As at Monday September 12, 2011
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OFFSHORE: It was all systems go on the offshore scene with the swell hovering around the 1.5m mark and the winds tagged as mostly 10 to 15 knot variable easterlies. A short lived 20 to 25 knot westerly blow on Saturday made life a tad uncomfortable (but still fishable) on the local reefs but all in all it was a pretty good result for the blue water brigade.
Out wide, the Barwon Banks produced good snapper and pearl perch as did Double Island Point but with the added bonus of red emperor, cobia, moses perch, venus tusk fish, gold band snapper and, as per the photo above, scarlet sea perch.
Mel Ottaway from Tewantin and Malcolm Raven from Eumundi fished 'D.I.' on Thursday on a full day Cougar One charter and although they released a few 6kg and 7kg snapper, decided to keep the 8kg and 9kg 'scarlets' they're pictured with.
And Patrick Lim (above), the man who organised the charter, was more than satisfied with the 9kg 'gold band' he boated.
Closer in, North Reef fired well with the standout species being cobia, teraglin jewfish, northern bluefin tuna, moses perch, sweetlip, venus tusk fish, hussar, Maori cod, thumper snapper and quality pearl perch. Peter Gumesson from Toorak in Victoria (above) was on a half day Cougar One charter to 'North' of Wednesday when he boated this 6kg black kingfish.
Young Brayden Thomas, above, (on holiday in Noosa from Adelaide) and Greg Hayles (Noosa Village Newsagency) were out with local identity John Thomas on his boat Rod Benda on Thursday when they got onto some good Knobbies and pearlies. Since it was Brayden's first snapper they stopped in at Davo's on the way home so they could photograph and weigh it and at 7.3kg was more than a half decent fish. Greg's pearl perch, tipping the scales at 4.6kg, wasn't bad either.
And to ice the cake even further, John took Brayden out to North Reef for one last fish this morning before the young fella jetted off home and got him onto the thumper 21kg cobia (above) he's doing extremely well just to hold up for the camera.
Apart from that, Chardon's Reef was the spot for snapper, scarlet sea perch, cobia and quality Maori cod. Sunshine Reef continued to be disappointing, yielding just the odd moses perch, grass sweetlip and at the northern end, longtail tuna.
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coastal surf beaches were fairly quiet with the North Shore stretch slowing
down quite dramatically. The only reports were from the waters 5km to 9km
north of Teewah where whiting, dart and bream were on the bite.
Over on the east side; Marcus Beach produced dart, as did Sunrise Beach but the added bonus there of whiting and tarwhine. Further south, the northern end of Peregian Beach was the best option for chopper tailor and the odd flathead.
The estuary was on the improve with flathead of good size and numbers responding well to soft plastics and live fish baits at the river mouth, in the Frying Pan, the mouth of Weyba Creek and up around Tewantin. Leah Wesley from Christchurch (below left) caught and released this 47cm flathead on a live herring while drifting at the mouth on a Noosa River Fishing Safaris charter on Thursday. And there have been a few stargazers on the prowl down at the river mouth lately as Geoff Pickering (above) found when his live herring was taken by the fish he's pictured with. Geoff was also on a NRFS charter.
|The activity in the Woods Bays ramped up a few
notches with mangrove jacks, tailor and trevally back in numbers. Big eyes
were active at night while the GT's and and diamonds were on in the daytime.
James Strachan (above right) used a 3" Ecogear Power Shad plastic with
a 1/8oz TT jighead to attract a 65cm 'Diamond' in the inner Woods Bay on
But what about the fish in the photo above! Kim 'Kimbo' Vitale got the shock of his life in the inner Woods Bay around two o'clock on Friday morning when his 60mm Bubble Popper was engulfed by a 1.05m, 13.5kg barramundi. We have been getting the odd Barra in the river over the last few years but this one would be one of the best we've seen this far south.
Further upriver, tailor were on the bite around the house boats at Tewantin and trevally were in respectable numbers along the first ski run. Bream were active in Weyba Creek and well spread from the river mouth up to the Tewantin car ferry.
On the freshwater scene the ABT Finals were held at Lake Borumba over the weekend. The fishing was slow because of the wind but the bass were in numbers around the yellow buoy and in amongst the trees at the junction of the two 'Arms'.
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