Temperatures climbed at the beginning of the week as the light to moderate
(5 to 15 knot) north westerlies made their presence felt but soon dropped
back just before the weekend when the cooler south easterlies took over.
There wasn't much swell to speak of this week so the only deterrent as
far as the offshore scene was concerned was when the southerlies gusted
out briefly to around the 30 knot mark on Sunday, all but shutting things
down for the day.
bottom line, however, was that while conditions were good, the fishing
was patchy with many anglers having to put in a lot of work to get a decent
Squire, Moses Perch and Parrot Fish were common to most of the visited
reefs. In addition, for those prepared to go the distance, Double Island
Point produced Cobia and Snapper.
A little closer to home, North Reef was the spot for Teraglin Jewfish,
Red Throat Emperor and Snapper while further back in on Sunshine Reef,
Snapper were the high profile species.
Local angler Chayse Tilley (right) boated this 5.5kg specimen while out
at Sunshine on a half day Cougar
One charter on Wednesday. He was kitted out with
Wilson Live Fibre rod and a Shimano TLD20 reel loaded with 10kg line.
And although the fishing was often slow, some lucky anglers hit the jackpot,
as in the case of the happy snap at the top of the page. Tyson, Jarrod,
Geoff and Trent cleaned up on the rubble grounds about a klik or two north
of Jew Shoal on Saturday and came back with an esky full
of quality Snapper, top weight, 7kg. What did they get them on?
Davo's Pilchards and jigged soft plastics.
Apart from that there were a few Mackerel Tuna taken on cast metal slug
lures north of Big Hall's Reef in Laguna Bay.
ONSHORE: The coastal
surf beaches perked up this week with the north shore stretch well worth
a look. In particular the waters around the township of Teewah and south
of there produced Bonefish, Tarwhine, Bream and Whiting with live Beach
Worms getting a good slice of the action.
Over on the east side, Sunshine Beach produced Flathead and, as per the
photo on the right, quality Bream in numbers.
Local angler John Warmerdam hooked this 1.4kg specimen on Tuesday afternoon
using Mullet flesh as his draw card.
Apart from that, Dart, Whiting and Bream were on the bite at Castaways,
Marcus and Peregian beaches.
The river really fired this week with the river mouth and Frying Pan areas
working extremely well for Flathead (on drifted Whitebaits), Queenfish
(on soft plastic Prawns), Bream and good numbers of Whiting (on
live Worms and frozen Prawns) and,
as you can see by the photo below right, Trevally and Mangrove Jacks on
surface poppers and live baits. Hayden Bertoli-Simmonds came up trumps
down at the river mouth on Thursday afternoon when his River2Sea Bubble
Popper lure attracted the attention of a 1.9kg Trevally and then his live
Herring bait tempted the 1.6kg Mangrove Jack he's pictured with. He was
armed with a Viva Bream rod and a Gladiator reel loaded with 8lb line
and 20lb leader.
There was plenty of activity in the Woods Bays and around Noosa Sound
as well with Trevally (to 2.4kg), Flathead and Mangrove Jacks responding
to trolled Gold Bomber lures and soft plastics while Bream and Whiting
and Javelin Fish were chasing floated live Worms and frozen Prawns.
Other Whiting hots spots were Weyba Creek, the sand flats opposite Munna
Point and up along the Tewantin stretch. On the freshwater scene, the
Borumba Dam Fishing Club reported good numbers of Saratoga and Yellowbelly
caught and released in the Kingham Arm (on Jackalls) and quality Bass
around the Eagles Nest and into the Yabba Arm. Spinnerbaits and Jackalls
worked well there.