OFFSHORE: There was no
real definitive wind pattern this week apart from on Thursday and Friday
when fresh to strong (20 to 25 knot) sou' sou' easterlies shut down the
offshore scene for those days. The rest of the week was blessed with mostly
light to moderate winds and 1.0m to 1.5m seas so it was pretty fishable
on the local reefs, although a bit slow.
Conditions were good enough to plan a few 'out
wide' excursions this week although those anglers who made the effort
rated the results as 'hard yakka' for (at times) fairly average returns.
Double Island Point 'Wide' produced snapper, squire, hussar, cobia, teraglin
jewfish and, as per the photo above, quality red emperor. Gary Norris
was out there on Sunday on a Noosa Offshore Fishing Club excursion when
his whole slimy mackerel bait was monstered by the thumper 11.4kg specimen
he's pictured with. He was armed with a Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano
TLD20 reel loaded with 50lb line.
Also out wide, The Hards yielded squire, pearl perch, moses perch and
parrot fish, as did the Barwon Banks but with the added bonus of gold
band snapper and hussar. A little closer in, Chardon's Reef was the spot
for squire, parrot fish, Maori cod and sweetlip while at North Reef the
catch was snapper, squire, bonito, moses perch, pearl perch, sweetlip,
sailfish (released) and, as you can see by the photo above, quality cobia.
Greg Hales hit the jackpot there on Sunday when his pilchard bait attracted
the 19kg black kingfish he's posing with. He was kitted out with a Wilson
Live Fibre rod and a Daiwa overhead reel loaded with 10kg braid and 15kg
trace. Apart from that, Sunshine Reef produced a few snapper (top weight
4kg) over the weekend.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches showed a
bit more life this week with the North Shore leading the way. Whiting
in good numbers all the way up Teewah Beach while greenback tailor were
on the bite at the top end and, as in the case of the photo on the right,
a couple of kliks north of the township of Teewah.
Local beach angler Peter Wise did well there on Tuesday when his mullet
fillet baits got plenty of attention, with these 3kg and 4kg fish being
He was armed with a 14' surf rod and a Daiwa SL50 spin rod loaded with
Over on the east side, the only reports of note were from Peregian Beach
where whiting, dart and bream were on the bite.
In the river, whiting were well spread from Munna Point to the Frying
Pan while trevally and queenfish were responding to live baits, prawn
soft plastics and flies in the Woods Bays and, together with chopper tailor
and quality bream, at the Munna Point Bridge around dawn and dusk. An
added bonus further upriver were lots of school jewfish in numbers around
the Tewantin ski runs and at the mouth of Lake Cooroibah.