at Monday October 2, 2006
|OFFSHORE: Apart from yesterday's moderate to fresh (20 to 25 knot) south eastlery blow it was all systems go on the offshore scene here at Noosa. Most of the week, in fact, was dominated by very light to moderate variable northerlies and, with little or no swell and glassed out conditions on many days, the phrase "it doesn't get much better than this" was certainly appropriate. Squire, Snapper, Cobia, Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch and Moses Perch were pretty much common to all of the outside reefs. In addition, North Reef produced Sweetlip, Northern Bluefin Tuna, Estuary Cod, Teraglin Jewfish and the odd juvenile (caught and released) Black Marlin. Another middle distance option was Massoud's Reef where the bonus species were Maori Cod and, as you can see by the photo above right, some of the the better quality Snapper of the week. Morrie Butler from Wellington, New Zealand boated this 5kg Knobby at Massoudís during a half day Cougar One charter on Thursday. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano 6500 Baitrunner reel loaded with 20lb line. Chardon's Reef was also worth a pick drop, yielding Northern Bluefin Tuna, Teraglin Jewfish and, as per the photo on the right, some of this week's top weight Pearl Perch. Local angler Craig Otto boated the 4kg 'Pearlie' he's pictured with while out there on Saturday's full day Cougar One charter. He was kitted out with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and an Alvey 825C reel loaded with 30lb line. Closer to home, Sunshine Reef was a good option for Cobia and Parrot Fish while in Laguna Bay there were Northern Bluefin Tuna on the bite at both Jew Shoal and Big Hall's Reef.|
|ONSHORE: With such idyllic conditions prevailing and the school holidays in full swing the coastal surf beaches were certainly well patronised this week. Whiting were in good numbers on the North Shore and were well spread all the way to Double Island Point while the waters opposite the Cherry Venture produced some quality Tailor. Over on the east side; Sunrise Beach was the spot for Whiting, Tailor and Dart while at Marcus Beach the standouts were Dart and Tarwhine.|
|In the river, Bream, Whiting, the odd Tailor
and (as per the photo above left) Flathead were all on the bite down around
the Frying Pan. Brisbane lass Adina Grieve boated this 1.75kg 'Lizard'
down there on Saturday. She was armed with an Alvey junior combo loaded
with 8lb line. Her bait? Live Yabby on a No.4 longshank hook. Just inside
the river mouth (in the deeper holes) there was a bit of Jewfish activity
and, as you can see by the photo above right, quite a few Whiting. Young
Lachlan Zigliotto fished there on Saturday morning and later weighed his
450gm standout in at Davo's.
Apart from that there were Whiting going for live Worms at the mouth of
and just into Lake Cooroibah, Bream around the Noosa Waters loch and Flathead
on the prowl in Weyba Creek. Last but not least Trevally (to 3kg) were
chasing flies, shallow diving lures and surface poppers in the Woods Bays
(along with Whiting and Bream) and the Munna/Culgoa Point stretch.
On the freshwater scene, Lake MacDonald fished well with Bass (to 48cm) chasing Jackals over the tops of the weeds and along the weed face around 'Three Ways' and in Borer Creek. Lake Borumba was also worth a go with Yellowbelly, Bass and Saratoga all active in the Yabba Arm. And it was more specifically in the Eagle Bay section of the Yabba Arm that local lad Dan Pertot (above) caught and released the 64cm (approx. 1.5kg) 'Toga' he's pictured with. Dan was using a G-Loomis baitcast rod and a Shimano Chronarch Magnesium 50 reel. The lure that did the deed was a well cast 'Jackal'.