As at Monday September 10, 2007
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offshore week started off pretty well with light to moderate 10 to 15 knot
south easterlies and a 0.5m swell being all the bluewater boys had to contend
with. Unfortunately, the forecast for the rest of the week was for strong
gale force (25 to 35 knot) winds, a 3m swell and heavy rain and these conditions
pretty much put paid to any further offshore activity from Wednesday onwards.
As the winds and swell eased over the weekend, however, Laguna Bay became a definite possibility, but there were no reports of any sort of success on that front either.
So, the only offshore report relating to this week was from the ever faithful Sunshine Reef (before the blow) and that was of quality Snapper (to 9kg) after dusk.
ONSHORE: The coastal surf beaches bore the brunt of the blustery south easterlies and the accompanying 2m-3m shore dump so for much of the week the surf gutters were for the die-hards only. Even then there was little to report with most of the action coming from the lee side of the National Park with Tailor at First Point and Trevally off the Fairy Pools.
In the river, the heavy rain slowed the action a little bit, just as it was getting up a head of steam, with the total average rainfall for September falling over a two day period in the Noosa Shire.
Fortunately it wasn't as big a deluge as last month so the impact wasn't so severe and those anglers who made the effort were at least rewarded with a feed.
The river mouth was one of the better options under the circumstances with Bream and Flathead coming on the bite in the saltier water towards the top of the tide.
The Woods Bays were still performing well, producing Trevally and Mangrove Jack for those in the know.
Andrea Street (top right), from Redcliffe struck gold there on Tuesday when her Berkley Frenzy lure attracted the attention of the 2.4kg 'Trev' she's pictured with. She was armed with a Berkley Drop Shot rod and braid and 6kg Platypus mono leader.
And what about the photo below. Young guns Chey, Josh, Jack and Kane (and families) were trolling the 'Bays' on Saturday from a hired pontoon boat when their Gold Bomber shallow divers were all monstered, roughly at the same time, so they did well, in a chaotic session, to land these three Trevally (to 1.3kg) and one 1.6kg Mangrove Jack.
Whiting were still on the bite and making their presence felt around Noosa Sound and at Munna Point (along with Bream and Flathead), along the Noosaville stretch and, as per the photo above, up at Tewantin. Local lad Adam Curry boated this 375gm specimen yesterday afternoon using a live Davo's Beach Worm as his draw card.
As mentioned earlier, Flathead were still quite active down at the river mouth as Mudjimba angler Damien Prenner (below left) found on Tuesday afternoon. Damien was floating out a Pilchard on a 2/0 hook around 3pm (1 hour before high tide) when this 1.3kg 'Lizard' came to the party. He was armed with an Abu spin combo loaded with 10lb line and 15lb trace.
|And the back of Noosa Sound was worth a look
with Trevally responding well to trolled hard bodied lures. Roy Helling
(above right) caught this 1kg specimen while trolling a Gold Bomber lure
from his kayak early on Sunday afternoon.
On the freshwater scene, most of the action was at Borumba Dam where Bass and Saratoga were chasing flies, Jackalls and spinnerbaits up in the timbers.