As at Monday October 17, 2011
OFFSHORE: While the winds were best described as variable, they were mostly light to moderate and, with the swell still a manageable 1m to 1.2m, it was another pleasant week on the offshore scene around Noosa. For no obvious reason the outer reefs weren't particularly well patronised, with most boaties choosing to focus their attention on the middle reef belt.
The Coffees were certainly worth a look as Glenn Allen (above centre) found on Sunday. Glenn spent the morning there with his daughter Fiona and mate Graham Musch, coming back with snapper to 5kg and one very nice bar-cheeked trout.
North Reef saw plenty of boat traffic and responded well to the attention, producing good catches of snapper, cobia, pearl perch, moses perch, teraglin jewfish, sweetlip, hussar and mulloway. Jim Strachan (below) fished there on Wednesday night and apart from sweetlip, squire and pearl perch, boated three cobia, the 8kg fish he's holding being the standout.
And young Flynn Mclauchlan from Coolum (below) did well to hold his 8kg mulloway for the camera never mind hook and boat the fish in the first place. Flynn claimed his trophy at North Reef yesterday while on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter.
Noosa Blue Water Charters did a few runs to Chardon's Reef this week and reported good catches of pearl perch, Maori cod, teraglin jewfish, moses perch, mowong and, as per the photos below, snapper. Ollie Matthews (below left) boated his 4kg 'Knobby' on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter and on the same trip, Josh Shuurman (below right) nailed a 4.5kg fish.
|Sunshine Reef was still disappointingly quiet,
yielding just the odd grass sweetlip, bonito and a few squire. There were
more reports of the odd thumper Spaniard seen cruising (but not caught)
in close to the southern 'A' Bay headland rocks while Laguna Bay started
to show signs of firing up with bonito and northern bluefin tuna on the
prowl around Jew Shoal.
The Hall's Reef stretch, however, was a bit of a hot spot with squire, sweetlip, northern bluefin tuna and, as you can see by the photo above, cobia on the bite. Andy Monshin and his mate Scott McKenna from Victoria hit the jackpot there on Sunday morning when their whole yakka floater was engulfed by the 18kg cobia (or black kingfish) they're pictured with.
ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch ran hot and cold this week but when it was good it was firing. The waters in close proximity to the township of Teewah produced the goods with bonefish, bream, trevally and passable tailor on the bite. A couple of kliks south of there was the spot for trevally to 2kg, tarwhine and whiting while about the same distance the other way the standouts were bream, tarwhine and (in numbers it not size) whiting. Dart were not in numbers but were well spread all the way along. Apart from that, tailor were on the bite about 5kms north of Teewah, mostly in the afternoon. Down the coast, the only other reports of note were of snapper on the prowl off the rocks at Coolum Beach.
In the estuary, whiting and flathead were on the bite in the Frying Pan (with most of the better quality whiting going for small surface lures and live worms), down at the river mouth (along with bream) and up around the Munna Flats area.
Eric Vanderkoogh (above) boated two lizards around the Munna Flats (pictured top weight; 2.1kg) on Sunday morning using soft plastics as his draw card. Flathead (together with bream, trevally and whiting) were also on the bite near the mouth of, and up into Weyba Creek. Harry and Hugh Ragenovich from Clare in South Australia (below) were very excited to boat three of those species when they booked a session with Noosa River Fishing Safaris on Tuesday afternoon.
Trevally were schooling in the Woods Bays, up around the Noosa Harbour Marina at Tewantin, at the first ski run (as were tailor and school jewfish) and up at the car ferry crossing. Further upriver in the stretch between the lakes, mangrove jacks were in almost plague proportions from John's Landing to the mouth of Lake Cootharaba while barramundi to 70cm were smashing hard body lures (cast and trolled) and live fish baits in the snaggier areas. Almost last, but certainly not least, barracuda invaded the lower estuary in numbers this week with fish well over 1m long catching anglers by surprise.
|And, of course, we had to save the best for last.
Kim 'Kimbo' Vitale (above) has done it again. If you recall last month,
Kimbo weighed in a 105cm, 13.5kg barramundi that he caught in the Woods
Bays. Well, this time Chris Lacey from Davo's
Compleat Angler went along with him and he not only landed a
similar fish around 3am on Thursday morning but had Chris there to film
the capture before the thumper 103cm barra was released. The guys fished
the 'secret spot' (which they say is in the Woods Bays but could be anywhere
in the lower estuary) from about 11pm on Wednesday night. To pass the time
Chris caught and released cod, flathead and a nice mangrove jack (pictured
below) using live winter whiting baits, before Kimbo attracted the attention
of the barramundi in the video with a red/headed Rooster Popper surface
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