As at Monday September 21, 2009
|Brought to you by...|
It was another excellent week on the offshore
scene, at least as far as the weather was concerned. Light to moderate variable
winds prevailed, coming from the south during the first half of the week
then taking on a northerly flavour as the weekend approached. The afternoons
tended to be a tad blustery when the north easterly sea breezes kicked in,
but if you were already on your way home they were more of a help than a
With the swell hovering around the 1m mark the bar crossing was pretty straight forward and trips out wide were on the agenda for those who had an urge to travel. Pearl perch, squire, teraglin jewfish and moses perch were common to most locations. In addition, Double Island Point produced cobia as did North Reef but with the added bonus there of Maori cod and (sighted but not captured) mahi mahi. Greg Lewin from Melbourne (above) was out at North Reef on a 3/4 day Cougar One charter on Tuesday when his butterflied slimy mackerel bait attracted the 12kg cobia he's pictured with.
And Scott Alo (above) and a group of buddies from Brisbane booked Cougar One for a 3/4 day North Reef excursion on Saturday and came back with a number of cobia although the 9kg specimen that Scott's posing with was the standout.
Local angler Ben Nothling (above) prefers to fish the outer reefs and spent Tuesday out wide on 'The Muds' jigging soft plastics (mostly 7" Nuclear Chickens) for a good catch of pearl perch, pigfish, parrot fish and moses perch. His mate Tim Queripel (below) was thankful he took the day off to join him as he boated a number of snapper in the 4kg to 5kg range.
Apart from that, Sunshine Reef was the spot for squire and snapper.
ONSHORE: The North Shore continued to produce good tailor this week with some major bust-offs around good gutters south of the old Cherry Venture site. Greenbacks to 5kg were reported, although further north around Double Island Point the fish were mostly in the 1.5kg range with the odd 2.5kg specimen brought ashore. Dart and whiting were well spread and a few quality tarwhine were on the bite at the camp ground and south of the township of Teewah.
The river mouth rock groyne saw a bit of pelagic activity with small mackerel tuna plus juvenile and some just legal size (60cm) spotted mackerel responding well to cast metal slugs and soft plastics. On the east side, the only reports of note came from Marcus Beach where whiting and bream were active.
The river was fairly quiet this week although bream and whiting were certainly up in quality if not numbers. The hot spot for the better fish was down at the river mouth (where flathead were responding well to Squidgy soft plastics) and that was where local angler Bruno Zigliotto (above) hit the jackpot in the last few days. Using live yabbies and live prawns, Bruno boated bream to 800gm and whiting to 400gm on Sunday then this morning weighed in the 525gm whiting he's pictured with. He was using a Shakespeare Ugly Stik, a Shimano 2500 Twin Power reel, 3kg line and 8lb fluorocarbon trace.
Last but not least, trevally were on the prowl up around Harbourtown at night while bream were happy to take soft plastic lures during the day. Ben Dorreen from Yandina (above) caught and released a number of bream there on Saturday using a prawn shaped soft plastic as his draw card.
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!|