As at Monday October 31, 2011
OFFSHORE: You would have been hard pressed to find anyone who was happy with the weather forecasting this week. Not sure what the problem was with our weather gurus but on some days it seemed they couldn't have been more wrong if they tried. Nevertheless there were some pearlers in amongst the more ordinary days and most, at least, were fishable.
The afternoons tended to be a tad blustery so most anglers, especially those with the smaller boats, opted for an early rise and headed for home around lunchtime ahead of the fresh north easterlies. There were heaps of 'just average' size reefies on the bite at most locations but in amongst the pack there lurked the odd trophy fish, big enough to test the best rigged terminal tackle. A couple of website records were broken this week, the first by local angler Peter Bidner, above, who fished Double Island Point on Wednesday morning and came back with this absolute thumper 17.5kg red emperor. The previous top weight for this species was 16.5kg, so well done mate. The bait that got the result was a mullet fillet.
And Peter's son Troy (above) was more than happy to pose with their standout pearl perch, a fat healthy looking 4.5kg specimen. Other species reported on the bite in the 'D.I.' area were Maori cod, squire, cobia, moses perch and hussar.
The Hards, like most locations, produced heaps of pan sized fish. Noosa Blue Water Charters did a full day there on Saturday and came back with snapper, moses perch, gold spot wrasse, venus tusk fish, pearlies, and gold band snapper.
The Banks were rather patchy but on the good days yielded snapper, hussar, pearl perch, moses perch and tusk fish.
Gary Norris, President of the Noosa Boat Fishing Club (above), fished The Banks yesterday morning without any luck and was making his way slowly home when his trolled 10cm Rapala deep diving X-Rap lure was monstered by the 22kg wahoo he's pictured with. Gary was by himself and almost nodding off when the fish hit so did well to wake up and play it out, especially since his line had a knot in it. This was another website record with the previous top weight being 20kg.
Chardon's Reef was the spot for sweetlip, snapper (2kg-3kg), teraglin jewfish and pearl perch. There were also numerous small (20kg) mako sharks on the prowl in the deeper waters. North Reef was the same as Chardon's although the teraglin jewfish were in bigger numbers and of better (60cm+) size. There was also the odd thumper snapper on the bite as local angler Alan Jones (above) found this morning. Alan was on a half day Trekka 2 charter when he boated this 7.5kg fish.
Closer in, snapper, sweetlip, venus tusk fish and bonito were responding well to soft plastics at Sunshine Reef. Laguna Bay, however, was a tad quiet with no birds working and no obvious bait boils but that certainly didn't deter Brian Smith from Peregian Beach (above) from giving it a go. Brian motored over the bar in his tinny about 7am this morning and, trolling a 50gm Raider 'Spanyid' metal slug lure, hooked up and boated this 8kg cobia at Little Hall's Reef about 7.15am.
ONSHORE: The North Shore coastal beach stretch really fired up this week with tailor (along with tarwhine and large dart) on the bite from Teewah township to Double Island Point. Dawn and dusk worked best for the tailor with the better quality (2kg+) fish coming from up around the shire boundary. Apart from that, bream, tarwhine and 2kg+ trevally (mostly GT's) were active 3km-5km north of Teewah while south of Teewah, whiting to 35cm were responding well to live beach worms.
In the estuary, flathead, bream and whiting were in good numbers at the river mouth, the Frying Pan and in Weyba Creek. Geoff Pickering from Sunrise Beach (above), a regular client of Noosa River Fishing Safaris, caught this 62cm 'Lizard' while drifting a live herring bait in Weyba Creek on Wednesday morning. And the morning before that, his grandson Oscar Daly (below left), on holiday from Townsville, was very excited when he boated a 42cm specimen down at the river mouth.
Geoff also caught and released numerous bass in the Everglades and Kin Kin Creek while fishing with NRFS on Saturday.
|Whiting were chasing live worms and small
River2Sea surface poppers around the Munna Flats area while in the Woods
Bays, school jewfish were responding well to small, slow worked soft plastics.
Just around the corner from there the odd mangrove jack was making it's
presence felt at night. Ryan (below centre) worked the Woods Point stretch
on Friday night and, using live fish baits, boated one 2kg and one 2.5kg
'Jack'. His kids Zayde and Shaya came along for the photo.
Trevally were going for both sp's and surface poppers in 'The Bays' and on up to and around the Noosa Harbour Marina. The first ski run also produced a few school jewfish on sp's. Further up between the lakes (from John's Landing upwards), trevally and mangrove jacks were still in numbers and barramundi (to 75cm) were being caught and released on trolled shallow diving hard bodies and, around the snags, cast deep divers. On the freshwater scene, the Borumba Dam bass were best around the weedy edges and deeper rock ledges while at Lake MacDonald the weedy points produced well.
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