woods Bays area was the one exception with quality tailor (2kg+) responding to whole fish baits around first light and, as per the photo on the right, trevally chasing soft plastics.
Nicola, visiting Noosa from England, popped into Davo's on Tuesday and bought a telescopic rod combo and a few soft plastics before going out on the river in a hire boat with friends. And, you guessed it, while they were motoring through the Woods Bays Nicola decided to troll a 4" Tsunami minnow soft plastic out the back, which was soon taken by the thumper 2.5kg trevally she's pictured with. Not bad for a novice angler. Trevally (to 2kg) were also taken down at the river mouth on live herring baits. Flathead were the other high profile species in the system this week and best results for the 'Lizards' was up around the top end of Lake Cooroibah (on 4" Power Baits) and down at the river mouth. Apart from that, the Noosa Waters canals yielded the odd Mangrove Jack.