OFFSHORE: Results from
the offshore scene were a tad patchy this week
which was a bit disappointing considering we were on or about the new
moon phase. There were a few 'almost TGO' mornings but otherwise the winds
were a little 'fresh' at times. Realistically, though, Sunday (with its
25 knot south easterlies) was the only real roughy of the week.
Some of the bigger boats ventured out wide in their search for more dynamic
results but the best the Barwon Banks could provide
was average size parrot fish, pearl perch, the odd mowong and a few squire.
Closer in, North Reef was a popular option, yielding squire, bonito, moses
perch and hussar plus jewfish (to 19kg) and cobia on live baits.
Sunshine Reef ran hot and cold but for those who were there at the right
time there were snapper, sweetlip, bonito, mackerel tuna and, as you can
see by the photo above, quality coral trout to be had.
Cole MacDonald dropped the pick at the top of 'Sunshine' on Friday and
in a hot session, bagged out on snapper and boated the 5kg 'Trout' he's
posing with. All fish were caught on 'Davo's'
pilchards. Apart from that, Little Hall's Reef in Laguna Bay was the spot
for sweetlip, as was Jew Shoal but with the added bonus of squire and
Brisbane angler Brendan Kannar (above right) got well and truly blown
off Sunshine Reef yesterday morning and as a last resort before heading
in, tried his luck at Little Hall's where he won a feed when this 3kg
sweetlip took his pilchard bait.
ONSHORE: Whiting, bream, dart and tailor were
quite well spread along Teewah Beach on the North Shore this week with
the bigger 'Greenbacks' coming from the surf gutters a couple of klicks
north of Teewah township. Melbourne visitor Nick Mulquiney (below) was
fishing there on Saturday when his bonito bait was taken by the 2.5kg
specimen he's pictured with. He was armed with a SnyderGlas surf rod and
a Penn 8500SS reel loaded with 20lb line and 80lb trace. There were also
a few tailor on the bite across the bay just off the National Park headland
while further south, there were bream and quality dart at Marcus Beach
plus tarwhine, whiting and dart (in numbers) at North Peregian Beach.
In the river, flathead were up in numbers at the river mouth, around Munna
Point (along with trevally and whiting) and in Weyba
Young Alex Owen (right) caught his first ever keeper whiting at Munna
Beach on Friday morning while on a Noosaville Primary School excursion
and, as you can see, he used a live worm as his draw card.
The Woods Bays were alive with large schools of bait fish this week so
there was plenty of trevally activity there and at the Sheraton Bridge
at first light and after dark.
Some excellent quality whiting were also on the bite in the Woods Bays
as Ptor Gjestland (below) discovered on Tuesday afternoon. Ptor used live
yabbies to attract a number of these elbow slappers with the 650gm specimen
he's pictured with being his standout.
Apart from that, mangrove jacks were chasing live baits at the Munna Point
Bridge and trevally were going for live baits and soft plastics at the
entrance to Noosa Waters.