As at Monday May 25, 2015.
|OFFSHORE: The weather
forecasting websites got it quite wrong this week. We thought we only had
a small window of opportunity before strong winds and rain, along with 3m+
seas and swell, hit on Thursday, bringing at least four days of unfishable
offshore conditions. As it happened, Thursday and most of Friday were fine.
Many boaties ignored the predictions, however, and made the most of the
fishing before being effectively sidelined over the weekend.
Anyway, for those who could get offshore during the week it was a bit cool at times, but it was certainly worth the effort. Moses perch, pearl perch, squire, sweetlip and venus tusk fish were common catches at most reef locations. In addition to that, The Hill was the spot for spotted mackerel in numbers, cobia and mulloway, North Reef produced Maori cod, longtail tuna, mowong and hussar while Chardon's Reef was good for mulloway, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, school mackerel, coral trout and amberjack. Closer in, Sunshine Reef was slow at times, and didn't have much in the way of surface activity, but when it fired it was good for the reef species mentioned earlier, plus Maori cod, mowong and coral trout. Aden Plant fished Sunshine on Wednesday morning for lipper, Maori cod and a 63cm coral trout (see above) which went for a squid/pilly combo. It was hard yakka with the fish only coming on the bite about lunchtime. Aden took good care of his colourful capture, and that, together with his best smile, won him this week's $50.00 Davo's Fish of the Week prize.
|In summary; conditions on the exposed reefs (outside Laguna Bay) before the weekend blow were good, with a nominal 1.0m to 1.5m rolling swell and little or no current to speak of. Laguna Bay itself was still murky from the river run-off but there was a clear water mark along the surf beach side of the Halls Reef stretch which produced northern bluefin tuna and Spanish mackerel. Drifted and slow trolled live baits and trolled hard body lures worked well there.|
On the coastal surf beaches; Marcus Beach produced tailor and bream, as
did north Sunshine Beach but with the added bonus there of whiting in the
top corner. Further north, tailor were responding well to cast 40gm to 50gm
metal slug lures off the rocks at Hells Gates although there were more greenbacks
(to 86cm) than choppers in the mix there. Squire were still active around
the corner at Dolphin Point. Across Laguna Bay, tailor (to 2kg) and whiting
were reported on the bite from the Third Cutting to just south of Teewah
township, while about 3km's north of there the catch was quality bream.
In the estuary, the river mouth was the spot for mixed schools of trevally, flathead, tailor, some really nice bream on live blood worms, good keeper jewfish and the odd yellowtail kingfish on live fish baits. Mangrove jacks were chasing soft vibes like the Fuze Pulse and Fish Candy vibes late afternoon and night.
The Frying Pan produced whiting and bream on live yabbies and blood worms, as did the Dog Beach and Sand Bags but with the added bonus at 'The Bags' of yellowtail kingfish (to 70cm) during the day and the odd mangrove jack at night on live fish baits. Around the corner, the Woods Bays continued to fire, especially over the weekend, with golden trevally, diamond trevally, GT's, tea leaf trevally and big eyes in the mix. Micro jigs have been extremely effective with the favourites being Xesta, Blue Blue and Shout jigs in a variety of weights, depending on the stage of the tide. Plastics like the Gladiator Prawns and Z-Man GrubZ in Chartreuse Sparkle also worked well. A few good size tailor were also on the prowl under the mullet schools; surface poppers and stickbaits were working well on them, especially around dawn and dusk. Apart from that, bream and whiting were on the bite along the Gympie Terrace stretch and in in Weyba Creek where flathead were an added bonus. Anglers chasing pike at the bottom of Russell Street reported the odd keeper squire (believe it or not) earlier in the week as well as yellowtail kingfish. Further upriver, the stretch between the Noosa Marina and the ski runs produced a mixed bag which included trevally, grunter bream, mangrove jacks, jewfish and the odd tailor. The top of the bigger high tides, which this week were after dark, worked best.
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