OFFSHORE: When the kite surfers are out in numbers down at the river mouth it tells us that the north easterlies are blowing and they're likely in the moderate, to fresh range. That was the situation most afternoons this week so suffice to say, those boaties wishing to work the local reefs were better advised to make the most of the calmer morning sessions.
With the swell a relatively modest 1.2m to 1.5m, conditions were quite pleasant before the more blustery afternoon sea breezes set in. Noosa Blue Water Charters got out early for a run to Double Island Point on Saturday and during the full day charter they got their customers onto cobia, moses perch, pearl perch, coral cod, venus tusk fish, black tip reef shark, snapper and scarlet sea perch. Alex Woodward from Ipswich, above, was elated when he hooked up with the 8kg scarlet sea perch he's posing with but was totally devastated when his line tangled with another angler's and he saw his prize fish break free at the surface and swim away. Five minutes later, however, the scarlet surfaced not far from the boat with its swim bladder fully inflated and skipper Alex Pollet managed to gaff it and put the smile back on his client's face.
And from the same 'D. I.' charter, Andrew Gordon (above) was happy to pose with one of the better (4kg) snapper boated.
At Chardon's Wide and Close the catch was snapper, pearl perch, teraglin jewfish, venus tusk fish, moses perch, Maori cod and gold spot wrasse while at North Reef the standouts were teraglin jewfish (in numbers), moses perch, venus tusk fish, sweetlip, pearl perch, snapper and, as per the photo above, the odd quality coral trout. Lee Nagel from Renmark in South Australia was out there on Thursday on a 3/4 day Trekka 2 charter when her pilchard bait was monstered by this thumper 5.7kg trout. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was eerily quiet, and a bit murky with coral spawn, but there were encouraging reports of the odd big Spanish mackerel smashing floaters and busting the lines of unsuspecting anglers.
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ONSHORE: All of the coastal surf beach reports came from the North Shore stretch this week with dart in almost plague proportions but of no appreciable size all the way along Teewah Beach. Quality bream (just short of a kilo) and tarwhine were on the bite about 2km's above Teewah township while the stretch two or three kilometres further north had whiting in excellent numbers. Towards the camp ground, tailor (to 3kg) and trevally were on the feed after dark. Further up, between 'Freshwater' and Double Island Point, there were a few barracuda on the prowl. Kale Fullarton from Eumundi (above) got the thrill of his life on Saturday night when his mullet fillet bait was taken by the 7.45kg barracuda he's pictured with.
In the estuary, tailor and a few quality trevally were responding well to pilchard baits down at the river mouth early morning and late afternoon. Bream and flathead were also on the bite there, in the Frying Pan and, together with more tailor and trevally (which were busting up on the surface), in the Woods Bays.
Max Dandolfo from Melbourne, right, caught and released a couple of 26cm bream on prawn baits in the Woods Bays while on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Tuesday.
Mangrove jacks were on the prowl at the Sheraton Bridge and at the Munna Point Bridge after dark. Trevally, flathead, whiting and bream were active around the back of Noosa Sound and up in Weyba Creek.
Seven year old Jaylin Pearce, below, caught and released five flathead and three bream (on live herring baits) at the river mouth and in Weyba Creek while fishing with his dad on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Sunday. He's pictured here with a 42cm flathead and a 28cm bream that he decided to keep for lunch. Whiting were also biting around the Munna Flats area while further up river, trevally, mangrove jacks, bream and small jewfish were on the bite at the first ski run and up around the car ferry. Even though it's been hammered lately, the stretch between the lakes was still good for the odd mangrove jack.
On the freshwater scene, the Lake MacDonald bass (to 42cm) were responding well to Chubby lures and small minnows along the edge of the weed beds near the Scout Camp. Early morning worked well. The Saratoga were making a splash there and in Borer Creek but they were too far back into the weed beds to be successfully targeted with hard body lures.
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