OFFSHORE: Looks like summer. Feels like summer. The northerlies were quite relentless and with clear skies and the temperatures on the increase, slip, slop, slap with the 30+ sun screen was a must after 8am. The only thing missing from the mix were the pelagic schools; more specifically the mackerel tuna, bonito, spotted mackerel and school mackerel.
Also absent were the big bait schools, although they have been reported up near Fraser Island and, to a lesser extent at Double Island Point.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a couple of runs out to the 'D.I.' reefs this week and scored quite well on some of the more colourful reef fish.
Manuel Roehrl from Germany (above) is pictured with the 7.5kg scarlet sea perch he boated on Wednesday's full day charter.
Cougar One did another run up there early on Friday and got into some quality red emperor.
Robert Mulheron from the Gold Coast (right) was absolutely stoked when his squid bait was taken by the 10.5kg fish he's posing with.
But while Robert's fish was a snodger, he was pipped by Clint Noyes from Brisbane (below) who tempted a 12.5kg thumper with a tailor fillet. Other species caught out there were moses perch, snapper, Maori cod, morwong, venus tuskers, pearl perch, black tip reefies and teraglin jewfish.
The current was running hard along the middle reef belt most of the week which made it hard to get baits or soft plastics down to the lower levels. When fishable, Chardon's Reef produced average size snapper, pearl perch, Maori cod, marlin (catch and release), sweetlip, cobia, teraglin jewfish and morwong. The Coffees were good for snapper, pearl perch and sweetlip, as was North Reef but with the added bonus of teraglin jewfish, moses perch and numerous mahi mahi to 60cm.
Sunshine Reef fired a little better this week. Not brilliant, but certainly worth the effort, with grass sweetlip on the bite at the southern end, the odd tuna and Spaniard bust off (no captures reported), plus coral trout, squire and, as per by the photo above, yellowtail kingfish. Ryan Junghenn boated this 8.2kg 'Kingie' on Sunday using a squid bait as his draw card.
Laguna Bay was very quiet although there was one report of a 15kg Spaniard speared at Jew Shoal by a free diver.
Important Notice: As of Friday, November 11, 2011. Recreational fishers will no longer be required to remove the pectoral fin from coral reef fin fish and Spanish mackerel following changes to Queensland fishing rules.
ONSHORE: The relentless warm northerlies finally brought down the dreaded weed from further north with both brown and 'snot' weed in evidence in the surf gutters on the North Shore from Double Island Point to just north of Teewah township. The cleaner waters around Teewah produced tailor (mostly choppers, with just the odd greenback in amongst them) and plenty of dart while further south, chopper tailor were on the bite from the First Cutting to the river mouth.
Over on the east side, the northern end of Sunshine Beach was the spot for chopper tailor (off the rocks), whiting and a few bream. Further south, bream, whiting, tarwhine and small dart were on the bite at Sunrise Beach and Marcus Beach.
In the estuary, bream, flathead, whiting, tailor and trevally were active on the run-in (especially near the top of the tide), in the Frying Pan, at the river mouth and in the Woods Bays. Local girl Jemma Lenton (above) caught this nice tailor in the outer Woods Bay yesterday afternoon. She was using whole frogmouth pilchards on ganged hooks as her draw card.
And Rodney, below left, scored big time on the trevally in the early hours of Saturday morning, again in the Woods Bays. Rodney worked the boils from the bank with a surface popper lure and landed a number of fish in the 1.8kg to 3kg range.
|Trevally, bream, flathead and moses perch were
on the bite at the back of the sound and in Weyba Creek. Jo Rumsey from
Essex in England (below) caught and released one flathead, one bream and
a very nice 37cm whiting while fishing Weyba Creek on Thursday on a Noosa
River Fishing Safaris charter. She kept the 60cm flathead she's
pictured with for a well deserved lunch. Further upriver, GT's and mangrove
jacks were on the prowl around the Noosa Harbour Marina while the best jack
action was at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah. Joel Greig (above right) fished
the mouth of the lake with Bob Jeynes from Davo's
Compleat Angler on Thursday night, and, using mullet fillet baits,
caught and released three jacks.
Up between the lakes, threadfin salmon made a bit of a splash around Johns Landing. Apart from that, whiting were still in good numbers and of good quality around the Munna Flats and the first ski run at Tewantin yielded bream and flathead.
On the freshwater scene, the annual 'Toby Brown Cow Bell' competition, between the Lake MacDonald and Yandina freshwater fishing clubs, was held on Saturday. Ten anglers competed and based on average weight per angler, the Lake MacDonald club were this year's winners. Paul Fleming (above) from the Lake MacDonald club won the overall weight with four bass and the 47cm yellowbelly he's posing with. Sue Fleming caught and released the heaviest (1.29kg) bass. Most of the better bass went for spinnerbaits cast over the top of the weed at Three Ways or for soft plastics and live shrimp along the Bubble Trail. Paul's thumper yellowbelly took a 1/4oz gold coloured Little Max Blade lure near the Bubble Trail.
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