As at Monday September 14, 2009
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Wow! Another week of near perfect weather and, according to the forecast,
there's still more to come. This week we had mostly
light to moderate east/south easterlies and with the swell below the metre
mark there were plenty of boats of all shapes and sizes crossing the bar
for a day on the local reefs. Morning sessions were usually best, ahead
of the often more blustery afternoon north easterly sea breezes, but sadly
the fishing was a bit patchy... but, that's life.
There was nothing to deter any out wide trips this week and those with the big boats and big fuel tanks made the most of the conditions. Chardon's 'Wide' was certainly worth the effort, producing moses perch, bonito, venus tusk fish, cobia and, as per the photo above, snapper. Local angler Lorraine Christie was out there on Saturday on a full day Cougar One charter when her pilchard bait was taken by the 3.5kg specimen she's pictured with.
Double Island Point was also worth the extra fuel cost and those who went the distance reported catches of average size snapper, pearl perch, moses perch, venus tusk fish, teraglin jewfish and, as you can see by the photo above, quite a few cobia. Koenan Shearer was very pleased when he hooked and boated this 10kg black kingfish while out there yesterday on a Cougar One charter. His bait? A whole pilchard floater.
Closer to home, Chardon's Reef was the spot for snapper, parrot fish, pearl perch and moses perch while at the North Reef the standouts were snapper, teraglin jewfish, tea leaf trevally and moses perch.
Back towards home base, Sunshine Reef was a good option for snapper, sweetlip and cobia while at Jew Shoal there were lots of juvenile snapper and just the odd keeper sweetlip. Young Ned Jacobs (above) was out there with his dad on Friday when his pilchard bait was taken by the 800gm 'Grassy' he's posing with.
ONSHORE: The North Shore was the pick of the coastal surf beaches this week with some excellent tailor action (top weight 4kg) coming from the stretch from Freshwater to Double Island Point. The waters around Teewah were good for whiting in numbers while the gutters near the old Cherry Venture site produced the odd jewfish. Local surf fishing legend Cliff Andreassen (below) fished the waters there on Thursday night and later weighed in three tailor (to 2.4kg) and the 5kg jewfish he's pictured with. Best bait, by the way, was bonito fillets.
The only reports of note from over on the east side were of juvenile (to 60cm) jewfish on the bite at Sunshine Beach.
Flathead were in good numbers in the lower estuary with best results coming from Weyba Creek and the stretch from Munna Point to the river mouth on the runout tide. Prawn shaped soft plastics, Squidgy blood worms, drifted pilchards and whitebaits plus live baits all worked well, as did mullet fillet as local lass Charlie Wagner (below) found on Saturday. Charlie was fishing in Weyba Creek about two hours before the top of the tide when she hooked and landed this 1.5kg 'Lizard'. She was armed with a 6'6" Jarvis Walker threadline combo loaded with 4kg line and 10kg mono leader.
The stretch from Munna Point to the Frying Pan was also good for whiting both in numbers and size. Live worms and yabbies got good results as did small surface poppers. Chris Lacey from Davo's Bait and Tackle (below) did well down around the Frying Pan over the last couple of days, boating a number of whiting (to 41cm) and catching and releasing a few small trevally. His lure of choice was the ever popular 45mm River2Sea Bubble Popper. He was armed with a Shimano Raider rod and a Shimano Symetre threadline reel loaded with 3lb Crystal Fireline.
Last but not least, there was a bit of mangrove jack activity between the lakes and in Weyba Creek plus the odd trevally on the prowl in the Woods Bays and, as per the photo below, up around Harbourtown. Sammy Newton (below) used a small hard body Jackall lure to attract the attention of this 52cm specimen there on Friday afternoon. Trevally were also on the bite at the very bottom of Gympie Terrace while quality bream were active at the Sheraton Bridge at night.
On the freshwater scene, Borumba Dam was pretty slow. Having said that, there was some bass action on Blades off the major points in the main basin with the fish caught and released being in the 35cm to 40cm range. The saratoga activity was largely confined to the upper reaches of the Yabba Arm with Blades and Anthrax lures working best.
Hey! Why not get your catch on TV! The next time you land a half decent fish you could not only be on our next website report, you could also be on Channel Seven's Thursday night Fishing Report with Mark Planck!
|Just pop into Davo's Bait and Tackle for a weigh-in and photo shoot or book an offshore trip with Noosa Blue Water Charters and you too could be a star!|